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Revolution launch USL League One Team, Revolution II, to begin play in 2020

Revolution launch USL League One Team, Revolution II, to begin play in 2020

The New England Revolution announced the launch of its own USL League One team on Wednesday. Named the Revolution II, the team will begin play in 2020. 

The Revolution II will act as a bridge between the Revs Academy and the MLS roster, helping the club develop its young players before they make it to the first team. 

“Player development continues to be a top priority as we build for the future success of the club,” said team President Brian Bilello. “Given the growth of our academy in recent years, at the end of last season we began discussions with the USL about adding a second professional team. We’re pleased those discussions have resulted in the launch of Revolution II for the 2020 season.”

The new team will train at the new Revolution Training Center and play regular season home games at Gillette Stadium and will announce the coaching staff, roster and logo at a later date. 

“The addition of Revolution II is a critical step that fully defines the pathway for our younger players to professional soccer with the New England Revolution,” said Revolution Technical Director Curt Onalfo. “USL League One is an excellent opportunity for our young talent to compete against quality opponents and we’re excited for how this new team will elevate our player development model.” 

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Why you should be excited for the 2020 New England Revolution season

Why you should be excited for the 2020 New England Revolution season

The Revolution are back. 

After last season saw the additions of Bruce Arena, Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and me, expectations should be high. As in title contender high.

Last year it was about getting the right people here. This summer was about adding to that. We'll start to see the results Saturday.

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Let me, a soccer genius, tell you why you should get in on this team from the beginning. 

THEY HAVE THREE DESIGNATED PLAYERS

A designated player is a player to whom the salary cap does not apply. In other words, it's a player you pay a ton because he's a star.

Examples of designated players over the years have included David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

You're allowed to have three designated players. Some teams don't have any. Some have one or two. After signing Adam Buksa this offseason to join Gil and Bou, the Revolution have three. This team didn't used to spend, but they do now.

Let's spend a sec on each of these guys, then I'll make fun of NYCFC. 

THE DESIGNATED PLAYERS 

Gil joined the team last season and was named MLS Newcomer of the Year. He doesn't score a lot, but he rules. He's hurt right now but isn't expected to be out long. 

Bou (a.k.a. La Pantera; this is an actual nickname and not one of my silly things, so people will know what you're talking about if you call him that) was signed during the season last year and was awesome out of the gate. The 30-year-old forward had nine goals in 14 regular-season games for the Revs last season. He's my favorite player. I met him one time and he was super nice. 

The Revs signed Buksa from Poland this offseason. Charlie Davies told me this week he's a "goal-scorer" with "aerial prowess." Sounds incredible. Probably gonna score a crap-ton of goals. 

THEY HAVE A TEAM NAME

NYCFC is probably feeling like a bunch of cool guys entering the season, but just a reminder: They don't have a team name.

If your team name is "Football Club," it means they didn't know what to call your stupid team. It's like naming a baby "Baby."

The Revolution have an actual name because they're adults. 

THEY HAD A GOOD OFFSEASON

Buksa wasn't all the Revs added. They also went out and signed Alexander Büttner, who used to play for Manchester United.

The Revs brought back a couple guys who used to play for them in Kelyn Rowe and Seth Sinovic, while drafting Henry Kessler.

A FULL YEAR OF ARENA

If there's such thing as a "star coach," Arena is it.

The Revolution lost only five their final 24 games last year after Arena took over as head coach and sporting director midseason. He's now had an offseason to both supplement the roster, move the team into a new practice facility and prepare for an entire campaign. 

HERE COMES MATT TURNER

Matt Turner is the Tim Thomas of hockey. Yes, he's a good story (undrafted out of Fairfield), but at some point people talk less about the story because all they can talk about is how good they are.

That's where I think we're at with Turner, who was excellent in net for the Revs down the stretch last season and ended up getting the call to the U.S. Men's National Team last month. 

OTHER TEAMS TO FEAR 

The Revolution are MLS Cup contenders, but they're not the favorites. LAFC, Atlanta United (who knocked them out of the playoffs last year) and defending champ Seattle are all ahead of them.

