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Dielna Dishes on Debut

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Recently-signed Revolution defender Claude Dielna said he felt good going into his MLS debut on Sunday at New York City, but when it was over, he wasn't exactly thrilled about what unfolded around him.

Despite showing some promise in a revamped back four, the 29-year-old French international was doomed to watch his team concede a pair of unanswered goals in Sunday's 2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium.

What Did the Revs Look Like at the Last Eclipse?

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Monday, in case you have been living completely off the grid for this summer, will bring the first solar eclipse seen in the U.S. since 2012 (which, for the record, was a solar eclipse of the annular variety).

Yes, #eclipse will no doubt be trending on Twitter, and your timelines will be nothing but 1,125 different perspectives of the moon blocking the sun and people wearing eclipse glasses, some of reputable quality.

Revs Concede Late & Lose

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Second half substitute Jonathan Lewis doomed the Revolution to its latest road loss after scoring the go-ahead in stoppage time to give New York City FC a 2-1 win Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y.

Lewis scored the decider in the 90+4 minute after he latched onto a ball from Ben Sweat and beat Cody Cropper at the near post.

Is a Road Win Possible for ’17 Revs?

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The setbacks, struggles, and, at times, sideshows the Revolution have endured on the road this season are well-documented.

Whether it's surrendering a three-goal lead in Seattle, falling flat in Philadelphia, or suffering a pair of embarrassments in Chicago, it's little wonder the locals enter their next road tilt Sunday at New York City FC winless across their 11 games away from Gillette Stadium this season.

A Blueprint for Road Success?

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There's bad news, and good news for the Revolution going into Saturday's match at Yankee Stadium.

The bad news: they haven't won on the road this year.

The good news? They may have found the blueprint for the breakthrough.

Last weekend, the locals eked out a 1-0 home victory over the Whitecaps in a performance that didn't exactly entice a massive amount of clicks on its highlight reel.

Technically Speaking: #NEvVAN

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall dissects the Revolution's latest performance.

With NESoccerToday editor Brian O'Connell covering the NPSL Final in New Haven Saturday, Rick gets straight to the point on what stood out from Saturday's win over the Whitecaps.

Revolution Shutout Whitecaps for Win

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution's two summer window additions, Claude Dielna and Krisztian Nemeth, weren't yet available, but that didn't stop the Revolution from getting a key victory on Saturday night in their hunt to turn around a thus far disappointing season and make a run at the playoffs.

Revs Make 11th Hour Move for Nemeth

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Better late than never?

The 10th-place Revolution are certainly hoping so after they acquired Hungarian international and former Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth in an 11th hour transfer deal completed on the cusp of the close of the summer transfer window.

"We are pleased to have acquired Krisztián and look forward to him making an impact this season," said Revolution General Manager Michael Burns in a team release.

Technically Speaking: #CHIvNE

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall dissects the Revolution's latest performance.

Have a question for Rick? Fire away in the comments section!

NESoccerToday: It seems like we've seen this movie, and every sequel since: in the post-game media scrum, Jay Heaps and the players cite "moments" in which they weren't good enough for their demise in Chicago.

Top Agent: Burns a ‘Terrible GM’

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One of the most prominent agents on the American soccer scene is none too happy with Revolution general manager Michael Burns.

New York-based sports agent Ron Waxman, who represents U.S. Men's National Team star Michael Bradley, tweeted about his displeasure with Burns on Saturday.

Another ‘Spotty’ Showing Dooms Revs…Again

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When a team is sitting in tenth place and the margin for error getting thinner as the season creeps into August, the reality is anything short of a staying woke for 90 minutes won't cut it. Exhibit A: the Revolution's loss in Chicago.

Despite displaying some moments of promise, and briefly clawing back after conceding, the glaring mistakes came back to haunt New England, whose season-long road struggles continued at Toyota Park.

Revs’ Road Woes Worsen in Chicago

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Kei Kamara scored early, but the Chicago Fire were simply too much for the Revolution, whose road woes worsened Saturday after they were outgunned in a 4-1 loss at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Kamara, who's now scored in three straight games, tallied in the 24th minute to briefly level a match that the Fire got the jump on thanks to a Matt Polster strike in the eighth minute.

Dealing Nguyen Would’ve Been Unwise

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On Tuesday, it was reported the Revolution rejected a $1 million transfer for midfielder Lee Nguyen. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio broke the news the attacking midfielder was being courted by Maccabi Haifa of Israel. While it's unknown if Nguyen would have had any interest in the deal, the Revolution's decision to turn down the offer shouldn't be surprising.

