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Can the Revolution thrive in a 3-5-2 formation?

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Share your thoughts in today's open thread.

During the Revolution's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday, Jay Heaps deployed a fluid formation. He started with a 4-2-3-1 with Kei Kamara as the lone striker. Then, he transitioned to a 4-4-2 before finishing the match in a less conventional 3-5-2.

MLS Draft 2017: Revolution Could Find Its Own Tommy McNamara With Pick No. 20

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Four players who prove there's value at the end of round one—if you do some digging.

During the Jay Heaps era, the Revolution have grown accustomed to selecting near the top of the MLS SuperDraft. In fact, the club has enjoyed five top-ten picks in the past five years, drafting the likes of Kelyn Rowe, Andrew Farrell and Patrick Mullins (now with D.

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Fortress Breached

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution's 11 game home unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday as the Revolution fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire in front of 21,548 at Gillette Stadium. The win saw the Revolution's Eastern Conference rivals Chicago, holders of the second best record in MLS, continue their surge towards the top of the standings, while the Revolution fell further below the red line as their usually reliable home form provided no points.

Andrew Farrell gets a red card against Crew SC

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Coach Heaps: "He's not Joe Franchino. He's Andrew Farrell."

On Sunday, the nicest guy in the New England Revolution locker room got a red card.

In the 93rd minute of the Revs-Crew game, Andrew Farrell was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Waylon Francis. Farrell had his cleat up as he was looking to settle an aerial ball.

Revolution looking to go undefeated at home

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Is Fortress Foxboro a thing?

The New England Revolution want to be undefeated at home this season and so far they're off to a good start.

On Saturday, the Revs played their second game at Gillette Stadium, beating the Houston Dynamo 2-0. This win came two weeks after the club collected a 5-2 win over Minnesota United.

Revolution v. Dynamo: Injury Reports

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The Revs are at full health for the second straight week.

For the second consecutive week, the New England Revolution have reported a clean bill of health. This means that head coach Jay Heaps will have plenty of options when he pens his starting XI.

The biggest question regards the backline.

Best moments from Revolution v. Timbers

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Let's look back on Sunday's tie.

The New England Revolution captured a road point on Sunday when they tied the Portland Timbers 1-1. Here's what you need to know if you missed the match.

Moment of the Match

Diego Valeri's strike was prettier, but this award needs to go to Lee Nguyen.

Lee Nguyen provides an injury update after exiting early

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Nguyen exited in the 57th minute with an ankle contusion.

New England Revolution fans witnessed a rare sight on Saturday, as stalwart midfielder and team captain Lee Nguyen exited before the hour mark. The substitution, which saw Daigo Kobayashi enter, was completed out of necessity more than tactics.

Revolution v. Rapids: Injury Reports

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Delemea and Angoua are healthy ahead of the season opener.

It looks like the New England Revolution's two marquee off-season signings will be ready for First Kick.

The Revolution's most recent injury report only includes one player, as Zachary Herivaux is listed as out with a right ankle sprain.

Revs 2, SKC 1 - Kamara, J. Smith Score in Preseason Victory

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Kei Kamara can't stop scoring and rookie Joshua Smith made an impact in the Revs final preseason game before the Desert Diamond Cup.

The New England Revolution concluded the first half of their annual Arizona preseason camp unbeaten after a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City earlier today.

Heaps not ready to name Revolution’s starting goalkeeper

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Heaps: "We expect to carry the four guys on our roster—four guys that we're actually really excited about."

It's pretty atypical in MLS to see a roster with four goalkeepers on it but such is the case with the New England Revolution.

The club currently has four options to play between the sticks in Bobby Shuttleworth, Brad Knighton, Cody Cropper, and Matt Turner.

Revolution add former New York Cosmos coach to staff

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The Revolution have added Carlos Llamosa as an assistant coach and scout.

Jay Heaps will have additional help in 2017, as former New England Revolution defender Carlos Llamosa as rejoined the club as an assistant coach and scout.

"Carlos was an excellent player and an even better teammate, and we are thrilled to add his passion and energy to our team," Heaps said in a team press release.

Here’s who the Revolution should protect in the Expansion Draft

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Jay Heaps faces some big decisions.

The MLS Expansion Draft will take place at 12 pm ET on Dec. 13 at 12 pm. Before then, each team will choose 11 players that they want to protect. This number doesn't include Generation adidas players who didn't graduate at the end of the 2016 season or Homegrown players occupying a supplemental or reserve roster spot, as they're automatically protected.

Revolution president explains why Heaps was retained as head coach

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Brian Bilello touted Jay Heaps' accomplishments during an AMA session.

