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Revolution Players Called Up To National Teams For International Break



This week see’s most of the world stop their club leagues and give their star players time to focus on their national team duty. Major League Soccer never really has an off week though as there will be five matches played between October 3rd and October 11th. The Revolution do not play during that time which gives their players the opportunity to help their national teams without interfering with the important final games of the season. Four Revolution players, Juan Agudelo, Antonio Delamea, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Zachary Herivaux were called up for their respective national teams.

Juan Agudelo will have been once again called up to the United States Men’s National Team. He joins the team during the critical final two games of their CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The US are fourth place in a group that sees the top 3 teams qualify for next years World Cup in Russia. During this past summer, Agudelo helped the USMNT win the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “Last time with the national team I was able to get a trophy,” Agudelo said. “This time I’m hoping to help the team qualify for the world cup.” A series of key injuries had to lead to Agudelo’s call-up. “I’m ready. There have been some injuries at my position. So whenever the country calls upon me I’m ready to be there, like a soldier.” In his senior international career, Agudelo has 26 appearances and 3 goals. The US plays Panama on Friday, October 6th and Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday, October 10th.

Antonio Delamea was called up to his native Slovenia for two very important World Cup Qualifiers. Slovenia is in a tight race advance past the group stages of the UEFA Qualifiers. They sit 1 point behind rival Slovakia for a possible second-round appearance in qualifying. Delamea has only had 2 caps with the national team in his international career, but he only cares about what’s best for the team. “I’m more like a team player” Delamea said. “I’m only focused on getting good results. I’m not thinking about myself.” If Slovenia qualifies for the World Cup it will only be their third after 2002 and 2010. Slovenia plays England on Thursday, October 5th and Scotland Sunday, October 8th.

Je-Vaughn Watson will join the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica for a friendly. The 33-year-old Watson has been a longtime veteran of the Jamaican National Team. He has had 71 caps and lead Jamaica to two consecutive second-place finishes in the CONCACAF Gold Cup including a trip to this years final where he scored the tying goal against the United States. When asked what he hopes to get out of the trip he said: “Continue to do good, try to score some goals, try to represent both myself and the club.” Jamaica will travel to play Saudi Arabia on Saturday, October 7th.

For 21-year-old homegrown player Zachary Herivaux this will be a special international trip. Along with being only his second international cap, Herivaux will be returning to Japan, the country of his birth, with the Haitian National Team. “Playing with Haiti is always an honor,” Herivaux said “But being able to play in my homeland, against Japan who I always grew up watching, and playing against my idols. It will be a lot of fun.” Herivaux has only played two open cup games with the Revolution this year so getting the playing time will be very valuable. “I know there is going to be a lot of fans there with the national team. It’s going to give me a lot of experience and it’s going to bring back a lot more confidence in me.” Haiti plays Japan on Tuesday, October 10th.

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All The Must Watch Games For Revolution Fans This Weekend




With only 3 games left in the season, every game for the Revolution is a must win. They are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but they will have to rely on many other teams if want to continue their season past the October 22 end date for the regular season. Here are all the games that you should keep your eye on this weekend.

Orlando City SC vs FC Dallas

How to watch: 4:00 ET, Univision in Spanish, Facebook in English 

Wednesday’s win against the Revolution saw Orlando equal their playoff chances. However, that momentum they gained will go up against a team in FC Dallas that broke a 10 game winless streak this week. Dallas is in a tight race for the playoffs out west and will also need a win if they want to stay above the red line. Orlando City and FC Dallas have only met twice in the past two years with Dallas winning each previous match.

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

How to watch: 7:00, MLS Live

We would not be talking about playoff chances if it weren’t for an extra time goal conceded by New York Wednesday against DC United. That goal tied the match and forced Red Bulls to drop points. They will go up against the league-leading supporters shield favorites Toronto FC. This does not mean that there will be a mismatch though. Toronto most likely will not be playing their top 11 considering they are in no rush to bring back the injured Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. When these two teams met earlier this year the match finished 1-1.