Revs Need to Be ‘Locked In’ at Chicago

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Scoring seven goals in their last two is sure to boost the spirits of any MLS squad, but the Revolution know they'll need to be strong on the other side of the ball come Saturday in Chicago.

Pitted against a potent Fire team that boasts no fewer than four MLS All-Stars, not to mention a plus-16 goal differential, the locals will no doubt have to be strong defensively against their second-place foe.

Technically Speaking: #NEvPHI

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall dissects the Revolution's latest performance.

Have a question for Rick? Fire away in the comments section!

NESoccerToday: Now that the Revs offense has scored seven goals in its last 2 games, do you think the team has turned a corner on their struggles, or do you think there are tell-tale signs this run might be short-lived?

Farrell Credits Soehn for Improved Crossing

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Crossing has never been Andrew Farrell's forte. But after collecting assists in each of his last two games, it's clear the fifth-year defender has been working on it.

After he effectively became a non-entity in the attacking half during the first half of the season, Farrell decided to focus on improving his passing with help of Revolution assistant Tom Soehn.

Kamara’s Brace Powers Revs

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kei Kamara bagged a brace to steer the Revolution to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Kamara, who snapped a five-game scoring drought in last week's win over LA, collected his first in the 38th minute when he thrust his foot into a Kelyn Rowe cross that spilled into the Union net.

Looking Back at the Davies Trade

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Nearly a full year after pulling off one of the most shocking trades in club history, the Revolution will welcome back former fan favorite Charlie Davies and the Union on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. To say that plenty has transpired since the former Boston College was dealt to Philadelphia would be an understatement.

Revs Sign French CB Dielna

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The New England Revolution reinforced their back line with the signing of French center back Claude Dielna on Friday.

Dielna, 29, will be added to the roster via either a Designated Player slot or Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Bilello: DP/TAM Signing To Be Revealed

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The Revolution completed a designated player/targeted allocation money signing on Thursday, and the player's identity is expected to be revealed Friday, according to a tweet from club president Brian Bilello.

Completed a DP/TAM signing today.

Technically Speaking: Should Heaps be Sacked?

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Welcome back to a special edition of "Technically Speaking," where our in-house coach and former pro Rick Sewall typically dissects the Revolution's latest performance. However, with the team's recent struggles at the forefront, Rick talks about whether a coaching change is needed.

Heaps: I’m Coaching for My Job Every Game

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Jay Heaps knows the deal: he's the head coach of a 6-9-5 team in 10th place team with the regular season more than halfway complete. In other words, he's on the hot seat.

Even though job security for MLS managers is inherently fleeting, Heaps said he wasn't overly concerned about his employment status going into Saturday's match.

Revs Snap Rut in Jones’ Return

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones made his return to Gillette Stadium as a member of the Galaxy, but the hosts emerged with a 4-3 win to snap a four-game losing streak in league play.

Jones, who spurred the Revolution to the MLS Cup final in 2014 after he was awarded the richest contract in club history, started and went 45 minutes for LA in his first appearance in New England since 2015.

Breakers

Da Costa Scores in Farewell Match

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Amid a season that's proven itself undeniably trying for the ninth-place Breakers, Saturday's 2-1 defeat to the Orlando Pride didn't pass without a touching moment for the locals.

A day after Breakers midfielder Amanda Da Costa announced she'd call it career this weekend, the seven-year veteran scored her first goal with the Boston outfit in the dying moments of her final match, a sold-out affair that attracted 4,321 to Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Breakers Suffer Another Setback

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The Breakers ongoing struggles have clearly left head coach Matt Beard completely flummoxed.

After his squad suffered its latest setback a 2-1 home loss to the Orlando Pride the gaffer was at a loss for an explanation behind Saturday's setback at Jordan Field.

Breakers Fall at Home as Struggles Mount

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The winless ways of the Boston Breakers continued on Wednesday after they fell 3-1 to the Houston Dash at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Even though Natasha Dowie's 26th minute strike put the match on level terms going to break after Sarah Hagen opened the scoring inside of 11 minutes, the Dash triumphed thanks to Janine Beck's 64th minute goal, which preceded another score from Hagen in the 79th minute.

White Tallies Twice, Breakers Concede Late

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Rosie White scored twice within a three-minute span, but the Breakers were unable to protect the lead late in Friday's 2-2 draw to FC Kansas City at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

After Maegan Kelly put the guests on the board in the 21st minute, White responded in rapid-fire fashion by netting the equalizer in the 27th minute and the go-ahead in the 30th minute.

