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Revs blow first half lead to Red Bulls, 2-2

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Revs blow first half lead to Red Bulls, 2-2

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New England Revolution forward Milton Caraglio scored his first two MLS goals to stake the home side to a 2-0 halftime lead, but New York Red Bulls forward Dane Richards answered with a pair of strikes in the second half as the sides played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Caraglio the Revolutions first-ever Designated Player struck in the 15th and 37th minutes to open his MLS account and give the Revs (4-11-11, 23 pts.) a precious two-goal lead, only for Richards to convert his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the 53rd and 87th minutes to make sure the Red Bulls (6-6-14, 32 pts.) claimed a share of the spoils.

It was the second straight game in which the Revolution conceded a late equalizer, as the Revs were pegged back by Bobby Boswells 90th-minute goal in a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo this past Wednesday night.

Both teams had players sent off for two bookable offenses in the second half, as New Englands Kenny Mansally was ejected in the 55th minute and New Yorks Teemu Tainio was issued his marching orders in the 69th minute.

Rajko Lekic returned to the Revolutions starting lineup after missing three games with a fractured toe, forming a strike partnership with Caraglio for the first time. At the other end of the field, third-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made his fourth start of the season, filling in for the suspended Matt Reis.

The Revs began the match on the front foot and came inches from opening the scoring in the fifth minute. Mansallys looping cross from the left wing found Caraglio free at the back post, where the 22-year-old angled a header into the ground past New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Although the effort beat Coundoul and was directed on target, it bounced over the crossbar.

It took Caraglio just 10 more minutes to make the breakthrough, however, as the Argentine striker put the home side ahead 1-0 in the 15th minute. After fighting through a trio of Red Bulls defenders, Caraglio broke in alone on goal and saw his first effort denied by Coundoul before corralling his own rebound, eluding another defender and finishing inside the left post.

Caraglio doubled his haul in the 37th minute, finishing off Mansallys set-piece service to give the Revs a 2-0 lead. From a free kick in the right channel, Mansally delivered an in-swinging cross into the box where Caraglio escaped his marker and sent a glancing header past the outstretched right arm of Coundoul.

It appeared as if the Red Bulls would have a chance to pull one back before the halftime break when Dax McCarty went down under the challenge of Shuttleworth inside the box, but rather than point to the spot, referee Juan Guzman issued McCarty a yellow card for simulation.

Although the Revs took their 2-0 lead into the break, the Red Bulls cut the deficit to 2-1 shortly after the restart in the 53rd minute. Tim Reams long pass over the top of the Revolutions backline sent Richards on a clear breakaway, and the Jamaican speedster made no mistake with an emphatic finish past Shuttleworth.

New Yorks comeback effort received a further boost in the 55th minute when Mansally was issued his second yellow card for an errant elbow and was subsequently ejected, reducing the Revolution to 10 men. That advantage lasted only 14 minutes, however, as Tainio was sent off after receiving his second caution for a tackle from behind on Shalrie Joseph in the 69th minute.

The Revs almost extended their lead just one minute later when Benny Feilhabers blistering 20-yard drive flashed just wide of the upper left corner, but it was ultimately the Red Bulls who took advantage of the extra space in the 87th minute. Joel Lindpere worked free down the left wing and drilled a sharp cross into the box for Richards, who converted from close range to pull the visitors level and provide the final 2-2 score line.

The Revs will close out their August slate next weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania for a showdown with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Aug. 28. Kickoff from PPL Park is set for 7 p.m.

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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