Benfica And AC Milan To Play At Gillette Stadium In International Champions Cup
On Wednesday Relevent Sports Group released the 2019 International Champions Cup schedule in a launch event in New York City.
The ICC will host 12 of the best clubs in the world across 18 matches in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The premier summer tournament will once again be coming to Gillette Stadium with Benfica taking on AC Milan on Sunday, July 28th.
This marks the second year the tournament has visited Gillette Stadium with the first being back in 2017 when Juventus took on AC Roma.
“We couldn’t be more excited about today’s announcement, unveiling a tournament schedule on par with any on the world stage in a setting that is truly unique,” said RSG CEO Daniel Sillman. “This year’s launch event is as much for the die-hard soccer fans as it is for those who celebrate the rich history and culture surrounding game.”
There is precedence for Benfica playing at Gillette with the Portuguese side taking on the New England Revolution back in 2010 as a friendly match where the top flight Benfica pummeled the Revs 4-0 in a rain filled evening.
Benfica and New England have played each other three times with the Portuguese powerhouse winning all three matches (1998, 2003, and 2010).
Gillette was home of Portuguese soccer legend and former Benfica player Eusebio’s statute when the Revolution dedicated the statute back in 2006 to the legend. The statue was however moved to Ludlow with the former statute grounds being now used for a business center at Gillette.
Benfica versus AC Milan should be set for a soccer filled weekend with the Revolution taking on Orlando City SC at 8 pm the day before on July 27th.
Tuesday, July 16
AS Roma vs. Chivas de Guadalajara – Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium
Wednesday, July 17
Arsenal vs. FC Bayern – Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday, July 20
Manchester United vs. Inter – Singapore, National Stadium
Arsenal vs. AS Roma – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium
FC Bayern vs. Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium
Benfica vs. Chivas de Guadalajara – Bay Area, Levi’s® Stadium
Sunday, July 21
Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Singapore, National Stadium
Tuesday, July 23
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – Washington, D.C, FedExField
FC Bayern vs. AC Milan – Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium
Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Atlético de Madrid – Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Wednesday, July 24
Juventus vs. Inter – China, Location TBD
AS Roma vs. Benfica – Tri-State Area, Red Bull Arena
Thursday, July 25
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium
Friday, July 26
Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid – Tri-State Area, MetLife Stadium
Sunday, July 28
AC Milan vs. Benfica – Boston/Foxborough, Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 3
Manchester United vs. AC Milan – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
Sunday, August 4
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Inter – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday, August 10
Atlético de Madrid vs. Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena
New England Revolution “Proud” After Critical 2-1 Win Over Minnesota
New England Revolution “Proud” After Capturing First Win Of Season With A 2-1 Victory Over Minnesota
The New England Revolution grabbed their first victory of their 2019 season on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at home over Minnesota United FC.
With the win the Revolution move to 1-3-1 on the MLS season.
“Really happy with the performance that the players put in, really happy with the work ethic and really happy with the application with what we were trying to do.” Said New England Coach Brad Friedel after the match.
Saturday’s match against the Loons showcased a shaken up Revolution lineup with Brad Friedel starting Cody Cropper with goalkeeper Brad Knighton not apart of the 18. In addition rookie DeJuan Jones got his first start of his MLS career and Cristian Penilla found himself off the 18 entirely.
“It’s been a grind, mentally, physically, emotionally” said Revs goalkeeper Cody Cropper. “There has been ups and downs, and that is apart of professional sports, that is apart of this business. I think every player at some stage in their careers gone through that, but to go out there today and put a 90 minute performance together for the first time since 2017.”
Friedel has been very consistent on how players get into the starting lineup saying:” Every week that starts, every player can get their name in the hat to start. Cody in the last two or three weeks has trained very very well. And better than we have seen him train since we’ve been at the club. And we’ve been averaging two goals a game against, and I made a change, and he played very well.”
The first half for the New England Revolution looked to have an uptick of effort from the Revs. New England’s first half performance or lack there of in their home match against FC Cincinnati made headlines and against United FC there appeared to be a concerted effort to play harder.