Breakers Blanked in Houston

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The Boston Breakers season-long stumbles continued on Saturday in Houston where they dropped a 1-0 loss to the Dash in a rain-delayed match at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Abby Smith collected a career-high 10 saves on the evening, but was unable to stop Nichelle Prince in the 23rd minute, where the Dash took hold of a lead it didn't let go.

Elm City Express

A Season to Remember

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NEW HAVEN, Ct. On a mild midsummer's night in the middle of the very pitch his players dominated for 90 minutes, Elm City Express coach Teddy Haley could only soak up the scene surrounding him.

Champagne and beer spewed skyward. Drums thundered amid loud and wild cheers.

Elm City Captures NPSL Title

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NEW HAVEN, Ct. – The NPSL Championship trophy will reside in New England for the next 12 months. And it was captured in emphatic fashion by a league debutant, no less.

Tavoy Morgan scored twice to spearhead Elm City Express to the NPSL title in its inaugural season by beating Midland-Odessa FC 5-0 before a crowd of 3,112 at Yale University's Reese Stadium.

Elm City 90 Minutes from Championship Glory

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Four months ago, Elm City Express were club eagerly awaiting their NPSL debut. Now, they're 90 minutes from capturing the league championship, and in front of their home fans at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

With Saturday's title match against Midland-Odessa FC on tap (kickoff 8:15pm), Express founder, co-owner, and president Zack Henry reflected on a scene that transpired not all that long ago.

Elm City’s Haley Named Coach of Year

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The accolades keep rolling in for Elm City Express as head coach Teddy Haley was named NPSL Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Haley, who guided the team to a 9-1-2 regular season record and a spot in the NPSL championship game during their debut season, earned the award following a league-wide vote.

Elm City En Route to NPSL Final

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Elm City Express is headed to the NPSL Championship Final after beating CD Aguiluchos USA 2-0 before a crowd of 2,261 in Saturday's semifinal at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

Graciano Brito broke it open inside of nine minutes while Shaquille Saunchez widened the margin in the 45th minute.

History Awaits Elm City

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On Saturday, Elm City Express will attempt to become to achieve something that hasn't been done by a Connecticut club in a generation: reach a national final.

The New Haven-based selection, who entered the 2017 season as fresh-faced outfit, stand only 90 minutes away from reaching the NPSL final with Saturday's semifinal against Oakland, Ca.

Elm City Clinches Regional Title

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Elm City Express claimed the Northeast Regional title after beating Clarkstown SC Eagles (N.J.) 3-1 in Saturday's regional final at Yale University's Reese Stadium in New Haven, Ct.

The Connecticut selection opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a Shaquille Saunchez goal that was set up by a Cris Hernandez cross.

MLS All Star Game

Madrid Sinks All-Stars in PKs

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Dom Dwyer scored an 87th minute equalizer, but the MLS All-Stars fell on penalties in Wednesday's 1-1 (4-2 on PKs) loss to Real Madrid in front of 61,428 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago during the annual midsummer showcase.

Dwyer's goal originated from a Diego Valeri corner that Dax McCarty flicked off the post before it fell to the newest Orlando City striker, who shoved it onto the back of the net to send the match to penalties after 90 minutes.

The Local Fan’s Guide to the All-Star Game

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MLS fans, coaches, and players may have conspired (or not) to shut the Revolution out of this year's All-Star Game, but that doesn't necessarily render it meaningless to the New England soccer fan.

With the league's midsummer classic on tap, we give you plenty of reasons to watch the league's best against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

U.S. Soccer

U.S. Wins Gold Cup on Late Goal

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The United States claimed their first CONCACAF Gold Cup title since 2013 on the back of a late Jordan Morris goal, which sealed a 2-1 win over Jamaica in Wednesday's tournament final at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

In the waning stages of a 1-1 match, Morris ripped a loose ball amid a scramble that found the back of the net in the 89th minute.

USA Advances to Gold Cup Final

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Two years after their embarrassing run in the 2015 Gold Cup, the United States booked its ticket to this year's tournament final after beating Costa Rica 2-0 in Saturday's semifinal in Houston, Tx.

Jozy Altidore scored the breakthrough in the 72nd minute while former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey capped the scoring in the 82nd minute.

The Rest

Juventus, Roma Go to PKs at Gillette

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There was no shortage of drama at Gillette Stadium on Sunday as Juventus edged Roma on penalties in a 1-1 draw before a crowd of 33,039 during its International Champions Cup clash in Foxboro, Mass.

Douglas Costa scored the decisive penalty to send the defending Serie A champions to victory.