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Revolution Recap: Revs draw even with Timbers in FIFA 20 simulated match

Revolution Recap: Revs draw even with Timbers in FIFA 20 simulated match

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Timbers 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 Portland Timbers in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20. 

Unfortunately for the Revs, they once again failed to get in the win column after a 4-4 draw with the Timbers at Gillette Stadium in their second home match of the season. However, they came back from a two-goal deficit proving they are a resilient group of guys.  

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

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

The substitutes were as follows:

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

While they failed to get the win, they did get some quality goal-scoring from their attack with Cristian Penilla picking his spot on a free kick 20 yards out to give the Revs a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.

The Revs defense faltered following the club's opening goal, allowing Diego Valeri to score on a two-on-one opportunity in the 40th minute. Brandon Bye and Andrew Farrell allowed Valeri to break through their back line, thus leaving no chance for Brad Knighton to make a stop in goal.

That wasn't the only time the Timbers penetrated the defense either, as Sebastian Blanco carved up the Revs to put Portland up 2-1 ahead of the half. 

The second half was a better one for the defense as they backed the attack allowing Adam Buksa to notch his second goal of the season -- an eerily similar goal to his first one, a left-footed strike to tie the game at two a side in the 54th minute. 

The next goal came courtesy of Felipe Mora in the 60th minute as he was left wide open in the 18 -- leaving Knighton with no chance at a stop once again -- giving Portland a 3-2 lead. 

Carles Gil made his first appearance of the season, and as predicted, came on as a sub in the 71st minute -- getting his first taste of MLS action this season. Gil failed to notch a goal, but he still is working his way back from a foot injury that saw him miss the first two games of the season.

Later in the match, Darion Asprilla notched a goal in the 86th minute, making things seem like the Revolution were headed for yet another loss as the Timbers made it a 4-2 game in the final minutes. 

When things seemed like they were over, who else but Buksa to notch his second of the game to put the Revolution within one during stoppage time. 

And another gorgeous strike from Teal Bunbury tied the game in the 94th minute, allowing the Revolution to tie the Timbers 4-4 and move to 0-1-2 on the season. 

Honestly, what was weird about this simulated match was that the defense was unbelievably bad for the Revolution. FIFA 20 made them look like swiss cheese. There has been nothing in the first two real matches of the season we've seen that would make us think the defense would be this bad. 

 In real action, the Revs would never have allowed the Timbers to penetrate their back line so easily. Especially because youngster Henry Kessler has held his own on the back line as a rookie. 

Regardless, though, New England avoided the loss and a two-goal performance from Buksa proved promising in the 4-4 draw. 

You can watch the full game below:

And here's a highlights package the Revolution put together:

 

Revolution Classics: Lee Nguyen scores two goals vs. his former team

Revolution Classics: Lee Nguyen scores two goals vs. his former team

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. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at Lee Nguyen's two-goal performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps, who waived him earlier in the 2012 season.

In March 2012, the Vancouver Whitecaps opted to part ways with midfielder Lee Nguyen. That decision came back to bite them two months later.

On May 13, a 25-year-old Nguyen got his revenge as a member of the New England Revolution. Nguyen scored two goals and notched an assist against his former team to propel the Revs to a thrilling 4-1 victory. Those two goals also happened to be Nguyen's first two MLS scores.

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Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, you'll have a chance to relive Nguyen's sensational performance. Here's how to tune in:

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.

Revs return to training as Major League Soccer lifts restrictions

Revs return to training as Major League Soccer lifts restrictions

There's still a long way to go before games are played, but June 4 has been a good day so far for sports fans clamoring for leagues to return to action.

Not only did the NBA and NHL both announce plans for playoff formats, MLS lifted the team training moratorium that began on March 12. Teams may now submit individual club plans for full team training, which must be approved by the club's medical staff and local infectious disease experts before MLS approves those plans.

While full team training will be mandatory, the Revs held voluntary small group training at the team's training facility Thursday. Revs in attendance included Matt Turner, Teal Bunbury, Andrew Farrell, Adam Buksa, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, and Carles Gil.

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"This has been a very difficult time with COVID-19 and the Governor has done a remarkable job in dealing with the safety and welfare of the citizens in Massachusetts," said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena. "The state and local authorities have been outstanding. In a perfect world, we would have preferred to be on the field earlier, but we completely understand the issues involved and safety first."

“I most definitely think the Revolution organization and MLS have created an environment where I feel safe and the rest of the player pool feels safe," Bunbury added. "They’ve taken every measure. Our athletic trainer and fitness coaches have really been on top of everything, so it’s helpful for us knowing we want to continue to push ourselves, but also knowing that we’re staying safe.”

Small group training is a good first step back for the Revs, but everyone knows that there's a long way to go before the league can hold a tournament in the Orlando area later this summer.

"We’re not in touch with the other players because we’re not allowed to pass balls to each other, we’re not allowed to speak with each other so it’s a little different than it was in the beginning of the year," said Buksa. "But it’s very important that we have a chance to train on our pitches."

“It’s very different. It’s a very awkward protocol. I think it’s safe, well over-the-top, but as I mentioned with what the Governor has done, the league has done the same thing," Arena said. "They’re very cautious about not having teams jump into full training too soon. It’s safety first. We’re being smart about it. It’s a safe environment for the players, and that’s our number one priority.”

While safety might be the Revs' number one priority, increasing their fitness level is close behind, especially considering it's been almost three months since their last game.

“I think fitness-wise, I don’t think we’re game-fit yet. None of us," Fagundez said. "It’s hard to be game-fit when you’re at home for a month and a half and you’re not on the field playing around with your teammates. It’s two different kinds of fitness. We’re trying to get there. We’re building that. I know we can get there. It’s going to take a little bit of time. With the time we have right now until the season starts, I think we’re good to go.” 

For Gil, the extended break gave him a chance to heal his injured foot which had kept him out of the preseason and the team's first two games of the season.

“Yes, it’s been good in the sense that my foot was able to recover," said Gil, "and I have a very good feeling that I’ll be able to be physical and put in hard work to find out if I’m 100 percent.”