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New England Revolution Lose In U.S. Open Cup To Louisville



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New England Revolution Lose In U.S. Open Cup To Louisville In Disappointing Fashion With Club Playing Down To Competition

What an embarrassing night for the New England Revolution. The Revs fell to Louisville City FC in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt 2018 U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday evening with a 3-2 final score.

To be fair to the Revs it wasn’t like they trotted out their full MLS squad against a lower level Louisville team. Instead Brad Friedel opted for a younger lineup that still had a few veterans to help lead the way. The starters for New England were Brad Knighton; Gabriel Somi (Juan Agudelo 58′), Nicolas Samayoa (Jalil Anibaba 36′), Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Scott Caldwell C, Wilfried Zahibo; Mark Segbers, Zachary Herivaux, Femi Hollinger-Janzen (Kelyn Rowe 75′); and Brian Wright.

On the bench and players who were not used in the game were Cody Cropper, Claude Dielna, Krisztián Németh, Cristian Penilla.

The Revolution went out and grabbed the early 1-goal lead in the fifth minute when midfielder Mark Segbers finished a loose ball into the back of the net for his first Revolution goal. Louisville scored with Brian Ownby netting the equalizer in the 11th minute. That lasted until the 26th minute when the Revs gained the lead once more with a an own goal by Patrick McMahon.

But Louisville battled back and tied the game again, this time in the 37th minute with Cameron Lancaster sneaking one by Knighton. Then in the second half Ownby scored his second goal of the game giving City their first lead of the night in the 62nd minute to make it 3-2

Louisville City equalized shortly after with a goal from Oscar Jimenez, assisted by Brian Ownby, in the 11th minute. The Revs took the lead once again in the 26th minute as a touch across the face of goal from Femi Hollinger-Janzen was put in by Louisville City defender Patrick McMahon for an own goal. City evened the match at 2-2 in the 37th minute when striker Cameron Lancaster slotted a low shot past Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

With the loss the Revolution record against USL competition falls to 8-3-3 all-time. The importance of MLS play and keeping core players like Diego Fagundez, Matt Turner, and Teal Bunbury well rested is way more important than the U.S. Open Cup. That being said the roster that New England brought to the table was more than capable of coming away with a win on the road against a lower level squad.

After the match, Jeff Lemieux, the teams reporter, talked with Friedel who clearly isn’t happy about his clubs performance.

Friedel is certainly right, the Revolution looked like a team that was playing down to their competition, plain and simple. But with MLS play on Saturday the club has to be focused on what really matters. The team can only hope that the effort level against Louisville doesn’t carry over into their MLS games.

New England returns to MLS action on Saturday, June 9 when the club takes on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park at 8:30 PM.

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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Chelsea And Revolution Announce “Final Whistle on Hate” Beneficiaries




Chelsea FC And The New England Revolution Announce “Final Whistle on Hate” Beneficiaries Ahead Of Wednesday’s Match

On Tuesday the New England Revolution of MLS and Chelsea FC of the English Premier League announced the complete list of beneficiaries ahead of the “Final Whistle on Hate” charity match. 

The match takes place on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium with the two teams banding together to highlight the ongoing rise of hate crimes around the world.

The idea for the match was hatched by the clubs owners Roman Abramovich of Chelsea and Robert Kraft of the Revs. 

All proceeds of the match will be donated to a total of 15 organizations and in addition to what is raised both RKK and Abramovich will donated $1 million in support of the cause. 

Full list of recipients 

The match will kick off at 8 pm and will be broadcasted nationally on Fox Sports 1. 

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Revolution Ready For “Amazing Opportunity” To Play Chelsea In “Final Whistle On Hate” Match




New England Revolution Ready For “Amazing Opportunity” To Play Chelsea FC In “Final Whistle On Hate” Charity Match At Gillette Stadium

On Wednesday the New England Revolution will take on Chelsea FC in the “Final Whistle On Hate” match at Gillette Stadium.

The idea of the match was developed by the clubs owners Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft. The match is slated to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium with all proceeds from the match being dedicated to initiatives to combat antisemitism and all hate crimes.

Both clubs are coming in the midst of a busy schedule with the Revs playing on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS play and Chelsea playing in their final Premier League Match of the season on Sunday against Leicester City. For New England however things are little big easier as they are not traveling from England to the United States like Chelsea.

”We know the occasion on Wednesday is goin to be pretty special,” Said goalkeeper Matt Turner. “ A lot of us grew up watching these guys play.”

