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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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

The New England Revolution officially have a world-class new home.

The team on Monday unveiled the New England Revolution Training Center, a sprawling complex spanning 68 acres just down the street from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Notable features of the $35 million facility include:

-- Three full-size, natural-grass fields (including one equipped with heating technology) totaling 337,500 square feet

-- First Team locker room exceeding 1,200 square feet

-- State-of-the-art gym featuring weight training equipment powered by a hydraulic air system

-- Hydrotherapy room with three pools, totaling 5,000 gallons in volume, slated for heat therapy, cold recovery, and accelerated rehabilitation with an underwater treadmill

-- 25-foot wide conditioning hill climbing 140 feet at a steep 10% grade on the perimeter of the First Team training fields

-- Spacious team dining and lounge space that features a 36-foot-long communal reclaimed wooden table

-- On-site barbershop

Here's a look inside the facility with photos of the locker room, weight room and more:

The new facility, located at 1776 Revolution Way, also has sustainable roots with a close connection to the surrounding environment.

The complex was constructed with locally sourced wood, glass and metal materials designed to integrate the facility into the wetlands behind Gillette Stadium, and the Revolution replanted 350 native trees, 550 shrubs and over 1,000 grasses and plants to minimize disruption to the natural ecosystem. 

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

Welcome back to New England, Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution signed Rowe on Wednesday, the team announced. The midfielder spent 2012-18 with the Revs before playing for Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in 2019.

Rowe played in 206 games with the Revolution and recorded 29 goals, and 40 assists in 14,604 minutes played. The 28-year-old is among New England's all-time leaders in games played (7th), minutes played (10th), goals (10th), and assists (4th). 

The Revs initially selected Rowe with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They traded Rowe to Sporting Kansas City for defender Edgar Castillo in Dec. 2018.

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