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New England Revolution Training Translated Into Win Over Philadelphia

The New England Revolution defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-0 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. An entire week of practice and preparation went into the Revs win and according to Head Coach Jay Heaps, their efforts paid off.

“Well, I stood a week ago here, before you, saying that we needed to make sure we put together a full 90 minutes and it started from making sure defensively we were more sound – and I thought tonight that showed. We had a really good week of training. Guys worked tirelessly this week to really hone in on that pressure, cover balance, and make sure that we’re getting pressure to the ball, but also having good passing lanes cut out and then having the rest of the line be good.

Offensively, I thought, if we could defend really well, we were going to get opportunities going forward. And that happened, but the key for me tonight was the zero [goals from Philadelphia] and I don’t think there was a ton of really clear chances and that’s the key.”

One thing that was firing on all cylinders in Saturday’s match, as well as last weeks, was the New England offense.

 “I think there’s good movement. I think when our spacing is really good and I thought Teal [Bunbury] did a great job tonight of doing both, of opening up some of the passing lanes – and he ended up being a little bit higher than Kei [Kamara] is. That gives Kei a little bit of space underneath. We dropped Lee [Nguyen] in a little bit deeper, but for me, the offensive stuff will come.

There’s no question in my mind, we have players that can play. But we can never take plays off defensively right now. I was proud of our attacking players who we’re calling upon to defend, and Kei is one of those, and Teal and Lee. Tonight, we really dug into them to defend. I think when they’re playing like that and they get the opportunity to attack, they’re even better because they know that this is a good opportunity to go forward.”

Kei Kamara has gotten hot as of late and provided Heaps and New England with two goals against the Union. Heaps credits Kamara’s hard work as the contributing factor to his success on the pitch.

“Look, I think Kei [Kamara] is putting his head down and working and understanding that we’re trying to get him service, trying to do things to make our entire team better. But, in that meantime, he’s working. He worked really hard tonight.

I thought tonight he did all the little things – clearance off the line, huge play [in the 69 th minute]. That’s one of the biggest plays of the game. And then how he held the ball up, I thought he did a really good job holding the ball up and at least battling with their center backs. For me, Kei carries a heavy burden. I think there’s a lot of scrutiny on Kei. I thought, in terms of how he went about his business tonight, I thought he handled it really well.”

Last week Kamara spoke out, questioning his place with the team and what future might lie ahead.

“If I’m not scoring goals, I feel like I’m not helping the team out,” Kamara said after the win over LA last week. “[Tonight] I got a goal, but it’s real difficult if I can’t produce for this team because it’s a good team. Maybe I wasn’t the right piece of the puzzle to help the team move forward.”

After the win over Philly, Coach Heaps was asked if Kamara speaking out after the Galaxy win was what motivated him to score two goals against the Union.

 “I wish I knew that or how to do that. It’s probably a good question and I wish I knew the answer to it. That’s kind of where I’m at. I don’t know if that motivates him or puts him in a position, but tonight he was awesome. So, whether it was that, or, I really thought he had a good week in training as well, so I think that was important.

Kei [Kamara] is quiet. He keeps to himself. And I got to be honest with you, I didn’t even know any of those comments came out last week until Sunday or Monday. Because I don’t read any of your stuff, guys, I’m sorry. Especially yours [Brian O’Connell]. I never read it, ever. I know better. Ever. No, you can put that in the quotes. And you can put the website that I’ll never read. Insaying that, that stuff happens, but we have a really good locker room.

I’ve been around and I’ve been inlocker rooms where if someone kind of spoke out – and I don’t know what he meant by what he said allthe way – but if that came in our locker room years ago, there would’ve been a bigger deal. Our guys put their heads down and went to work and Kei the same way. So, it wasn’t even an issue at all this week. I thought we had our best training of the entire year this week.”

As the game ended on Saturday, Coach Heaps brought the entire team to the center of the field to have a post-game talk. During his post-game conference, he explained that he wanted to have everyone’s attention when addressing his squad.

“There’s autograph ally. There’s you guys pulling people away. I wanted to get everyone on the field to really spend a moment to say, ‘starting from postgame last week, to taking care of their bodies, to having a training session on Tuesday that I thought was one of our best training sessions of the year and continue to build on that for the week and to come together and have that culmination on the field.

