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Feldman's View: What's wrong with the Revs defense?

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Feldman's View: What's wrong with the Revs defense?

The New England Revolution have surrendered seven goals in the last two games. 

It goes beyond bad calls and unlucky breaks. The Revolution defense is breaking down and Brad Feldman illustrates exactly what's going wrong.

The final answer?

"The forwards and the mids are as culpable on the breakdowns as the Revolution defenders," Feldman said. "There are so many factors where the Revs lost possession, their shape, pressure on the ball or lack thereof, tracking back or lack thereof, and none of that has been consistently good enough."

 

New England Revolution exercise 15 player options as offseason begins

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New England Revolution exercise 15 player options as offseason begins

The Revolution exercised the 2019 contract options of 15 players on Monday.  Four are already under contract for the upcoming season, placing the club’s roster at 19 players heading into the offseason.  The club declined contract options on six players.  Two players will be out of contact as of Dec. 31.

PLAYERS WITH GUARANTEED CONTRACTS FOR 2019

M - Isaac Angking (Homegrown Player)
D – Michael Mancienne
D – Gabriel Somi
M – Wilfried Zahibo

2019 PLAYER OPTIONS EXERCISED

D – Jalil Anibaba
F – Teal Bunbury
M/F – Brandon Bye
M – Luis Caicedo
M – Scott Caldwell (Homegrown Player)
GK – Cody Cropper
D – Antonio Delamea
M – Diego Fagundez (Homegrown Player)
D – Andrew Farrell
M – Zach Herivaux
GK – Brad Knighton
F – Cristian Penilla
M – Kelyn Rowe
GK – Matt Turner
F – Brian Wright

2019 PLAYER OPTIONS DECLINED

D – Claude Dielna (Designated Player)
M- Guillermo Hauche
F – Femi Hollinger-Janzen
M – Cristian Machado
D – Nicholas Samayoa
M/D – Mark Segbers

PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT ON DEC. 31

F – Juan Agudelo
D – Chris Tierney (Free Agent Eligible)

LOOKING TO 2019

Following these moves, and with the return of an international roster spot from the Columbus Crew, the Revs will enter the offseason with three international roster spots.  Additionally, Claude Dielna’s departure means the club will have three Designated Player spots available in 2019.  

On the free-agent front, the Revs have until Tuesday, Nov. 20 to make “bona fide offers” to Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney, both of whom will be out-of-contract on December 31.  To simplify, “bona fide offer” means offering a contract at or above the player’s current base salary that increases by at least 5 percent in each option year. 

Tierney is eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Although Agudelo’s contract expires this year, he does not qualify for free agency because he is two years shy of the minimum age requirement of 28.  If New England makes him a bona fide offer and he declines and leaves MLS, the club will retain his league rights.  If the Revs don’t want to re-sign him at or above his 2018 salary, he will be eligible for the MLS Re-entry draft.

KEY PHASES OF THE OFFSEASON

MLS will release specific details and dates for each of these events at a later date.  

  • HALF-DAY TRADE WINDOW: This day usually falls on the day after MLS Cup.   If history continues, the trade day window would be December 9.  There’s expected to be a four-hour window in which teams can trade and sign players. 
  • FREE AGENCY: Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Out of Contract and Option Decline players who were at least 28 years old during the 2018 season and have at least eight years of MLS service are eligible for Free Agency.
  • EXPANSION DRAFT FOR FC CINCINNATI: December date to be announced.   The league is expected to hold this draft after the half-day trade window. Teams will have a deadline to submit which players are protected and exposed for the process.  The complete list of eligible players is usually released prior to the draft. 
     

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Diego Fagundez sets MLS record in Revs' season-ending victory

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Diego Fagundez sets MLS record in Revs' season-ending victory

FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 1, Montreal Galaxy 0

IN BRIEF: Diego Fagundez scores the 50th goal of his MLS career -- and, at age 23, becomes the youngest player in league history to reach that milestone -- in leading the Revs past the Galaxy in their season finale. BOX SCORE 

WHAT IT MEANS: Not much for the Revs, since they were already eliminated from the playoff chase, but the loss knocked the Galaxy out of the postseason hunt. They needed a win and a Columbus Crew loss to make it.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Revs finish their season at 10-11-13. And they had a final message for the fans, from Matt Turner:

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