New England Revolution Notebook: It’s Officially Match Week In MLS

It is officially the first New England Revolution match-week of 2021 with the Revs taking on the Chicago Fire on Saturday in their MLS regular-season opener. The kick-off for the match is 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted with the team’s new television partner CBS Boston. For most viewers, the match can be found on WBZ-TV but for those of us in Rhode Island, the match will be carried on MyRITV. Radio stays the same with the game being broadcasted on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

#NERevs poll: How will the switch to CBS Boston affect your ability to watch the team? #MLS— Tanner Rebelo (@TannerRebelo) April 12, 2021

Ahead of the MLS regular season, the league has once again partnered with Twitter for team hashtags. New England’s will be #NERevs for English and #VamosNERevs for Spanish.

Leading into the regular-season opener at Soldier Field will be the first Revs II home match of 2021. Revs II will host the Richmond Kickers at Gillette Stadium with a kick-off slated for 5:00 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

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Sean O’Hearn Named USL League One Player Of The Week

With only one match on the league schedule in week one, it was a no-brainer that a Revs II player was tapped by USL League One for player of the week. On Monday the league announced that Revolution II defender Sean O’Hearn was the Player of the Week for week one of the season. O’Hearn, the 38th overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft by the Revs, started in New England’s 1-0 win over Fort Lauderdale.

O’Hearn was credited with winning 5 of 6 duels, 3 of 3 tackles, seven clearances, and an 86% pass success rate in his professional debut.

Arnór Traustason Arrives In Foxboro

Icelandic forward Arnor Traustason arrived in Foxboro after receiving the proper paperwork to come to the United States. Upon landing in New England on Monday he made his way over to Patriot Place to check in with the team and undergo the standard intake procedure.

Traustason has yet to train with the team but is in season form after partaking in Iceland’s European World Cup qualifier matches

Monday Start Of Season Press Conferences

With a full week of media availability in MLS ahead of the regular season the starter to kick things off was MLS Commissioner Donald Garber. Nothing big came out of Garber’s press conference outside of saying that Sacramento, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Diego are cities in the running for an expansion franchise after the first bid in Sacramento fell apart. Garber also noted that they are hopeful that the sale of Real Salt Lake will take place by the end of 2021.

Following Garber there was a few other notable press conferences and here were the takeaways:

MLS SVP Dimitrios EfstathiouLeague-wide HomeGrown Player total represented 21.6% of the total player pool in 2020, +0.5% from 2019 while representing 14.0% of total minutes played, +3.3% versus 2019. League is expected to announce the new U-22 DP initiative on TuesdayPRO Referee Howard Webb96% of goals in 2020 had no VAR interventionTotal of 41 reviews in 2020, just two missed callsThe average time for review was 2.04 in 2020, -8 seconds versus 2019

Revolution Week Schedule

New England is training at their practice facility behind Gillette Stadium this week in preparation for Saturday’s match. Below are the notable local media availabilities coming up.

Tuesday: Matt Polster & Brandon Bye

Thursday: Carles Gil, Matt Turner, & Bruce Arena
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