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30 June 9:48 am

Postgame reaction from Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey from CSNNE.com

27 June 11:49 pm

 
Today marked an exciting and historic day for the Revs’ youth teams, the U18s claiming a spot in their first-ever U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.
 
The day began earlier than usual given the U18s’ 9 a.m. kickoff. After breakfast at the hotel, the team boarded the bus for 7:30 and made its way to the fields. 
 
Going into the match, the Revs needed to win and the Earthquakes needed to beat the Dallas Texans for New England to advance. So while the U18 coaches did their part on the bench, the remainder of the staff kept tabs on the game a few fields over and exchanged updates. The Revs did their part, topping the LA Galaxy, 4-2, but were several minutes ahead of the other game. San Jose led, 2-1, and Dallas equalized late in the game, leaving the staff scrambling to figure out what that meant for their advancement scenarios. But San Jose came up big, scoring a go-ahead goal to ensure things panned out for the Revs. 
 
Three staff members waited (for what seemed like forever) with U.S. Soccer officials to confirm, before crossing the field to share the good news with the team.
 
After the initial celebration, the group took an official photo and conducted interviews with U.S. Soccer, officially announcing New England as one of eight teams in the 80-team Development Academy to advance to Finals Week.
 
The U16s played their final game of the Showcase at 1 p.m., battling weary legs and 96-degree temperatures to come away with a 1-1 draw.
 
Full game recaps are available on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
After returning to the hotel, the teams made sandwiches before returning to their rooms for a few hours of down time. 
 
Capping off the trip, dinner was held at a different restaurant. Afterwards, the players took the opportunity to thank the coaches for their hard work.
 
Tomorrow, the group heads back to Boston. While the U16s’ year has officially come to a close, the U18s now have two week to prepare for Finals Week in Houston.
 
NOTE: Nearly 50 new photos were added to Flickr gallery today, so don’t forget to check that out!
 
26 June 11:13 pm

 
Similar to Tuesday, there was only one game on Wednesday, which meant the U18s’ and U16s’ schedules differed throughout the day.
 
Both teams had breakfast at the hotel before the U18s met for a bit of regen work. After lunch, they could then take the hotel shuttles over to the local mall like the U16s had the previous day.
 
The U16s headed to the field shortly after 3:30 p.m. and the bus turned right around to pick up the U18s, who returned the favor by supporting their teammates in their second game of the Development Academy Showcase.
 
The U16s then played Real Colorado’s U18 squad at 5 p.m. A full recap of the 4-0 loss is available on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
Everyone quickly showered after returning the hotel and departed for dinner 15 minutes later. 
 
Back the hotel, the U16s met ahead of tomorrow’s game, and the entire group was instructed to get some rest for tomorrow’s earlier wake-up.
 
On Thursday, both the Under-18s and Under-16s will be in action. The U18s will take on the LA Galaxy (Calif.) in their final game of the Playoffs at 10 a.m. ET. The U16s will then play the Montreal Impact in their final game of the Showcase at 2 p.m. ET.
 

 

26 June 2:29 am

 
While the U18s had a game on Tuesday, the U16s were off, allowing for a bit of rest day fun.
 
Both teams had breakfast at the hotel before the U16s met for a bit of regen work. After lunch, the U16 team took hotel shuttles over to the local mall to do some relaxing and shopping.
 
The groups reunited later for a pregame meal and the U18s headed to the fields shortly after 8 p.m. 
 
The bus turned right around to pick up the U16s, who once again came to support their teammates in their second game of the Development Academy Playoffs.
 
A full recap of the 1-1 draw is available on revolutionsocceer.net.
 
After a postgame meal back at the hotel, everyone went back to their rooms to get some rest for the second half of the week.
 
On Wednesday, the Under-16s will take on Real Colorado (Colo.) in their second game of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. With a rest day tomorrow, the Under-18s will play their third and final game of the Playoffs against the LA Galaxy (Calif.) on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
 
25 June 9:38 am

 
On Monday, the U18s and U16s spent the early part of their day getting ready for their first games.
 
After both teams had breakfast in the hotel, their days split off into separate schedules. The U16s headed to their pregame meal shortly after noon, while the U18s ate lunch back at the hotel. The U16s then left for the field before 4 p.m., and the U18s went out for their pregame meal later on.
 
The U16s kicked off at 5 p.m., earning a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Internationals in their first game of the Showcase. After the game, they went back to the hotel and had a snack.
 
The bus turned right around to bring the U18s to the field for their game at 9:15 p.m. They battled local side the Dallas Texans to a 1-1 draw on Monday in their first game of the Development Academy Playoffs.
 
Full game recaps can be found on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
The U16s had joined their older counterparts at the field for support and everyone rode back to the hotel together for a postgame meal in the lobby.
 
On Tuesday, the Under-18s will take on the San Jose Earthquakes in their second game of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. With a rest day tomorrow, the Under-16s will play their second game of the Showcase on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET
 

 

23 June 9:24 pm

 
The Under-18 and Under-16 teams departed for the Dallas area early this morning, meeting at Logan airport for 5 a.m. Several hours later, the group touched down in Texas and reunited with our repeat – by request – bus driver James, who drove the group to the hotel. 
 
After lunch in the hotel lobby, the players and staff headed to their rooms to unpack and unwind. 
 
Later, the trip really kicked off with dinner at one of the teams’ favorite restaurants. Upon return to the hotel, the U18s and U16s met separately to discuss plans for tomorrow.
 
Both teams are in action on Monday, when the U16s take on Internationals (Ohio) in their first Showcase game, before the U18s play their first playoff match against the Dallas Texans.
 
14 June 9:58 pm

A.J. Soares and U.S. Women's National Team star (and college friend) Alex Morgan rehash their college days in this ussoccer.com video.

08 June 11:19 pm

Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey break down the Revs' 0-0 draw with D.C. United, which ran the Revs' shutout streak to four consecutive games.

03 June 5:03 pm

Revolution Head Coach and former defender Jay Heaps will be inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 of this year.

From GoDuke.com:

Heaps, a native of Longmeadow, Mass., earned National Player of the Year honors from the Missouri Athletic Club in 1998 as a member of Duke’s soccer team.  A two-time All-America, four-time All-ACC and four-time All-ACC Tournament selection, he helped the Blue Devils to a four-year record of 61-23-1 by totaling 127 career points on 45 goals and 37 assists.  Also a four-year member of Duke’s basketball team, Heaps was named second team Academic All-America and was honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1998.  He went on to an 11-year playing career in Major League Soccer, garnering the Rookie of the Year citation in 1999 and at the time of his retirement, ranked among the league’s all-time leaders in matches played (3rd; 314), minutes played (3rd; 27,363) and matches started (4th; 299).  On November 15, 2011, Heaps was named the head coach of the New England Revolution.

Congrats, Jay!

Photo: GoDuke.com