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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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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 Players Called Up To National Teams For International Break

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This week see’s most of the world stop their club leagues and give their star players time to focus on their national team duty. Major League Soccer never really has an off week though as there will be five matches played between October 3rd and October 11th. The Revolution do not play during that time which gives their players the opportunity to help their national teams without interfering with the important final games of the season. Four Revolution players, Juan Agudelo, Antonio Delamea, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Zachary Herivaux were called up for their respective national teams.

Juan Agudelo will have been once again called up to the United States Men’s National Team. He joins the team during the critical final two games of their CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The US are fourth place in a group that sees the top 3 teams qualify for next years World Cup in Russia. During this past summer, Agudelo helped the USMNT win the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “Last time with the national team I was able to get a trophy,” Agudelo said. “This time I’m hoping to help the team qualify for the world cup.” A series of key injuries had to lead to Agudelo’s call-up. “I’m ready. There have been some injuries at my position. So whenever the country calls upon me I’m ready to be there, like a soldier.” In his senior international career, Agudelo has 26 appearances and 3 goals. The US plays Panama on Friday, October 6th and Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday, October 10th.

Antonio Delamea was called up to his native Slovenia for two very important World Cup Qualifiers. Slovenia is in a tight race advance past the group stages of the UEFA Qualifiers. They sit 1 point behind rival Slovakia for a possible second-round appearance in qualifying. Delamea has only had 2 caps with the national team in his international career, but he only cares about what’s best for the team. “I’m more like a team player” Delamea said. “I’m only focused on getting good results. I’m not thinking about myself.” If Slovenia qualifies for the World Cup it will only be their third after 2002 and 2010. Slovenia plays England on Thursday, October 5th and Scotland Sunday, October 8th.

Je-Vaughn Watson will join the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica for a friendly. The 33-year-old Watson has been a longtime veteran of the Jamaican National Team. He has had 71 caps and lead Jamaica to two consecutive second-place finishes in the CONCACAF Gold Cup including a trip to this years final where he scored the tying goal against the United States. When asked what he hopes to get out of the trip he said: “Continue to do good, try to score some goals, try to represent both myself and the club.” Jamaica will travel to play Saudi Arabia on Saturday, October 7th.

For 21-year-old homegrown player Zachary Herivaux this will be a special international trip. Along with being only his second international cap, Herivaux will be returning to Japan, the country of his birth, with the Haitian National Team. “Playing with Haiti is always an honor,” Herivaux said “But being able to play in my homeland, against Japan who I always grew up watching, and playing against my idols. It will be a lot of fun.” Herivaux has only played two open cup games with the Revolution this year so getting the playing time will be very valuable. “I know there is going to be a lot of fans there with the national team. It’s going to give me a lot of experience and it’s going to bring back a lot more confidence in me.” Haiti plays Japan on Tuesday, October 10th.

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