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Revolution will be without Carles Gil for opener Saturday in Montreal

Revolution will be without Carles Gil for opener Saturday in Montreal

Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2015, the New England Revolution open their season Saturday with the expectation of going beyond their one-and-done postseason, which ended with a first-round loss to Atlanta United.

The Revs rallied for that playoff berth under new coach and sporting director Bruce Arena, the former USMNT and veteran MLS coach who took over a team that had the worst record in MLS (2-8-2) before his hiring last May.

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New England opens in Montreal against the Impact Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston. They'll be without Carles Gil, MLS newcomer of the year last season who is recovering from a foot injury. Gil, who transferred from Spain's Deportivo La Coruña a year ago, helped fuel the Revs' turnaround last season with 10 goals and 14 assists.

Without Gil, Arena said a bigger playmaking role will fall to fellow Revs Designated Player Gustavo Bou (nine goals last season after his transfer from Club Tijuana in July) in the opener. 

“[Carles] is an outstanding player and we can’t wait to have him back on the field,” Arena told reporters on Wednesday. “Gustavo Bou can play in a lot of positions on the field quite well. He’ll pick up the slack until Carles is ready.”

Making his MLS debut Saturday will be the Revs' third Designated Player, Polish striker Adam Buksa, 23, who signed on New Year's Eve.

"The six weeks [of training and preseason] were very important," Buksa told RevolutionSoccer.net, the team's website. "I got to know all the players, all the coaches, so I'm in a good spot right now. Now is the time for competing." 

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Arena said he'd like to avoid the kind of turnaround he helped engineer last season by starting the season stronger beginning Saturday.

"From what I can tell - I wasn't around for a lot of games [early] last year - but I can tell you that midway into the season, you don't want to have the worst record in the league. We want to get off to a much better start this year."

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Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

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

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The Revolution, who have squandered points in the past few simulations, finally get in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Rapids at Gillette Stadium. The best player of the game was goalkeeper Matt Turner who made some pretty incredible stops throughout the match. 

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

  • Matt Turner
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Carles Gil
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Cristian Penilla
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Brad Knighton

In a back-and-forth first half between the Revolution and Rapids, Colorado drew first blood in the 34th minute. Lucky for the Revs, Adam Buksa continues to dominate MLS action and tied the game with a sneaky run past the defense. 

The Revolution and Rapids went into the half tied at one a side, and when the second half began that's when New England turned on the jets. In the 47th minute, Diego Fagundez picked the sweet spot to give the Revs a 2-1 lead that they never gave up.

And of course, put one in the goal column for Carles Gil who had the most gorgeous strike of the game. 

In a 3-1 game with points on the line, you can count on Turner to keep things steady with a few incredible saves.

Unfortunately, though, the Rapids broke through in the 76th minute to make it a 3-2 game. However, Gustavo Bou answered in the 89th minute to solidify a 4-2 win for New England. 

And you can cap things off with another stellar save from Turner to end things once and for all. 

This was a phenomenal win for the Revs who finally got solid defending and goalkeeping throughout the night. It wasn't a surprise they tallied four goals, especially with players like Buksa, Gil and Bou in the starting lineup.

You can watch the full game below, and click here for highlights:

 

 

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

Revolution Classics: How to watch Revs vs. Red Bulls 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series

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, beginning Saturday afternoon with a look back at the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship series against the New York Red Bulls. 

In the first leg of the series, more than 1,200 Revolution fans traveled to New York to watch their club take on the Red Bulls on Nov. 23, 2014. That traveling paid off, too, as both Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury had a goal and an assist in the match. While Jones and Bunbury handled things up top, Bobby Shuttleworth stopped six of seven shots in goal.

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This match was magical for a Revs side who lacked possession (39.7 percent), pass accuracy (72 percent) and shots on goal (four) -- they trailed in all of those categories. Although they didn't control the pace of play, they made their scoring opportunities count in a 2-1 win over the Red Bulls.

The Revs' victory was their first-ever win at Red Bull Arena and their first win on the road over the Red Bulls in seven years. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.