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New England Revolution re-sign Juan Agudelo to multiyear contract

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New England Revolution re-sign Juan Agudelo to multiyear contract

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution have re-signed forward Juan Agudelo to a multiyear contract, the club announced Monday. The Revolution's eighth all-time leading goal scorer, Agudelo returns for his sixth season with New England and his ninth overall MLS campaign. 
 
The Barnegat, N.J., native has registered 32 goals and 14 assists across 128 appearances since joining the Revolution in 2013. In club history, the 26-year-old ranks tied for third in goals per 90 minutes (0.39), fifth in scoring percentage (15.6), and seventh in goals per game (0.25). Agudelo claimed the Revolution's Golden Boot in 2016 after scoring seven times despite missing 10 matches due to injury. He has totaled at least seven goals in four of his five campaigns with the Revs. 
 
“Juan has been an integral member of our team over the last five years, and ensuring that he remained here in New England was a priority for us this offseason,” said Revolution general manager Michael Burns. “We believe his best years as a player are still ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing Juan in a Revolution jersey in 2019 and beyond.”
 
“I’m happy to have re-signed with the Revolution after five great seasons and I’m grateful to remain on the team,” Agudelo said.  “I look forward to helping the Revolution and building off of last season. I’m excited to see my teammates next month and prepare for the 2019 season.”
 
For his MLS career, Agudelo has totaled 187 appearances, including 111 starts, with 43 goals and 20 assists. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, the forward owns six appearances -- with five starts -- with one goal and two assists. Prior to joining the Revolution in 2013, he spent three years with the New York Red Bulls from 2011-12, and just under two seasons with Chivas USA (2012-13). New England acquired Agudelo in a trade with Chivas in May 2013. 
 
In 2018 with New England, Agudelo recorded three goals and four assists in 30 appearances, including 13 starts. His four helpers were tied for the third most on the team. He made one additional appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, logging 32 minutes as a substitute against Louisville City FC. 
 
On the international stage, Agudelo has been capped 28 times by the United States Men's National Team, recording three goals and three assists. He most recently featured for the USMNT at the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, where he appeared in all three matches of the group stage and helped the team win the tournament. In October 2017, Agudelo was an unused substitute for a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He also participated in the USMNT's 2018 January camp under then-Interim Head Coach Dave Sarachan.

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How former Revs midfielder Clyde Simms moved on after kidney disease

How former Revs midfielder Clyde Simms moved on after kidney disease

By the time Clyde Simms was forced to retire from the New England Revolution at age 31, his kidney function was down to about 20 percent.

The reason? Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, also known as FSGS. He was diagnosed with the disease while he was in high school but still managed to have a nine-season career in the MLS — the last two years coming with the Revs.

Simms eventually had to go on dialysis, and after a first kidney transplant failed, he underwent a successful kidney transplant in December 2014. Simms dealt with severe complications along the way, but his lifetime of soccer training paid off in a huge and unexpected way.

"I was in the hospital for an allergic reaction, and unfortunately what I was having a reaction to, they were still pumping into my body so I was getting worse and worse and they just could not figure it out. No one knew," Simms told NBC Sports Boston. "My temperature got up almost to 108 [degrees] and everyone was rushing around the room, throwing ice on me.

"Once it came back down, the doctor came in to talk to me. He said, 'The only reason why you survived — or survived without brain damage — is because you were so fit.' It basically saved my life, and so my passion for fitness grew even more."

What did Simms do with that renewed passion for fitness? He decided to help other people get fit, by co-founding Rev'd Indoor Cycling.

After starting the company in 2004, Rev'd operates in three locations, with three more under construction.

And while Simms says cycling is easier on the body and joints than other exercises like running and cutting, it also provides other benefits, like building a community with other participants.

"There's nothing like going into something with a team, with all like-minded people. You seem them working as hard as you're working, putting in as much effort as you're putting in. I no longer miss that part of it. I obviously miss my old teammates and keep in touch with them, but the fact that I have a good team here helps me to not miss it so much."

For more about on Simms's story, check out the video above or click here. And for more on mental health in sports, check out more Headstrong content on NBCSportsBoston.com or on NBCSports.com.

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Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

The New England Revolution continue to make transactions during a busy off-season. 

The Revs announced Friday they have re-signed 22-year-old defender DeJuan Jones, who will be entering his second MLS season. Jones appeared in 20 games, including 14 starts during his rookie year, notching a goal and an assist while holding down the fort on the back end.

He was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State University, where he tallied 16 goals and 14 assists over 75 appearances for the Spartans. 

The Jones deal comes after Bruce Arena's squad added highly-experienced left back Alexander Büttner and signed 16-year-old midfielder Damian Rivera to a homegrown player contract. 

But while the Revolution are busy adding players, forward Juan Fernando Caicedo reportedly will be leaving the organization, according to ESPN, after a one-year loan from Independiente Medellin of Colombia. 

After an exciting turnaround that saw the team make the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, more is in store for the rising Revolution. 

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