New England Revolution – MLS Team Preview 2019

New England Revolution - MLS Team Preview 2019

New England Revolution - MLS Team Preview 2019

One of the 10 charter clubs of MLS, who have been the part of the league since its inaugural season. Since the 1996 season, the New England Revolution managed to reach the Conf. Finals twice ended as the 1st team in the East twice and won 1 U.S. Open Cup in 2007. Since then, the most notable results were the runner-up spot in 2014 MLS Playoffs and Runner-up in 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Last season we saw New England finishing 8th in the East, while they ended their U.S. Open Cup journey in the 4th round when they got defeated by non-MLS team Louisville City FC (3:2).

 

Head Coach: Brad Friedel

Former professional goalkeeper who has had a successful career as a player began his coaching career in 2016 when he took over the U.S U19 youth squad. A year later, in 2017, Brad Friedel won his first title as a coach, when he guided the U.S. U-20 team to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship as assistant coach of U.S team. With only some coaching experience he was appointed as the head coach of the New England Revolution. The 2019 season will be the 2nd year in charge of the “Revs”

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
December 20, 2018 Juan Fernando Caicedo Independiente MedellínNew England RevolutionLoan
December 18, 2018 Edgar CastilloColorado RapidsNew England RevolutionTrade
January 30, 2019 Carles Gil Deportivo La CoruñaNew England RevolutionTransfer
January 18, 2019 Justin Rennicks Indiana HoosiersNew England RevolutionHomegrown player
January 11, 2019 Tajon Buchanan Syracuse OrangeNew England RevolutionSuperDraft
December 18, 2018 Kelyn RoweNew England RevolutionColorado RapidsTrade
January 24, 2019 Claude DielnaNew England RevolutionPortland TimbersTrade
January 7, 2019 Femi Hollinger-JanzenNew England Revolution Birmingham LegionFree
February 6, 2019 Mark SegbersNew England Revolution Swope Park RangersFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

The success of the New England Revolution will come down to how well will Juan Fernando Caicedo and Carles Gil fit into the squad. With those two additions, the Revs got experience and firepower. While there are some question marks above Gil’s head as he really seems to be hit or miss transfer, I do believe he will be a right fit for Brad Friedel’s team. What I expect from the New England Revolution this season is most likely a fight for a top 5 seed in the East if the new signings prove to be worth their money. If not, it’s yet another season when New England will find themselves at the bottom of the Conference.