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How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

The New England Revolution return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they take on defending MLS champion Atlanta United today at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

New England has rallied from the bottom of MLS in May (2-8-2, a league-low eight points) to secure a playoff berth after former US Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena was brought in as head coach and sporting director in May. 

From the hiring of Arena to their playoff-clinching win vs New York City FC Sept. 29, the Revs went  9-2-10 in a 21-game stretch, including an 11-game unbeaten streak this summer.

The Revs' Carles Gil was named MLS Newcomer of the Year after he led the team in goals (10) and assists (14)  and another recent signee, Gustavo Bou, has nine goals in his past 14 games, fourth-most in MLS in that span. 

It'll be a rematch of the regular-season finale, won by Atlanta United, 3-1, but that came after the Revs had clinched a playoff spot. The atmosphere, with a sellout crowd of 70,000 filling the stadium, figures to be much more intense and history isn't on New England's side. The Revs are 0-4-2 all-time against Atlanta and 0-3-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Here's how to watch the playoff matchup:

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Boston
On the web: NBCSportsBoston.com 

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Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Real Salt Lake in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on Real Salt Lake in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

The Revolution, who seemed destined for greatness this season, still have not gotten themselves in the win column after a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on the road. However, one shining star among all players was Adam Buksa, who scored yet another goal.

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in today's simulated match:

  • Brad Knighton
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Cristian Penilla
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Carles Gil
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Jeff Caldwell

Real Salt Lake scored just five minutes into the game at Rio Tinto Stadium courtesy of Demir Kreilach who picked his corner after testing the Revs back line early on.

Shortly after the game-opening goal, Albert Rusnak tacked on another goal for Real Salt Lake, putting them up 2-0 within 14 minutes. 

After the second goal was scored, the Revolution seemed to have come to life, getting a goal of their own courtesy of none other than Adam Buksa.

Before halftime, Teal Bunbury tied the game off a failed clearing attempt by a Real Salt Lake defender -- once again proving that goal scoring isn't necessarily a problem for this club.

While the Revolution managed to head to the locker room tied 2-2, they allowed an own goal 10 minutes into the second half -- the dagger in what was a 3-2 loss. Rookie Henry Kessler tried to stop the ball, but ultimately ended up sliding it right in the goal.

This was another game in which the Revs defense was taken advantage of. We've known for a while now that goal scoring isn't the problem for New England, and they'll have to tighten up their defense if they want to win any of these simulated games. 

You can watch the full game below:

 

 

Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

The 2020 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday, and three members of the New England Revolution organization are represented among some of soccer's best. 

Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman and Robert Kraft represent the Revs on the ballot, so here's a little bit about each of them. 

Taylor Twellman - Veteran Ballot

Twellman is a candidate on the veteran ballot, and was named to the Revs' All-Time team as one of the best players the organization has ever seen. He spent his entire career with New England, notching 101 goals in eight seasons. The forward helped lead the Revs to multiple playoff appearances, including a few MLS Cup Final appearances in his tenure. 

Steve Ralston - Player Ballot

Ralston is in his final year of eligibility on the player ballot, and was also named to the Revs' All-Time team after spending nine seasons with the Revolution. From 2002-10 he notched 42 goals and 73 assists and finished his MLS career with 135 assists, just one shy of Landon Donovan's all-time record. 

Robert Kraft - Builder Ballot

Kraft is listed on the builder ballot and has been an investor and operator of the Revolution since the team's first season in 1995. Under Kraft, the Revs have reached the MLS Cup Finals five times and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga 2008. 

The voting pool includes many coaches, players and high-level executives among U.S. Soccer and the voting began on Wednesday.