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New England Revolution Have Last Years U.S. Open Cup Finals Loss In Their Minds

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New England Revolution Have Last Years U.S. Open Cup Finals Loss In Their Minds

Last season in the U.S. Open Cup Finals the New England Revolution lost to FC Dallas 4-2 in a disappointing loss for the Rev’s. This Saturday the Revolution will have the chance to play Dallas once again and a couple of New England players have that finals loss in the back of their minds as they look to grab their first win of the young MLS season.

“Obviously, I think last year, making the finals was exciting and obviously disappointing not taking that home” said defender Andrew Farrell.” Not for me necessarily, I just want to win every game. Obviously, it’s going to be a tough environment, but obviously, we’re hoping to get the three points. ”

For others they are using last years finals loss as motivation, and that is the case with New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe.

“You want to hold on as much as you can if it’s a positive way. Some guys will hold their heads and say, ‘I didn’t play well that game,’ and it may transfer over in a negative way. But if you have a positive kind of fire in your belly, absolutely, carry as much as you can. But, each guy is a little different. [For] myself, yeah, a little fire in my belly. We didn’t show great in that Final, I want to make sure we show a lot better. Like I said, I’m excited about this trip. ”

Hopefully this time around the Revolution come out with the win as they are looking to grab their first win early this season and hopefully avoid losing two straight to start their MLS season. Despite losing in week 1 though the Revolution still pulled out positive things from that match that they hopefully can build on against Dallas.

“You can definitely pull some of the things. We know there are things we didn’t do well enough in Colorado that we have to use in Dallas. We kind of came into the season, we saw the schedule, and we knew we were going to have some difficult road games. We’ve all been mentally prepared and we’re just looking forward to it.”

Saturdays match is an 8:00pm eastern time start and can be viewed locally in New England on CSNNE.

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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