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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.
 
28 June 11:45 pm

 

On Thursday, the Under-18 team played its third and final game of the Development Academy Playoffs. With kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m., the day began much earlier than those previous.
 
After breakfast, the teams boarded the bus and made the familiar trip to the fields. 
 
A fun little tidbit that has gone unmentioned this week: the teams watch a pump-up video on the bus en route to each game. A compilation of action photos from the 2011-12 season, the video is set to The Who’s Eminence – a nice touch in an already professional atmosphere.
 
For more on the U18s’ game against Charlotte Soccer Academy – a 3-1 loss – check out the recap on revolutionsoccer.net
 
The group then ate lunch upon the return to the hotel and had the next few hours off. Many of the U16s took the opportunity to go to the mall, while others watched the Italy-Germany game in their rooms.
 
For dinner, the Revolution met up with new affiliate club Empire United.
 
Before calling it a night, the Revs group met back at the hotel. The players recognized a few key staff members with gifts, before the coaches announced the end-of-year award-winners.
 
Under-18s:
Player of the Year: Dominik Machado
Minuteman Award: Devin Devoy
Coaches’ Award: Jack Hilger
 
Under-16s:
Player of the Year: Gabe Gissie
Coaches’ Award: Matthew Cooper
Minuteman Award: Erik Martel
 
On Friday, the U16s are set to play their third and final game of the Development Academy Playoffs. Kickoff against the Dallas Texans is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
 
28 June 5:19 am

 
The Under-16s played their second game of the Development Academy Playoffs on Wednesday, while the Under-18s had the day off.
 
Per usual, the day began with breakfast in the hotel. And after the players returned to their rooms for a bit, the group met back up for a snack around noon and then lunch during halftime of the Spain-Portugal game.
 
Many of the U18s used their downtime throughout the day to walk to the mall nearby.
 
Everyone then boarded the bus at 5:20 p.m. to make the trip to FC Dallas Sports Park.
 
The Under-16s suffered a 3-0 loss to Pateadores. (Game recap available on revolutionsoccer.net.) Now 0-1-1 in the Playoffs, they remain mathematically eligible to clinch a spot in Finals Week.
 
After the game, the group quickly changed back at the hotel and left for dinner at a travel favorite – Buca di Beppo. The tables shared family-style salad, bread, chicken and pasta, and relaxed after a long day.
 
Everyone then met briefly in the hotel lobby before retiring to their rooms.
 
On Thursday, the U18s are set to play their third and final game of the Development Academy Playoffs. Kickoff against Charlotte Soccer Academy is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET. 
 
27 June 6:46 am

Both the Under-18s and the Under-16s were in action on Tuesday, so the day saw players and staff going every which way.

Everyone ate breakfast at the hotel by 9 a.m., and the teams met one after another for lunch and meetings shortly after noon.

Scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. local time, the U16s boarded the bus and left for the fields at 2:45, while the U18s returned to the Italian bistro for a pregame meal.

The U16s played Albertson SC to a 2-2 draw in their first game of the Development Academy Playoffs, before heading back to the hotel to shower and change before a postgame meal at the restaurant. 

The U18s hopped on the bus at 6:45 to go to the fields. Kicking off at roughly 8:15 p.m., they suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss to Chivas USA.

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Following the game, both the U18s and U16s shared a genuinely heartfelt moment. Despite the loss, the U18s had displayed an unforgettable amount of heart and commitment to battle for each other, and the group took a few moments to appreciate it.

On Wednesday, the Under-16s will take on Pateadores in their second game of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. 

26 June 1:10 am

Monday was day one of the Development Academy Playoffs and with a game scheduled for 8 p.m. local time, the day was a fairly low key one.

Everyone ate breakfast in the hotel by 9 a.m. and returned to their rooms, meeting again for lunch at noon. The U18s then went for a short walk and discussed their game later.
 
The group boarded the bus at 3:30 for a pregame meal back at the Italian bistro and headed to the fields at 6:50.
 
In their first game of the tournament, the U18s played MLS rivals the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw. Check out revolutionsoccer.net for a complete game recap.
 
After the game, the players and staff enjoyed a postgame meal in the hotel lobby before calling it a night.
 
