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New England Revolution Earn Critical Win Over New York Red Bulls



New England Revolution Earn Critical Win Over New York Red Bulls

The New England Revolution defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday night in Gillette Stadium.

In front of 21,576 fans the Revs fell behind early with an 8th minute goal for New York. But the Revs battled back with a goal by Diego Fagundez to tie the game going into halftime.

Then in the second half the scorching hot Teal Bunbury gave the Revolution their game winning goal to make it 2-1.

With the win the Revolution move to 6-4-4 on the season with 22 points. They are now in a points tie with the Red Bulls for 4th place in the Eastern Conference.

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New England Revolution Lineup: Matt Turner, Andrew Farrell, Jalil Anibaba, Claude Dielna, Krisztian Nemeth, Teal Bunbury, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Antonio Delamea, Luis Caicedo, Cristian Penilla

Nemeth being in the starting XI is a clear indicator that Brad Friedel wants to be aggressive to start the match and try and score early and often. Dielna slots in for the injured Chris Tierney.

For the bench it is Wilfried Zahibo, Zachary Herivaux, Brandon Bye, Cody Cropper, Brian Wright, Juan Agudelo, and Scott Caldwell.

Herivaux is returning from International Duty and Agudelo is available after missing the last couple of matches with injury.

The New York Red Bulls lineup is Ryan Meara, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Aurelien Collin, Connor Lade, Sean Davis, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Derrick Etienne, Florian Valot, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Vincent Bezecourt.

New York’s bench is Carlos Rivas, Marc Rzatkowski, Ethan Kutler, Hassan Ndam, Alex Muyel, Evan Louro, and Daniel Royer.

1st Half Reactions: Fagundez Buries Equalizer Ahead Of Half-Time

New England fell behind quickly with an 8th minute goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips. The goal was created by a bad giveaway by the Revs who were looking to turn upfield and flip onto the offensive. Tight window for Wright-Phillips who was able to capitalize on New England’s error.

New England received a flurry of chances throughout the first half with it being very much a back-and-forth half. In the later part of the 1st have the Revolution pressure picked up with sustained offensive zone pressure. This sustained pressure lead to a goal by Diego Fagundez who snuck the ball past in a tight window to get the game back to a tie ahead of half-time.

Fagundez’s goal was assisted by Teal Bunbury. It was Diego’s 4th goal of the season and Teal’s 2 assist.

Critical goal ahead of half-time to help set the tone for the second half of play. The importance of carrying over the pressure and momentum will be key for New England in the second half.

1st Half Stat Pack

New England got off 9 shots in the first half compared to only 5 from New York. 5 of the Revs shots were on target, only 2 for New York.

The Revolution possessed the ball for 58.5% of the time compared to the Red Bulls 41.5%.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner made one save in the first half but on the other side Meara recorded 4 saves. Part of what aided the Revs offensive pressure was 7 corner kicks, per MLS stats, New England had 1 missed chance in the half and lost the duels battle 41-33.

2nd Half Reactions:

One of the bigger storylines to kick of the second half of play was a non-call that should have resulted in a penalty kick. After that moment the match quickly took a more physical route with New England responding to not getting the call. Nemeth was clearly hit as he was about to take a shot.

New England should have a legitimate gripe with there not being a penalty call on that play.

The Revs didn’t let the non-call get to them for long though with the club keeping up their pressure and coming through with a 78th minute goal. Teal Bunbury scored assisted by Cristian Penilla, it was Bunbury’s 8th goal of the season and Penilla’s 5th assist. Bunbury continues his hot tear with his 8th goal in his last 10 games.

The goal was created by an incredible low cross from Penilla who has had some impressive passes so far in 2018 for the Revolution.

Post-Game Reactions

After Diego Fagundez’s goal he took out his shin guards and celebrated with them. One shin guard had Uruguay and the other the United States. After the game Fagundez explained the meaning behind them.

I got my family on Uruguay and my girlfriend and my daughter on the U.S. one. I scored as a Dad for the first time, so I had to somehow get her into it.