Jay Heaps will remain in charge of the New England Revolution, a decision that was met with mixed reviews from supporters. Club president Brian Bilello defending the move during a recent Ask Me Anything session, saying Heaps has accomplished a lot during his time as head coach.

Brad Knighton "huge" against the Rapids

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Everyone was complimenting Brad Knighton after Saturday's game.

While Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney were scoring goals, Brad Knighton was stopping them on the other side of the field.

On Saturday, Knighton made his fourth consecutive start between the pipes. The netminder was sensational against the Colorado Rapids, making two important stops to secure full points for the New England Revolution.

Postgame quotes: Revolution 0-4- Union

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Postgame remarks from Jim Curtin, Alejandro Bedoya, and Charlie Davies follwoing the Union's comprehensive win over New England.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps is still good at soccer

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Watch as Jay Heaps shows off his soccer skills.

After just nine minutes of play, the New England Revolution's game against the Carolina RailHawks was halted due to inclement weather. The delay lasted over two hours, giving players unexpected time in the locker room. What does a team do in such a situation?

Lee Nguyen

Nguyen stock rises, Bunbury stock falls in Revs draw vs. D.C. United

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Who stood out—and who didn't—during the weekend draw?

The Revolution secured a come-from-behind draw against D.C. United over the weekend, using a second-half own goal to preserve a point. But the Revs knew they could have—and probably should have—done better. In fact, Jay Heaps said his team felt "gutted" after the match, despite earning results in consecutive outings.

Nguyen, Agudelo among five Revolution players selected to MLS Team of the Week

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And Jay Heaps earned a nod for coach of the week, too.

Five Revolution players earned a spot on mlssoccer.com's Team of the Week following a 5-2 thumping of Minnesota United. That honor may never happen again—partly because the Revs turned in an attacking performance for the ages, and partly because just six teams played in week four.

Lee Nguyen returns to practice for the Revolution

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Lee Nguyen is on the mend.

The unexpected bye week was good for Lee Nguyen, who was a full participant in Monday's practice.

Unexpected off weekend definitely a boon for #NERevs injured players. Nguyen back in full training today, Herivaux working off to the side.

Should Kelyn Rowe Take Over the Center Attacking Midfield Role?

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Join our Wednesday open thread and share your comments, rants and novel ideas.

Fresh off a 1-0 loss at the hands of Dom Badji and the Colorado Rapids, the Revolution have a lineup controversy brewing.

For the past several seasons, Lee Nguyen has featured as the tried-and-true Revolution playmaker.

Lee Nguyen Deemed “Day-to-Day” Ahead of Revolution Home Opener

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Jay Heaps taking a wait-and-see approach with his injured forward.

On Saturday, the Revolution will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time in five months. And Lee Nguyen may miss the party.

The newly-minted forward suffered an ankle contusion during Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids and exited after just 57 minutes of action.

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Heaps Explains Watson Start

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It was another week, another different face for the Revolution at left back on Saturday at Chicago. But coach Jay Heaps didn't make any apologies, even after the shorthanded 3-0 defeat to the Fire.

After tabbing longtime starter Chris Tierney two weeks ago, then giving the nod to midfielder-turned-defender Kelyn Rowe vs.

Roundtable: Changing it Up

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Death, taxes, and Jay Heaps tweaking the lineup.

On Sunday, the Revolution coach revamped his personnel, starting Josh Smith and Xavier Kouassi over Benjamin Angoua and Scott Caldwell, respectively. But the tinkering didn't end there, as Chris Tierney was subbed off for Je-Vaughn Watson in a like-for-like change at left back.

Heaps Cites ‘Missed Call’ on Critical Play

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Say what you will about Revolution coach Jay Heaps, but the man sticks to the script when it comes to his perspective on the quality of MLS refereeing.

Following Saturday's season-opening 1-0 loss at Colorado, Heaps pointed to what he believed was an incorrectly called foul on the buildup to the Rapids' breakthrough as the moment in which the scales tipped in the Rapids' favor.

Angoua (Hamstring) Set to Debut in DDC

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For the first time since he was acquired in January, Revolution center back Benjamin Angoua participated in full training with his new club on Monday.

Angoua, who joined the club via loan from French Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season, was hindered by a hamstring injury suffered prior to his acquisition.

Kouassi Makes Preseason Debut

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On the official match report, Xavier Kouassi's brief time on pitch during Wednesday's preseason tilt between the Revolution and Dynamo was hardly significant. But to the player and his club, it was far from a mundane cameo.

Fifty-three weeks after he tore his ACL in Swiss Super League action, the Revolution midfielder returned to the pitch for his first competitive action since the injury, garnering 15 minutes against the Dynamo before he was subbed off.

