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Revolution HC Bruce Arena reflects on 2019, cracks joke about coaching next year

Revolution HC Bruce Arena reflects on 2019, cracks joke about coaching next year

It was a disappointing ending to the 2019 campaign for Bruce Arena and the Revolution as they fell to Atlanta United in the first round of the playoffs, but the Revs' head coach still has his sense of humor.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Arena was asked whether reviving the Revolution's season after being hired in May "rekindled his love for coaching." Predictably, Arena had a perfect response.

“I’ll be coaching next year, I can tell you that. I know that much," Arena said. "Well, I’m hopefully coaching next year. I might get hit by a bus between now and then.”

Fair enough, Bruce.

The Revs were a last-place club when Arena took over midseason, then they rolled to a 9-5-10 record in 24 matches with Arena leading the charge. Arena took pride in his club's performance, even in its loss vs. Atlanta.

"I think the year was a good year for the Revolution," Arena said. "I was very pleased with our performance in Atlanta. Certainly disappointed that we didn't win the game, but that was a very competitive game and I think we showed well.

As for whether Arena is looking forward to the offseason, he makes his feelings crystal clear.

"No," Arena answered when asked if the offseason is fun for him. "Want me to expand on that? No, it is not. The fun part is in-season ... but we know what our needs are, and we'll try and fill those needs."

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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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Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo was selected by Toronto FC in stage two of the MLS re-entry draft Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old's option for the 2020 season had been declined by the Revolution last month, making him eligible to be picked up by another club. Toronto now owns Agudelo's rights, and it's to be determined if he'll actually play for the team next season. If he does, he'll join the very talented Jozy Altidore and could combine for a nice one-two punch up front for Toronto. 

The striker has 46 goals and 22 assists in 215 MLS regular-season appearances. He tallied three goals on 37 shots last season with the Revolution. He scored a career-high eight goals with New England in 2017.

He's being lauded for his hard work, determination, and sense of humor by New England fans across social media.

Agudelo was signed by the New York Red Bulls in 2010 to a homegrown player contract and remained with the club until 2012 before moving on to Chivas USA. He had been with the Revs since 2013. 

On top of his MLS career, he's made 28 appearances for the US National Team. 

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