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Three Revolution players called up to national team duty

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Three Revolution players called up to national team duty

When the Revolution next take the field at Gillette Stadium, Brad Friedel's bench will look a little different than it has so far this season.

That's because not one, not two, but three Revs players have been called up for national team duty. Forward Justin Rennicks, midfielder Zachary Herivaux, and defender Gabriel Somi will all join their respective national teams for upcoming training camps and matches.

Rennicks, who made his MLS debut as a halftime sub last week against Columbus Crew SC, has earned his second U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team call-up of the year after attending a training camp in Florida in January. This time around, Rennicks will join the U-20 MNT for training camp and a pair of matches in Spain later this month to get ready for this summer’s 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

Herivaux has been called up to join the Haiti National Team in preparation for its 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League qualifying match against Cuba, which will take place in Port-au-Prince on March 24, while Somi will join the Syrian National Team in Iraq for matches against Iraq and Jordan as part of the 2019 International Friendship Championship later this month.

All three players are expected to be unavailable for New England's home game against FC Cincinnati on March 24. The Revs are next in action this Saturday in Toronto, looking to pick up their first win of the young season after starting 0-1-1.

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Highlights of the Revolution's scoreless tie with the Impact

Highlights of the Revolution's scoreless tie with the Impact

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 0, Impact 0

IN BRIEF:  The visiting Revolution and Montreal Impact play to a scoreless tie on Saturday, leaving New England unbeaten in two games under interim coach Mike Lapper. Former USMNT team coach Bruce Arena was named head coach and sporting director of the Revs earlier this week. BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 3-8-3 (11th in Eastern Conference)

HIGHLIGHTS:

JANIL ANIBABA SAVES A GOAL:

ROOKIE DEJUAN JONES SETS UP REVS WITH A FIRST-HALF CHANCE

UP NEXT:
Vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

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Bruce Arena has lofty goals for Revolution in region of champions

Six championship banners currently hang at Gillette Stadium, and none belong to the New England Revolution.

Bruce Arena would like to change that.

The Revolution's new head coach shared a bold vision Thursday at his introductory press conference in Foxboro, expressing a desire to not only pull the Revs out of the MLS doldrums but carry them to the level of their highly successful neighbors.

"I said in my statement when I was named (head coach) that this is such a great sports town," Arena said. "We want to try to elevate the Revolution on par with these other championship teams in Boston.

"It’s a big challenge. I feel great about being in a great city with great ownership and great potential."

Arena has a long way to go. Boston's professional sports teams have won two championships in the past seven months alone -- the Red Sox in October 2018 and the New England Patriots in February -- and the Bruins are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final. The "disappointing" Celtics bowed out in the second round this season but have won an NBA-best 17 titles in their storied history.

The Revs, meanwhile, haven't reached the MLS playoffs since 2015 and sit dead-last in the Eastern Conference with 11 points.

But Arena, with five MLS Cups and experience with the U.S. men's national team on his resume, believes the mechanisms are in place for a turnaround.

"In all the positions I’ve had in the past in the league I’ve always wanted to be in an organization I felt wanted to win," Arena added. “In my conversations with the Krafts (Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft) and (Revolution president) Brian (Bilello), they’re really confident we can move the team forward. There (are) aspirations to build a stadium one day, and we’ll have the resources to make the team better."

Revs fans are hoping that process begins Saturday when New England hosts the Montreal Impact, who defeated the Revs 3-0 earlier this season.

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