MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution and Montreal Impact lock horns in an Eastern Conference clash at Gillette Stadium on the final weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season.

The Revs have the faintest hope of securing a top six finish and thus reaching the playoffs, needing both a heavy win here and relying on Philadelphia Union suffering a huge loss at home to the New York Red Bulls in order for a huge swing in goal difference.

Jay Heaps’ side would go level on points with Philadelphia should they win and the Union lose, but making up a 12 goal difference is most unlikely.

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It means this fixture will essentially come down to seeing out the season with pride even though they’re set to agonisingly miss out.

Montreal Impact have already secured a playoff berth thanks to their 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend, although a win could lift them to fourth should DC fail to win against Orlando, giving them a higher seeding.

Form going into the playoffs can be vital, so Mauro Biello will be urging his side to maintain focus and build confidence heading into the postseason.

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The Impact are unbeaten in their last three games (W2, D1) and will want to keep that run going by recording consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England run out as 3-1 winners in Montreal just a month ago, while the last clash at Gillette Stadium in October 2015 resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Impact.

Team News

New England will be without Brad Knighton (suspension) and Xavier Kouassi (knee), while Je-Vaughn Watson (groin) is a doubt.

Montreal’s Andres Romero remains out with a knee injury. The Impact could make a few changes with a view to avoiding injuries going into the playoffs.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have lost just one of their last six MLS meetings with New England Revolution (W3, D2).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – An obvious choice, but it’s impossible to look past the Argentinian, given his incredible form this season. He’s the third top goalscorer in MLS with 17 and has also contributed six assists – an impressive return.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – The Revs essentially have little to play for, but will want to sign off for the season in style, while Montreal will want to keep morale high in the camp. A score draw seems the most probable outcome here.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto

Stadium: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, April 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto 11/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Toronto at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in an intriguing MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs will be relieved to have got their first win on the board in their last outing, as they edged past the New York Red Bulls with a 1-0 home victory.

Jay Heaps will be reasonably satisfied with his side in the opening five games, having lost just once, but will know they need to turn draws into wins if they have ambitions of challenging for the Eastern Conference or Supporters’ Shield title.

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New England have only lost two of their last 29 home games in MLS (W18, D9), so they’ll be hoping to continue their good record at the Gillette Stadium.

Toronto’s last two games has seen them suffer consecutive 1-0 defeats to Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids, as their strong start to the season has deteriorated slightly.

It was always going to be tough in the opening stages for Greg Vanney’s side, with their first eight games being away from home due to renovations at their BMO Field stadium.

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The Reds know that staying in touch with the top places in the Eastern Conference is vital over the next four weeks, as a run of four straight home games awaits at the end of this long stretch of road games.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England beat Toronto 3-1 away from home in September 2015, while the last clash at the Gillette Stadium also saw the Revs win by the same scoreline in August 2015.

Team News

New England Revolution only have one injury concern, as defender Darrius Barnes may miss out with an ankle sprain. Other than that, Jay Heaps has a full compliment of players to call upon.

Toronto will be without midfielder Benoit Cheyrou who is suspended following his red card away at Colorado last time out. Defender Clement Simonin is out with a knee injury, while Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt with a leg problem.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: D/D/L/D/W

Toronto’s form: W/D/L/L

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten against Toronto in their last seven MLS meetings (W5, D2).

Key Player: Diego Fagundez – The Uruguayan has been the brighest spark for the Revs so far this season, with two goals and two assists from five appearances. He could be the difference on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto – Neither side has been entirely convincing in the early stages of this MLS season. But New England will fancy themselves to edge this one on home soil. Toronto will provide a stiff test, but this run of away games may be starting to take its toll.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 27 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, June 28)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 2/1

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for the only meeting between the two sides in MLS this season.

The Revs come into the game after a 2-1 midweek defeat away at the Columbus Crew and they’re currently second in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 18 games, but ten points behind conference leaders DC United.

New England have only recorded one victory in their last nine games (D4, L4), although they remain undefeated on home soil and need to return to winning ways as soon as possible in order to avoid slipping down the table.

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Only Philadelphia Union have conceded more goals than Jay Heaps’ side in MLS this season, so they need to stop allowing opponents so many chances to punish them. The Revs do boast the second most clinical attack though – only LA Galaxy (26 goals) have scored more than New England (24 goals).

Vancouver Whitecaps will play their third of four straight road games on Saturday night, but they have enjoyed two consecutive victories, beating both LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls away from home.