Both the Under-18s and the Under-16s are in action on Tuesday. The U16s will kick off against Albertson SC at 5 p.m. ET, while the U18s will take on Chivas USA at 9 p.m ET.
 
24 June 11:15 pm

After a long travel day, the Revs’ youth teams have made it to Frisco, Texas, and are preparing for day one of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs.

The players and staff arrived at the airport for 5 a.m., only to learn shortly after that the flight had been delayed until 2 p.m. As a result, the next nine hours were spent napping, watching movies and wandering the Terminal B shops. 
 
Unfazed by the delay, the group got to the hotel around 6:15 p.m. and resumed the schedule as planned. The U16s were rounded up for a run, while the U18s were given the opportunity to unpack and rest a little before their game tomorrow.
 
The group then boarded the bus at 7:30 for dinner at a familiar restaurant in Frisco. Having now eaten at the same Italian bistro during each of the youth program’s last two trips to the area (2010-11 Development Academy Playoffs/Showcase, 2011 Generation adidas Cup), the returning players were thrilled to be back.
 
Following dinner, the teams met briefly to discuss the U18s’ first game tomorrow (9 p.m. ET vs. New York Red Bulls), as well as the U16s’ continued preparations for their first match on Tuesday.
 
All week long, in-game updates will be available on www.twitter.com/nerevslive and complete game recaps can be found on revolutionsoccer.net following each match.
 
01 April 2:40 pm

 

The Revs played their second placement game on Saturday morning, heading to the Nike Football Training Center early after breakfast at the hotel.

A full game story from the Revs’ second meeting with the Orlando Pirates – a 4-2 loss – will be available on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
Following the match, the team went back out onto the field to kick the practice balls into the stands for the many children who had watched. Thrilled about the idea of catching a ball, the kids swarmed each time another flew into the stands.
 
The group returned to the hotel only briefly, eating lunch and packing up the remainder of their belongings, before making the trip back to the fields to watch Atletico Mineiro take on Nacional in the 2012 Future Champions Guateng final.
 
Players watched the final from the grassy area of the stands, and attracted a lot attention from the local children. The kids sat among the players, interacting with the Revs throughout the entire 60-minute match and asking questions about everything from American currency to photo-taking.
 
Touched by their experiences with the children, many of the players began to give away old gear that they had brought along on the trip. Hats, training tops, jerseys – suddenly a large group of South African children were sporting New England Revolution apparel. And they could not have been more ecstatic about it.
 
Before the Revs left the Training Center for the last time, the team posed for a group photo with the K-Stars (Zambia). The two clubs developed a good relationship throughout the tournament, and the photo made for a fitting end to the week.
 
The group then left for the airport directly from the final to begin its 20-hour journey back to Foxborough, Mass., arriving at the stadium around 12:45 p.m. ET the following day.
 
Everyone has agreed the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was an opportunity for the Revs to play teams from all over the world, learn about another culture and develop chemistry of their own, and no one will ever forget it.
31 March 12:38 am

 

The Revs played their first placement game on Friday, so it was back to the game day routine.

The day began with breakfast at the hotel, and the team then boarded the bus for the trip to the Nike Football Training Center. 
 
Unlike earlier in the week, it was only 61 degrees and rainy for kickoff. But buoyed by the previous night’s performances, the Revs debuted a chant of their own in the tunnel.
 
A full game story from the Revs’ first win of the tournament – 1-0 against Aspire (Qatar) – is available HERE
 
After returning to the hotel, the team ate lunch and took a trip to a nearby grocery store to stock up on snacks and drinks. 
 
Dinner was served shortly after, and all of teams boarded their buses for another tournament-wide excursion.
 
Still in good spirits after their victory, the Revs continued to practice their chant on the bus. But as soon as the team’s new CD of African dance music was on, it became a dance party instead. Everyone got involved: the self-proclaimed good dancers, the self-proclaimed bad dancers and coach Deven Apajee. 
 
Tournament organizers had arranged for the group to see the South African musical Umoja at the Victory Theatre. A journey through the history of South African music and dance, the show told the country’s story through song, focusing on “the spirit of togetherness.”
 
The Revs returned to the hotel after the show and met briefly to discuss Friday’s match against Aspire (Qatar). Kickoff is at 4 a.m. ET and as always, in-game updates will be available on www.twitter.com/nerevslive, while live video can be found on www.future-champions.net