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What Dreams May Come

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What a story it could have been: A former Revolution player, born and raised right here in New England, taking over the team he played nine seasons with, gunning for the possibility of winning the club's first league championship. That was the narrative Jay Heaps inherited when he was hired to replace Steve Nicol as head coach in November 2011.

Technically Speaking: #SKCvNE

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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 we've seen back-to-back Revs games in which the video assistant referee has had a profound effect on the outcome, what do you think of the concept?

Heaps Offers Thanks on Twitter

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Not long after he was fired as Revolution coach, Jay Heaps took to Twitter to say thanks in what he called his first official tweet.

Tweeting a picture that displayed a typed sheet outlining those he wished to thank, the former Revolution boss offered gratitude to his family, the fans, his fellow coaches, the front office, and the Krafts.

Reports: Heaps Out as Head Coach

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Jay Heaps has been relieved of his duties as Revolution head coach effective immediately according to multiple outlets.

FourFourTwo.com and Goal.com both reported Monday evening that the six-year coach has been fired.

Bunbury: Loss ‘Difficult to Put Into Words’

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Within a seven-minute span, Revolution midfielder Teal Bunbury went from potential hero to just another passerby during Saturday's 3-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City.

Barely four minutes after the opening whistle, Bunbury scored to give his team just what it needed: an early lead in a hostile environment.

That’s a Wrap

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The good news about Saturday's match at Children's Mercy Park? The Revolution didn't lose by seven goals. The bad news? Another red card undermined their efforts.

Teal Bunbury scored early, but Krisztian Nemeth's dismissal set the stage for another letdown in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Why Didn’t Nguyen Take the Armband at ATL?

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It was easy to miss amid all the chaos during Wednesday's 7-0 loss at Atlanta: a brief, but compelling interlude about the state of the Revolution's leadership situation quietly unfolded during the early stages.

In the wake of Xavier Kouassi's 16th minute dismissal, the designated player, who was named captain for the match, relinquished the armband to Lee Nguyen, who had worn it for the better part of the past year.

Heaps Bemoans Use of VAR in Thrashing

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Jay Heaps had never seen anything like it. And it's safe to say few soccer fans had, either.

In a wild first half that Atlanta dominated from the start, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Ted Unkel was at the center of two calls that profoundly impacted the Revolution's fortunes in Wednesday's 7-0 defeat to the expansion side.

Nightmare in Atlanta

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A nightmare of a first half for the Revolution set the stage for its worst loss in club history, a 7-0 annihilation at the hands of expansion Atlanta United FC on Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

Within the first 45 minutes, the Revolution surrendered three Josef Martinez goals (2nd, 31st, and 39th minutes), conceded a pair of penalties, witnessed the dismissals of Xavier Kouassi and Antonio Delamea, and watched Anton Walkes score during stoppage time.

Time to Quiet the Noise

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Ignore the noise. It's unofficial mantra of that other team the Revolution share Gillette Stadium with. But the MLS team has apparently adopted for its own use as it embarks on a critical two-game road swing.

While plenty has been made about the Revolution's winless ways on the road and justifiably so given their 0-10-3 mark outside of New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez isn't paying attention to the naysayers ahead of Wednesday's contest at Atlanta.

Revs Get New Turf at Gillette

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Less than four months after it was replaced, a new artificial surface will be installed at Gillette Stadium while the Revolution embark on back-to-back road matches.

Installation of the new surface began shortly after the Revolution's 1-0 win over Montreal on Saturday. The change was made after the previous surface did not meet the organization's standards, according to reports.

Adjustments Key to Victory

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Jay Heaps is often wont to classify a close win as "hard fought" during the opening remarks of his post-game press conferences. But Saturday's 1-0 victory over Montreal was different.

The Impact abandoned their preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, giving the Revolution a look it wasn't expecting.

A Nguyen/Win Situation for Revs

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lee Nguyen unlocked a scoreless match not long after the hour to lift the Revolution to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Nguyen secured the winner in the 68th minute after latching onto a Teal Bunbury ball, eluding a defender, then sending it past Evan Bush from six yards out.

5 Thoughts on Nguyening: The Lee Nguyen Story

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Over the holiday weekend, soccer fans in the area were given an extra treat in the form of "NguyenING: The Lee Nguyen Story." The 30-minute documentary, which was directed by Alfonso Bui, debuted on Comcast Sports Net New England on Saturday, giving Revolution fans a remarkable glimpse into the career of the veteran midfielder.

The Curious Case of the Goal that Wasn’t

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It's fair to say few, if any, of the 17,865 on hand for Saturday's Revolution-Orlando City match had ever witnessed anything like what unfolded in the 43rd minute.

With the hosts ahead 1-0, Teal Bunbury connected with Lee Nguyen deep in Orlando City territory before the latter blasted a beautiful ball through to make it a 2-0 match.

Nguyen Returns in Historic Fashion

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Not long after matching an MLS-record by collecting four assists in Saturday's win over Orlando City, Lee Nguyen seemed more comfortable talking about his teammates than personal accolades.

Despite missing the previous two games due to hamstring injury, the Revolution midfielder's return was one to remember on a night in which the 10th-place team looked more like a contender than pretender.

Kamara’s Premonition Proves True

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. During warmups, Kei Kamara had a premonition that Saturday's match was going to be a big one for him and his teammates.

Maybe it was the fact he turned 33 the day before. Or maybe it was because he was on the cusp of 100 MLS goals.

No Place Like Home

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There's no place like home for the road-weary Revolution.

After suffering consecutive road losses, the local XI rebounded to claim a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC on the back of Kei Kamara's first career hat trick Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Kraft Pledges $1 Million for Hurricane Relief

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Amid the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas over the weekend, the Kraft family is offering to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million.

In a statement released by the club on Monday, Revolution owner/operator Robert Kraft noted his team's connections with former MLS Cup rival Houston Dynamo.

Delamea, Watson Called Up for Int’l Duty

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The Revolution won't have two veteran defenders at their disposal for Saturday's match vs. Orlando City after Antonio Delamea (Slovenia) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica) were called up for national team duty.

Delamea, who's earned a team-high 24 starts this year, will join the Slovenia National Team on Tuesday ahead of its World Cup Qualifying matches at Slovakia on Friday and vs.

Nguyen Misses DC Match Due to Knock

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Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen did not travel for the squad's game at DC United Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in training late in the week.

Nguyen missed his second straight game after picking up an undisclosed injury prior to last week's game at New York City FC, a game he watched from the substitutes bench.

Revs Downed in DC

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The well-documented road woes of the Revolution hit a new low on Saturday as the locals fell 1-0 to last-place DC United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Luciano Acosta was the lone scorer in a tight match that saw multiple scoring opportunities from both sides.

Technically Speaking: #NYCvNE

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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: What was your impression of Claude Dielna during his debut?

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.

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