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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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Revolution Get A Dramatic First Road Win In Final Match of The Season

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On Decision Day in Major League Soccer most of the storylines involve things like the MVP race and playoff spots and seeding. So it would be easy to say that because none of these storylines were in the Revolution’s final match of the season in Montreal, there was nothing to fight for on either side. But, there was plenty to play for Sunday. The Revolution went in looking to avoid having a winless record on the road for the first time in the club’s history. And the Montreal Impact would be saying goodbye to the face of their franchise from before they were in the MLS Patrice Bernier.

The night started of in the Revolutions favor. In the 19th minute Krisztian Nemeth hit the post which bounced back to a waiting Diego Fagundez who put it in the back of the net. This continued Diego’s good form after he scored twice in last week’s win over NYCFC.

Right before halftime, Revolution defender Benjamin Angoua was called for a handball inside the box. This lead to an emotional penalty kick by the retiring captain Patrice Bernier. As he hit it into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Brad Knighton, the crowd erupted while Bernier’s parents rang Stade Supato’s North Star Bell to signal a goal.

The Impact entered the second half revitalized after seeing their hometown hero score an equalizer. Their excitement was quieted a mere 15 secons into the half after another Fagundez, Nemeth combo. This time Diego intercepted the ball in Montreal’s half and found Nemeth alone on goal to make the revolution lead 2-1.

Then in the 90th minute Montreal’s Matteo Mancosu redirected a cross into the net to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was the Italian forwards 2nd in three matches.

With only stoppage time left it looked as though it looked as though the Revolution’s season was going to end with obscure duality of the most home wins in club history and the first ever season without a road win. Then in the last minute of stoppage time, Kelyn Rowe scored a golazo from outside the box to give the Revs the win. As he went to celebrate his first goal of the year, Rowe pointed to the sky. Last Friday, the newest honorary member of the Revolution Devin Suau lost his battle with pediatric cancer at just 6 years old. Rowe, who is a nominee for MLS Humanitarian of the Year had gotten to know Devin. “It’s probably the most emotional goal I’ve ever scored in my career” said an emotional Rowe. When asked if he had some help on the goal, Rowe said “There was definitely someone looking after me tonight. There’s definitely a little kid smiling in Heaven.”

 

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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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