Set Piece Form Promising

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Following his squad's third preseason game of the winter, which put the bow on the first leg of the Revolution's preseason schedule, coach Jay Heaps took stock of what he observed during the team's stay in Arizona.

Among the most notable takeaways: the club's set piece prowess.

Rookie Wright Making Early Waves

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Like so many moments that occur during the winter months in MLS, Revolution rookie forward Brian Wright's introduction to MLS action will probably forgotten by many before long. But those early moments nevertheless served as a promising start.

Firing On All Cylinders

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It has been a frustrating season for the New England Revolution in all aspects of the field, but particularly offensively where, despite an abundance of talent, the production hasn't been there. For once, on Saturday evening, the Revolution offense showed just what it was capable of and it was a sight to behold as the team put on a master class offensively in a dominating 3-1 victory over New York City FC in front of 23,235 at Gillette Stadium.

Heaps: ‘We Talk About Formation Change All the Time’

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With just over 20 minutes to go in the game, New England head coach Jay Heaps inserted Juan Agudelo into the lineup, replacing Gershon Koffie.

The move came at time in which the team trailed 2-0, and the substitution resulted in the formation shifting slightly, with Agudelo, a known striker, pushing up higher to give the Revs a second striker option.

Bobby Shuttleworth

Revolution Reveal List of 13 Protected Players Ahead of MLS Expansion Draft

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Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Bobby Shuttleworth highlight list of exposed Revolution players.

On Tuesday afternoon, Revolution gaffer Jay Heaps will head into the MLS Expansion Draft with 13 protected players on his roster. His list includes a mix of veteran talent, including Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara, and players on the rise, including Cody Cropper and Xavier Kouassi.

Knighton, Shuttleworth competing to be Revolution's starting goalkeeper

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The competition between Brad Knighton and Bobby Shuttleworth is on.

New England Revolutions fans were greeted by an unfamiliar sight on Saturday when Brad Knighton started in net against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Usual starting goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth featured in the previous 25 league matches but was on the bench as the Revs returned from the Copa America break.

The Rest

U.S. Open Cup: Who should the Revolution start vs. Rochester?

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Share your preferred Starting XI in this week's open thread.

Seeking a return to U.S. Open Cup final, the Revolution host the Rochester Rhinos tonight at Providence College. And, as with any Open Cup match, all eyes will focus on Jay Heaps' Starting XI.

In last year's Open Cup debut, the Revs beat the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, behind a 103rd-minute goal from Zachary Herivaux.

Tierney, Kamara status unknown for weekend match vs. Columbus Crew SC

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The two Revolution mainstays may miss out on Saturday's match in Ohio.

If the Revolution want to snap a four-match winless steak, they may have to do so without Kei Kamara and Chris Tierney.

When the club travels to Columbus this weekend to take on Crew SC, both players may miss out on the gameday 18.

Revolution vs. D.C. United: Storylines to follow in week nine

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Will Jay Heaps shuffle his lineup again? That, and three other headlines to track.

On Saturday night, the Revolution and D.C. United—two Eastern Conference mainstays—will square off at Gillette Stadium. Both clubs came flying out of the gate in April, only to have their respective runs halted by multi-goal losses last weekend.

Kouassi stock rises, Angoua stock falls in Revolution loss to FC Dallas

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Breaking down the high (and not-so-high) achievers from week three.

Despite scoring an early goal, on the road, against the defending Supporters' Shield champions, the Revolution faltered in the second half in Frisco. Maxi Urruti's two goals downed the visitors, who now sit as the only MLS club without a point.

Revolution Lineup Projection: How do Rookies, New Defenders Fit in?

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Sorting through a crowded Revolution depth chart ahead of the 2017 season.

The Revolution entered the new year not with a bang but a whimper. After weeks of offseason silence, a roster improvement plan seemed like a fantasy.

Yet in two weeks' time, the club addressed its top priorities, acquiring two international center backs and a pair or rookie attackers.

Jay Heaps on Controversial Penalty Call: “The Consistency Has to be Better”

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The Revolution gaffer spoke out about the mysterious penalty call on London Woodberry

There was nothing controversial about the Revolution's performance on Sunday evening. The club sat back and allowed Columbus to dictate the flow of play, an approach that resulted in an uninspiring 2-0 loss.

Union-NE USOC quarterfinal tonight, Pappas fired after guilty plea, Reading and OC advance in PDL playoffs, more

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Union look to reach USOC semis for fourth time in five years. Pappas fired after guilty plea for fraud. Reading and Ocean City advance to PDL Eastern Conference semis. More news.