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Revolution using last game against Atlanta as benchmark for upcoming playoffs

Revolution using last game against Atlanta as benchmark for upcoming playoffs

The New England Revolution are back in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015, and they're excited about the challenge ahead against Atlanta United FC. 

The message was made clear this week from Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil that Saturday's matchup is going to be a difficult one, but the Revs have a good idea of what to expect when they take the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"Atlanta United is a tough game, a tough team," Gil said. "They have a lot of experience playing in the playoffs, they are the current champions. It's going to be a great atmosphere at their stadium but we played them last game and I think we're trying to use that as a benchmark for what to expect in this coming game. But we know the playoffs, it's going to be a completely new game for us, for them. So, we just need to come out there and give it our best shot to win the game."

Bou elaborated on what Gil had to say, while detailing what the Revs need to do to be successful in Atlanta. 

"The Atlanta game is going to be a hard game," Bou said. "The atmosphere is going to be crazy, but luckily for us we played them two weeks ago. So, we will be using that game as a bit of a reference, a benchmark. We know what worked well for us in that game and also what didn't work well. We learned from that game and the key for us will be to stay together. The forwards need to be the first defender, we all have to push up and score a goal as fast as we can, but another key as the game progresses is to not allow any goals obviously, and try to score as early as we can in the game. That's going to be the key for us."

While they did play the Five Stripes in their last game of the season, that was nearly two weeks ago, and head coach Bruce Arena thinks his team will benefit from the time off. 

"For our team I think it's been a plus," Arena said. "I think we needed a little bit of a break. We've been going all the way through. So, I think it's nice to have had a little bit of a break. Overall it's been good because I do think that we've been challenged throughout the second half of the season. To be able to step away from it a little bit, get a little bit refreshed and then be ready to come in and give it your best effort both mentally and physically, I think the break has been good."

Despite getting enough rest, the Revs will experience a great challenge ahead, and Arena added that his team will be more excited than intimidated heading into the match.

"I think we travel well," Arena said. "I think we've played in some good venues against good teams, so the team is focused on that. It's the same case this weekend. I don't think they'll be intimidated by the environment as much as they'll be excited and looking forward to the challenge. So, I think going on the road is something we've enjoyed."

While Atlanta is the defending MLS Cup Champions, New England is well prepared and ready to rally as underdogs behind both Gil and Bou. 

You can watch the Revs take on Atlanta United Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston or stream it right here.

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Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

After participating in the United States Men's National Team's pre-camp in Bradenton, Fla., New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has earned a spot on the final 23-man roster.

Turner was officially named to the roster on Monday, marking his first career selection. The 25-year-old will join the team for its final two Concacaf Nations League Group A matches against Canada on Nov. 15 and Cuba on Nov. 19.

Turner and the USMNT face must-win scenarios in both Concacaf Nations League matches in order to advance to the knockout stage.

Since joining the Revs in 2016, Turner is 16-14-16 with 170 saves and 10 shutouts. He signed a multi-year contract extension with New England on Aug. 21, 2019.

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Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

The New England Revolution added a teenager to their squad on Friday. 

The Revs' signed midfielder Damian Rivera of Cranston, R.I., to a homegrown player contract ahead of the 2020 season.

Rivera has spent more than three years developing in the Revolution Academy, and becomes the seventh Academy product to ink a promotion to the first team. The 16-year-old now is the Revs' youngest player and is the second-youngest homegrown signing in franchise history. 

Revolution coach Bruce Arena detailed the decision to ink the youngster to a deal.

“Of the many talented players we’ve observed in the Revolution Academy system, Damian was among the first who distinguished himself as a player with the tools needed to succeed at the professional level,” Arena said, according to revolutionsoccer.net. “We look forward to seeing him continue to develop and grow with the Revolution.” 

Rivera has notched 41 goals through 90 starts across the U-14, U-16, U-17 and U-19 Revolution Academy teams. He's leading the U-19's with eight goals through eight games, including a four-goal game against D.C. United on Oct. 19. 

Rivera is more than happy to join the Revolution, and is excited for the coming season.

“I’m really happy for this opportunity. It’s a special moment for me to join the Revolution, the club I grew up watching in Rhode Island,” Rivera said. “The Academy program and coaches have played a huge role in helping me get to where I am now, and now I’m looking forward to preseason, elevating my game, and seeing what I can contribute to the team.”

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Rivera joins Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Zachary Herivaux, Isaac Angking, Nicolas Firmino and Justin Rennicks as the only Revs' Academy players to advance to the first team. Fagundez was the youngest player to be signed to the first team at just 15 years old. 

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