Revolution Making A Statement In The MLS East

The New England Revolution is making a statement with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. In a stunning victory, the team has a comfortable lead over the Philadelphia Union and Orlando City. With two shutouts to their record, excitement is starting to heat up. In this post, we will review three reasons why the Revolution is a serious MLS Cup contender in 2021.

Searching For Consistency

The main objective in 2021 is to find consistency. Consistency in both the defensive department and the offensive department. Goalkeeping wise the tandem of Matt Turner and Brad Knighton remains the best in MLS.

Only eight games in the Revolution are 5-2-1 with 17 points. With two stellar shutouts over Columbus and Cincinnati, the club’s defense has been superior. Scoring still is an area of concern. Forwards Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa lead the team in scoring. Buska in particular has been putting additional pressure on himself to score more.

Depth On defense

What I like about this year’s squad is the depth. Particularly on defense, the squad is just as deep as anyone in the MLS. Newcomer Christian Mafla signed from Colombia brings speed and excellent coverage skills.

As for the goalkeeping department, the Revolution signed Earl Edwards Jr. as a depth move. Edwards spent the past six seasons with Orlando City. In that period he appeared in six games.

Mafla will be a welcomed addition with a deep defensive group. He should give the goalkeepers added confidence with his experience.

Leagues Best Goalkeeper

Every MLS fan knows that goalkeeper Matt Turner is the game’s best. Coming off his best season in 2020 Turner is over to another amazing year. Last season Turner recorded a league_best six shutouts. After eight games this season, he has already two shutouts. Rumors are swirling that he and Tajon Buchanon may leave to play overseas for the United States National Team.

Conclusion

With a remarkable start, the club needs to stay focused on the long season ahead. With 34 games remaining it will take a total team effort to remain at the top in the MLS East.

Revolution Gearing Up For Another Championship Run

The New England Revolution is gearing up for another championship run. After a heartbreaking loss 1-0 to Columbus in the 2020 finals, the club looks forward to 2021. Last season, the Revolution finished 8th in the East. After a thrilling 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, fans left heartbroken in the finals. With some new faces, the team looks to pick up where it left off last year.

Depth On Defense

The organization added defender John Bell in the offseason. Bell was selected by the San Jose Earthquake, in the 2020 MLS Super Draft. He is extremely fast and has superior passing skills. He will provide solid depth to the defensive unit.

In other moves, the team added midfielder Lucas Felix, also known as Maciel. Maciel is from Brazil. He was a ten_ year veteran of the famous Botafogo soccer academy. He has a World Championship on his resume.

Also joining the team were midfielder Wilfred Khartoum. Kaptoum is a Cameroonian football player. He is experienced in the world soccer community with over 100 professional appearances. With all the off _season activity, the Revolution improved from last season.

Nucleus Is Still Together

With the off_ season additions, the club’s nucleus is still together. The group of Teal Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa, Carlos Gil, Andrew Farrell, Matt Polster, Matt Turner, Taejon Buchanon, and Brad Knighton provide the skill and experience to be a serious contender.

Superior Goalkeeping

The strength of this club is goalkeeping. The Revolution is blessed to have the league’s best goalkeeper in Matt Turner. Turner made 22 appearances in 2020. Overall, he posted an 8-7-7 record. He was also voted MLS player of the week three times. Reserves Brad Knighton and Earl EdwardsJr provide capable backup.

Conclusion

The difference between this year’s roster and last is its depth. The defense is vastly improved. With, two new mid _fielders the Revolution is in position to make a deep playoff run.

Revolution Season Ends In A heartbreaking Loss

The New England Revolution’s season came to a heartbreaking loss Sunday, as the team lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew. Columbus mid_fielder Artur scored the game_winner in the 58th minute. In this post, we will review three positives that the Revolution can look forward to in 2021.