I wanted them to realize that the work this week paid off. And the fact that we stepped on the field and did what we needed to do. They need to feel that moment again. And for me, hopefully it’s a defining moment for our season.”

Kamara Discusses Goals And Motivation

Kamara’s first goal on Saturday was spectacular. He was able to get high off the ground which he credits to his New Balance cleats. But when asked if he has ever scored a goal like that, he says it has happened in training.

“Yeah, at practice a lot. Obviously, there are no cameras at training. You score most of your most beautiful goals at training, so that’s where that happens. It was a good cross. I’ve got to say it was a good cross from Kelyn [Rowe]. It was right, it was a good cross.”

One thing that helped New England’s offense flow smoothly against the Union was their ability to set each other up properly. Thissomethinghing that Kamara credits their success too.

“Yeah, two goals not from only from me – the last goal from Juan [Agudelo], it’s another great cross from Scottie [Caldwell] looking up. We made eye contact even though his mishit a little bit, but guess what – another big striker is in the box and waiting to finish it, so it’s great.”

When asked about his comments that he said after the Galaxy game, he declined to elaborate on it as he didn’t want to take anything away from the Revs win.

 “It’s funny you ask me that question. It looks like I shouldn’t answer questions because when someone asked me that question last week, I answered it. Ives [Galarcep] wasn’t happy because he said I answered a question and it took away from the team’s success. Obviously, our team just had a win today – three points – so if I answer a question like that, he’ll write something else saying I’m taking away from the team’s success, so I’m just going to keep it that way.”

New England returns to action next Saturday, August 5 when they travel to play the Chicago Fire.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Revolution Sign Two New Players This Week

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The Revolution kicked off the first week of the January transfer window by making their first two signings of 2018. Those signings came in the form of academy prospect Isaac Angking and Syrian international Gabriel Somi.

On Tuesday, Providence native Isaac Angking became just the fourth player in club history to sign a homegrown deal with the Revolution. At 17 he becomes the the youngest player on the Revs roster. Angking has been in the Revolution academy since 2013 when he started with the U-14’s. During his time in the academy he had 81 appearances, 28 goals and 18 assists. “We’ve closely monitored Isaac’s development during his four seasons in our Academy and look forward to seeing him continue to grow in the Revolution system,” Revolution GM Michael Burns said. “Isaac has distinguished himself with exceptional play and we believe he has the ability to become an impactful player for us at the professional level.” Angking seems eager to be with the first team. “I’m excited to be joining the Revolution first team and can’t wait to start working with the coaches and my teammates,” Angking said. “I’m looking forward to this next step in my journey and am thrilled to be taking that step with my hometown club.”

Then on Friday, the Revolution acquired Syrian/Swedish defender Gambriel Somi from Ostersunds FK in Sweden. Somi has played his entire senior career in Sweden making a combined 130 appearances with 6 goals and 12 assists. With Ostersunds Somi was able to win the Swedish domestic cup and was on the team that is currently in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Last year Somi represented his parents home country of Syria in World Cup qualifying against Australia. “We are very pleased to add a versatile player in Gabriel who has the ability to help contribute at both ends of the field,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “We look forward to seeing the impact he will have on the field in 2018 and beyond.” Somi took to Instagram to thank his former team and look towards the future saying, “I’m really excited and can not wait for the new season to start and contribute to my new team.”

 

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New England Revolution Release 2018 Schedule

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This Thursday, Major League Soccer unveiled the schedule for all 23 teams competing in the 2018 season. The New England Revolution will open their season in Philadelphia on March 3rd and end at home against the Montreal Impact on October 28th. In between the Revs will play two nationally televised matches against DC United at their new Audi Field on August 19th on Fox Sports 1 and against Atlanta United on October 6th on Univision. The rest of the matches will be televised on NBC Sports Boston and includes a match against new expansion side LAFC. Here is the full list of matches for the upcoming season.

