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New England Revolution to face Atlanta United in first round of MLS playoffs

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New England Revolution to face Atlanta United in first round of MLS playoffs

The New England Revolution were unable to defeat Atlanta United in their regular-season finale on Sunday. Falling by a final score of 3-1, the Revs now know who they'll be facing in the first round of the MLS playoffs.

And it's going to be a rematch of their MLS regular-season finale.

By virtue of their loss, the Revs will be the seventh seed in the MLS' Eastern Conference. As a result, they'll face off against the second-seeded Atlanta United. Atlanta finished the season as the MLS' No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference with 58 total points. NYC FC was the only team ahead of them with 64 points.

The Revs have faced Atlanta United twice this year and they lost on both occasions by a combined score of 5-1. They'll need to play better defense against Atlanta's strong offense if they want to advance in the playoffs.

Perhaps it's doable under Bruce Arena who did miraculous work to get the team to the playoffs after taking over for the team midway through the season.

The Revolution last made the playoffs in 2015. They lost to D.C. United in the first round after finishing as the East's fifth seed.

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

Welcome back to New England, Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution signed Rowe on Wednesday, the team announced. The midfielder spent 2012-18 with the Revs before playing for Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in 2019.

Rowe played in 206 games with the Revolution and recorded 29 goals, and 40 assists in 14,604 minutes played. The 28-year-old is among New England's all-time leaders in games played (7th), minutes played (10th), goals (10th), and assists (4th). 

The Revs initially selected Rowe with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They traded Rowe to Sporting Kansas City for defender Edgar Castillo in Dec. 2018.

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Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo was selected by Toronto FC in stage two of the MLS re-entry draft Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old's option for the 2020 season had been declined by the Revolution last month, making him eligible to be picked up by another club. Toronto now owns Agudelo's rights, and it's to be determined if he'll actually play for the team next season. If he does, he'll join the very talented Jozy Altidore and could combine for a nice one-two punch up front for Toronto. 

The striker has 46 goals and 22 assists in 215 MLS regular-season appearances. He tallied three goals on 37 shots last season with the Revolution. He scored a career-high eight goals with New England in 2017.

He's being lauded for his hard work, determination, and sense of humor by New England fans across social media.

Agudelo was signed by the New York Red Bulls in 2010 to a homegrown player contract and remained with the club until 2012 before moving on to Chivas USA. He had been with the Revs since 2013. 

On top of his MLS career, he's made 28 appearances for the US National Team. 

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