New England Revolution

The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inaugural season.

The club is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the New England Patriots along with his son, Jonathan Kraft. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's significant involvement in the American Revolution that took place from 1775–1783.

New England plays their home matches at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs are the only original MLS team to have every league game in their history televised.[1]

The Revolution won their first major trophy in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup. The following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have participated in five MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2014. They also placed second in the 2005 regular season. However, they have never won an MLS Cup or MLS Supporters' Shield.

New England Revolution
New England Revolution logo
Full nameNew England Revolution
Nickname(s)Revs
FoundedJune 15, 1994
StadiumGillette Stadium
Capacity65,878 / 20,000
OwnerThe Kraft Group
PresidentBrian Bilello
Head coachBruce Arena
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2018Eastern Conference: 8th
Overall: 16th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website

History

The early years (1996–2001)

The inaugural Revolution team featured several U.S. Men's National Team regulars returning from abroad to be part of the new league. Despite the presence of Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, and Joe-Max Moore, however, the team was one of only two that failed to make the playoffs of the then 10 team league. The following season, the squad made the playoffs, but failed to advance past the first round. For the next five years, this playoff result would be the Revs' best (which they matched in the 2000 season), as a revolving door of players and head coaches failed to make much of an impact on the fledgling league.

Revs progress photo
Chart showing the progress of the New England Revolution in MLS
New England Revolution Logo (1996-2014)
The Revolution's primary logo from 1996 until 2014.

Attendance in these early years was high despite the team's poor on-field performances. More than 15,000 people per match regularly came to watch the Revolution play in the old Foxboro Stadium. The Revs did manage to make the final of the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, but they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a golden goal by Danny Califf. It was a harbinger of finals to come for the Revolution.

The Steve Nicol era (2002–2011)

Liverpool great Steve Nicol was appointed as head coach on a full-time basis during the 2002 season. He had previously held the position of interim head coach during the 1999 and 2002 seasons. After taking over, Nicol guided the Revolution to a playoff berth for a league-record eight straight seasons, failing for the first time in 2010. The first six of those berths (from 2002–2007) resulted in an appearance in the conference final or better, including three consecutive MLS Cup finals from 2005–2007. From the 2008 season until 2013, the Revs failed to go further than the first round of the playoffs. Still, Nicol was respected as one of the best coaches in the league.[2][3]

Playoff success (2002–2007)

Steve Ralston Revolution vs Sounders
Steve Ralston was an integral part of the Revs' success, leading them to four MLS Cup finals

In his first season in charge, Nicol guided the Revs to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The team advanced through the playoffs to the MLS Cup final, where they lost to the Galaxy again, this time 1–0 on a golden goal by Carlos Ruiz.

Consecutive MLS Cup finals

After losing in the conference finals in 2003 and 2004, the Revs repeated their 2002 feat finishing tops in the east and losing the cup final to LA 1–0 in extra time again in 2005. New England had a real chance to win their first MLS championship, in MLS Cup 2006, against the Houston Dynamo. After Taylor Twellman scored in the 113th minute, the Revs allowed an equalizing header from the Dynamo's Brian Ching less than a minute later that sent the game to penalty kicks, where the Revs lost 4–3.

In the 2007 season, the Revs made it to two cup finals. The 2007 MLS Cup was a rematch from the previous year, though the result was the same as Houston defeated New England 2–1.[4] The Revolution hold the record for most losses in MLS Cup games. Though they lost the 2007 MLS Cup, they defeated FC Dallas to win their first-ever trophy: the 2007 U.S. Open Cup.

Their 2002 MLS Cup appearance granted them a spot in the 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, but they lost their first match-up 5:3 on aggregate after playing two games on the road to LD Alajuelense. The Revolution again faced LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the home and away 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The "home" game was played February 22, 2006, in Bermuda despite some fans feeling that playing at Gillette Stadium in the adverse conditions of winter in New England could have been advantageous. The Revs failed to advance, as they drew 0–0 in Bermuda and lost 0–1 in Costa Rica.

Rebuilding (2008–2011)

New England Revolution at Pizza Hut Park
New England Revolution (2007).