Chelsea which is a world renowned soccer club is bringing a number of regulars to face the Revs in a match that will be broadcasted nationally on FS1.

”It is an amazing opportunity,” said Interim Head Coach Mike Lapper. “The guys have been talking about it since it has been on the calendar.” 

Chelsea FC ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ Roster by Position 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green

DEFENDERS (9): Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Gary Cahill, Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu

MIDFIELDERS (6): Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater

FORWARDS (5): Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Willian

Revolution Giving Minutes To Players Who Typically See Limited Action, Opportunity For Auditions 

The New England Revolution will have their full squad available outside of any injuries such as Isaac Angking who will remain out recovering from surgery. 

“Don’t want to lose our focus on league play, but it is going to be a great opportunity for some of the players who don’t normally get starting time to play significant minutes,” said Lapper. “We are going to throw a mixed team out there, there is some starters and there are some subs.”

There is a chance that Wednesday’s match against Chelsea provides some of the players who don’t typically get minutes to put on an audition of sorts for Lapper.

”They know every time they step on that field they are presenting their skills and their ability for the coaching staff to evaluate,” said Lapper. “If they are not in the 18 they better be fighting really hard on Wednesday to get into the 18. And if they are on the 18 get into the starting lineup. You are always on audition weather it is in a practice or a training match, or a game like this on Wednesday.”

Busy Schedule For Both, But Experience For Players Who Dreamed Of Playing In EPL Very Cool 

For the Revolution this match comes less than a week after they installed Interim Head Coach Mike Lapper and coming off a 3-1 win over the Quakes. No rest for the weary but this match where the proceeds go to charity should be a fun affair. 

“Everyone I think at some point has dreamed of playing in the Premier League,” said Turner. “To have the opportunity to play against Chelsea would be really sweet.”

After the “Final Whistle On Hate Match” the Revolution will head to Montreal to take on the Impact on Saturday. As for Chelsea they are in a bit of a tougher spot as mentioned before having to travel back to England to prepare for their UEFA Europa League final match with fellow EPL club Arsenal on 5/29/19.

Chelsea landed in Boston Monday afternoon and are slated to hold a moment of  remembrance at the Holocaust Memorial at 5 pm on Tuesday. 

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New England Revolution have hired Bruce Arena



New England Revolution Hire USMNT Legend Bruce Arena As Sporting Director And Head Coach

The New England Revolution announced on Tuesday that U.S. Soccer legend Bruce Arena would be their new Sporting Director and head coach. 

Arena who will be introduced on Thursday at 10 am will start immediately as Director but the current technical staff will remain in place until a start date for him to take over as coach is announced. 

“Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention,” Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft said. “We have known Bruce dating back to the advent of MLS, and we have full confidence that he will raise the level of our club to the standard we all expect and demand.”

Arena is a five time MLS champion and the winningest coach in USMNT history.

“In my conversations with the Kraft family and Brian Bilello, it’s clear that they have high expectations for the club and I believe there is a tremendous opportunity for me to create a winning culture throughout the Revolution organization,” said Bruce Arena. “Boston is a great sports town with a history of championship teams, and I am looking forward to working with the staff and players to make the Revolution a club that our supporters can be proud of and that can be part of the tradition of success in New England.”

The 67-year-old has over four decades of coaching experience and has one of the most decorated coaching careers of any American soccer coach. 

In his MLS career he has recorded five MLS Cup titles, three MLS Supporter Shields, seven MLS conference championships, one US Open Cup title, and one Concaf Champions Cup. In 14 seasons as a head coach in MLS he has been named coach of the year three times.

At the collegiate level Arena saw much of the same with five NCAA College Cup wins and six ACC Men’s Soccer Championships for the University of Virginia. 

“It was evident talking with Bruce that we share a vision for the future of the Revolution and we look forward to having him oversee our soccer organization,” said Revolution Preside Brian Bilello. “We believe that now is the time for a chance in leadership and there is no one batter suited to usher in a new era of success in New England.”

The Long Island native is known around the world for his work as the head coach for the United States Men’s National Team. He holds the record for the most wins by a USMNT coach with 81 and lead the United States to the quarterfinal int he 2002 FIFA Men’s World Cup which is the best finish since 1930. 

Most recently he served as the USMNT head coach for his second stint at the helm from 2016-17 helping them win the 2017 Concaf Gold Cup title and went 16-2 at the helm. 

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