The New England Revolutionkick of their MLS campaign this weekend in Houston, where the perennially potent Dynamo await. The match is set to take place on Saturday at 8:30 pm EST at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The hosts, who lost to the eventual MLS Cup winners Sporting Kansas City last season in the Conference finals, are hoping to return to theMLS Cup Finalby the end of the season after missing out on last year's championshipmatchfor the first time in three years.
There was no sophomore slump for Jay Heaps. Instead, in his second year as the coach of the New England Revolution, the former Revs defender ushered the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. And, to his credit, Heaps did it with a collection of young and exciting players who weren't expected to begin really producing the kinds of performances they put in last year until this season.
With the season scheduled to kick off this Saturday, World Soccer Talk brings you the 2014 MLS Eastern Conference preview.
There might be a shift in powers in the East after a few clubs made some huge offseason splashes, but one thing is for sure, Sporting Kansas City is still one of the favorites to repeat as MLS Cup Champions.
Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi becomes the latest Vancouver Whitecaps player to join the New England Revolution from the Canadian club in the last two years, joining Lee Nguyen and Brad Knighton in Foxborough.
With First Kick less than two weeks away, the New England Revolution madeapair ofrostermoveson Wednesday by signing defender Jossimar Sanchez and acquiring the rights tomidfielder Daigo Kobayashi from Vancouver for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick.
Sanchez, who was selected fourth overall by the Revolution in the 2013supplemental draft, appeared in five of the Revolution's first six preseason games this winter.
FC Dallas bolstered their forward line considerably on Friday with the acquisition of Uruguayan forward David Texeira.
FCD announced the signing of the former Groningen striker after securing his services as a young Designated Player. His arrival comes soon after FC Dallas also picked up Colombian forward/midfielder Andres Escobar on loan from Dynamo Kiev.
As the 2014 MLS season approaches, New England Revolution star Diego Fagundez prepares to play the final season of his teens, and he stands to shatter every record the league has for production by a player in their teenage years.
His outstanding 2013 season, which saw him register 13 goals and seven assists, is the best season put together by a teenager in league history, which raises the question.
Sporting Kansas City hit the trading block Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with the New England Revolution for forward Teal Bunbury.The move sends the 23-year-old forward to the Revolution in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 Major League Soccer Super Draft and allocation money.
Brad Knighton made a strong case for the starting goalkeeper's jobin a 0-0 draw between theNew England Revolution and RealSalt Lake in Wednesday's Desert Diamond Cupdebutat the Kino SportsComplex in Tucson, Ariz.
Knighton, who is battling incumbent Bobby Shuttleworth for the spot, went the full 90 and made a pair of game-saving stops in each half.
Still searching for a Juan Agudelo replacement, the New England Revolution acquired striker Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday in exchange for their 2015 first round MLS SuperDraft Pick and allocation money. Bunbury, 23, saw a promising career – that included stints with the U.
Winning may be secondary to Revolution coach Jay Heaps at this juncture of the preseason, but that didn't stop Darrius Barnes from rising to the occasion during the closing moments of Thursday's scrimmage.
With the score knotted at one apiece, Barnes grabbed the game-winning goal in stoppage time to give the Revolution their first win of the preseason with a 2-1 victory over the Ft.
Continuing with B&RU's look at the Eastern Conference, we're examining the prospects of the New England Revolution. Jay Heaps did very well with a young team last season, but has some major issues to overcome if he wants them to repeat or improve on 2013.
What happened in 2013: A 2W-4D-4L start appeared to be an indictment of the 4141 the New England Revolution started the season in, but Jay Heaps kept faith in his mostly young charges.
In the first of our 2014 season previews for Oregonlive.com, we look at the Timbers opponents from the MLS Eastern Conference. While the East was viewed as the weaker of the two conferences, they did eventually have the MLS Cup winner, Sporting Kansas City. SKC will have several teams gunning to knock them off their perch, including Houston, New England, New York, Chicago and the Timbers' first opponent in the 2014 MLS regular season, the Philadelphia Union.
A really good move by the New England Revolution on Wednesday as they acquired forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City via trade. To get the 23-year-old striker, the Revs gave up their first-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and that nebulous thing called allocation money.
In 89 career appearances in Kansas City, Bunbury made 48 starts while scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists.
In a move that was a little surprising, but not shocking based on his position, Sporting KC traded forward Teal Bunbury to the New England Revolution today for the Revs 2015 first round draft pick and allocation money.
In the end the move makes sense for all parties involved. Sporting KC remains stacked at center forward, and Bunbury was likely behind Claudio Bieler and Dom Dwyer for playing time with KC.
In a windy, rainy, ugly game in Tucson yesterday Colorado finished their preseason slate with a 2-2 draw against New England. The starting XI:
Irwin Sturgis - Moor - Wynne - Klute Mari - LaBrocca Serna - Powers - Hill Buddle After an early goal from the Revs the Rapids tied it up in the 25th minute after Serna capitalized on a defensive miscue.
Kelyn Rowe combined with Diego Fagundez to score the game's lone goal in the Revolutions preseason win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com)
The New England Revolution and Chicago Fire played 90 minutes of preseason soccer with few chances before a Keyln Rowe stoppage time strike gave the Revolution a late win in their penultimate preseason match at the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz.
Lee Nguyen and newcomer Teal Bunbury staked the New England Revolution to a 2-0 lead, but defensive miscues allowed Chivas USA to come back and grab a 3-2 win on Saturday night in the Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
The loss – New England's first of the preseason – sees the Revolution's preseason record fall to 1-1-3.
The New England Revolution are using the week between preseason trips to Florida and Arizona to connect with local fans in their annual pub tour, which offers a chance for local fans to connect with the players in an informal atmosphere. Tuesday evening there was a nice turnout of fans at the Banshee in Boston for the kick-off and Wednesday evening saw an packed event as fans lined up almost out the door to meet teen sensation Diego Fagundez.
The New England Revolution head into the 2014 season with perhaps the deepest group of creative attacking players the club has ever seen. With a mix of returning players and new additions, the coaching staff had a chance to see what they have in preseason.
One player they still haven't had the chance to see much of on the field in game action, despite his addition midseason last year, is forward Charlie Davies.
The New England Revolution took another step toward finalizing its First Kick roster on Thursday by signing 2014 draft pick Alec Sundly to a new deal.
Sundly, who was selected31st overall (2nd round) during January's SuperDraft,joined camp as an unsigned pick. The 21-year-old holding midfielder has featured in each of the Revolution's six preseason games to date.
Believe it or not, but Shalrie Joseph is backwith the New EnglandRevolution. At least for the time being.
On Saturday, revolutionsoccer.net's Jeff Lemiuex confirmed that the former skipper is one of two "new" preseason trialists. Coincidentally, the Revolution are set to play Chivas USA the team Joseph was traded to back in Aug.
There's no doubt that finding a goalscorer is the name of the game of the New England Revolution front office this offseason. And after their revised preseason roster was released on Sunday, they just may have a playerin campwho fits the bill.
In addition to Academy players Zach Herivaux and Austin Aviza, as well as undrafted goalkeeper Jason Dodson, the RevolutionwelcomedBelgian International Marvin Ogunjimito campin Tucson, Ariz.