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Carles Gil voted Revolution MVP, Andrew Farrell named club's Defender of the Year

Carles Gil voted Revolution MVP, Andrew Farrell named club's Defender of the Year

Carles Gil and Andrew Farrell both were recognized for their spectacular 2019 seasons with the New England Revolution.

Gil was voted the Revs' Team MVP by fans and Players' Player of the Year by his teammates. The 26-year-old midfielder tallied 10 goals and 14 assists on the year, making him one of only three MLS players to reach double digits in both categories.

Revolution head coach Bruce Arena spoke highly of Gil after the Spaniard earned the awards.

"He's been an outstanding player for me since I've been here and obviously before I was here," Arena said. "He's had a great year. He does a fabulous job every day in the locker room, in training. He's the most obvious choice. I think he gathered an awful lot of votes and it's probably pretty close to being unanimous. He simply has been outstanding and I think he's a player that can be strongly considered for the best 11 in our league."

For Farrell, it was his second straight season earning the Revs' Defender of the Year honor. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft ranks second on the team with 170 possessions won and leads the Revs in headed clearances (54) and total clearances (120).

"Obviously it's an individual award, but I think the progress that the team's made defensively from the beginning of the year is, I think, a credit to everybody on the team," Farrell said. "There's a lot of guys who deserve it on our team and it's not just the backline but Matt Turner, guys on the midfield and guys up top who make it easier for us to do our job."

After a slow start to the season, the Revs turned things around once Arena was hired as head coach in May and clinched a playoff berth. They'll face Atlanta United on Sunday, then prepare for Round One of the postseason.

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How former Revs midfielder Clyde Simms moved on after kidney disease

How former Revs midfielder Clyde Simms moved on after kidney disease

By the time Clyde Simms was forced to retire from the New England Revolution at age 31, his kidney function was down to about 20 percent.

The reason? Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, also known as FSGS. He was diagnosed with the disease while he was in high school but still managed to have a nine-season career in the MLS — the last two years coming with the Revs.

Simms eventually had to go on dialysis, and after a first kidney transplant failed, he underwent a successful kidney transplant in December 2014. Simms dealt with severe complications along the way, but his lifetime of soccer training paid off in a huge and unexpected way.

"I was in the hospital for an allergic reaction, and unfortunately what I was having a reaction to, they were still pumping into my body so I was getting worse and worse and they just could not figure it out. No one knew," Simms told NBC Sports Boston. "My temperature got up almost to 108 [degrees] and everyone was rushing around the room, throwing ice on me.

"Once it came back down, the doctor came in to talk to me. He said, 'The only reason why you survived — or survived without brain damage — is because you were so fit.' It basically saved my life, and so my passion for fitness grew even more."

What did Simms do with that renewed passion for fitness? He decided to help other people get fit, by co-founding Rev'd Indoor Cycling.

After starting the company in 2004, Rev'd operates in three locations, with three more under construction.

And while Simms says cycling is easier on the body and joints than other exercises like running and cutting, it also provides other benefits, like building a community with other participants.

"There's nothing like going into something with a team, with all like-minded people. You seem them working as hard as you're working, putting in as much effort as you're putting in. I no longer miss that part of it. I obviously miss my old teammates and keep in touch with them, but the fact that I have a good team here helps me to not miss it so much."

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Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

The New England Revolution continue to make transactions during a busy off-season. 

The Revs announced Friday they have re-signed 22-year-old defender DeJuan Jones, who will be entering his second MLS season. Jones appeared in 20 games, including 14 starts during his rookie year, notching a goal and an assist while holding down the fort on the back end.

He was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State University, where he tallied 16 goals and 14 assists over 75 appearances for the Spartans. 

The Jones deal comes after Bruce Arena's squad added highly-experienced left back Alexander Büttner and signed 16-year-old midfielder Damian Rivera to a homegrown player contract. 

But while the Revolution are busy adding players, forward Juan Fernando Caicedo reportedly will be leaving the organization, according to ESPN, after a one-year loan from Independiente Medellin of Colombia. 

After an exciting turnaround that saw the team make the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, more is in store for the rising Revolution. 

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