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Revs' charity match vs. Chelsea an exciting opportunity for young players

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Revs' charity match vs. Chelsea an exciting opportunity for young players

An eight-time Premier League champion will visit Gillette Stadium in just two months' time.

The New England Revolution will host Chelsea FC on May 15 in an exhibition contest dubbed "The Final Whistle On Hate," with all proceeds from the charity match going toward initiatives dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

In addition to playing for a great cause, Revs coach Brad Friedel is excited about the chance to play against one of the most storied clubs in international soccer.

"We're looking forward to that, no doubt," Friedel said Thursday during his appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand. "I think the most important thing is why we're doing it and the funds being raised and the charities it will go towards."

Friedel, who spent almost a decade in the Premier League as a goalkeeper for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, also will recognize a few folks on Chelsea's sideline.

"I get to see some old friends: There's one of my old teammates on the coaching staff, and there's another very good friend of mine, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces," Friedel said.

Friedel also recognized the match is a good chance for some of his less experienced players to go up against some of the best players Europe has to offer.

"I also think it'll be a good time for some of our new players and players maybe that haven't been over to Europe to play and see up close and personal some of the players from one of the world's elite teams," he added.

"So, I think all around it's a very good thing."

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Highlights of the Revolution's 2-1 US Open Cup loss to Orlando City SC

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Highlights of the Revolution's 2-1 US Open Cup loss to Orlando City SC

FINAL SCORE: Orlando City SC 2, Revolution 1

IN BRIEF:  Benji Michel and Tesho Akindele scored in extra time as Orlando City SC held off the visiting Revolution 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup. Justin Rennicks scored his first professional goal in the extra session for the Revs. BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 4-8-4 (11th in Eastern Conference, this game not counted in MLS regular season standings)

HIGHLIGHTS:

TEAL BUNBURY TURNED AWAY BY ADAM GRINWIS:

BENJI MICHEL PUTS ORLANDO ON THE BOARD:

TESHO AKINDELE DOUBLES THE LEAD FOR ORLANDO: 

JUSTIN RENNICKS' 1ST PRO GOAL CUTS IT TO 2-1:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS regular season), Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Highlights of the Revolution's 3-2 win over Red Bulls in US Open Cup

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Highlights of the Revolution's 3-2 win over Red Bulls in US Open Cup

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 3, Red Bulls 2

IN BRIEF:  Teal Bunbury scored in the 84th minute to tie it and in extra time to give the Revolution a 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls in a US Open Cup game in Montclair, N.J. BOX SCORE

REVS MLS RECORD: 4-8-4 (11th in Eastern Conference, this game not counted in MLS regular season standings)

HIGHLIGHTS:

JUAN AGUDELO PUTS REVS ON BOARD:

TOM BARLOW TIES IT FOR RED BULLS:

CRISTIAN CASSERES PUTS RED BULLS UP, 2-1

MATT TURNER SAVE ON PK KEEPS IT 2-1:

TEAL BUNBURY TIES IT UP FOR REVS:

BUNBURY PUTS REVS UP IN 110TH MINUTE:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Philadelphia Union, June 26, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Boston
 

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