One of the consistent themes this season with Brad Friedel is the importance of showing character on the field and the fitness level of the club. Both have ticked up for the Revolution.

The fitness part is becoming critical now with matches coming 2-3 times a week.

Really happy again with the character the players showed going down, especially so early. Stuck to the plan. We had three games this week, everybody knows, we talk about fitness, and we have been since day 1. Our team is very capable of playing three game weeks.

Against New York the Revolution started Nemeth, a striker. The reasoning for bringing in an additional striker and going smaller in the midfield was all part of the plan for the Revs.

We felt bringing in a different type of midfield suited this game because they try to swarm around the ball. I thought Kelyn and Diego and Luis Caicedo did an exceptionally good job in the center and midfield.

As for why Claude Dielna played over Gabriel Somi, Somi failed a pre-game fitness test. The reason behind that is Somi twisted his ankle on Wednesday against Atlanta and it prevented him from getting up to full sprint pregame making it an easy decision for the coaching staff.

And for anyone who is wondering about the non-call on Nemeth. Friedel hadn’t had the chance to see the replay of it before talking with the media post-game. From his viewpoint it looked like a penalty and the official apparently told him they were looking at it.

We’re checking it, I get that a lot.

When asked how Nemeth get’s into positions to potentially draw a penalty Friedel explained: “He’s quick, he’s a total all-rounder footballer, soccer player, sorry. He understand’s where he should be, if he’s playing as a 9 or if he’s playing as winger.”

Up Next For The New England Revolution

With Chris Tierney out for the season with a torn ACL the Revolution may look to bring in an additional left back to compete with Gabriel Somi.

It may be a position where we may have to try to look for somebody to come in and compete with Gabriel Somi. But that is something we will be discussing prior to the July transfer window.

The Revolution are now off until 6/5 when they play Louisville City in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. New England isn’t back in MLS action until 6/9 when they play the Chicago Fire.

“We’ve got a really good squad, whoever I put on the field. I fully expect to win. We are going to Louisville to win the game. I have said this many times. Losing can be a bad habit that you get into and winning can be a great habit you can get into. No matter who is on the field, we expect to have a good performance. And we hope that we can progress in the Open Cup.” Said Friedel after the game when asked about the schedule going forward.

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 Talk: Can They Bounce Back After Gut Punch Loss At Home?




Revolution Talk: Can They Bounce Back After Gut Punch Loss At Home? Season Might Be In Jeopardy After Lackluster Homestand

In front of a season high 36,573 fans on Saturday night at Gillette the New England Revolution gave up 2 goals in stoppage time to lose 3-2.

A brutal loss, a kick in the balls, and something that is rather disappointing for a team that had played rather well for much of the night and looked like a squad on the rise in MLS.

While one game, actually just 2 minutes of play doesn’t describe or define an entire season, it will be hard to bounce back on a short week.

New England is traveling to Minnesota for a mid-week match on Wednesday against Minnesota United FC.

Can they bounce back?

Well according to defender Jalil Anibaba, there is certainly positives to take away from Saturday’s match despite the ending, and that the team should still be proud of what they put into the game.

“I think playing again. Obviously, us having a quick turnaround is going to help us in a situation like this. Everybody has a bitter taste in their mouth after Saturday’s game, but there are a lot, a lot, a lot of positives to pull out from the game. Any time you lose in that fashion, you tend to be really down on yourself, but there’s so many positives to pull from the guys. Spirits are high and we have all the reason to be proud of what we put into the game for the most part.”

While the approach seems to be right, it just seems rather optimistic to think the Revs will bounce back. For certain players like Juan Agudelo who played one hell of a match on Saturday, feeling rather let down by his team wouldn’t be shocking. But when asked about his incredible performance. The veteran forward is just satisfied with helping the team win games rather than individual success.

“This year, not thinking too much about scoring. I know it helps the team, but as long as we come up with three points, I’m fine with putting in the work. I seem a bit happier this year with putting in the work and being satisfied with giving it my all [rather] than scoring.”

