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Revolution announce their All-Time Team for MLS 25th anniversary

Revolution announce their All-Time Team for MLS 25th anniversary

The New England Revolution have had some pretty talented players over the years, but who are the best at their respective positions?

Well, the Revolution announced their All-Time team at halftime of the home opener Saturday against the Chicago Fire, and it includes a few current players. 

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Here's how the team stacks up:

Forwards: Joe-Max Moore (1996-2004), Taylor Twellman (2002-10)

Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (2004-06), Diego Fagundez (2011-20), Lee Nguyen (2012-18), Shalrie Joseph (2003-12), Steve Ralston (2002-10)

Defenders: Michael Parkhurst (2005-08), Chris Tierney (2008-18), Andrew Farrell (2013-20)

Goalkeeper: Matt Reis (2003-13)

Head coach: Steve Nicol (2002-11)

Here's a little bit about each of the players above:

Joe-Max Moore

The striker tallied 41 goals and 35 assists through 96 games with the Revolution. He was an MLS All-Star in 1999 and his successful Revs' career landed him a gig with Everton of the English Premier League. 

Taylor Twellman

Twellman was a consistent scorer for the Revs and arguably their best forward of all time. He was drafted second overall by the Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft and notched 101 goals and 28 assists in 174 games. In 2002 he was also named to the MLS Best XI squad and was the league MVP in 2005 and also won the MLS Golden Boot. After dealing with a head injury and lingering symptoms from a 2008 concussion, Twellman was essentially forced to call it a career in 2010. 

Clint Dempsey

The Revolution selected Dempsey with the eighth overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. In his rookie season, he scored seven goals in 23 matches and helped the Revolution to the Eastern Conference Finals. He was part of the Revs' teams that lost back-to-back Cup Finals in 2005 and 2006. After his career with the Revolution, he went to Fulham of the English Premier League and played multiple years for the U.S. Men's National Team. 

Diego Fagundez

Fagundez was signed as a homegrown player in 2010 and has turned into one of the most impressive midfielders the Revolution currently have on their squad. He was the first homegrown player in Revs' history and the first homegrown player to log 10,000 minutes in MLS history. He has 52 goals and 45 assists in his MLS career and, at only 25, has a long career ahead of him. 

Lee Nguyen

Nguyen is still one of the most consistent attackers in the MLS. He was an extremely productive player for the Revs, notching 18 goals in 2014 and finishing third in MVP voting in that same year. 

Shalrie Joseph

Joseph was drafted 14th overall by the Revolution in 2002 but didn't join the team until 2003 after playing overseas. He was one of the most talented defensive midfielders in league history and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2005. 

Steve Ralston

In his first year with the Revs, Ralston led the league in assists with 19. He scored 76 goals and 135 assists in 178 MLS games. He served as the Revs' captain for several seasons and announced his retirement in 2010 after suffering a left elbow dislocation.

Michael Parkhurst

Parkhurst grew up in Rhode Island and was selected ninth overall by the Revs in 2005. He won the MLS Defender of the Year award and MLS Fair Play award in 2007 and was the MLS Humanitarian of the year in 2006 and 2008. 

Chris Tierney

Tierney became a regular starter in the 2010 season playing many different positions for the Revolution across midfield and the backline. New England hired him as Player Recruitment Manager in 2019. 

Andrew Farrell

Farrell was the Revolution's first-ever No. 1 draft pick. He's a powerful defender who mostly plays right back and has been a consistent contributor since joining the squad. 

Matt Reis

Reis started out as a backup for the Revolution but won the starting job midway through the 2004 season. He became the first goalie in MLS history to stop two penalty kicks in one playoff game and was a finalist for the MLS Best Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006. He retired in 2013. 

Steve Nicol

Nicol came in as the Revs interim coach in 2002 and then permanently after 21 games, leading to the team to the MLS Cup final and was named the MLS Coach of the Year. The squad reached the Eastern Conference Finals every year in his tenure until 2008 and reached the Cup Final in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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Revolution Recap: Adam Buksa's goal not enough in 1-1 draw vs. Chicago Fire

Revolution Recap: Adam Buksa's goal not enough in 1-1 draw vs. Chicago Fire

The New England Revolution couldn't hold on to a first-half lead, and had numerous chances to break a 1-1 tie against Chicago Fire FC on Saturday afternoon in their home opener as both sides settled with a tie. 

Matt Turner was unable to start in goal for the Revolution after being labeled week-to-week with a knee injury. That gave Brad Knighton the start -- and he did not disappoint. 

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Knighton and the defense held down the fort on the back end, and that gave striker Adam Buksa the opportunity to flourish on the attack and put the Revs up 1-0 with a gorgeous left-footed strike in the 28th minute -- his first goal as a member of the Revolution.

