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New England Revolution Fall To FC Dallas 2-1 And Remain Winless

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New England Revolution Fall To FC Dallas 2-1 And Remain Winless

In their second match of the MLS season the New England Revolution came up just short once again as they fell to FC Dallas 2-1.

The Rev’s kicked off the scoring in the match with Midfielder Lee Nguyen converting a penalty kick after Antonio Delamea was brought down in the box in the 9th minute. The 1-nill lead would be won the Revolution would hold until the 71st minute when Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti scores on a rebound opportunity after Cody Cropper stops the initial shot from Michael Barrios.

Unfortunately for the New England Revolution they failed to recover after Urruti’s goal, because in the 77th minute Urruti scored his second goal of the game after recovering a  long distance pass from Hernán Grana, he smashed it home past the Rev’s goaltender at the near post to make it a 2-1 game.

In the loss the Revolution gave  MLS midfielder Xavier Kouassi his MLS debut. Kouassi signed a pre-contract with the Revolution as a designated player in February of 2016 and joined the club four months later. Kouassi played 79 minutes before being replaced by Femi-Hollinger Janzen.

The Rev’s were seemingly one or two plays away from winning the match, ultimately though Dallas’s strong effort in the 70-80th minutes of the game killed the positive play New England had in the first half of the game. The Rev’s made a couple of late pushes in the attempt to net the equalizer but Dallas’s effort to slow the game down and run the clock down worked to the dismay of Rev’s coach Jay Heaps who voiced his displeasure to the officials to no avail.

For the Revolution this loss moves their record to 0-2 on the young MLS season despite solid efforts in both of their losses. But giving a good effort isn’t enough to win games and hopefully for New England fans they will see a win when New England returns home for their 2017 home opener against Minnesota United FC this upcoming Saturday.

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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5 Players The Revs Could Take in The SuperDraft

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This Friday January 19th, all 23 teams in Major League Soccer will congregate to Philadelphia to take part in the first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The New England Revolution have three picks in the four round draft. Two in the first round (8th and 9th overall) and one in the fourth round (78th overall). over the years the SuperDraft has lost its importance and has become a place to find players who will fill depth on a roster rather then finding your clubs next big star. However, the Revolution have found themselves in an interesting position with two first round picks. They could use these two picks to either keep and hope to find another Julian Gressel (who was taken 8th last year by Atlanta United and became rookie of the year) or trade the picks in order to move up the draft board or acquire a proven veteran or allocation money. If they keep the picks there may not be an opportunity to get the elite prospects like Joao Moutinho from Akron or Tomas Hilliard-Arce from Stanford. But here are some of college soccers best who could still be on the board.

Tristan Blackmon, Defensman, Pacific 

At the moment the Revolution only have two center backs and 1 right back. This makes Pacific University’s Tristan Blackmon a perfect fit in shaping the Revs roster considering he plays both center back and right back as his primary positions. At 6-2 180 lb Blackmon is a physical threat on both offense and defense. Over four years at Pacific Blackmon played 70 games and scored 16 goals and 9 assists. In 2017 he earned West Coast Conference Defender of the Year.

Chris Mueller, Midfielder/Forward, Wisconsin

This one is probably a stretch to fall this far down but it’s not impossible. With the loss of Kei Kamara and Lee Nguyen reportedly requesting a trade the Revolution need to invest in attacking for a team that is known for it. In the hypothetical scenario where Lee Nguyen leaves, University of Wisconsin’s  Chris Mueller could be a potential replacement. Last Year Mueller became the first player in more than a decade to record 20 assists in a season while winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Regardless of how the Revs attack develops this offseason, Mueller would find a way to compete.

Mo Adams, Midfielder, Syracuse 

After letting go of both Xavier Kouassi and Gershon Koffie, the Revolution left a hole at defensive midfielder. Then last week they signed Wilfried Zahibo, a French defensive midfielder who has some experience in La Liga. Still, it would be nice to have some depth in that area of the field. Mo Adams seems like a talent that could add some security to the position. The Nottingham, England native grew up in the academies of both Nottingham Forest and Derby County. While at Syracuse University Adams was named Second Team All ACC. For this years draft Adams was signed to Generation Adidas which allows college players early access into the draft to compete with Europe.

Edward Opoku, Forward, Virginia 

Edward Opoku has come a long way to get to this stage. The 5-7 140 lb forward with great speed was born in Ghana. He came to the United States through the Right to Dream Program. He was the MVP of the 2014 High School All-American game and spent 3 years at the University of Virgina. At Virginia Opoku played 53 games scoring 16 goals and 9 assists. Opoku was also added to Generation Adidas but did not attend this years combine which might hurt his draft stock.

Wyatt Omsberg, Defender, Dartmouth 

Going into the combine for this year’s draft Dartmouth University’s Wyatt Omsberg was probably the most underrated player from this year’s draft class. But after a strong combine Omsberg is surging up draft boards as a top ten option at center back. He’s a towering presence at 6-4 and fills a need for the Revolution in defense. Omsberg had 73 caps at Dartmouth and last year was named Second Team All-American. It seems that the Maine native would fit right at home in New England.

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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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