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Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

The New England Revolution fought hard on Sunday afternoon, but they ultimately weren't able to escape the first round of the MLS playoffs. They fell by a score of 1-0 to Atlanta United in the single-elimination round.

Despite the disappointing end result, Revs head coach Bruce Arena commended his team for their effort in the contest, saying that their performance was "outstanding" and implying that they easily could have won the game. 

"The effort was outstanding," Arena said to reporters after the game. "I thought it was a good game. You know, we could have been the team walking off the field 1-0. Both teams had chances. They converted one, we did not. I thought, for the most part, we played well.

"All these little plays are the difference in the game. We knew it would be one play. We fully expected to be able to go toe-to-toe with them for 90 minutes. And we did. But we fell short."

Though the Revs may have fallen short in the playoffs, the performance marked a banner start to the Arena tenure in New England. The team was in last place when Arena took over the team midseason. He then led them to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 9-5-10 surge that the team underwent in 24 matches under Arena.

The Revs' playoff appearance was the team's first since 2015. And as long as Arena is around, they should continue to be a team on the rise in the MLS' Eastern Conference.

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Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Boston sports teams can reopen practice facilities on June 6 with safety precautions.

"We've had positive conversations with our professional sports teams, the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Revolution," Baker said. "This (executive) order also will allow professional sports teams to begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules the leagues are developing. Facilities are still closed to the public at this time.

"I know we still aren't at the point where we'll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet, the leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. I think we all hope, that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner."

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Although there's still some work to be done before sports return to normalcy, it's a major step in the right direction.

Revolution president Brian Bilello released the following statement in response to Baker's announcement:

The governor’s announcement today is an important step towards our goal of returning to competitive play this season and we appreciate his office’s efforts to get our players back on the field. It means our players will have the opportunity to build their fitness in a controlled, safe environment under MLS protocols and the guidance of the team’s medical staff.

The Revs' state-of-the-art Training Center is located behind Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

New England only was able to play two games before the 2020 MLS season was suspended in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, going 0-1-1.

Ever Wonder Series: Why do Revs have a pine tree on their kits?

Ever Wonder Series: Why do Revs have a pine tree on their kits?

Ya know that red and white flag with the green pine tree that you see everywhere at Revolution games? The one that's all over the stadium and on the back of the jerseys -- er, kits?

When I first saw it, I assumed it was an alternate logo for the team. But as I've watched more Revs games with different groups of people, I find that someone always asks about it.

Is it an alternate logo? And if it is, why not make it the primary logo? It's amazing.

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Well, it's not an alternate logo. It's actually old as hell, even if none of us have seen it outside of a Revs game.

It's called the flag of New England, and it goes back to the 1600s. The puritans whipped it up and flew it as a symbol of resistance against the British government.

So how'd it get tied into the Revs? That would be the fans. Revs supporters would bring the flag to tailgates and games, and the team took notice. The flag became a big part of the Revs aesthetic, so much so that in 2015 the team made a jersey based on the flag.

Now, you can find it sitting above the numbers on the current jerseys.

So no, it's not an official logo of the team, rather a super old thing that the fans brought back and the team embraced. Consider it reason No. 3,050 as to why the Revs rule.