"I'm very happy to have scored a goal, especially in front of our fans at Gillette Stadium," Buksa said after the match. "I think it was a nice goal. I had to come to the ball and take it and I scored through on the further post."

Throughout the majority of the first half, the Revolution dominated. They managed to produce three shots on goalie Kenneth Kronholm while holding the Fire to just two shots on goal. They blocked four of Chicago's seven attempts. 

Cristian Penilla was able to help New England on a few of those shots, with an ankle-breaking move on the Fire defender to move the ball up the edge of the field and create space for a strong offensive opportunity. 

Although they outplayed the Fire, the Revs allowed Chicago to score the equalizer in the 70th minute off a Jonathan Bornstein header.

While they had many chances to break the deadlock, the Revolution just couldn't find the tiebreaker and missed an opportunity to come away with three points. 

Head coach Bruce Arena thought his club was much better than they were in their season-opening, 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact last week.

"Two weeks in a row we've failed to capitalize on some pretty good opportunities," Arena said after the game Saturday. "I think it was a really sloppy game. The conditions were difficult with the wind on an artificial field. The ball was difficult to control by both teams. I thought on the day our passing just wasn't good enough and yet we did create enough chances to get the second goal and perhaps steal three points, but we didn't get it done. I thought we did a better job collectively in defending. We created more chances this week than we did last week."

One player who stood on defense for the Revs was rookie Henry Kessler. And although he picked up a yellow card in the first half, Arena thought Kessler was much better than in his Revolution debut.

"I agree. First half a few mistakes," Arena said of the 21-year-old. "I thought he dropped off the line a little early and picked up a caution, which you never like to see out of your center back in the first half, but I thought the second half he played quite well and he's the one that played the ball at the end of the game to Bye that created the goal-scoring opportunity for Rennicks. Overall, Henry [Kessler] had another good game."

Here are the full game highlights:

The game could've been much different if Carles Gil, out with an undisclosed injury, was in the Revs lineup. However, Arena said he thought Buksa and Gustavo Bou are creating some nice chemistry up front.

"I think so. I think once we get Carles Gil back it's going to look a heck of a lot better," Arena said. "We'll be a more dangerous team because we need some better passing in the last part of the field and Carles [Gil] certainly gives us that. He's back on the field so we hope to get him back soon."

The Revs (0-1-1) will host the Portland Timbers next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. 

Bruce Arena details key to defeating Chicago Fire in Revolution home opener

Bruce Arena details key to defeating Chicago Fire in Revolution home opener

The New England Revolution lost their season opener to the Montreal Impact 2-1 last weekend, but now they're preparing to host the Chicago Fire in their home opener at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

The Fire also lost their opener 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders last weekend, which sets the Revs up for another heated matchup against their rival. 

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It's going to be a difficult one for the Revolution, but head coach Bruce Arena is confident in his squad heading into match day. If there's one thing the Revs should focus on, it's the creative strikers who have the ability to attack from many different angles, Arena noted. 

"Well, I thought Chicago outplayed Seattle in the first half last week and were a little unlucky not to go in at halftime up a couple of goals," Arena told Elizabeth Pehota of revolutionsoccer.net. "They got an early goal in the game and then faded, but they showed me a lot of good things. They have a bunch of good attacking players. They attack you from all positions on the field, so we're going to have to be at our best defensively to stop them because they're a good team going forward."

If there's one player the Revolution defenders need to be aware of, it's designated player Robert Beric. The native of Slovenia scored his first career MLS goal in his league debut against the Sounders, and his shot and creative ability will be something the Revs need to neutralize on Saturday. 

"Well, like any player, I think he's actually pretty similar to (Adam) Buksa and he's a classic number nine," Arena said. "He plays in the penalty area and runs in front of the goal, so those types of players you have to negate the service. So, we have to do a good job on their wide players."

While defense is a major key to New England beating Chicago, the Revs have to get their offense going as well. Players like Teal Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, and Christian Penilla will need to get some good looks on goal, especially if the defense holds their own. 

Unfortunately, they'll most likely be without their best player, Carles Gil, on the attack, but Arena provided a positive update on the forward Thursday afternoon.

"Well, he practiced today," Arena said of Gil on Zolak and Bertrand this afternoon. "So that was very encouraging, and there's a smile on his face so we're hopeful he'll be back in a short period of time. We have to make sure we don't bring him back too early and hurt him. We have a couple of players with muscle injuries, so you have to be careful in the early going. We're going to do what makes sense. It's still a long season. We'd like to win all the games, but we know that's not possible now at this point. We have to think long-term as well."

In their last meeting at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution defeated Chicago 2-1, and have an overall home record against the Fire of 17-11-3. So, while they look to get back on track, the Revs have a lot to look forward to in their upcoming match.