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Teal Bunbury: Revolution want to do more than 'just make playoffs'

Teal Bunbury: Revolution want to do more than 'just make playoffs'

The New England Revolution are back in the MLS Playoffs for the first time since 2015, and they want to make a splash. 

Revolution midfielder/forward Teal Bunbury, in particular, is extremely proud of what New England has been able to accomplish since Bruce Arena was named head coach in May.

"I think we're very hungry. It's been an up-and-down season, guys have been putting in the work," Bunbury told revolutionsoccer.net earlier this week. "Really proud of how we've been able to kind of turn this season around. The support we've had. But now we're not satisfied with just making it into the playoffs. We know Atlanta's obviously the defending champions, they're a great team. We just played there recently but I think we're going to have a good game plan going into the game on Sunday and we're going to be motivated and we're going to be ready to go."

In their final game of the regular season, the Revolution fell to Atlanta United 3-1, but that game was a good primer for what's ahead in their playoff rematch in Atlanta on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bunbury noted the season finale helped New England figure out Atlanta's tendencies and what to expect in the playoffs. 

"Their tendencies. You know, their attacking tendencies. Josef Martinez is a goal scorer. So, obviously he's someone we're going to have to keep an eye on," Bunbury said. "But right now I think it's a lot about attention to detail. You'll probably hear that from a lot of the guys. In these moments it's about just who executes, who competes. Obviously tactics are going to play a huge role but you never know what's going to happen in these playoff games, and it's not going to be very high scoring, but we're all going to need to be one unit and working for each other and if someone makes a mistake you're picking that person up. So, that's what's going to be most important."

Bunbury knows that the Revs' are confident and will seize the opportunity, but they've never beaten Atlanta and are pegged as the underdogs. Although, he's not focused on that.

"I don't think we pay attention to that," Bunbury said. "I think we've done well enough to get ourselves in this position and we're a confident group, and I think we've been working hard all season long and I think it's going to come down to the little moments in this game and not messing up on little plays here and there. Four months ago we had no chance at making the playoffs and we did it so, it's okay if we have these people saying we're underdogs or whatever it might be. But I think we're a confident group and we have a great opportunity. We all love as athletes to be able to play in these situations, so I think everyone's going to be up for it."

It's going to be difficult, but as Bunbury told the media on Wednesday, "If you're a player and can't get up for games like this, moments like this, you're in the wrong business."

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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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