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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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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

The New England Revolution officially have a world-class new home.

The team on Monday unveiled the New England Revolution Training Center, a sprawling complex spanning 68 acres just down the street from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Notable features of the $35 million facility include:

-- Three full-size, natural-grass fields (including one equipped with heating technology) totaling 337,500 square feet

-- First Team locker room exceeding 1,200 square feet

-- State-of-the-art gym featuring weight training equipment powered by a hydraulic air system

-- Hydrotherapy room with three pools, totaling 5,000 gallons in volume, slated for heat therapy, cold recovery, and accelerated rehabilitation with an underwater treadmill

-- 25-foot wide conditioning hill climbing 140 feet at a steep 10% grade on the perimeter of the First Team training fields

-- Spacious team dining and lounge space that features a 36-foot-long communal reclaimed wooden table

-- On-site barbershop

Here's a look inside the facility with photos of the locker room, weight room and more:

The new facility, located at 1776 Revolution Way, also has sustainable roots with a close connection to the surrounding environment.

The complex was constructed with locally sourced wood, glass and metal materials designed to integrate the facility into the wetlands behind Gillette Stadium, and the Revolution replanted 350 native trees, 550 shrubs and over 1,000 grasses and plants to minimize disruption to the natural ecosystem. 

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

Welcome back to New England, Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution signed Rowe on Wednesday, the team announced. The midfielder spent 2012-18 with the Revs before playing for Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in 2019.

Rowe played in 206 games with the Revolution and recorded 29 goals, and 40 assists in 14,604 minutes played. The 28-year-old is among New England's all-time leaders in games played (7th), minutes played (10th), goals (10th), and assists (4th). 

The Revs initially selected Rowe with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They traded Rowe to Sporting Kansas City for defender Edgar Castillo in Dec. 2018.

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