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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.  

Revolution Encores: When to watch classic Revs games on NBC Sports Boston

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Revolution Encores: When to watch classic Revs games on NBC Sports Boston

If you're missing soccer, you're in luck: The New England Revolution are returning to NBC Sports Boston.

Major League Soccer's season is suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, but to give fans their soccer fix, we're airing several classic Revs games over the next few weeks.

The action begins this Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. ET, with an encore broadcast of the Revs' 2014 playoff win over the New York Red Bulls in the first leg.

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You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com or the MyTeams app.

Below are brief recaps and airing dates for our first two re-broadcasts. Check back soon for a full schedule of classic Revs games.

Saturday, April 4th at 4 p.m. ET -- Revs vs. Red Bulls, Nov. 23, 2014

In the memorable first leg of the 2014 MLS Eastern Conference Championship game series, the Revolution faced the New York Red Bulls. Over 1,200 New England fans made the trip to Red Bull Arena to see Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen, Charlie Davies and company take on a Red Bulls side that included Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Saturday, April 11th at 4 p.m. ET -- Revs vs. Red Bulls, Nov. 29, 2014

The second leg of the 2014 MLS Eastern Conference Championship between the Revolution and Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium was one of the classic games in Revs history. Leading 2-1 on aggregate after their last-minute win in the first match, the Revs would look to local hero Charlies Davies to help them to their first MLS Cup final in seven years.

Revs in a different kind of stoppage time amid MLS season shutdown

Revs in a different kind of stoppage time amid MLS season shutdown

The coronavirus has put the sports world on hold.

Major League Soccer has suspended its regular season schedule until at least May 10. A training moratorium is in place through Friday, April 3. It feels like it's only a matter of time before the league pushes both dates further down the calendar. It brings new meaning to the term stoppage time. Nobody really knows when this will end.

MLS remains intent on playing a full season but is that realistically possible? Will teams return to work in six weeks or six months? Will there be another preseason to prepare for a restart? The playoffs were planned to begin in October and would end with MLS Cup on November 7. How far will the league go past its original schedule? What will be the impact on the 2021 season?

There are more questions than answers. Until there are more answers, it will be hard to forecast what the schedule looks like if — or when — MLS returns. What is certain is that the sooner teams can return to training, the better chance we have at seeing a full MLS season.

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With no clear return date in sight and training restrictions in place, how are the Revs dealing with the work stoppage? Players have been working out at home and have been given a training program to follow on a daily basis. The team has given each player a stationary bike to supplement whatever equipment players may have at home such as elastic bands and weights.

If or when the league gets back to business, would there be another preseason and how long would it be? Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena raised an interesting point about the challenges soccer players face compared to athletes in other sports when answering that question.

"I think the general rule is a month. You got to remember our sport is different than other sports. This confuses people in our own sport, whether it's ownership or league officials," Arena said. "Say hockey comes back. They can change their shifts from 25 seconds to 20 seconds to 15. Football can substitute more. Basketball can substitute more. They have different ways in their sport that they can adjust. We can't do that. Our players basically play 90 minutes. We have three substitutions. It's really challenging in our sport to bring a group back from an offseason. And this is almost comparable to an offseason."

While everyone waits for word on when things can get back to normal, players are having to think outside the box to stay fit and sharp while maintaining social distancing guidelines. It's not like they can walk into a gym or onto a field to replicate soccer-specific movements during these unprecedented times.

"That is probably the biggest challenge," said Revolution defender Seth Sinovic. "We are limited in the soccer-specific aspect of things. You can get creative. You can find different ways, different lifts, different cutting exercises, whether that be in-home or outside where there is more space to do something."

The Revolution's big offseason signing, Designated Player Adam Buksa, is making the best of a tough situation. The Polish striker is dedicated to making sure he's ready for a potential return.

"I'm not bored. That's for sure," Buksa said. "I train every day, three hours a day. The coaches have ordered us some trainings. We run. We do trainings for core, for upper body, also for legs. We try to go outside and in some spots where there are no people. So it's possible to be able to train without other people because I can not go on the pitch and play with other teammates. But I move a lot."

Making good use of his time doesn't end with training for Buska. The 23-year-old spends three to four hours per day studying things other than soccer, like finance and economics. As for Arena, he's finding some new hobbies of his own now that he has much more free time on his hands.

"I have been fond of jogging around the Seaport. I'm learning about downtown Boston a little bit on my jogs. I really enjoy that. That's my new hobby. I think this is tough on everyone. It's not easy. We are all biting at the bit and hopefully we can get back to work on a full-time basis."

And not working on soccer on a full-time basis has been tough for the entire team, as Buksa admits.

"I don't really have any particular hobby except soccer. I love soccer. I try to get used to living without soccer at the moment, which is not easy because I miss it very much. But there are plenty of other things to do, so I try to use this time to learn other things."
 
It sounds like Buksa needs a soccer fix and NBC Sports Boston will be able to help him and any other Revs supporter who is in the same boat.

Fans can re-live the club's magical run to MLS Cup with the classic playoff matchup against the New York Red Bulls in the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship. The first leg airs this Saturday, April 4 on NBC Sports Boston at 4 p.m., with the second leg airing the following Saturday, April 11 at 4 p.m.