FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution is entering its final week of preseason training, and heads into Wednesday’s final group game of the Desert Diamond Cup with a chance to play in Saturday’s championship match.
Following Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, the Revs sit in second place in the tournament’s standings with three points. Seattle is in first with six points after two games, while Real Salt Lake and New York are tied for third with one point apiece.
A win or a draw (as long as New York does not defeat Seattle by three or more goals) on Wednesday will send the Revs into Saturday’s championship where they would face Seattle. Wednesday’s match against Real Salt Lake will be streamed live on mlssoccer.com and kicks off at 5 p.m. MT (7 p.m. ET).
THIS WEEK’S TOP TWEETS
@tylerseguin92: Feb 13, 12:56pm
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@Krowe210: Feb 14, 10:24am via Twitter
And of course happy birthday to the Justin Bieber of soccer. The now legal @DiegoFagundez14 #18
@chefmingtsai:Feb 14, 6:03pm
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@todayshow: Feb 15, 9:00am
@NERevolution Thank you for the jerseys! @SavannahGuthrie @MLauer #TODAYinBoston
@SeanDennisonMLS: Feb 15, 11:42am
Photo: @todayshow's @MLauer & @SavannahGuthrie with their @NERevolution jerseys this AM #todayinboston #MLS instagr.am/p/VwQ6zBoUV4/
@jeff_lemieux: Feb 15, 9:48pm
VIDEO: @RevsTimC and @nsdowning explain the @adidas_miCoach system, which the #NERevs are currently using. bit.ly/12rlN6V
@LeeNguyen24: Feb 16, 11:42pm
Thanks to everyone that was out supporting tonight & to those following online as well! Team is starting to gel nicely
THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES
Two preseason matches left
The Revolution has two matches remaining in Tucson at the Desert Diamond Cup … New England will play its final match in group play on Wednesday, Feb. 20, against Real Salt Lake, with a chance to play into the championship on Saturday, Feb. 23, against Seattle Sounders FC:
- Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 7 p.m. ET vs. Real Salt Lake (live streamed on mlssoccer.com)
- Saturday, Feb. 23 – 6 p.m. ET Consolation (no broadcast coverage) / 8 p.m. ET – Championship (televised live on NBC Sports Network)
Scrimmage added Monday
In addition to the team’s two full matches remaining at the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday and Saturday, the Revs added a closed-door scrimmage against USL PRO club Phoenix FC on Monday at 4 p.m. MT … periodic match updates will be tweeted by @NERevsLive.
Rochester rep headed to Tucson
Jesse Myers, head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, the Revs’ USL PRO affiliate, will travel to Tucson this week and assist the Revs’ coaching staff with training … Myers will be in Tucson to observe and evaluate the Revs’ roster as at least four players will be on loan to the Rhinos at all times this season through the teams’ affiliate agreement.
Training camp roster
An up-to-date preseason roster can be accessed at the team’s website … click on the CLUB link at the top of the home page, and click the 2013 Preseason Roster (PDF) link in the drop-down menu.
The Revs’ roster currently stands at 26 players under contract … of those 26, seven occupy international roster spots, leaving the Revs with one available spot for an international player.
Single-game tickets on sale
Single-game tickets to 2013 New England Revolution matches are now on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets … individual tickets purchased in advance start at $24 for bowl seating.
2013 Turf Tour continues next week
- The New England Revolution is hosting a five-stop Turf Tour at local sports facilities ahead of its 2013 home opener on Saturday, March 23 … each event will include a soccer clinic and player meet-and-greet opportunity … the tour got underway on Feb. 1 with a stop at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Kingstown, R.I., and will continue with four stops before the home opener:
- Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Forekicks, Norfolk, Mass.,
- Thursday, Feb. 28 at JunglePlex, Plymouth, Mass.,
- Saturday, March 2 at Champions, New Bedford, Mass., and
- Thursday, March 21 at Kroc Center, Dorchester, Mass. (not open to public)
Each event will contain two portions: a soccer clinic – held for a preselected group of local children – and an open-to-the-public Q&A and autograph session … more info on the 2013 Turf Tour is available HERE.
Spring schedule two weeks away
All three of the Revolution’s youth teams will resume play two weeks from now on Saturday, March 2, at Gillette Stadium when the U18s and U16s will take on FC Westchester, while the U14s are scheduled to play Oakwood SC.
Season to-date records
Coming out of their winter hiatus, the Under-18s are 8-2-0 (24 pts.) overall and rank second in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference based on points per game … the Under-16s hold a 4-2-4 record (16 pts.) and are currently in fourth place in the division … the Under-14s enter the break at 4-2-0 (12 pts.), which is good for sixth in U.S. Club Soccer’s Northeast Pre-Academy League.