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New England Revolution Beats United, Advances In U.S. Open Cup

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New England Revolution Beats D.C. United 2-1 at Harvard University’s Jordan Field, Advances In U.S. Open Cup

Things are heating up for the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup.

On Wednesday night the Rev’s took down D.C. United 2-1 in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup at Harvard University’s Jordan Field. With the win, the New England Revolution advance to the Quarterfinal and will either host the Philadelphia Union on July 11th, or the New York Red Bulls on July 13. Either of those two potential matches would take place on Jordan Field.

D.C. United’s José Guillermo Ortiz opened scoring in the seventh minute. Diego Fagundez responded with an equalizer shortly before halftime with the first goal of his U.S. Open Cup career. Fagundez’s goal came via a free kick from the 18-yard box past the outstretch reach of United goalkeeper Travis Worra.

On the other side of halftime, forward Brian Wright put New England ahead with his first professional goal. Wright’s goal came via  a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area that ended up being the game winner for the Rev’s.

Rev’s coach Jay Heaps wasn’t surprised by Wright’s effectiveness in a ten plus minute burst he had, but the goal for him is to stay consistent.

We see that, we want more of that” said Jay Heaps after the game”. That is where Brian (Wright) continues too stay that consistent and do that. We see that in training, we get that on the big field. I thought a couple of weeks ago in the Open Cup against Rochester there were moments, but tonight was a really solid performance all the way around. Unfortunately he isn’t 90 minutes fit yet so he ran out of gas a little bit. But for me, I am really proud on how he came about and scored his goal.

Wright’s first goal came mere minutes after he came inches away from scoring initially. He was able to recover and fought his way back in and net his first career goal. After the game Wright talked about what happened during that play and how he will remember the moment.

I had a couple of opportunities “said Brain Wright after the game”. I missed the first one, hit the crossbar. But I was happy to get that second one and turned the defender and put it away.

Probably just keep the jersey to be honest. Just happy to get the result and just moving forward.

The shot differential in this match was a lopsided affair. New England took 16 shots with 5 on target, D.C. only managed to get off 9 shots with only 1 on target which turned out to be Ortiz’s goal in the 7th minute. The Rev’s shot advantage was huge considering that they only possessed the ball 43.7% of the time compared to D.C.’s 56.3%.

With many players for New England either injured or being called up for international play (7 players called up), Rev’s coach Jay Heaps was impressed with what he saw from his squad.

Great effort from everybody, from start to finish, guys knew what we had to do. We didn’t have a full bench because of the injuries and the callups. Excited the guys were able to put the full shift in, and really have good performances.

New England returns to action on July 2 for a nationally televised MLS match on FS1 against the Philadelphia Union. The match kicks off at 5:00 p.m. ET.

With a quick recovery time it is tricky to mange a roster but Coach Heaps illustrated the planning that goes into a quick turnaround for them.

We were realistic about guys that could go 90, guys that we may want to get in, and I think also with it being a midweek, and having the extra day of rest we wanted to get all of our guys so minutes as well.

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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New England Revolution Draw With San Antonio In Mobile Mini Sun Cup Match

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In their second match of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup match the New England Revolution eclipsed their second draw in as many games with a 3-3 draw with San Antonio FC.

Teal Bunbury had the hot foot in this one with a pair of first-half goals alongside an Antonio Delamea header that had the Revs tallying 3 first-half goals. Unfortunately for New England, their three first-half goals were the only ones they scored in the entire match.

“I think we’ve been focusing a lot on fitness and I think when it can pay off like that, I think it’s great” Bunbury said after the match.”, it’s huge, and it motivates us more to be able to pick those times when to press and when not to. When everybody’s bought into wanting to work for each other, and our fitness level is high enough, we’re going to be able to outwork a lot of teams.”

San Antonio entered the second half with a two-goal deficit but was able to quickly recover taking advantage of New Englands six man half-time substitution by scoring two goals in a three-minute span off the foot of Éver Guzmán.

“The second half gave away two sloppy goals, but it’s always nice when some of the players that come in, sort of like a Brandon, he came in and got 90 minutes, Scotty [Caldwell] another 90 minutes, Mark, who hasn’t played against professional teams very much at all, only a few games in his career, it’s nice for them to go two goals behind and then try to hang on and then get back on top. There was a lot of good to take from the first half, some bad and then some good from the second half. I think it was important, the minutes are always important and it’s always essential that we get no injuries.” said Head Coach Brad Friedel.

New England had Brandon Bye, Scott Caldwell, and Brad Knighton all playing the full 90 minutes and the match also saw the debut of Revolution Academy player Kevin Vang who joined the Revs on Friday.

The New England Revolution will play two more preseason games in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup before kicking of their regular season campaign on March 3rd at the Philadelphia Union. The Revs will return to action in Tuscon on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City and will then close out the tournament on Saturday against an opponent that has yet to be determined.

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 The New England Revolution are on the lookout for the best EA Sports FIFA gamer in the City of Boston. The team is looking for an gamer to represent the club at the official eMLS Cup competition.

Major League Soccer and EA SPORTS debuted a new competitive gaming league for EA SPORTS FIFA 18. A total of 19 MLS clubs will recruit and sign representatives to participate in the inaugural eMLS Cup,

The event is set to take place April 5-8, 2018 during PAX East in Boston. The winner will earn the right to represent MLS in the FIFA eWorld Cup in August. 

 In preparation for the main event, the Revolutions tournament is set to take place on February 23 at the Microsoft Store in the Prudential Center. The top player from that event will represent the Revs in the eMLS cup.

For complete tournament details and to register for the tournament, fans may visit the club website here.

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Revolution Draw With FC Dallas In First Mobile Mini Sun Cup Match

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The New England Revolution opened up the first of four Mobile Mini Sun Cup matches in Tuscon Arizona with a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas on Wednesday.

New England had a strong second half effort with both of their goals coming in the second with Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez helping the Revs come back twice against Dallas.

“I don’t think we all want to concede first, but sometimes it happens that way. I think you saw form the team, we all stepped it up. We got a goal back and the game changed a little bit, and we kept attacking on them and we knew the game was going our way. But then the game is just one way and [then] another, but at the end, we got it done.” Fagundez said to the media after the game.

New England’s ability to come back was nice to see, but Head Coach Brad Friedel sees a lot of chances to improve.

“FC Dallas is ahead again in fitness, which is really good for us because we’ve played a lot of teams that have been a little bit ahead. They’ve got a [CONCACAF] Champions League game just around the corner, so that was good that we got to play them. I thought other than the first 10 minutes, which were a little slow for us, I was really happy with a lot of the chances we created. Really happy with the way that we were building out of the back. There was a lot more bravery, if you like, on the ball, and the players are starting to be used to the system.”

The Revolution will play three more preseason games in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup before kicking off the regular season at the Philadelphia Union on March 3. The club will return to action in Tucson on Saturday, Feb. 17 against San Antonio FC and will then play Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Feb. 21, before closing out the tournament against an opponent to be determined on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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