Carl Robinson will be confident that he can inspire his side to condemn New England to their first home defeat for 19 games in a similar way the Whitecaps ended LA Galaxy’s impressive home form a few weeks ago after they hadn’t lost on home soil for over a year.

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The Whitecaps are currently second in an extremely competitive Western Conference with 29 points from 17 games – they’re only separated from leaders Seattle via goal difference.

The last time these two met, it ended all square with a goalless draw back in March 2014. Vancouver Whitecaps have never beaten New England away from home (D1, L2) and will be looking to change that fact on Saturday night.

Team News

New England will be without Andy Dorman who is serving a one match ban for accumulation of too many yellow cards, while Darrius Barnes (knee) and Jermaine Jones (surgery) are out with injuries.

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Vancouver’s Gershon Koffie and Kendall Waston will both miss the game through suspension. Sam Adekugbe and Andre Lewis are both doubts for the game as they’re struggling with injuries.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 19 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Charlie Davies – The New England forward has been in impressive goalscoring form in 2015 and could be the man to fire the Revs to victory.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – This is likely to be a tightly contested affair with some real quality on show, but it will probably end all square.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution 

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Wednesday, June 24 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England Revolution 11/4

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host New England Revolution in their midweek clash as they look to win their first game in six regular season ties.

Despite the Crew’s winless run they are still sitting in a playoff spot but will need to turn things around if they are to avoid dropping out the top six.

They come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy, which isn’t a bad result as they equalised in the second half through Federico Higuain.

Gregg Barhalter‘s side need to tighten up at the back, having conceded ten goals in their last five regular season outings.

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Kei Kamara hasn’t netted in his last three regular season games and will be hoping to rediscover his golden touch in front of goal which has seen him bag 10 in 15 appearances.

New England Revolution have struggled lately, winning just once in their last eight regular season games. They are still sitting in second place but last weekend’s loss to DC United has made their chances of finishing at the top of the pile much harder, as they are now seven points adrift.

Jay Heaps will be hoping a win in this one could be the start of a revitalisation for his side, as they have Orlando City bearing down on them in third.

They come into the game off the back of that defeat to DC United, which was bitterly disappointing as they threw the game away after being a goal to the good at halftime and need to ensure the players stay focused for longer here.

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Charlie Davies has had a bright start to the season, netting seven in 16 appearances and he will be hoping to build on that in this game.

The Revs thumped Columbus in last season’s playoffs but the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium in the first meeting between the two this year.

Team News

Columbus Crew could be without up to three players as Matt Lampson, Will Trapp and Chris Klute are all doubtful. We can expect to see Federico Higuain in the thick of the action, as he has scored in his last two games.

New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes and Jermaine Jones, who both remain sidelined.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: D/D/L/L/D

New England Revolution’s last five: D/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: New England have conceded at least two goals in their last four regular season games and have lost their last three away from home.

Key Player: Federico Higuain – The playmaker has been in good form of late. He has netted four so far this season and registered one assist. Expect him to be involved.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-2 New England Revolution – Another tight affair expected, with neither side doing enough to take all three points. There should be more goals than the earlier meeting as neither side has been good defensively.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 31 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Monday, June 1)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 11/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome LA Galaxy to Gillette Stadium for a repeat of the 2014 MLS Cup final and the only fixture between these two sides in the 2015 MLS regular season.

The Revs come into this crucial encounter seeking revenge for the 2014 MLS Cup final defeat, but they’re on a run of four games without a win (D3, L1), although they’ve only lost once in their last 11.

Jay Heaps’ side are currently second in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from their opening 13 games and are also unbeaten in seven matches at home so far this season (W3, D4).

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LA Galaxy have put an end to a five-game winless streak by winning two on the bounce, beating both Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake 1-0 at StubHub Center.

Bruce Arena will be concerned with the Galaxy’s away form as they haven’t won any of their seven games on the road this season (D3, L4) – in-fact, LA haven’t won any of their last 13 away games in MLS.

The Galaxy are currently fourth in the Western Conference with 20 points from their first 14 games and a win here could potentially take them level with conference leaders Seattle.

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The last time these two met was of course the MLS Cup final in December 2014 that saw LA Galaxy win 2-1 after extra-time. The game was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes before a Robbie Keane strike made the difference.

The most recent regular season meeting was a comprehensive 5-1 victory for LA Galaxy in July 2014 and the last fixture at Gillette Stadium saw the Revs thrash Galaxy 5-0 in June 2013, so this couldn’t be harder to predict.

Team News

New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes (knee) through injury, while key players Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney will miss the game through suspension after they were both sent off against DC United last week.

