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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

The New England Revolution officially have a world-class new home.

The team on Monday unveiled the New England Revolution Training Center, a sprawling complex spanning 68 acres just down the street from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Notable features of the $35 million facility include:

-- Three full-size, natural-grass fields (including one equipped with heating technology) totaling 337,500 square feet

-- First Team locker room exceeding 1,200 square feet

-- State-of-the-art gym featuring weight training equipment powered by a hydraulic air system

-- Hydrotherapy room with three pools, totaling 5,000 gallons in volume, slated for heat therapy, cold recovery, and accelerated rehabilitation with an underwater treadmill

-- 25-foot wide conditioning hill climbing 140 feet at a steep 10% grade on the perimeter of the First Team training fields

-- Spacious team dining and lounge space that features a 36-foot-long communal reclaimed wooden table

-- On-site barbershop

Here's a look inside the facility with photos of the locker room, weight room and more:

The new facility, located at 1776 Revolution Way, also has sustainable roots with a close connection to the surrounding environment.

The complex was constructed with locally sourced wood, glass and metal materials designed to integrate the facility into the wetlands behind Gillette Stadium, and the Revolution replanted 350 native trees, 550 shrubs and over 1,000 grasses and plants to minimize disruption to the natural ecosystem. 

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Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba selected by Nashville SC in MLS Expansion Draft

Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba selected by Nashville SC in MLS Expansion Draft

New England Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba is on the move. 

Anibaba was selected by Nashville SC with their third pick in the MLS Expansion draft Tuesday night. The Revs will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money to compensate for the loss of the 31-year-old.

In a Boston twist, it was Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts, who also could be leaving the area this winter, announcing the new team's selections. Betts is from Nashville.

Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF will begin play in MLS next season and began filling their rosters in the draft Tuesday.  

In two seasons with the Revolution, Anibaba tallied one goal and three assists through 53 games played. 

Before joining New England, he played for the Chicago Fire (2011-13), Seattle Sounders (2014), Sporting Kansas City (2015) and the Houston Dynamo (2016-17). 

Revolution president Brian Billelo had some nice things to say about the defender following his pickup by Nashville. 

Anibaba's departure comes after the Revolution re-signed defenders DeJuan Jones and Brandon Bye while also adding left back Alexander Buttner and 16-year-old midfielder Damian Rivera. 

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Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

The New England Revolution fought hard on Sunday afternoon, but they ultimately weren't able to escape the first round of the MLS playoffs. They fell by a score of 1-0 to Atlanta United in the single-elimination round.

Despite the disappointing end result, Revs head coach Bruce Arena commended his team for their effort in the contest, saying that their performance was "outstanding" and implying that they easily could have won the game. 

"The effort was outstanding," Arena said to reporters after the game. "I thought it was a good game. You know, we could have been the team walking off the field 1-0. Both teams had chances. They converted one, we did not. I thought, for the most part, we played well.

"All these little plays are the difference in the game. We knew it would be one play. We fully expected to be able to go toe-to-toe with them for 90 minutes. And we did. But we fell short."

Though the Revs may have fallen short in the playoffs, the performance marked a banner start to the Arena tenure in New England. The team was in last place when Arena took over the team midseason. He then led them to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 9-5-10 surge that the team underwent in 24 matches under Arena.

The Revs' playoff appearance was the team's first since 2015. And as long as Arena is around, they should continue to be a team on the rise in the MLS' Eastern Conference.

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