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USMNT lost because they lacked grit

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Where was the desire to win?

For those clamoring for change in the U.S. Men's National Team and development programs, there's some measure of solace in knowing there's a search underway for a new head coach and there's promise of a review of the system.

But, while a long-range plan is needed, it should also be remembered that there was something unique to this team that made it vulnerable to elimination from the World Cup.

Do the Revolution need a brand overhaul?

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Share your thoughts in this week's open thread.

On April 16, 1996, the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked off the first-ever MLS match. Since then, the two teams have updated their crest a combined six times, with the Clash rebranding as the Earthquakes in 2000.

The Revolution also helped kick off the inaugural MLS season.

Vote for your 2018 Revolution Player Award winners

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Who stood out during a middling campaign?

The 2018 season brought challenges for the Revolution. An inability to earn results on the road. Attacking inconsistencies. Injuries to key players.

Yet in the midst of it all, the club generated its share of positive storylines—like the emergence of Antonio Delamea as a team leader, and the re-emergence of Teal Bunbury as an attacking threat.

Match Photos: Revolution vs NYC FC

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A gallery of photos from the Revs' win over NYC FC

On Sunday, the New England Revolution played New York City FC in their home finale. Two goals from Diego Fagundez gave the Revs three points, helping them set a club record for most home wins in a season. Our own J. Alexander Dolan was there to snap pictures of this historic moment.

Revolution 2, NYC FC 1: Revs break club record in weird season

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The Revs grabbed their 12th home win on Sunday.

The New England Revolution might've missed the playoffs but they did set a new club record for most home wins in a season. On Sunday, the Revs beat New York City FC 2-1 to collect three points at home for the 12th time in 2017.

The game's defining moment came in the 26th minute when Jack Harrison was shown a red card for a straight-legged tackle on Teal Bunbury.

NWSL championship: Portland Thorns grit out 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage

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It was a messy, rough grind of a game.

Portland Thorns starting XI: Adrianna Franch, Kat Reynolds, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, Meghan Klingenberg, Amandine Henry, Lindsey Horan, Ashleigh Sykes, Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath, Hayley Raso

North Carolina Courage starting XI: Katelyn Rowland, Abby Dahlkemper, Abby Erceg, Jaelene Hinkle, Taylor Smith, McCall Zerboni, Sam Mewis, Denise O'Sullivan, Kristen Hamilton, Ashley Hatch, Lynn Williams

It was a rough start for the North Carolina Courage as they faced off against the Portland Thorns on a bright, humid day in Orlando.

Revolution vs. NYCFC: Preview, Projected Lineups and How to Watch

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Here's what you need to know about match 33.

For the second year in a row, the Revolution won't play past October. That's not the case for NYCFC, who currently occupy the second spot on the Eastern Conference table. The Revs want to give the Gillette Stadium crowd one last win. And NYCFC wants to distance itself from third-place Atlanta United.

Rowe “like a kid at Disneyland” after returning to training

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The Revolution midfielder just wants to play soccer again.

The last time Kelyn Rowe suited up for the Revolution, he had his sights set on a late-season playoff run. That vision has passed. Now he just wants to play soccer again.

After missing the past seven weeks of action while nursing a knee sprain, Rowe returned to training this week.

How should U.S. Soccer respond to its World Cup blunder?

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Sound off in this week's open thread.

There's little optimism to be felt this morning. A perfect storm of events—wins by Honduras and Panama, coupled with a United States loss to Trinidad and Tobago—resulted in a scenario we never thought would happen: the United States failing to book a ticket to Russia.

4 ways the Revolution can return as playoff contenders

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To compete in 2018, the team should prioritize these changes.

The Revs have arrived at a crossroads. Three seasons removed from a run to the MLS Cup final, the 8th-place club in the Eastern Conference must make significant adjustments if it wants to emerge as a playoff contender next season.

NWSL attendance dips in season 5

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Some teams grew, but not enough to offseat other teams' setbacks.

Another year has come and gone for the National Women's Soccer League. Now it's time for the postmortems, to slice and dice through the results and the data.

Here's the basics in terms of attendance:

Leaguewide, average attendance was down.

United States 4, Panama 0 - Three Thoughts on Three Vital Points for USMNT

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The USMNT are now back in control of their own destiny in The Hex, as a win in T&T will secure a World Cup spot.

The United States were desperate for a good performance to rebound from an awful month of September qualifiers. They had the benefit of a fairly easy schedule in their last two matches, with Panama and the least daunting road trip at Trindad and Tobago.

Revolution reportedly interview former Argentina National Team coach

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Daniel Passarella has interviewed for the Revs head coaching job, per his agent.

The New England Revolution have interviewed former Argentina manager Daniel Passarella for their head coaching position, according to agent Matias Lipman.

Passarella, 64, was a defender who made 447 appearances between 1971 and 1989.

Which future free agents should the Revolution pursue?

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Could an established MLS vet help the Revs in 2018? Tell us in this week's open thread.

The Revolution don't lack talent. From Juan Agudelo to Antonio Delamea, the club boasts a playoff-worthy Starting XI. But before First Kick 2018, something will need to change; that playoff-worthy lineup has rarely played like a contender this season.

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