Team Profile: New England Revolution
Updated: Feb 25
Year founded: 1995.
First season in MLS: 1996.
Stadium: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.
Honors: Supporters' Shield (2021), U.S. Open Cup (2007).
2023 highlights: if the Revolution is to have an improved season, then they will need to make the most of pockets in the calendar during which they have a run of home games. That arrives as early as April, when four out of five are at Gillette Stadium. In June, they are at home for three out of four, while two of the three in October will be in their own backyard, including the final game of the regular season against Philadelphia Union. They open the year away from home, traveling to Charlotte FC on February 25th. The first full month of the season presents some stiff challenges, notably at LAFC (April 12th) and home to Nashville SC (18th). Now, while there are months stacked with home games, so there are spells when the Revs spend a good deal of time on the road. In May, they visit Toronto, Miami, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, with just one game at home. And in September, they have consecutive road trips to Minnesota, Colorado, and Chicago. That match in Chicago marks the start of the final five games, all of which are against Eastern Conference opponents, and therefore all six-pointers at a crunch time of the season.
Head Coach: Bruce Arena.
Players to watch: Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou, Bobby Wood.
Latif Blessing (trade from LAFC)
Emmanuel Boateng (re-signed) Joshua Bolma (Generation adidas) Nacho Gil (re-signed) Jack Panayotou (homegrown) Dave Romney (trade from Nashville) Santiago Suárez (homegrown) Bobby Wood (Re-Entry Draft)
A.J. DeLaGarza (out of contract) Clément Diop (option declined) Wilfrid Kaptoum (option declined) Edward Kizza (option declined) Brad Knighton (out of contract) Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (option declined)
2022 summary: injuries and the departure of star power impacted the Revs in 2022, as they finished in 10th spot, six points behind the last playoff place. This followed a record-setting 2021 season, in which they claimed the Supporters' Shield for the first time in club history. That season brought them their largest haul of goals (65), most wins (22), most points (73), most away goals (34), and fewest defeats (5). In 2021 they had two players hit double digit goals, Adam Buksa (16) and Gustavo Bou (15). Buksa began the season without a goal in the first four, before hitting seven in six. His form earned him a move to French club Lens in July for a reported $10m. Bou ended the season as the club's top scorer, managing just eight goals, though he was restricted to 17 starts in his 19 appearances. The Revs also lost goalkeeper Matt Turner to Arsenal in the summer. The season began with a draw and a win before four defeats in a row. Soon after, Arena's men then went 10 games without defeat, but far too many were drawn games (4-0-6). Six games without success in the middle of the season, before they ended with one win in the final five, told the tale of a year with more downs than ups.
Facts and Stats: Carles Gil was again the leading light in the assists department, managing 14. He has registered double-digit assists in each of his three full seasons with New England. One-club defender Andrew Farrell played his 10th season with the Revs, ending 2022 on 304 appearances (301 starts).
Milestones in 2023: the Revs should hit the 700 mark in goals scored at home this season. They start the year on 681. Gil's 14 assists last term has lifted him to within two of hitting the half century. He has 48 in 101 appearances. Bruce Arena sits on 250 regular season wins all-time as a head coach. He is nearing a milestone in losses, though, with 148 to his name. In brighter news, he is two away from 200 wins when his team scores first.