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Revolution's Matt Turner excited about first career MLS playoff game

Revolution's Matt Turner excited about first career MLS playoff game

New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner will be playing in his first-ever MLS Playoff game on Saturday, and he's pretty excited about it. 

Turner was signed by New England as an undrafted college player out of Fairfield University in 2016 and has been with the Revs since. His first playoff game will be an experience he says he'll never forget.

"I'm really excited. As I've alluded to a few times, this will be my first time on a team that's made it to the playoffs," Turner said Tuesday, according to revolutionsoccer.net. "So, obviously I'm really excited to be taking part in a really meaningful game and I'm excited to represent New England and hopefully make the fans proud."

With excitement also comes the desire to win, and New England is hungry for a deep playoff run after a long hiatus from the postseason.

"Yeah, we're hungry. We've believed in ourselves all year," Turner said. "We're here now and we want to succeed. We want to do more than just be taking part in it. We want to try to win."

Although they're hungry, the Revs are pegged as underdogs, but they're confident in themselves entering the franchise's first playoff game since 2015. 

"We know what we have in the locker room," Turner said. "We know the quality that we have in the locker room. So we're confident in ourselves, and whatever the people want to portray this game as an underdog story, if they want to that's fine. We see ourselves, we expect a lot out of ourselves and we expect to win this game." 

Confidence can only go so far, especially when Julian Gressel is on the opposite side of the ball. Gressel punished New England with a goal and two assists in Atlanta United's 3-1 victory in early October to close out the regular season. Turner noted that it's extremely important everyone on the field knows where the midfielder is on Saturday.

"We just got to do a better job," Turner said. "We knew going into that game that he provides really good service into the box and he punishes for it and also he scored a really nice goal. So, we just need to be aware of where he is on the field and when he's on the ball. We know what we have to do to keep the ball in front of us and not allow those dangerous chances in behind."

Will New England pull off a shocker and take down the defending MLS Cup Champions? Turner had a strong opinion on the matter. 

"I think it's likely, you know. I think people want to write us off, but I think we have a better chance than they realize," Turner said. "It's nice having had that dress rehearsal [in the regular-season finale] and we're really excited. I think this team is built to make a little run in the playoffs."

A New England victory in the Saturday 1 p.m. matchup could be hard to come by if history is any indicator. The Revs are 0-4-2 all-time against Atlanta and 0-3-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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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.