Revolution

Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

The New England Revolution continue to make transactions during a busy off-season. 

The Revs announced Friday they have re-signed 22-year-old defender DeJuan Jones, who will be entering his second MLS season. Jones appeared in 20 games, including 14 starts during his rookie year, notching a goal and an assist while holding down the fort on the back end.

He was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State University, where he tallied 16 goals and 14 assists over 75 appearances for the Spartans. 

The Jones deal comes after Bruce Arena's squad added highly-experienced left back Alexander Büttner and signed 16-year-old midfielder Damian Rivera to a homegrown player contract. 

But while the Revolution are busy adding players, forward Juan Fernando Caicedo reportedly will be leaving the organization, according to ESPN, after a one-year loan from Independiente Medellin of Colombia. 

After an exciting turnaround that saw the team make the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, more is in store for the rising Revolution. 

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Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Real Salt Lake 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 Real Salt Lake in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

The Revolution, who seemed destined for greatness this season, still have not gotten themselves in the win column after a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on the road. However, one shining star among all players was Adam Buksa, who scored yet another goal.

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

  • Brad Knighton
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Cristian Penilla
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Carles Gil
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Jeff Caldwell

Real Salt Lake scored just five minutes into the game at Rio Tinto Stadium courtesy of Demir Kreilach who picked his corner after testing the Revs back line early on.

Shortly after the game-opening goal, Albert Rusnak tacked on another goal for Real Salt Lake, putting them up 2-0 within 14 minutes. 

After the second goal was scored, the Revolution seemed to have come to life, getting a goal of their own courtesy of none other than Adam Buksa.

Before halftime, Teal Bunbury tied the game off a failed clearing attempt by a Real Salt Lake defender -- once again proving that goal scoring isn't necessarily a problem for this club.

While the Revolution managed to head to the locker room tied 2-2, they allowed an own goal 10 minutes into the second half -- the dagger in what was a 3-2 loss. Rookie Henry Kessler tried to stop the ball, but ultimately ended up sliding it right in the goal.

This was another game in which the Revs defense was taken advantage of. We've known for a while now that goal scoring isn't the problem for New England, and they'll have to tighten up their defense if they want to win any of these simulated games. 

You can watch the full game below:

 

 

Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

Taylor Twellman, Robert Kraft rep Revolution on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

The 2020 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday, and three members of the New England Revolution organization are represented among some of soccer's best. 

Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman and Robert Kraft represent the Revs on the ballot, so here's a little bit about each of them. 

Taylor Twellman - Veteran Ballot

Twellman is a candidate on the veteran ballot, and was named to the Revs' All-Time team as one of the best players the organization has ever seen. He spent his entire career with New England, notching 101 goals in eight seasons. The forward helped lead the Revs to multiple playoff appearances, including a few MLS Cup Final appearances in his tenure. 

Steve Ralston - Player Ballot

Ralston is in his final year of eligibility on the player ballot, and was also named to the Revs' All-Time team after spending nine seasons with the Revolution. From 2002-10 he notched 42 goals and 73 assists and finished his MLS career with 135 assists, just one shy of Landon Donovan's all-time record. 

Robert Kraft - Builder Ballot

Kraft is listed on the builder ballot and has been an investor and operator of the Revolution since the team's first season in 1995. Under Kraft, the Revs have reached the MLS Cup Finals five times and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga 2008. 

The voting pool includes many coaches, players and high-level executives among U.S. Soccer and the voting began on Wednesday.