Columbus Crew SC vs DC United

How to watch: Saturday, 7:30 ET, MLS Live

If the Revolution make the playoffs Columbus will most likely not be the team they steal their playoff spot from. That said it is still a mathematical possibility for Crew SC to lose the rest of their games and clear way for another playoff contender. This will be a tough one to imagine them losing against a DC United side that is last in the east. Columbus is one of the hottest teams in the league having gone seven straight games without a loss. DC have found a way to pick up points in their last two matches including the fastest four goals scored in the history of the league by former Revolution draft pick Patrick Mullins. In their only match this year, the Crew beat DC 2-0. They will clinch a playoff berth if they win on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders

How to watch: 1:00 ET, ESPN

Again, a longshot  to make a huge impact on the Revolution’s playoff chances. But, the Union are still a mathematical possibility. They will face a Seattle team that sits relatively comfortable place in an uncomfortable western conference. The Sounders got their first win in 6 games Wednesday and our still fighting to increase their seeding in the west. The last time they met last year Seattle beat the Union 2-1. If Philadelphia tie or lose Sunday, they are out of the playoffs.

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Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?



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Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

Hope springs eternal one week into the post-Jay Heaps era for the New England Revolution after a surprise 2-1 victory over table-toppers Toronto FC on Saturday. But despite taking three points from their first match since the skipper’s dismissal last week, the Revs will likely need to win out and receive a good bit of help to avoid missing the MLS Playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Who’s to blame for the slide into mediocrity since their 2014 MLS Cup appearance? Heaps was the first on the chopping block, yet many have questioned Revolution General Manager Mike Burns as well. Voices around the league from prominent agents, to national soccer writers, to the Twitter artist formerly known as @FakeJayHeaps have pointed to the GM’s culpability.

Burns stepped into his role as GM at the same time as Jay Heaps was brought before the 2012 season. In the build to 2014, he played a role in earning the Revolution a reputation for drafting well, utilizing homegrown players and making clever low risk-high reward acquisitions. Is any of that true in 2017? Has it been true since 2014?

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EA Sports Releases FIFA Ratings. Here’s How The Revolution Stack Up.





The importance of the FIFA video games series is undeniable. The game in recent years has become one of the world’s highest selling and most popular video games. Within that, there has be a huge growth of sales in America. More sales in FIFA sees more Soccer viewership on TV and at live matches in the United States. As someone who didn’t play soccer growing up, FIFA was my introduction into the world of the sport. While playing FIFA I learned the strategy and nuances of the game. I learned how to build a patient attack and to appreciate a less glorious position like central defensive midfielder for their importance in the game.

FIFA 18 comes out this Friday and promises real individual player motion technology, authentic stadium atmospheres, and a continuation of last year’s story mode “The Journey”. There will even be a release on the Nintendo Switch which along with NBA 2K18 will be the console’s first major third party sports release. In advance of this, EA Sports has released all the ratings for each player in the game through their Ultimate Team cards on the FUT Database on the EA Sports FIFA website.

This means that we get an early look at what the New England Revolution will look like in the game. The developers have appeared to given the Revolution an accurate representation. The depth at attacking positions is evident and the the shakiness in defense is there. Players like Benjamin Angoua have gone down from a 74 last year to a 71. And Josh Smith has gotten a boost to 64. If there is one major gripe with the ratings it is that Lee Nguyen, one of the most talented players in Major League Soccer, is only a 75. He doesn’t even crack the top 20 players in MLS. Nguyen should at least be a 77 or 78 so he can rank among Romain Allesandrini and Michael Bradley as a top midfielder.

Here are the Revolution’s overall individual ratings in order along with their listed position.

CAM Lee Nguyen - 75

ST Kei Kamara - 74

St Krisztian Nemeth - 72

CB Benjamin Angoua - 71

ST Juan Agudelo - 71

LM Diego Fagundez - 71

CB Antonio Delamea - 70

CAM Kelyn Rowe - 70

CB Claude Dielna - 69

CDM Xavier Kouassi - 69

RB Andrew Farrell - 69

CDM Gershon Koffie - 68

LB Chris Tierney - 67

ST Teal Bunbury - 67

CM Scott Caldwell - 66

GK Brad Knighton - 66

GK Cody Cropper - 66

RB London Woodberry - 65

CM Daigo Kobayashi -64

RB Je-Vaughn Watson - 64

CB Joshua Smith - 64

LM Donnie Smith - 63

ST Femi Hollinger-Janzen -60

ST Brian Wright - 59

CM Zachary Herivaux - 58

GK Matt Turner - 52


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