ESPN.com has the Revs seventh in its power rankings, calling New England "one of the toughest teams to play against this season." 

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Bruce Arena details differences, expectations for Revolution from last season to upcoming campaign

Bruce Arena details differences, expectations for Revolution from last season to upcoming campaign

The New England Revolution are set to kick off their 2020 campaign north of the border against the Montreal Impact this weekend, and the team couldn't be more excited.

Obviously, the 2019 season had many positives with the Revs making the playoffs for the first time since 2015, but also had many negatives -- including starting the season on a sour note with former head coach Brad Friedel.

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Current head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena took over in May, and the club quickly turned things around. With a new season upon us, Arena discussed how beginning the season with the team, and not coming in at the midway point, will benefit the Revolution in the long run.

"Well, we all knew each other to start the preseason," Arena told Zolak and Bertrand Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "We've had a good four to five weeks of preseason, so we're building team concepts. We've strengthened our roster with some additions. One would like to believe we're positioned to have a much better first half of the season in 2020 than we did in 2019."

Those additions have come in the form of striker Adam Buksa, defenders Alexander Buttner and Seth Sinovic, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe. While the newly aquired players certainly will help the squad perform up to expectations, Arena detailed the differences that will help his club find more success this season.

"I think we're a more experienced team, a more balanced team with some of the additions we have," Arena said. "Gustavo Bou is going to be a better player this year because of the experience of last year and his dedication in the offseason. We think most of our veteran players return in good form and we're excited about them leading us. I think Matt Turner, a year older, is going to be better in the goal. Brandon Bye is going to be a better right back this year. DeJuan Jones is improved. So, we're excited to see how they look on the field once the MLS season starts."

Before joining the Revolution ahead of the 2019 season, Bou spent time with Liga MX side Tijuana in Mexico. Players coming from that specific league can encounter some difficulty while transitioning to the MLS, but Bou didn't struggle too often. After notching nine goals in 2019, Bou set his sights higher by taking his training up a notch -- and Arena detailed why the 30-year-old will reach new heights this season.

"Well, he's a lot fitter than he was last year," Arena said. "He knows the league, he knows his teammates and he's got a much greater comfort level. He's become a real leader on the team. So, everything is adding up for Gustavo [Bou] to have a very good season."

Bou isn't the only one who's set up for success, either. Buksa is sure to play a major role on the offensive side of things for New England in his first season with the Revolution, and he's become a very good fit for the squad who will need him to be on the top of his game while Carles Gil recovers from a foot injury.

"He's fit in well, and over the last two weeks he's really gotten comfortable and we really believe he's a player that can score goals for us," Arena said. "He's beginning to fit in with a lot of the players in the attacking part of the field. He's got a great attitude, a great engine. He's a good finisher with his speed, with his head. He has good size, he's 6'3-6'4. I think he's a great addition and I'm hopeful that he gets off to a good start."

With the addition of players like Buksa, and the team ready to put on a show, Arena is looking forward to the fan support at Gillette Stadium come the Revs' season opener in March.

"I went to a season ticket holder event a couple of weeks ago and the enthusiasm was great," Arena said. "We're hopeful for our opening game on March 7 that we get a big crowd and hopefully the weather cooperates a bit. I think we're going to be an exciting team for our fan base. We look forward to a great 2020."

Those fans are going to bring with them some pretty high expectations, but Arena is confident his club can match those expectations and prove themselves worthy.

"If you want to compete in this city with the other teams then you better win," Arena said. "We're excited about that challenge and we love being in this environment. We like the praise, we're not crazy about the criticism, but that's all part of it. If we want to be one of the good teams in this city then we have to win games."

The Revs went 2-2-1 in preseason action on the west coast under Arena, and will begin the season on Saturday in Montreal at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Impact vs. Revolution, which begins Saturday at 3 p.m. followed by Revolution Postgame Live. You can also stream the game on the NBC Sports app.