The 2007 U.S. Open Cup victory qualified the club for the preliminary round of the newly expanded CONCACAF Champions League. Additionally, their top-four finish qualified them for SuperLiga 2008. Therefore, the Revolution competed in four different competitions (MLS, Open Cup, Champions League, and SuperLiga) during the 2008 season. The Revolution had an excellent run at the beginning of the 2008 season. By mid-July, they were leading the overall MLS table and had finished as the number one overall seed in SuperLiga. The team won the tournament, defeating the Houston Dynamo on penalties to earn a small amount of revenge on for their successive MLS Cup defeats. That trophy, however, was the high point for the 2008 Revs. Fixture congestion led to a rash of injuries and general fatigue, and the team crashed out the Champions League with an embarrassing 4–0 home defeat to regional minnows Joe Public FC of Trinidad and Tobago (the tie ended 6–1 Joe Public on aggregate). The team also struggled in domestic play, limping to a third-place finish in the East and losing to the Chicago Fire in the first round of the playoffs. The Revs managed a semifinal appearance in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup, but lost to D.C. United.

In 2009, the Revs continued the mediocrity that had plagued the second half of their 2008 season, losing to Chicago again in the first round of the playoffs. The team also lost to Chicago in the semifinals of the 2009 SuperLiga. 2010 started even more dismally than 2009, with the team failing to put together an unbeaten streak longer than three games until July. Despite the abysmal progress, this unbeaten streak coincided with the Revs' third consecutive SuperLiga appearance, and for the second time in three years, the team made the competition's final, but lost 2–1 to Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.

The team failed to make the playoffs in either 2010 or 2011, and at the end of the 2011 season, announced they had parted ways with manager Steve Nicol, who had managed the team for 10 years.

2012–present

The team hired former player Jay Heaps as head coach. The 2012 season was another disappointment. In 2013, the team finished 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, making the playoffs for the first time since 2009 with the help of a budding Homegrown Player, Diego Fagundez.

In the April 2014 issue of Boston Magazine, journalist Kevin Alexander named the Kraft family as "the Worst Owners in the League" in an article that contrasted the family's sparkling reputation as NFL owners with their alleged lack of interest in MLS and the Revolution.[5] The 2014 season brought success. The Revolution signed U.S. national team member Jermaine Jones in late August on a designated player contract. They then went on a 10–1–1 streak led by Jones and MVP candidate Lee Nguyen to finish in 2nd place in the regular season in the Eastern Conference. The Revolution breezed through the playoffs without losing a game, making it to their first MLS Cup Final since 2007. New England lost to the LA Galaxy for the 3rd time in the MLS Cup extending their winless streak in their overall MLS Cup appearances.

On September 9, 2017, the Revolution fired coach Jay Heaps.[6] Then came a coaching search that included former players Pat Noonan and Steve Ralston[7] which ended on November 9, when Brad Friedel was hired.[8]

On May 9, 2019, Friedel was fired by the Revolution after a 12-21-13 career record and a 2-8-2 record to open the 2019 season.[9] He was replaced by former DC United, LA Galaxy and USMNT coach Bruce Arena.[10] Under Arena, the Revolution are currently six games undefeated.[11]

Colors and badge

The club badge is stylized and based on the flag of the United States with some of the stars made into a soccer ball (similar to Adidas' ball for the UEFA Champions League). The overall design mirrors the 1994 FIFA World Cup logo. The Revolution is the last founding team of the MLS to keep its original crest.

Traditionally, the Revolution have worn all-navy at home, with the exception of red shorts during the club's first year in 1996. Since 2014, the club has worn white shorts at home. The Revolution wore white secondary uniforms for their entire existence up until 2015, when the club introduced a red away jersey with white and green accents in tribute to the flag of New England. Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare has been the Revolution's jersey sponsor; its logo is on the home and away jerseys.

