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New England Revolution Get Much Needed Win Over Real Salt Lake

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After losing five straight games the New England Revolution were able to record a victory on Saturday night with a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake at home in Foxborough. The Rev’s were able to get off to a hot start with  Scott Caldwell burying his third career goal in the opening minutes of this game to put the Rev’s in the driver seat.

Kei Kamara’s header off a corner kick by Lee Nguyen gave the Revolution a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, Fagundez tapped a pass from Rowe into a wide-open net in the 35th and Nguyen added a goal to make it 4-0 moments before halftime. Kamara’s goal was his 89th career regular season goal which brings him up to 10th all-time in MLS scoring chart.

Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded three saves en route to his third shutout of the 2017 MLS season. Cropper has now registered three shutouts over his last four matches at Gillette Stadium this season.

Rev’s coach Jay Heaps praised his offense and is exited about what New England can take away from this match offensively.

“That was one thing I was really excited about. You know how when you talk about basketball, you talk about assists. The goals were okay, good finishes, but the plays to make the goal was what I was really excited about. I thought guys were really dynamic in the first pass and the second pass that opened up the goal. I still want to go back and look at it on film, but live, it felt like really good passing. I thought Lee’s [Nguyen] to Kelyn [Rowe], that played Diego [Fagundez] for the goal.  And even Scotty’s [Caldwell] on the first one, making a good run across and Diego played a great ball. Kei [Kamara] played Lee perfectly. Good timed runs. And the other one was a great service. Everything, when you look about assists, you think about playmaking. You think about the ball that’s delivered. That’s good football, when that final ball is good, we can finish it.”

With the win the Revolution move to a 3-4-4 record and sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings. It is worth noting the Rev’s are 3-0-2 at home and 0-4-2 on the road and the Rev’s have not lost at home in nine straight matches.

The next game for New England comes on May 21st at home against Columbus Crew SC.

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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