Poor New England! So Far From Boston, So Close to the Kraft Family: The Revolution 2019

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
A road win in LA is a pretty good result for Arena's first game in charge.


The Revs also announced that they've hired Curt Onalfo as technical director. Onalfo is a longtime Arena minion who has been rather unsuccessful in three stints as an MLS head coach over the last 12 years. He hasn't been a front office executive before.
 

Domer

Well-Known Member
Bronze Supporter
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2010
3,422
02148
The Revs probably should have won that match something closer to 4-2 as both teams missed their fair share of scoring opportunities. Amazingly, they have only conceded 3 goals in 4 matches under Lapper/Arena. Friedel's Revs allowed in 18 in his last 4 as manager. The Agudelo/L Caciedo midfield duo seems to work surprisingly well and DeJuan Jones has been a revelation at left back.
 

Humphrey

Member
SoSH Member
Aug 3, 2010
731

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
The Revs are having a bit of a moment in the US Open Cup against NYRB. Agudelo scored very early, but they eventually found themselves down 2-1. Turner saved a PK after a dodgy call. Bunbury equalized in the 85th minute, but Luis Caicedo was sent off in stoppage time. Then the 10-men Revs nabbed another goal in the second half of extra time through Bunbury again, who hit a nice dipping shot over Ryan Meara.

Still time for them to blow this.
 

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
Friedel was fired, and the Revs haven't lost in the five games since. Impressive.
 

Domer

Well-Known Member
Bronze Supporter
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2010
3,422
02148
Next up is Orlando City away in the fifth round of the Open Cup. Last year, the Revs lost to the OG Lions (Louisville) in the fourth round.
 

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
The first casualty of the Arena era is Gabriel Somi, whose contract was terminated today by mutual consent. Somi was never a very influential player in New England, but I could have told you that from the outset: even solid starters from Sweden are often disappointments in MLS and Somi was only a rotational guy.

In other news, the Revs were knocked out of the US Open Cup R16 by Orlando City in extra time.
 

The Gray Eagle

Member
SoSH Member
Aug 1, 2001
12,652
Welp, another late lead coughed up. Before the game I'm sure they would have been fine with a point against the Bimbos but when you're leading at home in the 85th minute and blow it, it is not good.
 

Domer

Well-Known Member
Bronze Supporter
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2010
3,422
02148
Still undefeated (in MLS/regulation time) since they shitcanned Friedel and only three points below the red line, plus they started selling Heady Topper at home games.
 

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
Another win last night, in a weather-interrupted road game against the Rapids in a battle of teams that have been surprisingly good since firing their awful managers.

The Revs are now level with Toronto on points, just outside the playoffs based on goal difference.
 

PedroSpecialK

Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa
SoSH Member
Dec 12, 2004
24,502
Cambridge, MA
Official now. That's an unbelievable get for the Revs

 

Jimy Hendrix

Member
SoSH Member
Jun 15, 2002
3,279
If Arena has no other effect than getting the Krafts to spend money, then he might be transformative for the Revs even off peak as a coach.

Even the rumor I don't love about them sniffing around Vermalen, while still I think fundamentally the wrong thing to do (Revs sign a washed old Euro CB, stop me if you've heard that one before), it is a much higher class iteration of the mistake than the ones they keep getting from the Championship or Ligue 2 or wherever.
 

thehitcat

Well-Known Member
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Nov 25, 2003
1,569
Windham, ME
Um what is going on? Seriously the globe has it at nearly 16 million with salary and potential add ons. That's like a real transfer. It would be truly incredible if the Revs started pushing the envelope. They could be huge.
 

Domer

Well-Known Member
Bronze Supporter
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2010
3,422
02148
More importantly, the scheduled referee didn’t make it to DC, so we have a Ted Unkel red card fest.
 

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
The draw means that the Revs are actually in playoff territory, though they'll probably slip down beyond 7th by the end of the weekend. Three teams could pass them with a win, and two of them are playing the terrible Ohio duo of Columbus and Cincinnati.
 

Titans Bastard

has sunil gulati in his sights
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Dec 15, 2002
9,810
The Revs & the Krafts get a...somewhat positive writeup from Stejskal, who is generally a more cynical guy.


More telling than any run of results, however, is in the increased investment around the club. Long one of the lowest-spending ownership groups in MLS, the Krafts have finally started to open the checkbook for the Revolution. It started with the training facility, which will be one of the finest in the league once it’s completed. Executives at other clubs around MLS were skeptical that the club would fire Burns and Friedel while there was still time left in both of their contracts, but the fact that the Krafts took action was another sign. Hiring Arena on a seven-figure salary, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, according to sources, was another.

And then there is the signing of Argentine forward Gustavo Bou from Club Tijuana, the latest and perhaps most significant signal of the Revs’ intent yet. The club made the announcement last Wednesday, and Frank Dell’Appa reported in The Boston Globe that the Revolution will be paying between $12 and $16 million in combined transfer fee and salary for the 29-year-old designated player. A source confirmed those numbers to The Athletic.

More smoke to the rumors that the Revs will launch a reserve team. The report here is that it will be a USL League One team, which makes sense to me.

Another investment could be a USL team. Dell’Appa and Jonathan Sigal reported for the New England Soccer Journal in June that the Revs were “considering” launching a USL team in 2020, and sources confirmed that the Revs have held discussions with the USL about launching their own squad in USL League One—the third-division of American soccer—next year.