Uniform evolution

  • Primary
2006–2007
2008–2009
2010–2011
2012–2013
2014–2015
2016–2017
2018–
  • Secondary
2006–2007
2008–2009
2010–2011
2012–2014
2015–2016
2017–2018
2019–

Stadium

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Gillette Stadium has been New England Revolution's home stadium since 2002

The Revolution has played its home games in Foxborough, Massachusetts since its inception – initially at the Foxboro Stadium and subsequently at its replacement, Gillette Stadium. It shares the stadium with the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Soccer-specific stadium

On June 14, 2006, MLS announced that the Revolution were hoping to build a new soccer-specific stadium. Bids have gone out to local towns around New England to see where the Revs could have a stadium built.[14]

On August 2, 2007, The Boston Herald reported that the city of Somerville and Revolution officials have held "preliminary discussions" about building a 50,000 to 55,000 seat stadium on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site off of Innerbelt Road near Interstate 93. The stadium could cost anywhere between $50 and $200 million based on other similar soccer-specific stadiums built by Major League Soccer teams.[15] After a two-year hiatus, the Revolution renewed their plans to build a stadium in Somerville since the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority finalized its Green Line maintenance facility plans.[16] In a July 2010 interview, Kraft said that over $1 million had been invested in finding a suitable site, preferably in the urban core.[17]

On November 18, 2014, The Boston Globe reported that the Kraft family had met with city and state officials over a stadium in South Boston on a public lot off Interstate 93.[18] The proposed site is adjacent to an industrial site that has been identified for the main Olympic stadium by the organizing group for Boston's now-failed bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, of which Robert Kraft was a member.[19]

Club culture

New England pine flag
Revolution fans often fly the New England pine flag at matches.[20] The flag has also been incorporated into the club's kit.

Supporters groups

The team's supporter's clubs are called the Midnight Riders, Rev Army, and The Rebellion.[21] The name 'Midnight Riders' is in honor of the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who announced the departure of British troops from Boston to Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution. The three groups together occupy the north stand of the stadium, which they have nicknamed "The Fort". The Fort is a general admission section and draws its name from the revolutionary theme which runs through the team supporters.[22]

Mascot

The official mascot for New England Revolution is Slyde the Fox.[23]

Rivalries

The club's main rival is widely considered to be New York Red Bulls,[24] due to the rivalry stemming from other Boston–New York rivalries in other professional sports such as the Knicks–Celtics rivalry in the NBA, the Jets–Patriots rivalry in the NFL and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry in Major League Baseball. Beginning in 2002, the Revs had a 20 match undefeated streak against the Red Bulls for games at Gillette Stadium. This streak helped to intensify the rivalry between the teams. The streak came to an end on June 8, 2014, as the Red Bulls won 2–0 at Gillette Stadium.[25]

Since 2015 a rivalry has also developed with newcomer club New York City FC, due to the latter club's association with the Yankees and with Yankee Stadium being the club's incumbent home ground.

The Revolution have also built rivalries with fellow Eastern Conference teams D.C. United and Chicago Fire.[26] These teams have faced each other on numerous occasions in the playoffs. In a 2009 poll on the club's official site, New England fans considered the Chicago Fire the Revs' most bitter rival as the clubs have clashed many times in the MLS playoffs and regular season.[27]

Broadcasting

All Revolution matches are televised locally in high definition on NBC Sports Boston; nationally televised matches air on ESPN, ESPN2, and Fox Sports 1. All matches are broadcast on radio by WBZ-FM, but this is a simulcast of the TV feed. Brad Feldman handles play-by-play on both TV and radio with Paul Mariner doing color commentary.[28] Matches had previously been aired on WSBK-TV in standard definition.

Players and staff

For details on former players, see All-time New England Revolution roster.

Current roster

As of May 25, 2019[29]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cody Cropper  United States
2 Defender Andrew Farrell  United States
3 Defender Jalil Anibaba  United States
5 Midfielder Isaac Angking (HG)  United States
6 Midfielder Scott Caldwell (HG)  United States
7 Forward Gustavo Bou (DP)  Argentina
8 Defender Edgar Castillo  United States
9 Forward Juan Fernando Caicedo (on loan from DIM)  Colombia
10 Forward Teal Bunbury  United States
11 Forward Tajon Buchanan (GA)  Canada
12 Forward Justin Rennicks (HG)  United States
14 Forward Diego Fagúndez (HG)  Uruguay
15 Defender Brandon Bye  United States
17 Forward Juan Agudelo  United States
18 Goalkeeper Brad Knighton  United States
19 Defender Antonio Delamea Mlinar  Slovenia
21 Midfielder Zachary Herivaux (HG)  Haiti
22 Midfielder Carles Gil (DP)  Spain
23 Midfielder Wilfried Zahibo  France
24 Defender DeJuan Jones  United States
27 Midfielder Luis Caicedo  Colombia
28 Defender Michael Mancienne  England
29 Midfielder Nicolas Firmino (HG)  Brazil
30 Goalkeeper Matt Turner  United States
70 Forward Cristian Penilla  Ecuador
77 Forward Brian Wright  Canada

