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MLS is Back Tournament: Revs slotted in Group C with Eastern Conference rivals

MLS is Back Tournament: Revs slotted in Group C with Eastern Conference rivals

We still don't know when the Revs will play their first games in the MLS is Back Tournament, but now we know who their first three opponents will be in the group stage.

New England was drawn into Group C for the 26-team tournament alongside Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC, D.C. United and the Montreal Impact. That's a relatively friendly draw, compared to a group like Group F, which is loaded with LAFC, L.A. Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers.

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For the Revs, their game against the Impact will be a rematch, as the New England opened the season in Montreal with a 2-1 loss on February 29. And New England will be looking for revenge against all three clubs, as the Revs haven't beaten any of its group-stage opponents since 2018.

The Eastern Conference has three groups — Groups C and E have four teams each while Group A consists of six teams — while the Western Conference was drawn into Groups B, D, and F, each of which have four teams.

Here's how the MLS is Back Tournament works: each team will play three group-stage matches which will count toward the regular-season standings. After 16 days of competition, the top two teams from each group plus the four best third-place finishers will advance to the knockout stage, which begins on July 25. The final will be held on August 11, with all games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside of Orlando.

Revolution eliminated from MLS is Back tournament after 1-0 loss to Union

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Revolution eliminated from MLS is Back tournament after 1-0 loss to Union

The New England Revolution were eliminated from the MLS is Back tournament Saturday night as they suffered a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Sergio Santos scored in the 63rd minute to propel Philadelphia to the quarterfinals and snap the Revs' four-match unbeaten streak.

With midfielder Carles Gil out due to a foot injury, the Revs failed to get anything going offensively. Frustration boiled over after the game as New England coach Bruce Arena was handed a red card, presumably for comments made to the officials.

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The Union will play the winner of Sunday’s match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.

After their loss, the Revolution now are 1-1-3 with six points in regular season and 1-2-3 overall.

MLS is Back: Date, time, opponent for Revolution's knockout stage match

MLS is Back: Date, time, opponent for Revolution's knockout stage match

The New England Revolution have survived and advanced.

The Revs are through to the Round of 16 in the MLS is Back Tournament after playing Toronto FC to a 0-0 draw Tuesday.

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Next up for New England: a knockout stage matchup with the Philadelphia Union. Here are the viewing details for Revs-Union:

When: Saturday, July 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
How to Watch/Listen: ESPN2, TSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

The Union finished second in Group A with seven points (2-0-1, plus-2 goal differential), while the Revs earned second place in Group C with a 1-0-2 record and plus-1 goal differential.

It's now win-or-go-home for the Revs, who can advance to the quarterfinals by defeating Philadelphia on Saturday night.