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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 detail improvements that need to be made ahead of season opener

Revolution detail improvements that need to be made ahead of season opener

The New England Revolution have geared up for the 2020 MLS season with a win, loss and draw in preseason matches thus far on the West Coast. Coach Bruce Arena would like to get more out of his team before heading to Montreal to face the Impact in the season opener on Feb. 29. But what exactly needs to be kicked up a notch?

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“A better job on the ball, keeping the ball, and a better job in trying to win it back when we lost it, and just getting pressure on the ball and being more aggressive, more competitive,” Arena said, according to Elizabeth Pehota of revolutionsoccer.net. “I think just the simple things had to be better and they were in the second half [on Sunday].”

While Arena says the club needs to focus more on aggressiveness, newcomer Adam Buksa thinks the squad needs to be a bit more consistent up front.

“I focus on those final decisions – shots, final passes – so I think we could have created more 100-percent chances,” said Buksa. The 23-year-old Polish striker was signed as a designated player on Dec. 31 and was referring to Sunday's 2-2 draw against Minnesota United. “But we’re going to improve them for sure because we understand us much better as we get to know each other better and better, so it will come for sure.

“We want to be more consistent up front, to score more goals and keep zero on the defensive line.”

Buksa and his teammates will have two more chances to better themselves in preparation for the season opener: Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps and Saturday against the Portland Timbers. 

 

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.