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LA Galaxy defenders Todd Dunivant (knee), Robbie Rogers (achilles) and A.J. DeLaGarza (foot) could all miss out through injury, while goalkeeper Brian Perk is a long-term absentee with a broken ankle.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/D/D/L/D

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – The Galaxy have automatically looked more convincing since their skipper returned to action and he could play a crucial role in helping LA to secure a positive result.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 LA Galaxy – The Revs have drawn their last two home games 1-1, making it a likely scoreline against a Galaxy side that have won two on the bounce and have recovered well from the 4-0 loss in Orlando two weeks ago.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. DC United

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 23 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 24)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution and DC United clash at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for a vital MLS encounter between the top two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs are playing their second match of a double gameweek after they suffered a 4-2 defeat away at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday – their first loss for nine games (W5, D4).

Jay Heaps‘ side are unbeaten at home in 2015, winning three and drawing three. They’ve also only conceded three goals on home soil.

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Despite being second in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from their opening 12 games, the Revs are without a victory in their last three and will be desperate to return to winning ways.

DC United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Philadelphia Union last weekend after conceding an injury time goal which put an end to the eight-game unbeaten run that had driven them to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Ben Olsen will be disappointed with his side’s lacklustre performance against the Union and will be urging the players to replicate the form they’ve shown prior to that loss.

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A win for DC would extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to at least four points – if New York Red Bulls fail to beat Philadelphia, they’ll be five points clear, laying down a real marker after one third of the season.

Out of the three meetings between these two sides in 2014, New England came out on top twice and DC once. The most recent clash ended in a 2-1 home win for the Revs.

Team News

New England will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes, while Daigo Kobayashi is a doubt having missed the last two games. If Bobby Shuttleworth returns to the starting line-up, he’ll be be hoping to fare better than Brad Knighton did on Wednesday as he conceded four. Andy Dorman is suspended after accumulating too many yellow cards.

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DC United’s Collin Martin and Steve Birnbaum are both out, while Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva are doubts for the game.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

DC United’s last five: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: DC United have won just once out of their last nine visits to New England (D2, L6).

Key Player: Juan Agudelo – He picked up another goal against SKC with some great, composed play before calmly slotting the ball past the ‘keeper. Agudelo is New England’s joint top goalscorer this season and could be the difference on the night.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 DC United – The home advantage for the Revs should see them just edge it against their Eastern Conference rivals by the same scoreline as their previous three wins over DC.

New England goalkeeper says penalty decision ‘changed the game’

New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton played his first MLS game of the season against Sporting Kansas City last night in the absence of first-choice shot-stopper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Knighton couldn’t help his side avoid defeat as the Revs lost 4-2, which put an end to their nine-game unbeaten run in which they’d won five and drawn four. The 30-year-old ‘keeper feels New England paid the price for missed chances and points to the penalty decision as the turning point.

“We started the game the way we wanted to and got the early goal, there was a rough patch for ten or 15 minutes and they capitalised on their chances,” Knighton told the New England Revolution official YouTube channel.

“I think the penalty kind of changed the game. We’re in it still at 2-1 and we had chances at the other end that we just didn’t capitalise on. The penalty call changed the game and makes it 3-1.”

PICTURE: Knighton in action. (Photo via http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/)

PICTURE: Knighton in action. (Photo via http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/)

Despite the result, Knighton wasn’t critical of his teammates and has immediately turned his attentions to the next game.

“I thought the guys had a lot of effort tonight and we worked hard to get it back but obviously we came up a bit short.”

“Every game’s massive in the Eastern Conference and playing against DC, your rival, we’re going to have our full force of fans at Gillette Stadium and we’re looking to get three points and stay top of the table.”

Can New England Revolution bounce back when they face DC United on Saturday evening?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Sporting Park – Wednesday, May 20th – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Thursday, May 21st)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 12/5

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome New England Revolution to Sporting Park on Wednesday night for the only MLS regular season meeting between the two sides this season.

The hosts have endured an inconsistent start to the 2015 campaign with a record of three wins, five draws and two defeats from their opening ten games.

SKC’s most recent game saw them earn an impressive draw away at DC United on May 9. They were set to play Colorado Rapids on Sunday, but that game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

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Peter Vermes‘ side have recorded just one win in their last five, which came in their most recent home fixture against Chicago Fire as a goal from Paulo Nagamura secured a 1-0 victory.