”You guys, and a lot of experts out there were probably surprised that we could motivate the players to work hard. But all of those players, every single day we see them working hard. A couple of first half performances that we have had here that haven’t been up to par, shouldn’t be the focal point. I am very very proud of the players performance today.” Said Friedel
Very much like the first half the Revolution came out firing which has been the norm for them this season in terms of increasing their performance as the match progresses.
”A lot of people have been saying that we don’t have creative players, we do, it takes time for it all to come together and I am really proud of the way the players applied themselves today in the game.” Said Friedel
New England was able to press for extended periods of time and were able to break the stalemate with a Teal Bunbury ball finding Brandon Bye on the cross to who slammed it home to make it 2-1. Rookie DeJuan Jones recieved a secondary assist on the goal for his first MLS assist.
The Revs were then able to ice the game and come away with a 2-1 victory.
Next up for the New England Revolution is a road trip next weekend to take on Columbus Crew SC.
Revolution Desperately Need 3 Points Against Minnesota United FC
New England Revolution Desperately Need 3 Points Against Minnesota United FC Or Else Things Could Get Ugly Rather Quickly
On Saturday, March 30th, the desperate New England Revolution will take on Minnesota United FC at home in the increasingly anxious Gillette Stadium.
New England enters the match 0-2 in their first two home matches of the year and 0-3-1 overall through 4 games. The Revs biggest challenge has been showing up to games in the first half with New England quickly falling behind with lackadaisical first half play setting them up for big time failure.
“It’s massively important. We can’t wait to go a goal down before we realize, ‘Oh, we need to start playing now.’ We need to come out from the first whistle and make sure that we’re on it.” said Captain Michael Mancienne at training.
Surprisingly enough the Revs have been able to turn on the jets and look like professionals in essentially every second half performance which has kept them in games and given the overall impression that they have been able to compete despite their embarrassing record to start the young MLS season.
So entering Saturday’s match with a positive attitude and a 100% effort will be critical to their success against a Minnesota team that enters the match with a 2-1-0 record despite having played every match on the road to start their MLS campaign.
The Revs will have their hands full with Minnesota having a solid start to their season and have a very dangerous player in Darwin Quintero. Quintero, an MLS All-Star in 2019 already has 2 goals and 3 assists through just 3 games.
“He [Darwin Quintero] is a fantastic player. We played against him in preseason down in Orlando, and we saw glimpses of what they were looking to do in the season. So, we’ll try and pull some things from that game that we had seen and see how they’ve done throughout their results so far this season. But the game plan, like I said, comes down to us and how we take it to an opponent here at home.” said goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
New England is 1-0-0 at home against Minnesota and 1-1-0 all-time.
Brad Friedel’s club will be without Isaac Angking and Justin Rennicks due to injuries and Zachery Herivaux and Brian Wright on loans with Birmingham Legion FC.
United FC lineup last time out against LA Galaxy
Revolution Lineup Last Time Out Against FC Cincinnati
The New England Revolution will take on Minnesota United FC at 2 pm on NBC Sports Boston and on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
New England Revolution Smartly Lock Up Scott Caldwell
New England Revolution Smartly Lock Up Homegrown Midfielder Scott Caldwell To A Multi-year Deal
On Thursday the New England Revolution announced that they had signed midfielder Scott Caldwell to a multi-year contract extension.
Caldwell, now 28-years-old, is the midst of his seventh professional season after signing with the club as the second ever Homegrown Player in franchise history.
The Braintree native has appeared in 182 regular season games, 149 of them starts, with more than 13,000 minutes played for the Revs.
In MLS play Caldwell has recorded 5 goals and 17 assists but his contribution to the Revolution goes way beyond that.
“Scott is such a valuable part of our team and organization, and he has set the perfect example for what it means to represent New England and this club.” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “Whether it was setting the foundation for our Academy back in 2008, leading the first team over these last seven seasons, or the countless hours he commits to his work in the community, Scott’s contributions to the Revolution cannot be overstated. I look forward to seeing him continue to lead this club both on and off the field.”
Currently Caldwell has 149 starts, 10th best in club history and one shy of the 150 mark.
The terms of the contract where not released but locking up Caldwell makes all the sense in the world. Caldwell puts in the work and is one of the leaders on the team and a mainstay to the fanbase and in the community
Caldwell and the Revolution will take on Minnesota United FC this Saturday at Gillette looking for their first win of the MLS season.
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