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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 goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

After participating in the United States Men's National Team's pre-camp in Bradenton, Fla., New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has earned a spot on the final 23-man roster.

Turner was officially named to the roster on Monday, marking his first career selection. The 25-year-old will join the team for its final two Concacaf Nations League Group A matches against Canada on Nov. 15 and Cuba on Nov. 19.

Turner and the USMNT face must-win scenarios in both Concacaf Nations League matches in order to advance to the knockout stage.

Since joining the Revs in 2016, Turner is 16-14-16 with 170 saves and 10 shutouts. He signed a multi-year contract extension with New England on Aug. 21, 2019.

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Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

The New England Revolution added a teenager to their squad on Friday. 

The Revs' signed midfielder Damian Rivera of Cranston, R.I., to a homegrown player contract ahead of the 2020 season.

Rivera has spent more than three years developing in the Revolution Academy, and becomes the seventh Academy product to ink a promotion to the first team. The 16-year-old now is the Revs' youngest player and is the second-youngest homegrown signing in franchise history. 

Revolution coach Bruce Arena detailed the decision to ink the youngster to a deal.

“Of the many talented players we’ve observed in the Revolution Academy system, Damian was among the first who distinguished himself as a player with the tools needed to succeed at the professional level,” Arena said, according to revolutionsoccer.net. “We look forward to seeing him continue to develop and grow with the Revolution.” 

Rivera has notched 41 goals through 90 starts across the U-14, U-16, U-17 and U-19 Revolution Academy teams. He's leading the U-19's with eight goals through eight games, including a four-goal game against D.C. United on Oct. 19. 

Rivera is more than happy to join the Revolution, and is excited for the coming season.

“I’m really happy for this opportunity. It’s a special moment for me to join the Revolution, the club I grew up watching in Rhode Island,” Rivera said. “The Academy program and coaches have played a huge role in helping me get to where I am now, and now I’m looking forward to preseason, elevating my game, and seeing what I can contribute to the team.”

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Rivera joins Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Zachary Herivaux, Isaac Angking, Nicolas Firmino and Justin Rennicks as the only Revs' Academy players to advance to the first team. Fagundez was the youngest player to be signed to the first team at just 15 years old. 

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