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Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

Bruce Arena: 'The new training facility is great'

This offseason, the New England Revolution unveiled a new, state-of-the-art trainer center.

The $35 million facility spans 68 acres and includes three full-size grass fields for practice, a gym featuring weight training equipment, a hydrotherapy room with three pools, and so much more.

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And so far, the Revs are really enjoying their new digs.

"The new training facility is great," Revs head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena said in a recent interview. "It's upgraded the commitment to the club, and I think the players sense that. They come to work every day with a smile on their face.

"They're highly motivated so we think the new facility is outstanding."

It's good news that the Revs are enjoying their new facility and it's unsurprising that they're so motivated by it. They're coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent years under Arena's direction, so they should only get better moving forward.

The Revs preseason begins on Monday, Feb. 10 when they travel to take on the LA Galaxy. Their regular-season MLS debut will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 on the road against the Montreal Impact.

The Michael Holley Podcast: Bruce Arena on why he nearly turned down Revolution job

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The Michael Holley Podcast: Bruce Arena on why he nearly turned down Revolution job

Bruce Arena led the New England Revolution to their first playoff appearance since 2015 after taking over a team that had the worst record in MLS when he was hired in May. 

That turnaround under Arena nearly didn't happen because, as the former US men's national team and veteran MLS coach told Michael Holley on the latest edition of The Michael Holley Podcast, he was initially reluctant to take the job.

"Believe it or not, I wasn't going to take the job here," Arena told Holley. "The Krafts just convinced me. To me, it was an interesting project, it was a unique opportunity. 

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"I said, 'The New England Revolution? What have they done lately? Are they really committed to winning? I said [to team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft], 'If you're committed to winning, I'm willing to listen. I listened a little bit but didn't listen that well...They kept coming back and over a couple of days I was persuaded to come here."

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Arena said the Krafts' commitment to the Revs that convinced him to come to New England has him hopeful for sustained success here. 

"I've had a lot of situations where I had teams near the top and they're demanding to win championships right away. I thought this would be a great challenge to build a team toward a championship," Arena said. "The Krafts have been great for me. They're building a great training facility. We're eventually going to have a [soccer-only] stadium in the city [of Boston]. They convinced me that they were going to support this team and we were going to make it happen in Boston."

Arena said the key to the turnaround last season was building confidence in his players and the playoff appearance has raised the stakes for this season. 

"Certainly, we had to get confidence back in the players. I felt in a short period of time, I thought the talent level was better than most people thought...I think we're putting together a good team, both on and off the field. We're going to turn up the expectations this year and try and be a better team than what we were last year."

And bout that stadium, Arena said, "I think it's going to happen during my tenure. I'm that confident about it. My wife and I are going to be moving to a condominium in the seaport. So, I'm hopeful that one day, I'm going to say, maybe I'll kiss my wife goodbye and I'm going to travel real quickly to the stadium for our match...I know it's a personal goal for Robert and Jonathan Kraft and they're working real hard to get that done." 

"I think in the near future we can get some news about the potential for a stadium here."

Arena also touches on his friendship with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and ex-Pats receiver Danny Amendola, his New York roots and fandom of a certain baseball team to the south being put the test, the changing impact of MLS and soccer in the US, his passion for coaching and more in this edition of the podcast, presented by Night Shift Brewing.

 

Polish striker Adam Buksa signs with designated player contract with Revolution

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Polish striker Adam Buksa signs with designated player contract with Revolution

Just when you think the New England Revolution are done making big moves, the club surprises you ... again. The Revs have signed Polish striker Adam Buksa to a designated player contract.  

The 23-year-old comes to New England on a transfer fee that's reportedly the second-largest amount in club history ($4 million according to the Boston Globe). With Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou, whose transfer fee reportedly was $7 million, on the roster, the addition of Buksa marks the first time in team history they've occupied all three designated player slots at the same time. 

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The Revs' newest DP is on the cusp of breaking into Poland's men's national team after getting called up to the senior team in November 2018 for a friendly against the Czech Republic and a UEFA Nations League match against Portugal. 

Buksa, who was linked to clubs in England and Scotland, cites Bruce Arena and the Revs' future as critical factors in his decision to join the team. In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, he said, "I spoke with the coaches of the New England Revolution and it was the most important part for me to choose the New England Revolution because I know the role that I have to play on the team. I know that I will be an important player. I know the ambition of the club."

The Krakow native played in Italy for Novara's junior team when he was 16 before returning to Poland, where he played for Lechia Gdansk, Zaglebie Lubin, and Pogon. For a player who was targeted by multiple leagues in different countries, Buksa said he had been paying attention to MLS. 

"In Poland, the TV shows two games every weekend. I watch some games," Buksa said. "When I got interest from the Revolution, I watched many games of the Revolution and I have to say I really liked the style of the team. I liked the way they played. They have really good technical players like Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou. I am sure we can create many chances and score many goals together and win many games."

At 6-foot-3, Buska will bring a different dimension to the Revs' attack.  With a dangerous left foot and a tall frame, he can score goals in a variety of ways from different areas. His skill set and strengths should mix well with Gil and Bou.  "I'm a target man. I like scoring goals with a header. I like scoring from outside the box, in the box. I feel good in a 1-2 game. So, I am happy to have Carles Gil next to me as well as Gustavo Bou, who are really good players," Buska said of his fellow Designated Players. 

While some fans may not be familiar with Buksa as a player or the Polish top-flight league, the Ekstraklasa, they will know what player he models his game after. That's Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski. Buksa says, "The best player for me to follow is Robert Lewandowski. In my opinion, he is the best striker in the world. He scores unbelievable goals. This is the one player I really like to follow. I had a chance to train with him during the national team camp before the game against Portugal. He made a huge impression on me."

Revs fans can only hope that some of Lewandowski's world-class game can rub off on Buksa.  At the very least, they can feel good about what Poland has recently produced for strikers.  They boast one of the most lethal strike forces in the word with Lewandowski, as well as Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli and AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek. Could Buksa be the next? Find out starting Feb. 29 when the Revs open the season against the Montreal Impact.