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Revolution announce their All-Time Team for MLS 25th anniversary

Revolution announce their All-Time Team for MLS 25th anniversary

The New England Revolution have had some pretty talented players over the years, but who are the best at their respective positions?

Well, the Revolution announced their All-Time team at halftime of the home opener Saturday against the Chicago Fire, and it includes a few current players. 

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Here's how the team stacks up:

Forwards: Joe-Max Moore (1996-2004), Taylor Twellman (2002-10)

Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (2004-06), Diego Fagundez (2011-20), Lee Nguyen (2012-18), Shalrie Joseph (2003-12), Steve Ralston (2002-10)

Defenders: Michael Parkhurst (2005-08), Chris Tierney (2008-18), Andrew Farrell (2013-20)

Goalkeeper: Matt Reis (2003-13)

Head coach: Steve Nicol (2002-11)

Here's a little bit about each of the players above:

Joe-Max Moore

The striker tallied 41 goals and 35 assists through 96 games with the Revolution. He was an MLS All-Star in 1999 and his successful Revs' career landed him a gig with Everton of the English Premier League. 

Taylor Twellman

Twellman was a consistent scorer for the Revs and arguably their best forward of all time. He was drafted second overall by the Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft and notched 101 goals and 28 assists in 174 games. In 2002 he was also named to the MLS Best XI squad and was the league MVP in 2005 and also won the MLS Golden Boot. After dealing with a head injury and lingering symptoms from a 2008 concussion, Twellman was essentially forced to call it a career in 2010. 

Clint Dempsey

The Revolution selected Dempsey with the eighth overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. In his rookie season, he scored seven goals in 23 matches and helped the Revolution to the Eastern Conference Finals. He was part of the Revs' teams that lost back-to-back Cup Finals in 2005 and 2006. After his career with the Revolution, he went to Fulham of the English Premier League and played multiple years for the U.S. Men's National Team. 

Diego Fagundez

Fagundez was signed as a homegrown player in 2010 and has turned into one of the most impressive midfielders the Revolution currently have on their squad. He was the first homegrown player in Revs' history and the first homegrown player to log 10,000 minutes in MLS history. He has 52 goals and 45 assists in his MLS career and, at only 25, has a long career ahead of him. 

Lee Nguyen

Nguyen is still one of the most consistent attackers in the MLS. He was an extremely productive player for the Revs, notching 18 goals in 2014 and finishing third in MVP voting in that same year. 

Shalrie Joseph

Joseph was drafted 14th overall by the Revolution in 2002 but didn't join the team until 2003 after playing overseas. He was one of the most talented defensive midfielders in league history and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2005. 

Steve Ralston

In his first year with the Revs, Ralston led the league in assists with 19. He scored 76 goals and 135 assists in 178 MLS games. He served as the Revs' captain for several seasons and announced his retirement in 2010 after suffering a left elbow dislocation.

Michael Parkhurst

Parkhurst grew up in Rhode Island and was selected ninth overall by the Revs in 2005. He won the MLS Defender of the Year award and MLS Fair Play award in 2007 and was the MLS Humanitarian of the year in 2006 and 2008. 

Chris Tierney

Tierney became a regular starter in the 2010 season playing many different positions for the Revolution across midfield and the backline. New England hired him as Player Recruitment Manager in 2019. 

Andrew Farrell

Farrell was the Revolution's first-ever No. 1 draft pick. He's a powerful defender who mostly plays right back and has been a consistent contributor since joining the squad. 

Matt Reis

Reis started out as a backup for the Revolution but won the starting job midway through the 2004 season. He became the first goalie in MLS history to stop two penalty kicks in one playoff game and was a finalist for the MLS Best Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006. He retired in 2013. 

Steve Nicol

Nicol came in as the Revs interim coach in 2002 and then permanently after 21 games, leading to the team to the MLS Cup final and was named the MLS Coach of the Year. The squad reached the Eastern Conference Finals every year in his tenure until 2008 and reached the Cup Final in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA

MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA

A couple of weeks after the Bundesliga returned to action, the path is now clear for Major League Soccer to do the same.

On Wednesday morning, the MLS Players Association voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through 2025. With the vote, MLS — which suspended its season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — will hold a summer tournament in the Orlando area.

The Athletic reports that all 26 teams will fly to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, the same complex where the NBA is slated to compete this summer, around June 24.

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While exact details of the tournament have not been announced yet, the Washington Post reports that each team will play three group stage matches as part of the regular season before 16 teams advance to the knockout stage, which would not count toward the regular season standings.

The tournament is expected to last six weeks, with the final taking place in August. Players can opt out of the competition if they are granted an exemption due to family or medical reasons.

As for the resumption of the regular season, MLS is reportedly hoping that can take place after the summer tournaments in home markets, though that is dependent on conditions surrounding COVID-19.

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Major League Soccer is on the verge of a lockout.

If the league and the MLS Players Association can't come to terms on a deal concerning economic concessions for the 2020 season before 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, ESPN's Herculez Gomez reports a lockout will be initiated. 

Former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz on Monday to discuss the current situation in MLS and why he believes the league is missing a golden opportunity to return to action.

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"72 hours. Friday night, I got word that the players voted 'yes' and they were going to be the first league to kick off July 3. Literally, Sunday night at midnight my phone turns into 'the owners are thinking about locking out.'

"You are completely missing the window of opportunity. And I understand that it's not in the top three or four sports in this country, but it's on the precipice of being there with the younger generations. You are 100 percent missing the opportunity, and they can't get out of their own way.

"And by the way, in a global pandemic? If you're going to argue about future pay or play? You lose the paying customer. No one has time for that."

At a time in which fans are craving sports -- any sports, really -- now certainly would be the time for MLS to capitalize on the opportunity to gain new followers and grow the sport. Instead, as Twellman emphasizes, it looks like they may be heading in the opposite direction.

MLS play has been suspended since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.