Staff

Title Name
President Brian Bilello
Technical director Curt Onalfo
Head coach & sporting director Bruce Arena
Assistant coach Richie Williams
Assistant coach Dave van den Bergh
Goalkeepers coach Kevin Hitchcock
Head of fitness Gabriel Martínez Poch
Director of scouting and player personnel Remi Roy
International scout Sergio Neveleff
Director of soccer operations Jason Gove
Soccer operations coordinator Tyler Fletcher
Equipment manager Scott Emmens
Analyst Tim Crawford
Team video coordinator Todd Kingson
Head athletic trainer Evan Allen
Assistant athletic trainer Phil Madore

Last updated: March 30, 2019
Source: New England Revolution

Honors

New England Revolution honors
Type Competition Titles Years Won
Domestic MLS Cup 0
Supporters' Shield 0
U.S. Open Cup 1 2007
Continent North American SuperLiga 1s 2008
Worldwide FIFA Club World Cup 0

Record

Year-by-year

Season Regular Season MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Final Record
1996 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter Did not qualify 15–17
1997 4th, East Quarter-Finals Round of 16 15–17
1998 6th, East Did not qualify Did not enter 11–21
1999 5th, East Did not qualify Did not enter 12–20
2000 2nd, East Quarter-Finals Round of 32 13–13–6
2001 3rd, East Did not qualify Runner Up Not held 7–14–6
2002 1st, East Runner Up Did not enter Did not qualify 12–14–2
2003 2nd, East Conf. Final Quarter-Finals First Round 12–9–9
2004 4th, East Conf. Final Round of 16 Did not qualify 8–13–9
2005 1st, East Runner Up Round of 16 Did not qualify 17–7–8
2006 2nd, East Runner Up Quarter-Finals First Round 12–8–12
2007 2nd, East Runner Up Champions Did not qualify 14–8–8
2008 3rd, East Conf. Semi-Finals Semi-Finals Did not qualify 12–11–7
2009 3rd, East Conf. Semi-Finals Round of 16 Preliminary Round 11–10–9
2010 6th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify 9–16–5
2011 9th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify 5–16–13
2012 9th, East Did not qualify 3rd Round 9–17–8
2013 3rd, East Conf. Semi-Finals Quarter Finals 14–11–9
2014 2nd, East Runner Up Quarter Finals 17–13–4
2015 5th, East Knockout round 4th Round 14–12–8
2016 7th, East Did not qualify Runner Up 11–14–9
2017 7th, East Did not qualify Quarter Finals 13–15–6
2018 8th, East Did not qualify 4th Round 10–13–6
2019 TBD TBD Round of 16

Team records

As of March 25, 2017[30]

* Active

  • All-time regular season record: 250–281–132

Player(s) who won MLS Scoring Champion/Golden Boot

Player Season Points / Goals
Taylor Twellman 2002 52
Pat Noonan 2004 30
Taylor Twellman 2005 17

Average attendance

regular season/playoffs

  • 1996: 19,025
  • 1997: 21,423 / 16,233
  • 1998: 19,188
  • 1999: 16,735
  • 2000: 15,463 / 10,723
  • 2001: 15,645
  • 2002: 16,927 / 19,018
  • 2003: 14,641 / 14,823
  • 2004: 12,226 / 5,679
  • 2005: 12,525 / 13,849
  • 2006: 11,786 / 9,372
  • 2007: 16,787 / 10,217
  • 2008: 17,580 / 5,221
  • 2009: 13,732 / 7,416
  • 2010: 12,987
  • 2011: 13,222
  • 2012: 14,002
  • 2013: 14,861 / 15,164
  • 2014: 16,681 / 26,441
  • 2015: 19,626
  • 2016: 20,185
  • 2017: 19,367
  • 2018: 18,347
All-Time: 16,119 / 12,763 (through 2018 season)

