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Fagundez: “I think Juan’s really a number 9”

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It took less than four minutes into Saturday afternoon's match to tell it was going to be a different day for the New England Revolution offense. After two road losses to open the season, in which the Revolution scored a combined one goal—and that coming from the penalty spot—it didn't take long into their home opener against struggling expansion side Minnesota United FC to net their first goal from the run of play.

Cold One on Tap for #NEvORL

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It'll be a frosty one in Foxboro for Saturday's Revolution home opener if the weather forecast is accurate.

According to weather.com, temperatures in Norfolk County are expected to top out at a frigid 21 degrees. But wait, it gets better: a west-northwesterly 18 mph wind could make the New England-Orlando City clash feel like it's taking place above the Arctic Circle.

Kamara Stays Hot in Win vs. SKC

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It was another game, and another goal for no. 13 on Tuesday.

Kei Kamara scored for the third time in three games by tallying right before the break in to help lift the Revolution to a 2-1 preseason victory over Sporting Kansas City at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Kamara Catching Fire

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Who knew a fashion statement could have such an impact the Revolution's preseason fortunes?

Shortly after scoring in his second straight preseason match, Revolution forward Kei Kamara was quick to credit his hairstyle for his recent run of success.

Revs Draw to Loons in Preseason Opener

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Kei Kamara tallied the first Revolution goal of the calendar year in Tuesday's 1-1 preseason opening draw to the expansion Minnesota United FC in not-as-snowy Casa Grande, Ariz.

The Revolution striker scored in the 78th minute on a Donnie Smith pass to level a match that Minnesota United took control of early thanks to a 39th minute goal from Eugene Starikov.

Staying Alive

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It may have taken a wild own goal and a late Juan Agudelo strike for them to pull it off, but the Revolution will take it as the seventh-place squad claimed an important 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Road Woes Continue

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The New England Revolution's struggle for consistency and struggle for success away from home continued on Sunday evening as the team wasted a halftime lead in falling 3-1 at Orlando SC in front of27,768 at Camping World Stadium. Kei Kamara gave the Revolution the lead in the 19th minute, but Cyle Larin equalized just seconds after the halftime break and Kevin Molino added goals in the 64th and 83rd minutes to give Orlando a 3-1 victory and draw the second year club even on points with a game in hand onthe Revolution for the 6th and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Kamara Comes Up Huge Against Old Team

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Goals haven't come easily for Kei Kamara since he was—much to his surprise—traded from the Columbus Crew to the New England Revolution on May 12th. One of the top scorers in MLS over the past few seasons, Kamara had just two goals in seven MLS matches for the Revolution going into the match, with both goals coming in a 3-2 losing effort in Montreal last weekend.

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Revolution vs. Minnesota United: Headlines, lineups and match details

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The Revolution home opener kicks off at 2 p.m. ET.

The last Revolution home match took place on October 23, 2016. Five months later, the club will square off with Minnesota United—a team that has only played one MLS home match in its history—at Gillette Stadium.

While playing in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, the Revs will do whatever it takes to pick up three points.

Revolution, Dynamo Kick Off 2017 Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson

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The Revs title defense begins tonight.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for the Revolution, who will conclude the preseason by kicking off the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup against the Houston Dynamo.

The Revs have enjoyed a productive preseason thus far, going unbeaten in friendlies against Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC.

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Revolution 1, FC Dallas 2: Early goal not enough for the visitors

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Maxi Urruti scored two to negate Lee Nguyen's penalty.

The New England Revolution are still winless in 2017, as Maxi Urruti's double negated the visitor's early tally.

The Revolution used the high press early, creating a couple of dangerous chances that resulted in corner kicks. Lee Nguyen's service from the corner arc in the 10th minute led to a penalty when Cristian Colman pulled down Antonio Delemea.

Surprise proposal highlight of Revolution jersey launch

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Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day came early for two New England Revolution fans, who got engaged during the jersey launch event held at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Danielle Parent was quite surprised when she was called to the stage after the unveiling of the Revolution's new shirt.

Revolution v. Minnesota: Three thoughts

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Kei Kamara scored a Kei Kamara goal and two more thoughts.

The New England Revolution played their first game of 2017 on Tuesday when they tied Minnesota United 1-1. Eugene Starikov struck in the 39th minute, giving the MLS newcomers a lead until Kei Kamara leveled the score in the 78th minute.

