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Revolution Recap: Adam Buksa's goal not enough in 1-1 draw vs. Chicago Fire

Revolution Recap: Adam Buksa's goal not enough in 1-1 draw vs. Chicago Fire

The New England Revolution couldn't hold on to a first-half lead, and had numerous chances to break a 1-1 tie against Chicago Fire FC on Saturday afternoon in their home opener as both sides settled with a tie. 

Matt Turner was unable to start in goal for the Revolution after being labeled week-to-week with a knee injury. That gave Brad Knighton the start -- and he did not disappoint. 

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Knighton and the defense held down the fort on the back end, and that gave striker Adam Buksa the opportunity to flourish on the attack and put the Revs up 1-0 with a gorgeous left-footed strike in the 28th minute -- his first goal as a member of the Revolution.

"I'm very happy to have scored a goal, especially in front of our fans at Gillette Stadium," Buksa said after the match. "I think it was a nice goal. I had to come to the ball and take it and I scored through on the further post."

Throughout the majority of the first half, the Revolution dominated. They managed to produce three shots on goalie Kenneth Kronholm while holding the Fire to just two shots on goal. They blocked four of Chicago's seven attempts. 

Cristian Penilla was able to help New England on a few of those shots, with an ankle-breaking move on the Fire defender to move the ball up the edge of the field and create space for a strong offensive opportunity. 

Although they outplayed the Fire, the Revs allowed Chicago to score the equalizer in the 70th minute off a Jonathan Bornstein header.

While they had many chances to break the deadlock, the Revolution just couldn't find the tiebreaker and missed an opportunity to come away with three points. 

Head coach Bruce Arena thought his club was much better than they were in their season-opening, 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact last week.

"Two weeks in a row we've failed to capitalize on some pretty good opportunities," Arena said after the game Saturday. "I think it was a really sloppy game. The conditions were difficult with the wind on an artificial field. The ball was difficult to control by both teams. I thought on the day our passing just wasn't good enough and yet we did create enough chances to get the second goal and perhaps steal three points, but we didn't get it done. I thought we did a better job collectively in defending. We created more chances this week than we did last week."

One player who stood on defense for the Revs was rookie Henry Kessler. And although he picked up a yellow card in the first half, Arena thought Kessler was much better than in his Revolution debut.

"I agree. First half a few mistakes," Arena said of the 21-year-old. "I thought he dropped off the line a little early and picked up a caution, which you never like to see out of your center back in the first half, but I thought the second half he played quite well and he's the one that played the ball at the end of the game to Bye that created the goal-scoring opportunity for Rennicks. Overall, Henry [Kessler] had another good game."

Here are the full game highlights:

The game could've been much different if Carles Gil, out with an undisclosed injury, was in the Revs lineup. However, Arena said he thought Buksa and Gustavo Bou are creating some nice chemistry up front.

"I think so. I think once we get Carles Gil back it's going to look a heck of a lot better," Arena said. "We'll be a more dangerous team because we need some better passing in the last part of the field and Carles [Gil] certainly gives us that. He's back on the field so we hope to get him back soon."

The Revs (0-1-1) will host the Portland Timbers next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. 

Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Boston sports teams can reopen practice facilities on June 6 with safety precautions.

"We've had positive conversations with our professional sports teams, the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Revolution," Baker said. "This (executive) order also will allow professional sports teams to begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules the leagues are developing. Facilities are still closed to the public at this time.

"I know we still aren't at the point where we'll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet, the leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. I think we all hope, that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner."

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Although there's still some work to be done before sports return to normalcy, it's a major step in the right direction.

Revolution president Brian Bilello released the following statement in response to Baker's announcement:

The governor’s announcement today is an important step towards our goal of returning to competitive play this season and we appreciate his office’s efforts to get our players back on the field. It means our players will have the opportunity to build their fitness in a controlled, safe environment under MLS protocols and the guidance of the team’s medical staff.

The Revs' state-of-the-art Training Center is located behind Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

New England only was able to play two games before the 2020 MLS season was suspended in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, going 0-1-1.

Ever Wonder Series: Why do Revs have a pine tree on their kits?

Ever Wonder Series: Why do Revs have a pine tree on their kits?

Ya know that red and white flag with the green pine tree that you see everywhere at Revolution games? The one that's all over the stadium and on the back of the jerseys -- er, kits?

When I first saw it, I assumed it was an alternate logo for the team. But as I've watched more Revs games with different groups of people, I find that someone always asks about it.

Is it an alternate logo? And if it is, why not make it the primary logo? It's amazing.

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Well, it's not an alternate logo. It's actually old as hell, even if none of us have seen it outside of a Revs game.

It's called the flag of New England, and it goes back to the 1600s. The puritans whipped it up and flew it as a symbol of resistance against the British government.

So how'd it get tied into the Revs? That would be the fans. Revs supporters would bring the flag to tailgates and games, and the team took notice. The flag became a big part of the Revs aesthetic, so much so that in 2015 the team made a jersey based on the flag.

Now, you can find it sitting above the numbers on the current jerseys.

So no, it's not an official logo of the team, rather a super old thing that the fans brought back and the team embraced. Consider it reason No. 3,050 as to why the Revs rule.