Former leadership

Head coach history

Name Nat Tenure
Frank Stapleton Republic of Ireland Jan. 1, 1996 – Sep. 26, 1996
Thomas Rongen Netherlands Nov. 5, 1996 – Aug. 24, 1998
Walter Zenga (interim) Italy Aug. 24, 1998 – Oct. 28, 1998
Walter Zenga Italy Oct. 28, 1998 – Sep. 30, 1999
Steve Nicol (interim) Scotland Sep. 30, 1999 – Nov. 29, 1999
Fernando Clavijo United States Nov. 29, 1999 – May 23, 2002
Steve Nicol (interim) Scotland May 23, 2002 – Nov. 6, 2002
Steve Nicol Scotland Nov. 6, 2002 – Oct. 24, 2011
Jay Heaps United States Nov. 11, 2011 – Sep. 19, 2017
Tom Soehn (interim) United States Sep. 19, 2017 – Nov. 9, 2017
Brad Friedel United States Nov. 9, 2017 – May 9, 2019
Mike Lapper (interim) United States May 9, 2019 – May 14, 2019
Bruce Arena United States May 14, 2019 – pres.

General Managers

Name Tenure
Brian O'Donovan Oct. 17, 1995 – Sep. 26, 2000
Todd Smith Sep. 26, 2000 – 2002
Craig Tornberg Dec. 16, 2003 – 2008
Michael Burns Nov. 9, 2011 – May. 13, 2019

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External links

2015 New England Revolution season

The 2015 New England Revolution season was the club's twentieth season of existence, and their twentieth in Major League Soccer, the top tier of the American soccer pyramid. The club enters the season as the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Outside of MLS regular season play, the club participated in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup.

2016 New England Revolution season

The 2016 New England Revolution season was the club's 21st season of existence and their 21st season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.

2017 New England Revolution season

The 2017 New England Revolution season was the club's 22nd season of existence, and their 22nd season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.

2018 New England Revolution season

The 2018 New England Revolution season is the team's 23rd season of existence, and their 23rd season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight of American soccer.

Alexi Lalas

Panayotis Alexander "Alexi" Lalas (born June 1, 1970) is an American retired soccer player who played mostly as a defender. Lalas is best known for his participation with the United States men's national soccer team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he was a standout player on the team with his distinctive long beard and hair. After the World Cup, Lalas went on to become the first American in Italy's Serie A as a member of Calcio Padova.Lalas would later return to the United States in 1996 to take part in the newly formed Major League Soccer, as a member of New England Revolution. Lalas also played with Club Sport Emelec of Ecuador, and the MLS squads MetroStars and Kansas City Wizards, but his most successful period was with Los Angeles Galaxy, with whom he won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup before retiring in 2002. Lalas' playing style was characterized by physical ability and endurance.Following his playing career, Lalas served as general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. He currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports.

Clint Dempsey

Clinton Drew Dempsey (; born March 9, 1983) is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a forward. During his career, he played in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, and in Major League Soccer for New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders FC.

A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Dempsey spent his youth career with the Dallas Texans before joining Furman University's men's soccer team in 2001. In 2004, Dempsey was drafted by the New England Revolution, where he scored 25 goals in 71 appearances. Between 2007 and 2012, Dempsey played for Fulham in the Premier League, eventually becoming the club's leading Premier League goalscorer. Dempsey also became the first American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League during a 5–2 win against Newcastle United in 2012.On August 31, 2012, Tottenham signed Dempsey for a fee of $9.6 million, then a record signing for an American. Dempsey scored 12 goals in one season with Tottenham, giving him 72 goals across all competitions for Premier League clubs—the most by an American in a top-tier European league. He was signed by the Seattle Sounders the following year and played 115 matches for the club, scoring 47 goals, and leading the club to win the 2014 Supporters' Shield. During the 2016 season, Dempsey was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and missed the team's run to the MLS Cup. Dempsey returned the following season and announced his retirement from professional soccer on August 29, 2018.

Dempsey represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and made his first appearance with the senior team on November 17, 2004, against Jamaica. He earned more than 140 caps and scored 57 international goals, making him the nation's fourth-most capped player and tying him with Landon Donovan as the top all-time scorer with 57 goals. Dempsey has represented the United States at four CONCACAF Gold Cups (winning three), helped them to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and scored in each of the three FIFA World Cups he attended. Both ESPN and FOX Sports have ranked Dempsey as the greatest American footballer in history.

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Gustavo Bou

Gustavo Leonardo Bou (born 18 February 1990) is an Argentinian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club New England Revolution.