Revolution draw with Minnesota in first preseason game of 2017, Delamea and Wright impress

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Pegged against one of MLS's two expansion teams, New England split the spoils.

With preseason still in its early days, it's hard to get a read on how the New England Revolution will fare throughout the 2017 MLS season.

But on Tuesday morning in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Revs went through their paces, drawing, 1-1, with Minnesota United FC.

MLS: New England Revolution Striker Kei Kamara Shown Yellow Card For Twerking (Video)

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Yesterday was 'Decision Day' over in MLS i.e, the last day of the regular season in which teams make their final, desperate play to reach the play-offs, etc.

Needing to overturn a largegoal differencedisparity to sneak into the play-offs themselves, New England Revolution could only manage a 3-0 win over Montreal Impact.

Kei Kamara “definitely“ plans to be a Revolution player next year

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Kei Kamara predicts he'll be in New England for the foreseeable future.

It was a deadline-day deal that saw Kei Kamara join the New England Revolution in May 2016. Despite the hastiness of the transaction, Kamara predicts that he'll be in Foxborough for the foreseeable future.

The topic was recently brought up by Jason Davis of Sirius XM.

Revolution v. FC Dallas: Injury Report

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Who's available for the Revs tonight?

The New England Revolution have four names on the injury report released ahead of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup Final.

As expected, Xavier Kouassi remains out as he recovers from a right knee surgery. The Designated Player recently came off the Disabled List, but his status for this year remains uncertain.

Revolution v. New York City FC: Injury Reports

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Teal Bunbury is back to full health.

The New England Revolution will have plenty of attacking options this weekend because Teal Bunbury is back to full health while Kei Kamara has returned from international duty.

Bunbury missed last weekend's 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids with a right foot injury.

Kei Kamara Called Up For Sierra Leone Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifier

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The Revs will be represented during the international window though Kamara will miss this Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids.

With fringe United States internationals Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen among others missing out on call ups this weekend, it appeared the New England Revolution would not be represented during the international window.

Revolution and Earthquakes play to scoreless draw

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Neither the New England Revolution or San Jose Earthquakes could find the back of the net on Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium as the two sides closed out the MLS midweek action with a 0-0 draw.

The pair of teams fighting for playoff positions in their respective conferences could only manage a combined four shots on targetin the only scoreless match in league playon Wednesday.

Revolution oust Union on PKs in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

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The New England Revolution sent two-time defending U.S. Open Cup finalist Philadelphia Union packing 1-1 (4-2) in penalty kicks in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd at Harvard University's Jordan Field.

Je-Vaughn Watson followed up his first goal in a Revolution uniform with the clinching penalty kick, while backup goalkeeper Brad Knighton made saves against Sebastien Le Toux and C.

Revolution 2, Whitecaps 1 - Rowe, Woodberry Score For New England in First Road Win of 2016

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New England battled hard and begin a long MLS road trip with three points on the West Coast.

This will not go down as the New England Revolution's best performance in 2016. However, for seemingly the first time this season, the Revs will get rewarded for battling for 90 minutes and getting three points instead of a draw.

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5 Revolution Road Matches Worth the Trip

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Pack your bags for one of these 2017 away games.

The Revolution schedule dropped nearly two months ago, yet now, less than a week from First Kick 2017, the matchups finally feel tangible.

As you anticipate another MLS season, consider road-tripping to one of these five Revolution away matches:

Saturday, May 6 vs.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Columbus Crew

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Will Columbus bounce back after a disastrous 2016?

In 2015, just about everything went well for the Columbus Crew. Gregg Berhalter's system was forcing Crew opponents to play a game they were deeply uncomfortable with, the entire Columbus front four couldn't stop scoring goals, and all was well.

Sierra Leone

Victor Mansaray open to Sierra Leone switch

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He has been a member of the United States Youth National Team picture.

Victor Mansaray, the Seattle Sounders fourth ever Homegrown Player, is open to playing for Sierra Leone if they come calling. The 20-year-old has been a member of the Sounders since midway between the 2012-2013 seasons when he joined the Sounders Academy.

Champions Ivory Coast survive scare to qualify

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Johannesburg (AFP) Title-holders Ivory Coast cleared a header off their goal-line in stoppage time to hang on to a 1-1 draw with Sierra Leone on Saturday to squeeze into the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Jonathan Kodjia scored via a bicycle kick after 35 minutes for the Ivorians before a sell-out 25,000 crowd in Bouake but Kei Kamara equalised on 67 minutes with a glancing header following a free-kick.

