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Revolution Looking To Build Off Recent Success As They Prepare For Chicago

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Revolution Looking To Build Off Recent Success As They Prepare For Chicago

The New England Revolution are winners of two straight matches. One against the LA Galaxy and the other this past weekend against the Philadelphia Union. Coming up on Saturday the Rev’s have the chance to make it three straight.

But the challenges of going on the road are a daunting task. Revolution Coach Jay Heaps is looking to take the positives from the previous two games and use it to their advantage on the road.

“I think to use the positives and try to keep momentum going, but at the same time, understand the things that we did in each of the games that got us the results. It was hard work and it started here on the pitch on the training field.”

New England is always looking to put in a solid week of training ahead of their matches. Of course the definition of the good week changes from coach-to-coach. Coach Heaps definition includes setting objectives for the squad and hitting those throughout the week.

“Obviously, when you outline the objectives for the day and you put it together in a big picture for the week and then we hit on all those objectives. Obviously, as a staff, we discuss it with the players, what we want to hit. Last week, it was simple messages, but we hit all the objectives in each training session.”

The Chicago Fire poise an interesting challenge for New England. Chicago sits in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and New England will need to be locked in if they hope to grab their third victory in a row.

Whenever you go on the road, the margins for error shrink. We just have to lock in and have the principled defending be key, and I think offensively, we’ll get chances. We just have to make sure we don’t give anything away.”

Against the Union, New England was able to maintain a shut out in an impressive defensive effort. That effort is something they will need again to control the Fire.

“Of course. That’s how we usually approach each game, but in particular, the road games, because like I said, the margins for error are very slim. For us. if we can focus for 90 minutes and play – I guess that focus is on both sides of the ball, but more so on the defensive side – we’ll be alright.”

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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