The Revs kick off their quest for the US Open Cup as they travel to New Jersey today to take on Red Bull. The one-time Metrostars started slow in 2019, but have amassed a 6-2-1 record since falling to the Revs in April. We’ll preview the match with Mark Fishkin, of the Seeing Red podcast.
Former Revs Interim Head Coach Mike Lapper joins us to discuss his time in New England and what he’ll take away with him as he pursues a permanent head coaching position of his own. In a refreshingly candid interview, Lapper opens up about relationships with players, some of the challenges he faced on the job and where he thinks the Revs go from here.
Cautious optimism has returned to Foxborough.
The Revs ventured out west for Bruce Arena’s sideline debut and came home with three points off the backs of an often frustrated LA Galaxy side. The 2-1 road win extends the Revs’ unbeaten streak to four and puts the Boys in Blue just two points outside the final playoff spot heading into the international break.
Cristian Penilla found the back of the net right before halftime and then Teal Bunbury opened his 2019 account in the 60th minute to give the Revs a 2-0 lead. Both goals were assisted by Carles Gil. In the 83rd minute, Zlatan Ibrahimović got one back for the home side off a remarkable bicycle kick inside the box, but the Revs were able to survive LA’s final attacks to gut out the victory.
This week, Ray, Jon and Alex welcome Frank Dell’Apa, of the Boston Globe, to unpack this critical road win and see how different, if at all, the Revs lineup might look after the break. Then we bring in Julian Cardillo, of Pro Soccer USA, to give an in-depth preview of the US Women’s National Team, who begin their quest for a fourth World Cup in Paris next week. Julian will be part of a team of reporters covering the US Women throughout the group stage.
Another match, another draw, but this one felt different.
The New England Revolution posted a 1-1 result at home against MLS Eastern Conference leaders DC United Saturday in a game in which VAR played a deciding factor.
The Revs went down a man in the 56’ when starting keeper Matt Turner charged out of the box to challenge Wayne Rooney on a long ball. The resulting collision landed Rooney on the deck and Turner with a straight red card, leaving New England down a man with more than 30 minutes to play.
Roughly five minutes later, the Revs responded in a big way when Juan Agudelo found the back of the net with a nifty header off a Cristian Penilla cross into the box. New England held a one goal lead until the 87’ when Brandon Bye was called for a hand ball inside the box — an infraction that initially went uncalled on the field. It was recognized by the video referee and United was awarded the penalty kick that allowed Wayne Rooney to draw even in the 90’ meeting.
This week, Ray, Jon and Alex welcome in Jason York, from MLS Soccer, to break down a toughed-out match for the Revs. Then, we bring in Brittany Pergl, from Pro Soccer USA, to help us preview New England’s weekend visiting to the LA Galaxy.
Win at home, tie away is the often-touted formula for success in this league. The Revs toughed out a 0-0 draw at Montreal this weekend, keeping Interim Head Coach Mike Lapper undefeated in MLS play as they earned a needed point on the road.
This week, Ray, Jon and Eric preview Saturday’s DC United match with Donald Wine, of the Black and Red United. DC currently sits second in the Eastern Conference, but one of its’ key leaders is raising questions about their recent run of form. United comes in the favorites, but can the Revs steal three points at home?
Then we break down Montreal and speculate on Bruce Arena’s to-do list with Julian Cardillo, of ProSoccerUSA.com.
In Bruce, the Kraft family trusts.
Late Monday evening the Revolution announced it was parting ways with long-time club staple and general manager, Mike Burns. Then, Tuesday morning, Revs fans awoke to news that the Krafts had reached a deal to bring former US Men’s National Team coach and five-time MLS Cup winner, Bruce Arena, to Foxborough as new manager and sporting director. Arena is expected to be formally introduced at a press conference Thursday, at Gillette Stadium.
Interim head coach Mike Lapper and his staff will remain in place until Arena takes the reigns. Lapper is expected to helm the club when they host Chelsea FC Wednesday evening and possibly on Saturday as New England travels to Montreal. We preview that match with Paul Vance, managing editor of Mount Royal Soccer.
Is Bruce Arena the man to right the ship and establish a winning culture here? We welcome Frank Dell’Apa, with the Boston Globe and Sam Stejskal, of The Athletic, to answer that and many more questions.
After 18 tumultuous and often frustrating months, the Brad Friedel era has officially come to an end in Foxborough. What’s next?
The Revs were again blown out on the road Wednesday, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Chicago Fire, which paved the road for Friedel’s Thursday dismissal. Current New England assistant Mike Lapper now takes the helm as interim head coach as the Revs prepare to host the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. We preview that match with Steve Uhalde, of the ‘74 til Infinity podcast.
Then Ray and Jon welcome back Julian Cardillo, of ProSoccerUSA, and Sean Sweeney, or the Boston Sports Journal, to discuss how Brad Friedel lost his way and where the Revs go from here.
After a promising first half at Philadelphia, things fell apart hard and fast for New England in the final 45 as the Revs surrendered five goals on their way to an embarrassing 6-1 loss to their Eastern Conference rivals.
The Boys in Blue are now 2-2-7, firmly in last place, and have given up 13 goals in their last three games. This week, we bring back Sean Sweeney, of the Boston Sports Journal, and Dan Shulman, of the Boston Globe, to share the suffering. Then Guillermo Rivera, with the Athletic and the Fire Confidential blog stops by to preview Wednesday’s match near the Windy City.
Conversation with the Rookies
In this bonus episode, Ray and Jon sit down with Revs first-year players Tajon Buchanan, Nicolas Firmino, DeJuan Jones, and Justin Rennicks. This rookie class provides some great insight into their respective journeys to MLS from both the homegrown and superdraft perspectives.
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