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Palmer-Brown Returns to the Field - Former SKC Wizards Update

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After missing the first few months of the season while recovering from surgery, on loan defender, Erik Palmer-Brown has returned to the field for Porto B in the Portuguese second division. After starting on the bench last Wednesday, Palmer-Brown made his first start of the season on Saturday in a 1- draw for Porto.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former Sporting KC player update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Pablo Escobar
Brian Fekete
Jeferson
Neven Markovic
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston's 2-0 loss to NYCFC.

Jewsbury to Retire at the End of the Season - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another long time MLS player is hanging up their cleats at the end of the season, former Kansas City Wizards' midfielder, Jack Jewsbury announced this past week that this year would be his final year in MLS. Jewsbury announced that he would retire at the end of the season at Portland's Stand Together Banquet on Sunday, it will bring to an end a career that has seen the 35 year old play 14 seasons in MLS, his first eight were in Kansas City where he's on the club's top 10 list in terms of starts, appearances, and minutes played.

Bunbury, Kamara, Fall in US Open Cup Final - Former SKC Wizards Update

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While Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps were playing their CONCACAF Champions League game last night, two other MLS teams were competing in the US Open Cup final. FC Dallas and the New England Revolution played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco to decide who would succeed Kansas City as US Open Cup champions.

Controversy for Kamara and Sierra Leone - Former SKC Wizards Update

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With the international break going on this past week, many former players weren't in action. Many of those that were, were with their national team playing with their country. One of those players Kei Kamara was the center of some late controversy in Sierra Leone's 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast. Heading into their final group game of African Cup of Nations qualifying, Sierra Leone needed a win over the defending ACN champions to advance to the tournament for just the third time.

Meola Fired by Jacksonville - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Tony Meola's first professional head coaching gig lasted all of nine months, the former star goalkeeper for the Kansas City Wizards was fired this past week by NASL side, the Jacksonville Armada. Meola was named head coach of the club in November of 2015 and had led the Armada to a 2-10-6 record so far in the combined spring and fall season.

Konopka Signs with Portland - Former SKC Wizards Update

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There were a number of familiar faces in the team last week when the Portland Timbers took the field against Sporting KC. Along with the expected Jack Jewsbury and Amobi Okugo there was another former KC Wizard, former goalkeeper, Chris Konopka was signed by the Timbers shortly after they transferred out goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.

Bravo and de Jong Join New Clubs - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The summer transfer window is open and a pair of former Kansas City players are on the move. First, former Kansas City designated player Omar Bravo has moved back to the United States having just signed with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL. The 36 year old moves from Chivas in Mexico but will now return to the US.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former player update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Reinaldo Brenes
Brian Fekete
Jeferson
Michael Kafari
Chris Konopka
Kyle Miller
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Yann Songo'o

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Houston's 3-1 win over KC.

The Rest

Top League Scorers Through 2016

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Continuing my stat updating, here is Sporting KC's top scorers through the 2016 season. For prior years, see the links below.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015

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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.

Kei Kamara would be “excited“ to play for the Impact, according to Dom Oduro

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Could Kei Kamara move north of the border.

Kei Kamara has interest in playing for the Montral Impact, according to Dom Oduro.

During a media availability held after the Impact were knocked out of the playoffs, Oduro claimed that he recently spoke to Kamara, a close friend. In a comment that's probably more lighthearted than not, Oduro said Kamara would be excited to move north.

The Case for Kamara

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In case you missed the so-called "Decision Day" of MLS games this past weekend, a player named Kei Kamara scored a goal. All agree twas a nice goal of the finest variety, one worthy of celebration. Of course, players have shown emotion and excitement after the scoring of a goal for time eternal. And since Roger Milla danced for Cameroon in the World Cup, the rhythmic movement of one's body has long been part and parcel of said celebrations.

Let's help make Jordan Morris the first college soccer player to win an ESPY

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ESPY voting has a few soccer moments. Carli Loyd is up for best championship performance for example. Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez are up for top international male athlete. Sebastian Giovinco is going to win the best MLS player award. Kei Kamara, Laurent Ciman and Luis Robles (that's the Red Bulls keeper) are the others up for the award.