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New England Revolution Draw With Atlanta United FC



New England Revolution Draw With Atlanta United FC After Trailing Against The Number 1 Team In The East

The New England Revolution take on Atlanta United FC in what is a rather odd Wednesday night match at Gillette Stadium. This is just the third match between the two squads with the Revs holding a 0-1-1 record against the expansion team with both of their two matches coming back in September of 2017.

New England will be without Isaac Angking who remains sidelined with an illness and midfielder Zachery Herivaux who is serving international duty at the moment.

Atlanta is going to be a difficult opponent for the Revs despite being at home with United FC coming in as the leader in the Eastern Conference with a 8-3-1 record which is good for 25 points compared to New England’s 5-4-3 record at 18 points. While traditionally in MLS winning at home is expected, for New England coming out with a draw in this match might be considered a win.

But with Atlanta having several players out and banged up it is clear that New England Head Coach Brad Friedel expects his team to come out with a win:”They’re a little bit sparse in the back. We’ll have to see if Escobar is fit, but it doesn’t look likely that McCann is fit. They have Gonzalez Pirez who is out suspended, they have Garza out suspended, so we’ll have to see what sort of players that they put in the back. They have good players all over the field and a very good philosophy of how to play, so I think it’ll be- and I say this most times that we go into a game- I think it’s going to be another entertaining game. You’re going to have two teams that are going to try to score goals and two teams that have good attacks, so we’re going to have to try to be a bit more resolute. We’ve been conceding too many goals as of recent matches, and we’ll try to rectify that situation, but we also want to play our soccer looking forward.”

New England Revolution Lineup: 

Matt Turner

Andrew Farrell

Jalil Anibaba

Scott Caldwell

Chris Tierney

Teal Bunbury

Diego Fagundez

Antonio Delamea

Wilfried Zahibo

Luis Caicedo

Cristian Penilla

Atlanta United FC’s Lineup:

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New England is 4-2-1 at home this season, live reactions to the game will be updated below. Watch along with the game being broadcasted on NBCSB and on NBC Sports Live Extra:

1st Half Reactions:

New England for much of the first 20 minutes controlled the possession with the high press keeping the ball deep in Atlanta’s own end. The Revs pressure created a couple of chances but nothing worth noting. Atlanta flipped New England’s pressure pushing quickly up to Matt Turner to score a 23rd minute goal.

The goal was scored by Josef Martinez, MLS’s leading scorer. Martinez was assisted by Julian Gressel and Darlington Nagbe. It was Martinez’s 9th goal of the season.

One of New England’s issues early on in this match was their inability to turn their offensive pushes into actual shots on goal. They certainly had success moving the ball with the high press, but through various miscommunications, offsides, and strong defensive play by Atlanta the Revs couldn’t get a great look on goal.

The Revs had their fair share of chances in the first half but weren’t able to capitalize on the 4 shots they got off in the first half. As a whole it was an evenly played first half with Atlanta getting rather lucky in capitalizing on their opportunity catching Matt Turner by surprise.

Chris Tierney went down with an injury right ahead of half-time with Gabriel Somi replacing Tierney.

Some startling numbers from the Revs was their passing percentages. As a team they had a 72.9% passing completion rate, but Diego Fagundez was at 40% and Cristian Penilla was at 41.6%.

The first half despite giving up the goal was fairly even, the goal was “rather poor” according to Head Coach Brad Friedel with the Revs playing way better than that sequence of play where they appeared to let their guard down.

2nd Half Thoughts:

With New England desperately needing to net the equalizer Friedel subbed in Krisztian Nemeth for Wilfried Zahibo. This allowed the Revs to get more speed onto the field.

The move however pushed the narrative to offense stretching the Revolution backfield which caused Atlanta to get some pretty solid looks at Revolution net-minder Matt Turner. This caused a close call in terms of the potential of seeing an own goal situation.

In the 81st minute to bring in fresh legs Kelyn Rowe was brought in replacing Scott Caldwell. Shortly after the sub Atlanta got a prime look on net with Ezequiel Barco taking a shot which Turner deflected up and hitting the center post before he was able to snag the rebound.

Atlanta in the second half seemed to dominate the possession keeping the ball in New England’s end for extended periods of time with the Revs system unable to function properly in keeping the ball in their opponents end.

New England was able to catch a break with Kevin Kratz conceding a penalty that led to Teal Bunbury drilling home a goal on a free kick to make it a 1-1 match. Things started to unravel very quickly for Atlanta after the save by Turner with momentum suddenly shifting to the Revolution.

As stated earlier in the evening by myself, a draw even at home should be considered a win. Matt Turner was exceptional for New England making a number of saves under immense pressure.

On the night Turner made 6 saves and was clearly the Revolution’s MVP.

What’s Up Next:

New England doesn’t have the luxury to sit around and analyze Wednesday’s game footage at great length with another quick turnaround. The Revs will remain at home with their next opponent, the New York Red Bulls coming to Foxboro for a traditional Saturday night match.

The last time these two teams played was back in the 2017 season when New England lost at home 3-2 on July 6th.

Should be a different type of match though with this being a very different Revolution team under Brad Friedel.

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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