OPPONENT                  DATE             TIME        TV

Colorado Rapids           March 10th    1:30 PM    NBCSB

NYCFC                          March 24th    1:30 PM    NBCSB

at Houston Dynamo    March 31st     8:30 PM   NBCSB

Montreal Impact         April 6th          7:30 PM   NBCSB

FC Dallas                     April 14th        7:30 PM   NBCSB

at Columbus Crew      April 21st         7:30 PM   NBCSB

Sporting Kansas City  April 28th         7:30 PM   NBCSB

at Montreal Impact    May 5th            1:00 PM   NBCSB

Toronto FC                 May 12th          7:30 PM   NBCSB

Columbus Crew         May 19th          7:30 PM   NBCSB

at Vancouver Whitecaps  May 26th    5:30 PM   NBCSB

Atlanta United           May 30th          7:00 PM   NBCSB

New York Red Bulls   June 2nd           7:30 PM   NBCSB

at Chicago Fire          June 9th            8:30 PM   NBCSB

at San Jose Earthquakes  June 13th   10:30 PM  NBCSB

DC United                 June 30th          7:30 PM    NBCSB

Seattle Sounders      July 7th              7:30 PM    NBCSB

LA Galaxy                 July 14th            7:30 PM    NBCSB

at Minnesota United  July 18th          8:00 PM    NBCSB

at New York Red Bulls  July 21st        7:00 PM   NBCSB

at Orlando City        August 4th         7:30 PM   NBCSB

Philadelphia Union  August 11th       7:30 PM   NBCSB

at DC United            August 19th      6:00 PM    FS1

at Philadelphia Union  August 25th   TBD         NBCSB

Portland Timbers     September 1st   7:30 PM   NBCSB

at NYCFC                 September 5th   7:00 PM   NBCSB

at LAFC                    September 15th 10:30 PM NBCSB

Chicago Fire            September 22nd 7:30 PM  NBCSB

at Toronto FC          September 29th  7:30 PM  NBCSB

at Atlanta United    October 6th         3:30 PM  Univision

Orlando City           October 13th       7:30 PM  NBCSB

at Real Salt Lake     October 18th       9:30 PM  NBCSB

Montreal Impact    October 28th       4:30 PM  NBCSB

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Hello, Goodbye: The Week in Revolution News

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After a historic MLS Cup and several trades and transfers, the so called MLS silly season is in full swing. There have been many stories in the past week of rumors and signings. And the New England Revolution have been just as big a player in the craziness as the top clubs in the league. From trading a star player to bringing back a few familiar faces, here is a look at the week in news.

Kei Kamara Traded to Vancouver

Last Sunday, the day after Toronto FC defeated the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup, the Revolution made the first big move of the post cup offseason. Star striker Kei Kamara was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps for a 2019 first round pick in the 2019 SuperDraft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2020 SuperDraft. Kamara left New England the 10th highest goal scorer in MLS history with 98 regular season goals. Despite this he underperformed in his nearly two years with the Revolution compared to his 22 goal season before joining from Columbus. Thankfully the Revolution have attacking depth to make up for the loss of Kamara with forwards like Juan Agudelo and Krisztian Nemeth.

Revolution Hire Tottenham Fitness Coach

One of the promises that came with the hiring of new head coach Brad Friedel was that he could use his connections in Europe to make key acquisitions. The first of hopefully many was made on Thursday when the Revolution hired Friedel’s former fitness coach at Tottenham Anton McElhone.  “Anton’s experience at the very highest level of world soccer will be essential for our players to reach the physical fitness required to compete at elite levels,” Friedel said. “I worked with Anton for four years while at Tottenham and I know from firsthand experience all the qualities he possesses on and off the field. His dedication and professionalism will be important pieces for us as we work to move the club forward.” McElhone will take over as the Revolution’s new head of fitness.

Darius Barnes Retires

In an Instagram post this week, Revs legend Darius Barnes officially announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 30. “It is with great passion, excitement, fulfillment and enjoyment that I announce my retirement from professional soccer,” Barnes said in the post. “These have been the best 9 years of my life to say the least.” Barnes played his entire MLS career with the Revolution from 2009 to 2016 when he was released. This past year he played for the New York Cosmos of NASL. During his rookie year, Barnes played every minute of the season. He was only the second player in Major League Soccer history to do so after former Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst.

Revolution Re-Sign Four Players

After the first contract deadline day last month, the Revolution were left with one of the smallest rosters in the league with only 14 players. On Friday, they made an effort to expand the roster by re-signing four familiar faces from last season. Forwards Teal Bunbury and Brian Wright, defender Andrew Farrell, and goalkeeper Brad Knighton. “We’re pleased to have re-signed veteran presences such as Teal, Andrew, and Brad. They have been and will continue to be important parts of the club,” Revolution GM Michael Burns said. “In addition, we look forward to bringing back Brian as he continues to grow in his development as a player.”

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