Revolution Season Ends In a Heartbreaking Loss

13 Players Under Contract

Heading into next season, the Revolution will have 13 players under contract. Notable players under contract are Taejon Buchanon, Brandon Bye, Matt Turner, Gustavo Bou, and Alexander Button are just some players who will return in 2021.

Head coach Bruce Arena feels that the club has made significant gains from last season. Arena feels the team needs to strengthen its attacking department.

In Sunday’s loss, the Crew’s midfielders completely controlled the game. Star play _maker Lucas Zalaryan proved too much for the Revolution defenders. Star mid_fielder Artur took a pass from defender Johnathan Mensah for the game _winner.

Significant Improvements From 2019

The club had a significantly better season in 2020 than last season. Last year in 2019 the Revolution finished in 7th place with an 11-11 record and 12 ties. They averaged 1.33 points per game.

While in the bubble in 2020 the club finished 8-7-8 for 23 points, They scored 1.33 points per game. Defensively the club is one of the better teams in the MLS.

They still have one of the game’s best goalkeepers in Matt Turner. Down the stretch, Turner was fearless in dramatic wins over Philadelphia and Orlando. The club, however, did not pick up the option on backup Brad Knighton’s contract.

Bright Future With The Current Group

With the core group intact, the club will set higher expectations in 2021. The team has gained confidence and feels it can finally be a contender in the tough MLS East. The team broke a barrier by defeating the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution previously was 0-5.

Sunday’s loss was an excellent building block for the Revolution. Aside from 13 players under contract, the organization needs to decide on several other key players. Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Antonio Delamea are a big part of the future that needs to be resigned.

Conclusion

Despite a heartbreaking loss,2021 should be even better. Head coach Bruce Arena is the game’s best. Considering the team came so close to going to the championship, they should only be better in 2021.

Revolution Hanging Tough With Playoffs Close

The New England Revolution is gearing up for a late _season playoff run. Currently, the Revolution is sitting in 5th place in the MLS East. New England is 4points behind Toronto and in front of NYCFC  and the New York City Red Bulls. In this post, we will review three areas why The Revolution needs to hang tough with the playoffs close.

Revolution Hanging Tough With Playoffs Close                                                               Needs To Create More Scoring Opportunities In the past five games the Revolution has won two games ties 2 and lost to Philadelphia. In the loss to the Union, New England had many opportunities but could not connect. Attacker Tajun Buchanon scored in the 95th minute.

The next test comes Friday against Nashville in Nashville. With 28 points, the Revolution need to continue to attack. They need as many wins as possible, in order to have any hopes of surviving the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Team Is Fairly Healthy Overall, the club is healthy. If the Revolution hopes to gain any ground in the East it begins with an offense. They have one of the best defenses in the league. Goalkeeper Matt Turner continues to play stellar in goal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Superior Coaching  Head coach Bruce Arena needs to coach up his young team. The offense still plagues the Revolution. New England continues to struggle against Toronto and Philadelphia. The last loss against the Union did not help the team’s confidence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Revolution will need to devise some offensive strategies. With only four games left the club needs every point, it can get. Talent _wise,  the club is slightly better this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Conclusion   Revolution fans are praying for a successful playoff run.  The Revolution has reached respectability in two_years. With one game against Philadelphia left they need to send a message.

Winning soccer has finally returned to Boston again. In Bruce Arena, the organization has one of the most successful coaches in MLS history.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Revolution Return From Pandemic Break With A Quest For The Playoffs

The  New England Revolution returned from the pandemic break in hope of earning a playoff spot. Sunday, the team advanced to the knockout round with a 0-0 tie with Toronto. In this post, we will evaluate three reasons why the Revolution has a chance at the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Revolution Return From The Pandemic Break, With A Quest For The Playoffs                                                                                                                       

Advance To The Knockout Round  Sunday the Revolution earned a 0-0 tie with Toronto. This means the Revolution advance to the knockout round. Also, Sunday’s effort was the last outing in games with group C

The Revolution is currently tied with Toronto. Each team has five points. Saturday the Revolution will face Philadelphia as the playoff hunt continues.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Superior Goaltending  Goalkeeper Matt Turner continues to be excellent. In four games this year, Turner is 1-1-2  and a GAA of 7. Reserve goalkeepers Brad Knighton and Jeff Caldwell have yet to see action this season.

