Revolution

The Revolution are a team of destiny and it starts Saturday

The Revolution are a team of destiny and it starts Saturday

Editor's note: I have no idea whether the Revolution are a team of destiny.

The Revolution are a team of destiny.

Think about it. Teams of destiny have been known to:

- Be underdogs

- Hit rock bottom and turn it around

- Rally around a goalie that anyone could have had

- Catch breaks

FOLKS, THAT'S A CHECK-CHECK-CHECK-CHECK.

The Revolution enter Saturday's first-round matchup as No. 7 seeds against the No. 2 Atlanta United FC. There's the underdog part. The team was tied for last in MLS in points when they fired their head coach after a 2-8-2 start. There's the rock bottom. Matt Turner was undrafted out of Fairfield but has been dynamite in goal this season.

As for the breaks, they've gone both ways. Anyone who watched the NYC FC game where the Revs got called for a bogus red card in the first 10 minutes knows the Revs haven't had the best fortune, but they're catching a break and half in the form of Atlanta being without one of their best players.

Atlanta is one of only three teams to beat the Bruce Arena-led Revolution. They had star defender Miles Robinson for that game though, and they won't Saturday. Robinson, who is from Arlington (cool!) finished third in MLS Defender of the Year voting. I don't know how soccer is, ya know, played, but I imagine he would have been a big part of Atlanta's efforts to stop New England's duo of Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil.

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The Revs are also good on the road. They're 3-2-5 under Arena on the road, but one of those losses absolutely doesn't count because it was that stupid NYC FC game. At any rate, the Revs don't seem fazed by road environments, which is good because Atlanta gets absolutely crazy for these games. They fill Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which holds over 70,000 people.

When I asked Arena, whom I think is my friend, about his team's ability to play well away from Gillette, he quipped, "we're not smart enough to realize we're on the road." That is classic coaching, calling your players dumb while also acknowledging a strength. Arena is always coaching, even when doing sweet interviews with his friends.

The Revolution provided Boston with the entertaining summer they were missing with the Red Sox. In a single-elimination format, I refuse to accept that a banged-up No. 2 seed is a sure thing to close out a team with as much life as the Revs. I don't think we'll be watching the end of the New England season on Saturday at 1 p.m. I think we're watching the beginning of a run.

See you next week, or whenever the second round of the soccer playoffs are. I don't know when that is.

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Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at the 2002 MLS Cup Finals between the Revs and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Unfortunately, many know how this game ended for the Revolution -- a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy in double overtime -- but it's still one of the greatest games in New England's history. However, it was really cool that Gillette Stadium was chosen as the neutral site to host the match... it was basically a home game for the Revs. 

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Although Carlos Ruiz scored the game-winning goal, this match was probably the closest New England has ever been to a championship title. 

The Revolution and Galaxy ended the regular season at the top of their respective conferences, and it felt like they were destined for a championship clash, so it was terrific to see it actually happen. 

This is a blast from the past, and you'll have the chance to relive the action on Saturday at 7 p.m., and you won't want to miss it. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.

Revolution Encore Schedule: When to watch memorable Revs games on NBC Sports Boston

Revolution Encore Schedule: When to watch memorable Revs games on NBC Sports Boston

With the New England Revolution season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, you're probably missing soccer. 

Have no fear Revs fans... NBC Sports Boston has you covered with re-airings of some of the best Revolution games in team history. 

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Check out the full Revs Encore game schedule below: 

Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m ET
Revolution vs. Galaxy, 2002 MLS Cup Finals. 
The Revolution met the Galaxy in their first-ever MLS Cup Finals appearance, but unfortunately lost in double overtime courtesy of a Carlos Ruiz golden goal. 

Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET
Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 2007 U.S. Open Cup
New England wins its first-ever trophy in the club's 12-year history as Pat Noonan scores a goal and adds two assists in the Revs' 3-2 victory over FC Dallas.

Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m. ET
Revolution vs. L.A. Galaxy, 2019
The Revs knock off the Galaxy 2-1 in Bruce Arena's first game as New England's sporting director and head coach.

Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. ET
Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 2012
Lee Nguyen scores twice against the team that waived him earlier in the season, leading the Revs to a 4-1 victory.

Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m. ET
Revolution vs. FC Dallas, 2005
Taylor Twellman notches the first of his two hat tricks during his Golden Boot season of 2005 as the Revolution defeat FC Dallas, 3-2.