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Revolution Discuss Why Union Are A Tough Opponent

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The New England Revolution take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Philadelphia poses as a tough opponent to the Rev’s who are looking to win their second straight MLS match after defeating the LA Galaxy this past weekend.

New England is aware of the challenges they face this weekend with Coach Jay Heaps knowing a full effort is needed to pull out a victory.

“I think they’re a good team. Anytime you play a team — I think we’ve got to give them our best. I think that unfortunately, they’ve made it difficult for us and we have not been able to get anything going, any momentum against them. So for me, it’s really important that we can put the game, at some point, on our terms. The last two times we played them, we were never on our terms ever in that game. It’s critical that we do that from the opening whistle.” 

Coach Heaps isn’t the only one aware of the difficulty of facing Philly. Revolution defensemen Chris Tierney is well versed in the challenges the Union present.

“They bring a lot of fight.” said Tierney” They’ve got some guys up top that are really tough to deal with in [C.J.] Sapong, and [Chris] Pontius will be coming back. They have [Fafa] Picault who has a lot of pace on the other side and then they have got quality guys in the middle of the field. We have to put the game on our terms and not let those guys get a run on us. We’ve got to put them under pressure, play the ball in their end, and make their defenders defend.”

One thing that New England is counting on to help them is players returning from international duty and from injury. Players like Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe, and Je-Vaughn Watson all missed time due to international call-ups. While others like Xavier Kouassi and Daigo Kobayashi missed time with injuries.

Against the Union, the New England Revolution expect to have a full squad. According to Tierney, this is a big help for the Rev’s.

“In that tough stretch we had there, we were missing arguably two of our most influential players [in Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe], three with Je-Vaughn [Watson], and then we had guys that were injured, [Xavier] Kouassi and Daigo [Kobayashi]. Having your full selection of players is something that every team wants. We have said that we were really happy to see those guys to get calls, but we’re also really happy to see them come back.”

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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