New England Revolution 2019 Preview

Over the next month I will be putting out a series of previews for MLS (not The) this season. I know you are all wondering why should I care about MLS, however here are a couple facts to get you going.

  • Since 2007 the league has gone from 13 to 24 teams (and counting)
  • Last year MLS added a new team in LA owned by Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, and Mia Hamm!
  • Soccer has the longest run time of the 4 major sports in 90 minutes, however because there’s no commercials the game only lasts 2 hours.
  • Great players such as Josef Martinez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Carlos Vela, and many many more come to a tv near you every week!
  • ESPN+ has made it very easy to find each game every week.

Team

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Owner: The Kraft Group

Coach: Brad Friedel

Previous Season Record: 10-13-6 8th in East

U.S. Open Cup 2018: 4th Round

Top Scorer: Cristian Penilla 12 Goals

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

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2018 Recap

Last season was U.S. Legend Brad Friedel’s first season in charge of this historic MLS franchise. He tried to implement a Liverpool esque high pressing style which helped them throughout the first half of the season. However, as the season wore on the players were not in the correct shape yet and tired out, leading the Revs to miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight year. This is a semi tortured franchise (even though its Boston, I know you are rolling your eyes) since they have finished runners up 5 times and never won the big one.

Friedel came in hoping to change that and his aggressiveness in the transfer market is the first sign that he is dead serious about doing that. They just have been bleh for the last few years so hopefully a couple high powered acquisitions can bring life back into the team.

Off Season Transactions

*A couple things to highlight here:

  • Losing Nemeth is rough for the forward depth.
  • Edgar Castillo, Michael Mancienne and Luis Caicedo should all help bolster the Defense.
  • They just added Carles Gil up top from Aston Villa

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2019 Outlook

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Going into the 2019 season there may finally be hope in Foxboro. Juan Agudelo is still tearing it up, and guys like Andrew Farrell and Diego Fagundez still bring stability. The big question marks lie in two questions.

  1. Can the new signings bring depth and skill to this team.
  2. Will they be in the correct condition and have plan b’s with Friedel’s System.

The talent on paper is there for the Revs to get back to the playoffs, they just need to continue moving the way they are and hopefully they can sign another big name. The rumor is Bojan from Stoke City, but I will believe that when I see it.

I think the Revs will again be fighting for a back end playoff spot, and I think they might snag the 6 seed when it is all said and done.

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