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Revs, playing two men down, lose 7-0 to Atlanta United

Revs, playing two men down, lose 7-0 to Atlanta United

ATLANTA - Josef Martinez scored three goals for a first-half half trick and Atlanta United beat the nine-man New England Revolution 7-0 on Wednesday night in the second game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Atlanta (12-8-6) hasn't lost in eight straight home games - with seven victories. New England (10-13-5) hasn't won on the road this season.

Martinez, on loan from the Italian club Torino, has scored 13 goals in 12 games. He opened the scoring in the second minute of the game by running to Miguel Almiron's through ball on a give-and-go, and powering a shot past Cody Cropper from a difficult angle.

Martinez added two more goals on penalty kicks - eight minutes apart - for a 3-0 lead. In the 31st, Je-Vaughn Watson was called for a handball on Greg Garza's shot from distance, and Martinez caught Cropper going the other way. In the 39th, Antonio Mlinar Delamea was given a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity, and Martinez calmly rolled it off the crossbar and in.

Anton Walkes scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time for a 4-0 lead. Kevin Kratz, Yamil Asad and Hector Villalba all scored in the second half.

The Revolution received their first red card in the 16th minute after Xavier Kouassi's aggressive challenge on Asad.

Last Sunday, Atlanta opened its new stadium with a 3-0 win over FC Dallas in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,314.

Revolution sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil to multi-year contract

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New England Revolution

Revolution sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil to multi-year contract

The New England Revolution have made a big splash with the cash. 

The club announced the acquisition of Spanish midfielder Carles Gil, who has signed a multi-year Designated Player contract.

According to reports, the 26-year-old attacking playmaker - with La Liga and English Premier League experience - becomes their most expensive acquisition ever. He reportedly comes on a $2 million transfer from Deportivo La Coruna and has a salary of about $2 million per season. 

"Carles is a gifted attacking player who has competed at the highest levels in both England and Spain throughout his career," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. "His experience, technical skill, and ability to create for his teammates will add another dimension to our attack, and we look forward to welcoming him to New England." 

Prior to coming to MLS, he spent time in La Liga with Deportivo, Elche, and Valencia, as well as Aston Villa of the English Premier League. 

Gil has already joined the his new teammates and coaches for preseason training in Marbella, Spain today after completing a medical examination. 

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Revolution add Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Revolution add Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones in first round of MLS SuperDraft

In an effort to improve their attack in the MLS SuperDraft Friday, the New England Revolution selected a pair of forwards in the first round. 

The Revs selected Tajon Buchanan, a sophomore out of Syracuse, with the ninth overall pick, and followed that up by taking Michigan State's DeJuan Jones two picks later. 

New England head coach Brad Friedel shared his thoughts on the two players during a conference call Friday. 

[Buchanan] is very athletic, very skilled, especially on the ball, and can take players on one-on-one. [Jones] is an attacking player that can play quite a few different positions. We’re looking forward to getting both acclimated on the team in preseason.

Buchanan, 19, was a two-year starter at Syracuse, scoring 12 goals and and totaling six assists in 33 appearances. The Ontario native is also one of seven players in the draft to sign a Generation Adidas contract prior to his selection. 

Jones, 21, a two-year starter at Michigan State, recorded 16 goals and 14 assists in 75 appearances and earned consecutive Second Team All-Big 10 selections in 2017 and 2018.

The Revs' interest in these two players was strong enough to turn down multiple trade offers for their two first round selections. 

We were approached many times during the first round about our picks, but wanted to use both.

Both players are expected to fit well in the New England attack, while the team still holds second, third and fourth round picks it has yet to use. 

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