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Polish striker Adam Buksa signs with designated player contract with Revolution

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Polish striker Adam Buksa signs with designated player contract with Revolution

Just when you think the New England Revolution are done making big moves, the club surprises you ... again. The Revs have signed Polish striker Adam Buksa to a designated player contract.  

The 23-year-old comes to New England on a transfer fee that's reportedly the second-largest amount in club history ($4 million according to the Boston Globe). With Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou, whose transfer fee reportedly was $7 million, on the roster, the addition of Buksa marks the first time in team history they've occupied all three designated player slots at the same time. 

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The Revs' newest DP is on the cusp of breaking into Poland's men's national team after getting called up to the senior team in November 2018 for a friendly against the Czech Republic and a UEFA Nations League match against Portugal. 

Buksa, who was linked to clubs in England and Scotland, cites Bruce Arena and the Revs' future as critical factors in his decision to join the team. In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, he said, "I spoke with the coaches of the New England Revolution and it was the most important part for me to choose the New England Revolution because I know the role that I have to play on the team. I know that I will be an important player. I know the ambition of the club."

The Krakow native played in Italy for Novara's junior team when he was 16 before returning to Poland, where he played for Lechia Gdansk, Zaglebie Lubin, and Pogon. For a player who was targeted by multiple leagues in different countries, Buksa said he had been paying attention to MLS. 

"In Poland, the TV shows two games every weekend. I watch some games," Buksa said. "When I got interest from the Revolution, I watched many games of the Revolution and I have to say I really liked the style of the team. I liked the way they played. They have really good technical players like Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou. I am sure we can create many chances and score many goals together and win many games."

At 6-foot-3, Buska will bring a different dimension to the Revs' attack.  With a dangerous left foot and a tall frame, he can score goals in a variety of ways from different areas. His skill set and strengths should mix well with Gil and Bou.  "I'm a target man. I like scoring goals with a header. I like scoring from outside the box, in the box. I feel good in a 1-2 game. So, I am happy to have Carles Gil next to me as well as Gustavo Bou, who are really good players," Buska said of his fellow Designated Players. 

While some fans may not be familiar with Buksa as a player or the Polish top-flight league, the Ekstraklasa, they will know what player he models his game after. That's Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. Buksa says, "The best player for me to follow is Robert Lewandowski. In my opinion, he is the best striker in the world. He scores unbelievable goals. This is the one player I really like to follow. I had a chance to train with him during the national team camp before the game against Portugal. He made a huge impression on me."

Revs fans can only hope that some of Lewandowski's world-class game can rub off on Buksa.  At the very least, they can feel good about what Poland has recently produced for strikers.  They boast one of the most lethal strike forces in the word with Lewandowski, as well as Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli and AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek. Could Buksa be the next? Find out starting Feb. 29 when the Revs open the season against the Montreal Impact.  

Bruce Arena details differences, expectations for Revolution from last season to upcoming campaign

Bruce Arena details differences, expectations for Revolution from last season to upcoming campaign

The New England Revolution are set to kick off their 2020 campaign north of the border against the Montreal Impact this weekend, and the team couldn't be more excited.

Obviously, the 2019 season had many positives with the Revs making the playoffs for the first time since 2015, but also had many negatives -- including starting the season on a sour note with former head coach Brad Friedel.

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Current head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena took over in May, and the club quickly turned things around. With a new season upon us, Arena discussed how beginning the season with the team, and not coming in at the midway point, will benefit the Revolution in the long run.

"Well, we all knew each other to start the preseason," Arena told Zolak and Bertrand Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "We've had a good four to five weeks of preseason, so we're building team concepts. We've strengthened our roster with some additions. One would like to believe we're positioned to have a much better first half of the season in 2020 than we did in 2019."

Those additions have come in the form of striker Adam Buksa, defenders Alexander Buttner and Seth Sinovic, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe. While the newly aquired players certainly will help the squad perform up to expectations, Arena detailed the differences that will help his club find more success this season.