In two Turner has played in 48 straight games. Since he signed as a free agent in 2019 his overall record is 16-15 16. If the Revolution hope to make a statement Turner is a key factor for the Revolution.

 

Well balanced  In order to advance past the knockout round, the offense needs to crank it up. Gustavo Bou is the team’s leading striker with 22 shots. Eight have been on goal. To his credit, he has one goal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Along with Gustavo Bou, the club gets significant performances from Diego Fagundez, Teal Bunbury, and Adam Buksa. Defensively Andrew Farrell and Scott Caldwell continue to be on of the leagues best.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Looking Ahead If the players stay safe and healthy, the remainder of the season will be interesting.  Head coach Bruce Arena continues to put an exciting team on the field. The team MVP is Matt Turner. However, he can’t do it alone. The scoring continues to be an issue. Defensively the team is one of the leagues best. If they can put it together, a playoff spot is a strong possibility.

Optimistic Best Describes Revolution Outlook For The 2020 MLS Season

If there is a word to describe the upcoming 2020 Revolution season, the word is optimistic. Head coach, Bruce Arena guides his team for a second straight season. With two new expansion teams, Miami and Nashville rosters at this point are sketchy. In this post, we will examine three strongpoints the Revolution have looking ahead to next season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Optimistic Best Describes Revolution Outlook For The 2020 Season                                                                                                                                                                                                Goalkeeping  If there is one department with the depth it’s the goalkeeping department. With two new expansion teams slated for next year veteran, Cody Cropper may be the odd man out. Factor in his 577,000 dollar salary he is a bargain.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cropper, however, had a  solid season,for the 11w 11l 12 Draw  Revolution. His experience would be hard to pass up in this year’s January draft.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Matt Turner and Brad Knighton give the Revolution a significant tandem. Turner signed a lucrative contract with the organization last summer. Knighton played well enough down the stretch to make a solid bid for next year’s backup.                                                                                                                                                    Midfielders    Another strong area ,is the midfielder department. A strong core group led by Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Luis Caicedo, Carlos Gil, and Wilfried Zahibo provides the team with plenty of depth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Players on the bubble could be veterans Scott Caldwell and Diego Fagundez. Fagundez’s productivity dropped dramatically from a year ago. Playing in only 25 games Fagundez scored only 2goals and 3 assists. Do not be surprised if the club leaves him unprotected in the upcoming draft.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Forward Area The third bright spot for the revolution is the forward department. Led by Gustavo Bou the team tallied an overall 50 goals. Bou the greatest signing in team history is surrounded by Teal Bunbury, Cristian Penilla and Juan Agudelo.                                                                                                                                    Penilla is the team’s best winger. In 2019 he had only 5 goals a considerable drop of 13 goals the previous year. Even though his production dropped, he is still one of the team’s most skilled players. Look for him only to get better in 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The 2020 Season Outlook Considering it was Bruce Arena’s first year the organization improved significantly. If there is one area,the club needs to improve on its defense. The team allowed 57 goals in 2019 approximately 1.68 goals per game. Depending on who gets left unprotected look for a busy offseason for the Revolution.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This past weekend the Revolution signed Dutch defender Alexander Button. Button 30 yrs old has agreed to a two_ year deal with the team. Button a twelve_ year European veteran has averaged 20 goals and 37 assists. Button joins a thin defensive group along with Edgar Castillo,and DeQuan Jones.

