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For supporters, by supporters of The New England Revolution.

Episode 71: Holding Pattern

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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.

Episode 70: Bruce is the Boss

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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.

Bonus Episode: Relieved of Duty

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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.

Episode 69: Philadelphia Surrender

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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.

Episode 68: Blue Hell Meltdown

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The Revs squandered two goal leads — twice — on the road at Kansas City Saturday and managed a draw in a game in which they finished with only nine players.

Juan Fernando Caicedo earned a brace with two first half goals — his first in MLS — and Juan Agudelo found the back of the net for the first time since last August in the 42’. Rookie DeJuan Jones opened his professional account in the 69th minute, but the Revs still surrounded four goals of their own, two of which came off former New England attacker Krisztián Németh.

With Alex Almeida away on assignment, Eric Spence joins Ray and Jon this week, along with Jonathan Sigal, from MLSsoccer.com and the New England Soccer Journal. Then Mike Servidio, Co-Host of the KYW Radio’s Philly Soccer Show, is here to preview the Revs’ visit to the land of Chester.