"I think we're a more experienced team, a more balanced team with some of the additions we have," Arena said. "Gustavo Bou is going to be a better player this year because of the experience of last year and his dedication in the offseason. We think most of our veteran players return in good form and we're excited about them leading us. I think Matt Turner, a year older, is going to be better in the goal. Brandon Bye is going to be a better right back this year. DeJuan Jones is improved. So, we're excited to see how they look on the field once the MLS season starts."

Before joining the Revolution ahead of the 2019 season, Bou spent time with Liga MX side Tijuana in Mexico. Players coming from that specific league can encounter some difficulty while transitioning to the MLS, but Bou didn't struggle too often. After notching nine goals in 2019, Bou set his sights higher by taking his training up a notch -- and Arena detailed why the 30-year-old will reach new heights this season.

"Well, he's a lot fitter than he was last year," Arena said. "He knows the league, he knows his teammates and he's got a much greater comfort level. He's become a real leader on the team. So, everything is adding up for Gustavo [Bou] to have a very good season."

Bou isn't the only one who's set up for success, either. Buksa is sure to play a major role on the offensive side of things for New England in his first season with the Revolution, and he's become a very good fit for the squad who will need him to be on the top of his game while Carles Gil recovers from a foot injury.

"He's fit in well, and over the last two weeks he's really gotten comfortable and we really believe he's a player that can score goals for us," Arena said. "He's beginning to fit in with a lot of the players in the attacking part of the field. He's got a great attitude, a great engine. He's a good finisher with his speed, with his head. He has good size, he's 6'3-6'4. I think he's a great addition and I'm hopeful that he gets off to a good start."

With the addition of players like Buksa, and the team ready to put on a show, Arena is looking forward to the fan support at Gillette Stadium come the Revs' season opener in March.

"I went to a season ticket holder event a couple of weeks ago and the enthusiasm was great," Arena said. "We're hopeful for our opening game on March 7 that we get a big crowd and hopefully the weather cooperates a bit. I think we're going to be an exciting team for our fan base. We look forward to a great 2020."

Those fans are going to bring with them some pretty high expectations, but Arena is confident his club can match those expectations and prove themselves worthy.

"If you want to compete in this city with the other teams then you better win," Arena said. "We're excited about that challenge and we love being in this environment. We like the praise, we're not crazy about the criticism, but that's all part of it. If we want to be one of the good teams in this city then we have to win games."

The Revs went 2-2-1 in preseason action on the west coast under Arena, and will begin the season on Saturday in Montreal at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.

New England Revolution announce broadcast team for 2020 season

New England Revolution announce broadcast team for 2020 season

Anticipation is building for the 25th anniversary season of Major League Soccer. 

And when the New England Revolution kick off their season, they'll do so with a new broadcast team.

Former Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team forward Charlie Davies will join play-by-play voice Brad Feldman in the booth as NBC Sports Boston's color analyst, with Naoko Funayama returning as sideline reporter. Former color analyst Paul Mariner will also appear on select broadcasts throughout the season.

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The team will broadcast up to 34 of the Revs' regular-season games on NBC Sports Boston, with Revolution Postgame Live following each game. All matches on NBC Sports Boston can also be streamed live on NBCSportsBoston.com or via the NBC Sports app. 

The 2020 season will mark Feldman's 20th season as the team's play-by-play announcer, while Davies will jump into the broadcast booth for his first season. Davies, a New Hampshire native and Boston College star, continues his broadcasting career after a 12-year playing career.

Davies — who will also continue his hosting duties on NBC Sports Boston's "State of the Revs," which debuts Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m. — also has served as lead color analyst for men's college soccer games on the ACC Network, analyst on MLSsoccer.com's "Matchday Central," and co-host of "Counter Attack" on Sirius XM FC.

Revs games can also be heard on the radio, as 98.5 The Sports Hub will broadcast games locally for an eighth straighth season along with a 30-minute postgame show. WMVX 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA" will return as the Revs’ Brazilian radio broadcast partner, providing the call locally in Portuguese.

The Revs kick off their season this Saturday, Feb. 29 on the road against the Montreal Impact, while their home opener at Gillette Stadium is the following Saturday, March 7 against Chicago Fire FC. You can find the entire 2020 schedule in the graphic below: