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Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Revolution Recap: Matt Turner stands on head in win over Colorado Rapids

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and the Colorado Rapids in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on the Colorado Rapids in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

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The Revolution, who have squandered points in the past few simulations, finally get in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Rapids at Gillette Stadium. The best player of the game was goalkeeper Matt Turner who made some pretty incredible stops throughout the match. 

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in Saturday's simulated match:

  • Matt Turner
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Carles Gil
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Cristian Penilla
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Brad Knighton

In a back-and-forth first half between the Revolution and Rapids, Colorado drew first blood in the 34th minute. Lucky for the Revs, Adam Buksa continues to dominate MLS action and tied the game with a sneaky run past the defense. 

The Revolution and Rapids went into the half tied at one a side, and when the second half began that's when New England turned on the jets. In the 47th minute, Diego Fagundez picked the sweet spot to give the Revs a 2-1 lead that they never gave up.

And of course, put one in the goal column for Carles Gil who had the most gorgeous strike of the game. 

In a 3-1 game with points on the line, you can count on Turner to keep things steady with a few incredible saves.

Unfortunately, though, the Rapids broke through in the 76th minute to make it a 3-2 game. However, Gustavo Bou answered in the 89th minute to solidify a 4-2 win for New England. 

And you can cap things off with another stellar save from Turner to end things once and for all. 

This was a phenomenal win for the Revs who finally got solid defending and goalkeeping throughout the night. It wasn't a surprise they tallied four goals, especially with players like Buksa, Gil and Bou in the starting lineup.

You can watch the full game below, and click here for highlights:

 

 

Revolution will be without Carles Gil for opener Saturday in Montreal

Revolution will be without Carles Gil for opener Saturday in Montreal

Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2015, the New England Revolution open their season Saturday with the expectation of going beyond their one-and-done postseason, which ended with a first-round loss to Atlanta United.

The Revs rallied for that playoff berth under new coach and sporting director Bruce Arena, the former USMNT and veteran MLS coach who took over a team that had the worst record in MLS (2-8-2) before his hiring last May.

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New England opens in Montreal against the Impact Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston. They'll be without Carles Gil, MLS newcomer of the year last season who is recovering from a foot injury. Gil, who transferred from Spain's Deportivo La Coruña a year ago, helped fuel the Revs' turnaround last season with 10 goals and 14 assists.

Without Gil, Arena said a bigger playmaking role will fall to fellow Revs Designated Player Gustavo Bou (nine goals last season after his transfer from Club Tijuana in July) in the opener. 

“[Carles] is an outstanding player and we can’t wait to have him back on the field,” Arena told reporters on Wednesday. “Gustavo Bou can play in a lot of positions on the field quite well. He’ll pick up the slack until Carles is ready.”

Making his MLS debut Saturday will be the Revs' third Designated Player, Polish striker Adam Buksa, 23, who signed on New Year's Eve.

"The six weeks [of training and preseason] were very important," Buksa told RevolutionSoccer.net, the team's website. "I got to know all the players, all the coaches, so I'm in a good spot right now. Now is the time for competing." 

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Arena said he'd like to avoid the kind of turnaround he helped engineer last season by starting the season stronger beginning Saturday.

"From what I can tell - I wasn't around for a lot of games [early] last year - but I can tell you that midway into the season, you don't want to have the worst record in the league. We want to get off to a much better start this year."

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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.