Either way, even if the squad bounces back as a whole, three players are suspended for the match against Minnesota. This is something that Head Coach Brad Friedel believes the team will overcome.

“We have some outstanding players that can come in the positions for the players that are out. This is a big opportunity for some of the players to come in and show what they can do. Like every position and every player, if you do lose your place for one reason or another, you’re going to have to fight to get it back. ”

New England will be down Antonio Delamea, Luis Caicedo, and Cristian Penilla.

After a disastrous loss in the final minutes at home, the Revs have their work cut out for them.

Out of 6 possible points on their three-match homestand the Revolution took just 3 points. That is simply not good enough with only 5 home matches remaining compared to 10 on the road.

Only time will tell if Saturday’s loss will affect the squad and their performances, but one thing is for certain, that loss will come back to haunt them one way or another.

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World Cup Flashback: New England Revolution



With the World Cup finally here and in full swing. Lets take a look back at some past Revolution players who have featured for their respected countries in the World Cup.

Clint Dempsey
The USMNT star started his career with New England. After 25 goals in 2 seasons with the MLS side, he transferred to Fulham in the Premier League. Dempsey’s superb goalscoring record for both club and country, made him an obvious selection in 3 consecutive World Cups. (2006, 2010, 2014)

Alexi Lalas
The 1994 World Cup was where a lot of people first heard the name Alexi Lalas. Lalas was a standout at the tournament, as the U.S lost to Brazil in the knockout stage. This lead to a transfer to Italian side Padova for Lalas. In doing so, he became the first U.S born player to play in Serie A. Alexi played 1 season in New England. (1996-1997)

Mike Burns
Current Revs GM Mike Burns made the U.S squad for 2 World Cups. He dindnt feature in any games in the 1994 World Cup. He again made the 1998 USMNT World Cup squad. That time around he played a big role, featuring in 2 out of 3 games in the tournament.

Jermaine Jones
Jones became an established USMNT player by 2011, plying his trade in Germany, England and Turkey, before moving to the Revs in 2014. Jones played in the 2014 World Cup, scoring a memorable goal in the group stage against Portugal.

Avery John
John was a dependable versatile defender in his 4 year span with the Revolution from 2004-2008. The same was true for his counrty, as Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup. Unfortunately things didnt go as planned for John, as he was sent off in his first World Cup match for 2 yellow cards versus Sweden.

Other Notable Revolution Players to Have Made World Cup Squads
Eric Wynalda (Revolution 2000-2001)
Chris Albright (Revolution 2008-2009)
Gabriel Badilla (Revolution 2008-2009) (Costa Rica 2006)
Giuseppe Galderisi (Revolution 1996) (Italy 1986)

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Revolution Talk: Consistent Approach Paying Dividends For New England




Revolution Talk: Consistent Approach Paying Dividends For New England

As the Revolution left B.C Place, there was a sense of frustration. Normally securing an away point against a playoff contender in the West would be a positive, but a series of defensive mistakes left the Revolution disappointed. Cristian Techera was left unmarked three different times in the 2nd half , as the Revs blew a 2-0 halftime lead and escaped with a draw.

Frustration aside, Brad Friedel remained calm, insisting that the Revs would sort out their defensive issues. That they did, as they held the high powered Atlanta United F.C to just 1 goal, and earned a resilient home draw against a conference opponent. A massive 2-1 home win against rival New York Red Bulls had the Gillette Stadium faithful in good spirits. Then it happened. The defensive inconsistencies emerged again. This time in conceding three goals in a disappointing 3-2 U.S Open Cup defeat to Louisville City F.C.

A key thing to consider here, is that typically after a really disappointing defeat, the coach will make dramatic changes. Leaving coach Friedel with a few decisions to make leading up to the game against Chicago. As he has done throughout his first season in New England, Friedel’s move to restore perhaps the Revolutions most consistent back four (Dielna, Anibaba, Delamea, Farrell) paid off, as the Revs secured a late point against a very potent Fire attack. A bounce back coach Friedel will be pleased with.

The “never satisfied” approach will continue for the Revs will continue Wednesday night as they travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes at 10:30 PM.

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