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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

Six championship banners currently hang at Gillette Stadium, and none belong to the New England Revolution.

Bruce Arena would like to change that.

The Revolution's new head coach shared a bold vision Thursday at his introductory press conference in Foxboro, expressing a desire to not only pull the Revs out of the MLS doldrums but carry them to the level of their highly successful neighbors.

"I said in my statement when I was named (head coach) that this is such a great sports town," Arena said. "We want to try to elevate the Revolution on par with these other championship teams in Boston.

"It’s a big challenge. I feel great about being in a great city with great ownership and great potential."

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Arena has a long way to go. Boston's professional sports teams have won two championships in the past seven months alone -- the Red Sox in October 2018 and the New England Patriots in February -- and the Bruins are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final. The "disappointing" Celtics bowed out in the second round this season but have won an NBA-best 17 titles in their storied history.

The Revs, meanwhile, haven't reached the MLS playoffs since 2015 and sit dead-last in the Eastern Conference with 11 points.

But Arena, with five MLS Cups and experience with the U.S. men's national team on his resume, believes the mechanisms are in place for a turnaround.

"In all the positions I’ve had in the past in the league I’ve always wanted to be in an organization I felt wanted to win," Arena added. “In my conversations with the Krafts (Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft) and (Revolution president) Brian (Bilello), they’re really confident we can move the team forward. There (are) aspirations to build a stadium one day, and we’ll have the resources to make the team better."

Revs fans are hoping that process begins Saturday when New England hosts the Montreal Impact, who defeated the Revs 3-0 earlier this season.

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Highlights of the Revolution's 2-1 US Open Cup loss to Orlando City SC

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Highlights of the Revolution's 2-1 US Open Cup loss to Orlando City SC

FINAL SCORE: Orlando City SC 2, Revolution 1

IN BRIEF:  Benji Michel and Tesho Akindele scored in extra time as Orlando City SC held off the visiting Revolution 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup. Justin Rennicks scored his first professional goal in the extra session for the Revs. BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 4-8-4 (11th in Eastern Conference, this game not counted in MLS regular season standings)

HIGHLIGHTS:

TEAL BUNBURY TURNED AWAY BY ADAM GRINWIS:

BENJI MICHEL PUTS ORLANDO ON THE BOARD:

TESHO AKINDELE DOUBLES THE LEAD FOR ORLANDO: 

JUSTIN RENNICKS' 1ST PRO GOAL CUTS IT TO 2-1:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS regular season), Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Highlights of the Revolution's 3-2 win over Red Bulls in US Open Cup

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Highlights of the Revolution's 3-2 win over Red Bulls in US Open Cup

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 3, Red Bulls 2

IN BRIEF:  Teal Bunbury scored in the 84th minute to tie it and in extra time to give the Revolution a 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls in a US Open Cup game in Montclair, N.J. BOX SCORE

REVS MLS RECORD: 4-8-4 (11th in Eastern Conference, this game not counted in MLS regular season standings)

HIGHLIGHTS:

JUAN AGUDELO PUTS REVS ON BOARD:

TOM BARLOW TIES IT FOR RED BULLS:

CRISTIAN CASSERES PUTS RED BULLS UP, 2-1

MATT TURNER SAVE ON PK KEEPS IT 2-1:

TEAL BUNBURY TIES IT UP FOR REVS:

BUNBURY PUTS REVS UP IN 110TH MINUTE:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Philadelphia Union, June 26, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Boston
 

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