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