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15 July 5:47 am

 

The U18 team played its first game of the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week on Sunday, so much of the day was spent preparing.
 
After breakfast, the teams attended a welcome session. Lunch then followed, and the players then returned to their rooms to rest or received treatment from the trainer.
 
Ahead of the pregame meal, players and staff trickled down into a common area to play videogames and board games. A game of Jenga between coaches Bryan Scales and Karl Spratt became particularly compelling, drawing a crowd of Revolution and other teams’ players. Spratt came away as champion, but in good, competitive fun, Scales continues to question the legitimacy of his tactics.
 
The bus departed for the field around 7 p.m., but lightning in the area stopped played in the earlier games multiple times. Ultimately, the Revs kicked off an hour later than expected.
 
The Revs suffered a dramatic 3-2 loss in its opening game of Finals Week., giving up a pair of late goals to Shattucks-Saint Mary’s. A game recap is available on revolutionsoccer.net. 
 
A quiet bus ride later, the team arrived at the dorms and had a postgame meal before returning to their rooms.
 
With a rest day tomorrow, the Under-18s will play their second game of Finals Week against De Anza Force (Calif.) on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. ET.
 

 

13 July 10:55 pm

Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey break down the Revs' 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo in this CSNNE.com highlight video.

13 July 10:24 pm

 

The Under-18 team traveled to Houston on Saturday for the Revolution’s first-ever U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.
 
With players and staff meeting at the airport at 3 a.m., it was an early start to the day. One direct flight and a bus ride later, the group arrived at the University of Houston, where the players are staying – along with the rest of the teams – during the tournament.
 
After lunch in the dining hall, everyone had a few hours to settle in and catch up on sleep.
 
The group met again for dinner, before leaving for Houston Amateur Sports Park, where the U18s had a light training session.
 
After returning the dorms, the players went their separate ways – some opting for a post-training snack in the dining hall and others hitting the ice baths.
 
Finals Week play begins tomorrow and the Revs are set to take on Shattuck-Saint Mary’s at 9:30 p.m. ET. Live in-game updates can be found on Twitter at @NERevolution.
 
10 July 12:12 pm

This gem comes courtesy of Juan Agudelo's Instagram account. Is this the new Harlem Shake? Only time will tell, folks.

08 July 3:48 pm

Saer Sene gets down with Dimitry Imbongo after Dimitry's goal on Saturday night.

07 July 4:22 pm

Highlights and analysis of the Revs' 2-0 win over San Jose with Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey.

04 July 10:19 am

From a personal standpoint, I had just one objective during last weekend’s trip to the West Coast: dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean.

I’d actually been to California several times before and had even visited the beach to see the Pacific, but had never actually set foot in the water. It seemed like something I needed to do.

So on Saturday afternoon a small group of Revolution staffers hopped in a cab and told the driver to take us to Redondo Beach, which was the closest to our hotel.

“Redondo, huh? Everyone else is going to Hermosa, but you want to go to Redondo,” he said.

It seemed like a not-so-subtle hint that we were making the wrong decision.

“Should we go to Hermosa instead?” I asked.

“I would,” the cabbie responded. “It’s only five minutes further and there’s a lot more action.”

Never one to pass up a good tip, I told him to take us to Hermosa Beach.

We certainly didn’t end up disappointed with our decision. We arrived in the midst of a beach volleyball tournament – an incredibly underrated sport – and immediately made our way down to the water to get our feet wet, literally. The water was cold, but refreshing. And it was the Pacific.

After spending a bit of time on the pier watching the surfers – including one older, overweight gentleman who did a full headstand while riding a wave – we retreated to the boardwalk for a bit of lunch on the water.

Now if only we could’ve picked up three points against Chivas USA that night, the trip would’ve been perfect …

30 June 8:48 am

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

27 June 10:49 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 10:13 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.