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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 Send Fans Home Happy In Record Breaking Win

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With any hopes of making the playoffs diminished thanks to a New York Red Bulls win last week, it may have seemed like there was nothing left to play for in the Revolution’s season. But in fact the Revs had an opportunity to do something that had not been done in the club’s history. Win 12 games at home in a single season. They have had 11 home wins twice before including the magical MLS Cup run in 2014. The Revs were also looking to play spoiler to an New York City FC team who would clinch a playoff bye with a win. So in the final home match of the season, the Revolution wanted to give the faithful at Gillette one last time to celebrate this year.

After a quiet first 25 minutes the Revolution encountered a game changer they had seen four times in the past five games, a red card. This time though, the call went in the Revolution’s favor after 2nd year player Jack Harrison slid studs up into Teal Bunbury. The Revolution were a man up with plenty of time left.

The Revs failed to capitalize in the first half entering halftime in a scoreless draw. Then in the 51st minute, Diego Fagundez took a shot from just outside the box on an assist from Andrew Ferrall for his first goal since June 3rd. Later in the second minute of stoppage time, Fagundez found the back of the net again on his own rebound off NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

The Revolution were minutes away from a shutout when only seconds after Fagundez’s second goal, NYCFC sent the ball up field and it fell to Khiry Shelton who headed it over Brad Knighton who was visibly upset that he had lost his clean sheet on such a freak play.

Despite that scare, the Revolution ended the game on top 2-1. The win was a bizarre, bittersweet moment for the team. They had broken a club record for home wins despite not making the playoffs. The Revolution have one more match on Sunday in Montreal before they say goodbye to the 2017 season.

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Delamea, Bunbury and Rowe Among Winners In Annual Revolution Team Awards

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Before Sunday’s final home match of the season, the Revolution kicked off Fan Appreciation Night by announcing the recipients of the Revolution team awards. The awards are handed out each year to players from both the senior team and the Revolution Academy.

Antonio Delamea won both Defender of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Delamea has proven to be one of the Revolutions best signings when he transferred from Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, becoming the first Slovenian to play in Major League Soccer. He scored one goal and one assist and played 2,547 minutes in 29 matches for the Revs this season. He was also added to a shortlist for both MLS defender and newcomer of the year. With the MVP win, Delamea joins a list of Revolution legends that include Shalrie Joseph, Matt Reis, and Taylor Twellman.

The Player’s Player of the Year which is voted on by the clubs players was awarded to Teal Bunbury. His season had a frustrating start. After spending most of the season on the bench, Bunbury made his first start on July 2nd against the Philadelphia Union. Since then he has scored 7 goals in 14 games becoming one of the most in-form players in Major League Soccer. In an interview on this week’s Far Post Podcast, Teal Bunbury was asked about the ups and downs of the season. “I’m always a guy who wants to work hard in training, wants to work hard in the games but just want’s a fair shot” he said. “If I’m out there I’m playing for my teammates”.

For the fourth straight year, the Humanitarian of the Year went to Kelyn Rowe. Rowe’s presence off the field has been as important as his contributions on the field. He’s worked with several charities including the Jessie Rees Foundation and Kelyn’s NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) Crew. The latter was started in 2015 and gives children with cancer a chance to experience a Revolution game and walk around the Gillette Stadium pitch. This year was also a highlight year for Rowe on the field. He was called up to the United States National Team for the first time to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in which he scored a goal against Nicaragua and helped the US win the tournament.

The award for Academy Player of the Year went to Joe Britto. The 18-year-old midfielder from Connecticut has been called up to youth national team camps since 2013. He supports the Revolution, Benfica, Portugal, and the US Men’s National Team, and his favorite players are Neymar, Pablo Aimar and Christiano Ronaldo. Britto is attending UNC Charlotte who was the Conference USA regular season champions in 2016.

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Revolution Officially Eliminated From Playoff Contention

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The New England Revolution’s playoff hopes are now a mathematical impossibility. This is thanks to the New York Red Bulls beating the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday, securing the 6th and final playoff spot in the eastern conference. New York won decisively 3-0 having 56.8% possession and 18 total shots to Vancouver’s 3.

The Revolution’s chances of making the playoffs were slim and relied on a lot of scoreboard watching for both the team and the fans. They needed to win both their final two games and New York would have to get less than three points in their final three games. Before Saturday, the Red Bulls were on an eight-game winless streak. That streak did not include a loss in the US Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City.

New England still has two matches remaining this season. Their final home match is on Sunday, October 15th. That match will be fan appreciation night at Gillette Stadium and all week leading up to the match. The last match of the season will see them travel to Montreal to take on the Impact.

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