Revolution Gearing Up For Playoffs With An Impressive Win Over New York City

The Revolution have secured the fourth playoff spot with a 2-0 win over New York City. Superb goaltending by Matt Turner Earned The Revolution their first playoff berth since 2007. Turner’s shutout New York and the Revolution have remained undefeated since an August 9th loss to the LA Galaxy. In this post, we will examine three areas that have propelled the Revolution’s success this season.                                                                                                                

Revolution Gearing Up  For P layoffs  After An Impressive 2-0 Win Over New York City                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mid _season Shakeup  Midway through the 2019 season, the Revolution dismissed head coach Brad Friedel and replaced him with Bruce Arena. In hiring Arena, The Revolution got one of the most successful coaches in MLS history.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Since hiring Arena, the Revolution has enjoyed an eleven game unbeaten streak. Their last loss was August ninth at the hands of the LA Galaxy. As a coach Arena is one of the most successful coaches in MLS history. His work ethic and professionalism have impacted the performance of the Revolution significantly this season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Balanced Roster   With one game remaining this season, the Revolution enter the playoffs with a well_ balanced roster.  Goalkeeping is the strength of the team’s roster. Veteran Cody Cropper, along with Matt Turner and Brad Knighton provide depth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As a team, the Revolution ranks fifth in the MLS in scoring. In 2019 the team scored 49 goals and 50 assists.  Offensively, Carlos Gil, Gustavo Bou, Teal Bumbry, Juan Oquendo, and Diego Fagundez are a threat to any team.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Defensively, the organization gave up 1.64 GAA this season. Led by Andy Farrell and Scott Caldwell the Revolution have one of the best defenses in the league.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lot Of Character  Since Bruce Arena took over the Revolution have played with grit and character. The team has enjoyed an eleven hame unbeaten streak. Goalkeeper Matt Turner’s  2-0 shutout over New York City is just one example of great things to come under the new regime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Playoffs  It’s been twelve year’s since Revolution fans  have enjoyed a playoff soccer team in Foxborough.  In 2019 the club had an 8-4 record at home and  a 3-8-5  record on the road. Like any sport  championship teams find way’s to win  at both home and on the road.

Revolution Shakeup Points The Organization in the Right Direction

The recent firing of Revolution coach Brad Friedel marks the beginning of a new era for the New England Revolution. The 2019 season has been somewhat of a disappointment for Revolution fans. Currently, the club sits in eleventh place in the MLS soccer standings. This month the Kraft family decided to go in another direction and hired well respected Bruce Arena to guide the organization. As a coach, Arena is one of the most successful coaches in soccer history. In this post, we will review three why hiring Bruce Arena is a step in the right direction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One Of The Most Successful Coaches In MLS history                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In Arena, New England gets one of the most successful coaches in soccer history. His resume includes five  MLS Cup championships. Three with the LA Galaxy in 2011, 2912,  and 2014.  Also, a Supporters Cup Shield in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                             The decision to fire  Brad Friedel came as a result of another slow start by the Revolution.  Friedel compiled a 12-21-13  record in his brief tenure as head coach, Certainly not good enough to compete for a world cup.                                                                                                                                                                                                               For the past five seasons, the Revolution have been struggling at the bottom. Currently, the Revolution are 4-8-4 and stand in 11th place in the MLS East. With Arenas, winning history fans can expect a total housecleaning.                                                                                                                                                                                   Impressive Resume    Another reason for the hiring of Arena, was his remarkable resume. He began his coaching career after graduating from Cornell in the late sixties. At Cornell. he participated in soccer and was the team’s goalkeeper for four years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for his coaching experience, Arena has had a brilliant career coaching the LA Galaxy, DC United, and NY Red Bulls.  In Los Angeles Arena guided the Galaxy to three MLS titles Also, in 1996  and 1998 he led DC United to two World Cups. Not to mention a supporters cup in 1995.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Winning Formula  Taking over the Revolution will be a challenge. As an organization, the club has never won a US Cup. despite four attempts in the early part of the millennial. In 2000 the team won a US open cup trophy.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Future Ahead  By hiring Arena the Kraft family is sending a message that significant changes are coming. After their worst start in franchise history, the  team can only go up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for the roster, the Revolution do have several players with plenty of upside.   Some talented names to watch are goalkeeper Cody Cropper, Midfielder, Scott Caldwell, forwards, Teal Bunbury, and Diego Fagundez.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It will take some time, but look for Arena to do what needs to be done and bring a World Cup to Gillette stadium.

