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28 March 1:18 am

 

The Revolution Under-16s played their second game of the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng tournament on Tuesday.
 
The group met for a 9:30 a.m. breakfast at the hotel, and then had some time to prepare before departing for the Nike Football Training Center at noon.
 
A full game story from the Revs’ action-packed 3-3 draw with School of Excellence can be found on www.revolutionsoccer.net.
 
Despite the tightly-contested and sometimes heated match, the teams shared a heartwarming moment before boarding the buses back to the hotel. What started as a few players from each team posing together for photos turned into a good portion of each side taking one large group picture. The players then continued to break off into smaller groups – some of which started to include staff members upon request – really highlighting the shared cultural experience of this tournament.
 
Upon arriving back at the hotel, the group learned that the building was experiencing a power outage. Largely unaffected, everyone enjoyed a postgame meal by candle- and flashlight before returning to their rooms to quickly freshen up.
 
Before long, players and staff were back on the bus and en route to Nelson Mandela Square. Everyone posed for more photos in front of the Mandela statue, before doing some souvenir shopping.
 
Power had been restored by the time the group returned to the hotel for the night and had dinner. Then, after a team meeting, the players returned to their rooms to relax before bed.
  
The Revs will take on K-Stars (Zambia) on Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET. In-game updates will be available on www.twitter.com/nerevslive, while live video can be found on www.future-champions.net.
27 March 9:28 pm

We have three live chats coming up over the next seven days, here are the details:

Friday, March 30, 1 P.M. ET: Chat live with Lee Nguyen at 1 PM ET live from Los Angeles, ahead of Saturday's match with the LA Galaxy.

Saturday, March 31, 11 P.M. ET: Kyle McCarthy will join us along with LA beat writer Luis Bueno for an in-game live chat. Stay up late, head to revolutionsoccer.net and join us!

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 PM E.T. : This one is special. You may remember a few weeks ago we had a VIDEO fan chat with Jeff Lemieux. Well, we are ramping it up this time and will have none other than Matt Reis joining us for a live video chat with YOU. Get those web cams ready, as you'll have a shot at chatting one-on-one (think Skype) with Matt Reis while the team is in Frisco, Texas ahead of next Thursday's match with FC Dallas. This was a lot of fun for the short one we did with Jeff a few weeks back (video snippet below), so you definitely do not want to miss this.

26 March 3:30 pm

The Revolution Under-16s played their first game of the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng tournament on Monday, just one day after the 18-hour trip from Boston.

After sleeping in for a bit, the team met for breakfast on the first floor of the hotel. Between then and a light pregame lunch, players had a chance to receive treatment and prepare for the match.
 
The group then got to see a little more of the surrounding area en route to the Nike Football Training Center in Soweto, including Soccer City, site of the 2010 World Cup final.
 
A full game story from the Revs’ 3-0 loss to the Orlando Pirates can be found HERE.
 
Following the match, which was broadcast live on television here in South Africa, head coach Bryan Scales and captain Christian Sady were interviewed as part of the postgame coverage. The group then headed to the locker room to change, returning to the field after for the opening ceremonies. As part of the ceremony, all of the teams were welcomed and were treated to a performance by a zulu dance troupe.
 
Upon returning to the hotel, the team held a quick regeneration session in the pool. Finally, everyone met back up for dinner and a team meeting before spending some time unwinding before bed.
 
The Revs will take on SAFA School of Excellence (South Africa) tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. ET. In-game updates will be available on www.twitter.com/nerevslive, while live video can be found on www.future-champions.net.
25 March 3:11 pm

 

The Revolution Under-16 squad arrived in South Africa early this morning after a long day of travel. Players and staff met at Gillette Stadium at 4 a.m. on Saturday, before bussing down to New York to catch a direct flight to Johannesburg. 14.5 hours later, the group collected their bags at O.R. Tambo International Airport and after Head Coach Bryan Scales conducted a flash interview for the Future Champions Gauteng tournament website, hopped on a bus – complete with police escort – to the hotel.
 
After several meetings with tournament officials and team staff, the players went up to their rooms to unpack before a quick stretch and prehabilitation session. Lunch followed shortly after in one of the hotel’s restaurants, and nearly everyone then took the opportunity to battle their jetlag with a nap. 
 
Ahead of dinner, the group went for a walk around the hotel’s surrounding area, which we learned is near a university. Following our return, first-year Rev Guy Kabala shared a nice moment with his sisters, who he met up with briefly for the first time in six years.
 
Dinner was held in a second restaurant at the hotel and the team met after to discuss logistics for Monday – the first game day of the tournament. The rest of the night will continue to be low key as players continue to prepare.
 
24 March 10:22 pm

Reaction from Revolution players and fans following the Revs' first win of 2012.

23 March 2:10 pm

Colombian striker Jose Moreno took part in his first training session with the Revolution this morning. Here are a couple of photos from training:

 

21 March 10:01 am

Check out a few photos from last night's 2012 Pub Tour stop at The Banshee in Boston, Mass. Tonight marks the final stop on the tour, with Jay Heaps, Kelyn Rowe, Clyde Simms and Matt Reis scheduled to appear at Ri Ra in Providence from 7pm-9pm. For more on that, click here.

19 March 1:20 pm

There are less than four days left to cast your vote for the 2012 Revolution goal song. Here are the results as of 1 p.m. ET, with "Viva la Revolution" by The Adicts leading "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis by a mere 1%:

  • Dropkick Murphys - "Boys on the Docks" - 10.85%
  • Andrew W.K. - "Party Hard" - 7.17%
  • Bang Camaro - "Revolution" - 6.99%
  • Pennywise - "Bro Hymn" - 11.21%
  • House of Pain - "Jump Around" - 8.64%
  • Judas Priest - "Revolution" - 6.62%
  • Kings of Leon - "Four kicks" - 2.11%
  • The Fratellis - "Chelsea Dagger" - 16.64%
  • The Adicts - "Viva la Revolution" - 17.65%

Note: "Revolution" by Josephin Madden is no longer in the running. This is because Josephin's song was just chosen as the official Revolution victory song - check out the full story here.

Voting runs through Friday, March 23 at 12 p.m. We'll reveal the 2012 goal song when the Revolution score their first home goal of the 2012 season! Cast your vote now (you can vote once per day).

12 March 10:48 am

We all know how much A.J. Soares enjoys being on camera. Check out a little behind the scenes action with A.J. and his teammates at the teams' photo shoot, courtesy of CSNNE.com.