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New England Revolution announce 2020 regular-season schedule

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New England Revolution announce 2020 regular-season schedule

The countdown to the New England Revolution's 25th season is underway, with their regular-season schedule getting released Thursday.

The club will open the season against Montreal Impact and first-year MLS head coach Thierry Henry on February 29 — the earliest day the league has started its regular season. Bruce Arena and his squad will return to Foxboro for their home opener on March 7 against Chicago.

With two new clubs joining the league, the Eastern and Western Conference alignment and schedule takes a different shape this year.

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Inter Miami CF joins the East and Nashville SC competes in the West, as each conference will feature 13 clubs. The 34-game regular season with 17 home and away matches for each team will stay the same.

What's different this year is every squad plays 12 intra-conference opponents twice — home and away for a total of 24 matches. The other 10 matches come against teams from the opposite conference.  

What this means for the Revs is they will not play against three Western Conference teams in the regular season.  In 2020, those teams are FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  

Here are some highlights from the 2020 slate: 

  • The Revolution get their first chance to face Toronto FC, the defending Eastern Conference champions, on April 29 in Canada.
  • New England hosts MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC on June 17.
  • The first-ever meeting with David Beckham's Inter Miami CF will take place on June 27 in Florida.
  • The Revolution will have an opportunity to avenge their 2019 playoff loss against Atlanta United FC on July 8 at Gillette Stadium.
  • The Revolution host Nashville SC in its inaugural season three days later on July 11.
  • New England wraps up the regular season with Decision Day against Orlando City SC on October 4.  

NBC Sports Boston will once again serve as the Revolution’s local broadcast partner. The 2020 season marks the 11th consecutive campaign that NBCSB will be the television home of the club.

New England’s complete 2019 regular season schedule may be found on RevolutionSoccer.net, while the entire MLS schedule is available at MLSsoccer.com.
 

Revolution unveil new kits, react to 1996-style tribute: 'Our whole club is about history'

Revolution unveil new kits, react to 1996-style tribute: 'Our whole club is about history'

The New England Revolution, along with the rest of the teams in Major League Soccer, unveiled their new kits for the upcoming 2020 season in New York City on Wednesday -- and they are gorgeous.

"I think the fans are really going to like it and enjoy it," said Teal Bunbury, according to revolutionsoccer.net.

The Revs are throwing it back with an updated version of the classic look they sported in 1996, calling it "The Original," and they had a little help with the reveal from former player Alexi Lalas.

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The red shorts, in particular, bring the whole kit together -- adding more color than in previous years. The only year New England wore red shorts as part of the kit was during the 1996 season. Bringing them back has made the current team reflect on how important it is to respect the history of the MLS.

"I think our whole club is about history," said Kelyn Rowe. "Since I've been here it's about supporting history, making history and making sure we respect everything that came before you."

Rowe, who has returned to the Revolution after spending the 2019 season with Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, was particularly hyped about the new look.

Current Revolution President, Brian Billelo, also was pretty excited about the unveiling.

"I think we're all excited to put it on and get into games and play with it," Revolution striker Diego Fagundez said of the new uniforms.

New England's new kits aren't the only thing being upgraded this year. With their first full season under head coach Bruce Arena, the Revs are set to reach new heights than in years past after a first-round playoff exit last season.

The Revolution will kick off the regular season with a trip to visit the Montreal Impact on Feb. 29 after five preseason games on the west coast.

 

 

Carles Gil, Revolution teammates eager to pick up where they left off

Carles Gil, Revolution teammates eager to pick up where they left off

In his first season with the New England Revolution, midfielder Carles Gil accomplished more than he could've imagined.

After starting out the 2019 season on a rather sour note, Gil and his teammates quickly turned things around when Bruce Arena was hired as head coach and sporting director in May. The midfielder notched 10 goals and 14 assists through 34 games -- with a majority of those points coming after Arena was hired.

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The Revolution quickly adapted to Arena's style, and were able to make an appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015. Unfortunately, the Revs fell to Atlanta United FC in the first round, but are ready to build upon their second half performance.

“Going into this year, we feel really inspired,” Gil said, according to Jeff Lemieux of revolutionsoccer.net. “We feel we have the pieces in place, and with another year under our belts to kind of know Bruce (Arena), hopefully that all works out well for us.

“I think our number one goal is just to pick up where we left off last year. Obviously we didn’t have a really good start to the season, but we figured things out. Right now, we’re just trying to pick up on the good things we developed last year and reach our goals.”

New England's goals, according to what Arena has noted in the past, have been to improve and be a good team rather than win titles. If they can do that, then the titles will come soon thereafter.

Individually, Gil wants to improve upon his first campaign in the MLS, and he very well could now that he's settled in.

“I know the team, I know the organization, I know the coaches and my teammates,” Gil said. “I also know the league and how things work on that end, so hopefully that works in my favor, and hopefully I can have a better year than the year I had last year.”

After winning the MLS Newcomer of the Year award, MLS Best XI honors, JetBlue Revolution Team MVP, Players' Player of the Year and Midnight Riders Man of the Year in his first season with the Revolution, it'll definitely be interesting to see how things go for the 27-year-old during the upcoming season.