New England Revolution lost their opening two games of the season but have since been on an impressive nine-game unbeaten run (W5, D4), although they are without a win in their last two after a 2-2 draw with Orlando and a 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Jay Heaps will be delighted with the turnaround from his side and will be desperate to return to winning ways against a side that they recorded three victories against in the 2014 MLS season.

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The most recent meeting between the two sides was an entertaining 3-2 win for the Revs on the same ground back in September.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara, Marcel De Jong and Graham Zusi are all unavailable through injury, while there’s also doubts over Chance Myers and Paulo Nagamura.

New England Revolution will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes and Daigo Kobayashi is out with a hamstring strain.

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Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City haven’t suffered a home defeat so far in 2015 (W2, D3).

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – SKC’s midfield maestro has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with five assists and two goals to his name from the opening ten games.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 New England Revolution – SKC are unbeaten at home and will be desperate to preserve that record, while the Revs will prove to be very tough opposition and they’re currently playing well. A draw seems the most likely result.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 21 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT )

Match Odds: New England Revolution 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Montreal Impact at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in their first MLS home game of the 2015 campaign.

The Revs have had a poor start to the season with two defeats from two games, and they find themselves rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Montreal Impact have only played one MLS game so far and that ended in a 1-0 defeat away at DC United on March 7, however they are in with a great chance of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final after a 2-0 semifinal first-leg win over Alajuelense on Wednesday thanks to goals from Ignacio Piatti and Victor Cabrera.

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The strong form the Impact have shown in that competition will fill them with confidence and they will be hoping to pounce on New England’s slow start on Saturday night.

Frank Klopas has only had two days to recover and prepare his Montreal side following their midweek victory, and a trip to New England could take its toll, so he will be hoping fatigue doesn’t affect their performance on the day.

New England have failed to score in their opening two games for the second consecutive season and they’re experiencing a case of déjà vu as their stats read as played two, lost two, scored none, conceded five – the exact same situation they were in one year ago.

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Although it’s obviously a major disappointment for head coach Jay Heaps, he knows how much quality the Revs have in their squad and will point to last season as an example of what can be achieved despite being slow out of the blocks.

The absence of Jermaine Jones has been a clear problem, but once he returns they will be fully confident of turning it around in the long term. In the short term, this game presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start the 2015 campaign.

The head-to-head record between these two Eastern Conference sides in MLS is very tight with New England coming out on top in three of the previous eight encounters compared to Montreal’s four victories, while the most recent clash ended in a 2-2 draw back in October 2014.

Team News

New England Revolution’s defensive mainstay Jose Goncalves will miss the game through suspension following his red card against New York City last time out. The Revs are still without the injured Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury is also a doubt as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Defenders Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Donnie Smith (groin) are both unavailable.

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Montreal impact will be without midfielder Andres Romero and defender Adrian Lopez. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is unavailable due to a shoulder problem and Justin Mapp remains a long term absentee with an elbow injury.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L

Key Stat: New England Revolution failed to score in the opening three games of the 2014 season and history is on course to repeat itself unless they can pull themselves together here.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – He is the playmaker for the Revs and he really hasn’t got going yet. If he can start performing to the best of his ability then the results will come.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – Both sides will desperate for their first point of the new season and we could see a tightly contested affair.

Teal Bunbury: We can win the MLS Cup

Teal Bunbury believes New England Revolution can win trophies in 2015 after an “unbelievable” first year with the club.

“The welcoming I got throughout the whole year just progressed and it was an unbelievable season. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was exciting and I’m still excited to this day to be part of the Revs,” said Bunbury while talking to the New England Revolution YouTube channel.

Bunbury joined the Revs after a four-year spell at Sporting Kansas City and chipped in with six goals and eight assists from his 35 appearances in all competitions.

The 24-year-old forward come winger is in a confident mood heading into the new season.

“I hope it’s just like last year, I want it to be a progression. I want to be able to give all I can on the field. And this year, I feel we can win the MLS Cup and Open Cup as well.”

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New England Revolution fell just short of winning their first ever MLS Cup in 2014 when they lost 2-1 to LA Galaxy after an extra-time winner from Robbie Keane in what was a pulsating final.

The Revs have now been to five MLS Cup finals and have failed to get over the line on every occasion, but Bunbury feels this New England side has the spirit to finally win that elusive title in 2015.

“When you’re a player it’s all about winning games, it’s about winning championships and that’s really what you play for. You obviously want do well individually, but as a team I feel this group of guys has the best chemistry I’ve seen on any team, through my club days when I was younger up until now.”

Can Teal Bunbury and the New England Revolution win the MLS Cup in 2015?