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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 Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and the Colorado Rapids in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on the Colorado Rapids in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

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The Revolution, who have squandered points in the past few simulations, finally get in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Rapids at Gillette Stadium. The best player of the game was goalkeeper Matt Turner who made some pretty incredible stops throughout the match. 

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in Saturday's simulated match:

  • Matt Turner
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Carles Gil
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Cristian Penilla
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Brad Knighton

In a back-and-forth first half between the Revolution and Rapids, Colorado drew first blood in the 34th minute. Lucky for the Revs, Adam Buksa continues to dominate MLS action and tied the game with a sneaky run past the defense. 

The Revolution and Rapids went into the half tied at one a side, and when the second half began that's when New England turned on the jets. In the 47th minute, Diego Fagundez picked the sweet spot to give the Revs a 2-1 lead that they never gave up.

And of course, put one in the goal column for Carles Gil who had the most gorgeous strike of the game. 

In a 3-1 game with points on the line, you can count on Turner to keep things steady with a few incredible saves.

Unfortunately, though, the Rapids broke through in the 76th minute to make it a 3-2 game. However, Gustavo Bou answered in the 89th minute to solidify a 4-2 win for New England. 

And you can cap things off with another stellar save from Turner to end things once and for all. 

This was a phenomenal win for the Revs who finally got solid defending and goalkeeping throughout the night. It wasn't a surprise they tallied four goals, especially with players like Buksa, Gil and Bou in the starting lineup.

You can watch the full game below, and click here for highlights:

 

 

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

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, beginning Saturday afternoon with a look back at the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series against the New York Red Bulls. 

In the first leg of the series, more than 1,200 Revolution fans traveled to New York to watch their club take on the Red Bulls on Nov. 23, 2014. That traveling paid off, too, as both Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury had a goal and an assist in the match. While Jones and Bunbury handled things up top, Bobby Shuttleworth stopped six of seven shots in goal.

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This match was magical for a Revs side who lacked possession (39.7 percent), pass accuracy (72 percent) and shots on goal (four) -- they trailed in all of those categories. Although they didn't control the pace of play, they made their scoring opportunities count in a 2-1 win over the Red Bulls.

The Revs' victory was their first-ever win at Red Bull Arena and their first win on the road over the Red Bulls in seven years. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.