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Cold weather to impact Revolution home opener? Brad Friedel weighs in

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Cold weather to impact Revolution home opener? Brad Friedel weighs in

The New England Revolution will be aiming for their first win of the 2019 MLS season when they host the Columbus Crew in the home opener at Gillette Stadium.

The weather forecast calls for cold temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s at the 2 p.m. ET kickoff, and that's not the most ideal environment for a soccer game. That said, Revolution coach Brad Friedel doesn't think the weather will have much of an impact on the outcome of the match.

"We trained outdoors today, so maybe that's going to be a step in the right direction. It wasn't very warm today," Friedel said Thursday during his appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub midday show "Zolak & Bertrand."

"I don't think it'll have any bearing from our side of things. I think if we were playing a team from a warmer climate it would be a pretty big advantage for ourselves. But we're playing against Columbus, who has the cold weather as well. So, I think both teams will be able to adapt to the weather."

The Revolution opened their 2019 campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw on the road to FC Dallas.

New England is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, and Saturday's performance was an encouraging start toward that goal. 

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Highlights from the Revolution's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls

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Highlights from the Revolution's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls

FINAL SCORE: Revs 1, Red Bulls 1

IN BRIEF: The Revs ended with a draw thanks to a second half goal for the second straight game Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls. Gustavo Bou got on the board for the fourth time in his time with the Revs. 

BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 9-9-8 (34 points, 7th in Eastern Conference)

HIGHLIGHTS:  

RED BULLS TAKE AN EARLY LEAD

TURNER WITH A SOLID SAVE

BOU TIES IT

UP NEXT:
@ Chicago Fire, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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20 Under 25: A Revs veteran at 24, Diego Fagundez could face uncertain future

20 Under 25: A Revs veteran at 24, Diego Fagundez could face uncertain future

Still just 24, Diego Fagundez has accomplished a ton with the Revs in his MLS career. It’s fair to wonder how much longer that might last.

Born in Uruguay and raised in Leominster, Mass., Fagundez was the first homegrown player signed by the Revs back in 2010. At 23, Fagundez became the youngest player in MLS history to score 50 goals, but that achievement last season came amid confusion as to his future with the club. 

Prior to the game in which Fagundez scored his 50th, Fagundez’ father/agent tweeted it could be the player’s last game with the Revs. It came to light that Fagundez was trying to find his way to Uruguay’s Nacional, but that the Revolution had declined Nacional’s offer for the player, who was still under contract. 

So where does Fagundez, now in his ninth season, go from here? He’s reportedly under contract through next season, so if he can be an offensive spark (he’s down to two goals this season after scoring nine a year ago) to supplement the likes of Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou, he could help the Revs achieve the team success they’ve sought. 

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