Despite Sinking in the Standings Revolution’s Hopes Remain Positive

With only twenty nine games left in th 2017 MLS soccer season, the New England Revolution, seem to be on the outside looking in. Standings wise the Revolution have not been gaining any ground at all in the Eastern Conference.                                                                                                                                                   Attitude wise the club remains positive. Tenth place has been the home for the Revolution all year. With an 8-12 record the Revolution need to win all nine remaing games. Anything less will result in no playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Desire has been the missing element this season. Several players have stressed that the talk needs to stop and wins need to come. The Revolution have had a realitively weak attack a;; season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Head coach Jay Heaps can feel the fans frustration on a nightly basis. The Revolution continue to play back on it’s heels  Moving the ball consistently just hasn’t been their. Without offensive pressure the season could be over soon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Goal tending has been one bright spot for the Revolution. Cody Cropper has been outstanding. With six shutouts to his credit he’s kept the season in tact.Cropper is one of the best in the M,LS with 57 saves to his credit. Backup Brad Knighton has spelled Cropper and has been also impressive.                                                                                                                                                                            Lack of offense has been the main issue for the Revolution this season. Saturday for example was a typical loss for the Revolution. A 2-1 loss at the hands of DC United.Getting a convincing win hasn’t been happening for the Revolution.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Defensively the team has been been pretty stable. With most games decided by one goal the Revolution have been in most games.  The team has kept the sore tight for most of the season. Defender Scott Caldwell has been the Teams best defender. Caldwell was also injured missing a few weeks in the middle of the season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               League wise the Revolution aren’t that bad. The just can’t seem to gain any ground and catch the Montreal Impact 7th place 36 points.  With nine games left the Revolution need to need to play every game with desire. If they don’t they finish the season in tenth place or less in the standings .

Revolution Struggling To Get Out Of The Middle Of The Pack In MLS Standings

 So far this season the Revolution are struggling to get out of the middle of the pack in the 2017 soccer season. The 6=9 Revolution have found themselves pretty well locked in to tenth place in the MLS Eastern Conference.                                                                                                                                                                                 Certainly it isin’t due to lack of effort the Revolution just can’t seem to gain any ground. This past Saturday for example the Revolution had one of their most exciting wins of the season . The Revolution defeated the LA Galaxy 4-3.                                                                                                                                                                               The Revolution got great performances from reserve forward TealBunbury 2 goals. Also contributing to the mix were forward Kei Kamara 1 goal and forward Diego Fagundez 3 assists. For Bunbury it was his best game in the past twenty games in which he hasn’t scored a point.                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Revolution head to Philadelphia this weekend for a match with the ninth place Union. Hopefully this past weekends win will be a springboard for more wins to come. The Revolution find themselves tied with the Union with 20  points and   in front of DC United with 18 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                        The   Head coach Jay Heaps has been working short handed for some time but got a hige lift from Bunbury off the bench. The Revolution have fourteen games left and if they want to make any kind of move now is the right time.                                                                                                                                                                                From now until the rest of the season the Revolution need every point they can get. After Philadelphia this weekend the Revolution have games against Chicago and Vancouver. In order for the Revolution to make any advancement they have to play ninety minutes of soccer every game.                                                                                                                                                                              So far this season the Revolution have gotten consistent performances from Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo and forward Kei Kamara. Ngyuen continues to be one of the best players in the league with 8 goals and 7 assists in 20 games. Goal keeper Cody Cropper continues solid in goal game after game.                                                                                                                                                       Soccer like any other sport has it’s share of injuries. If the short handed Revolution want to make any significant gain then th ey need to dig down deep and find ways to win.