Jay Heaps

John Franklin Heaps (born August 2, 1976), better known as Jay Heaps, is an American former soccer player who currently serves as president and general manager of Birmingham Legion FC. He is a former head coach for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

After a successful college career at Duke University, Heaps spent his entire professional playing career in Major League Soccer, initially with Miami Fusion, and then with New England Revolution, for whom he made over 250 appearances in all competitions. Towards the end of his career Heaps also played with the United States men's national soccer team, earning four caps at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was coach of the New England Revolution from 2011 to 2017. He was also part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winning 2007 roster and was part of the 2008 North American SuperLiga winning roster. He was on the Miami Fusion team from 1999 to 2001. He then played for the New England Revolution from 2001 to 2009. He won Defender of the Year in 2009 for the New England Revolution.

Jeff Larentowicz

Jeffrey Adam "Jeff" Larentowicz (born August 5, 1983) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. He was a starting midfielder on the Rapids' 2010 MLS Cup Championship team, and a starting defender for Atlanta's 2018 Cup-winning side.

He is described as one of the most consistent midfielders in Major League Soccer, adept at passing and possession while well above average in tackling, tracking and defensive cover.

Juan Agudelo

Juan Sebastián Agudelo (born November 23, 1992) is a Colombian-American soccer player who plays as a striker for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

After moving from Colombia to New Jersey at an early age Agudelo began his career with the New York Red Bulls and made his Major League Soccer debut in October 2010. After scoring six goals in 2011 he was traded to Chivas USA in May 2012. Agudelo spent a year in California before he was traded to the New England Revolution in May 2013. He joined English side Stoke City in January 2014 but a failure to gain a UK work permit saw him loaned out to Dutch side FC Utrecht.

Internationally, Agudelo has represented the United States youth program at the Under-17, Under-20, and Under-23 levels. He made his debut for the senior national team against South Africa on November 17, 2010, scoring the only goal of the match.

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Michael Parkhurst

Michael Finlay Parkhurst (born January 24, 1984) is an American soccer defender for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. The 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 MLS Defender of the Year Award, he is capable of playing both center back and right back. Parkhurst has played for the United States men's national team, including being a member of three CONCACAF Gold Cup squads and participating in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Pat Noonan

Pat Noonan (born August 2, 1980 in Ballwin, Missouri) is a former American soccer player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Union.

Scott Caldwell

Scott Caldwell (born March 15, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Shalrie Joseph

Shalrie Jamal Joseph (born May 24, 1978) is a Grenadian former footballer who is currently the head coach of the Grenada national football team.

Steve Nicol

Stephen Nicol (born 11 December 1961) is a Scottish former professional footballer who mainly played as a defender. He played for the successful Liverpool teams of the 1980s. He was also a regular member of the Scotland national football team and represented his country at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

As a player, Nicol won five Football League First Division titles, three FA Cup winners medals, and the 1984 European Cup during 14 years with Liverpool. Nicol also played with several other English teams, including Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers, before emigrating to the United States in 1999. He was most recently coach of the New England Revolution and was the longest-tenured head coach in MLS to coach a single club. Nicol is now a commentator for ESPN FC.

Steve Ralston

Steve Ralston (born June 14, 1974) is an American retired soccer player and manager. He spent most of his playing career in Major League Soccer with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the New England Revolution, retiring in 2010 as the league's all-time career leader in assists (135), appearances (378), starts (372), and minutes played (33,143). He also held the U.S. record for professional appearances (412) in 2010. He served as assistant manager at several teams, including the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes, including a brief stint as the interim head coach at the Earthquakes in 2018.

Taylor Twellman

Taylor Twellman (born February 29, 1980) is a retired American international soccer player who played professionally from 1999 to 2009. He now works in the media as a soccer television commentator.

Twellman is best known for his play with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) from 2002 to 2009, during which time he scored more goals in MLS than any other player. He was the youngest player to score 100 goals in MLS in 2009 at the age of 29, and is New England's all-time leading goal scorer. Twellman was a five-time MLS all-star and in 2005 was the league MVP. Twellman also earned 30 caps for the United States national team, scoring 6 international goals.

Twellman has been active since his retirement in promoting awareness of concussions and working in the media. He currently works as a television analyst for ESPN.

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