Revs swinging uphill with preseason trips to Spain, Florida

The Revolution have made their preseason 2019 plans official today, revealing a late January-early February trip to the Spanish coast of the Mediterranean, as well as four matches in Bradenton, Florida.

News of the trip was first reported by The Boston Globe on Tuesday. The club announced the plans on Wednesday afternoon.

Starting with the club opening preseason training on Monday, Jan. 21, the Revs will train in Foxborough for the week before traveling to Marbella, Spain, in the Andalusian region. The Boys In Blue will train for two weeks at the Marbella Football Center, and the club will play three exhibitions while there:

  • Thursday, Jan. 31: Shanghai Shenhua FC, 9 a.m. ET
  • Friday, Feb. 1: Östersunds FK, 9 a.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6: Dynamo Kyiv, 9 a.m. ET

Shanghai Shenhua plays in the Chinese Super League, while Östersunds plays in the Swedish Allsvenskan. Dynamo Kyiv plays in the Ukranian Premier League; in addition, Kyiv is in the UEFA Europa League knockout stages, and the match with the Revolution will take place eight days before Kyiv’s Round of 32 first leg match against Greek side Olympiacos.

After the trip to Spain, New England will then travel back to the United States. And after a brief stop in Foxborough, it will be off to Florida, where it is expected to play four matches between Thursday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 23 before returning to Boston.

In Florida, the Revolution are scheduled to take on United Soccer League side Louisville City FC — the team that knocked the Revs out of this year’s US Open Cup in June — at 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day as well as KR Reykjavik of Iceland at 3 p.m. on the 23rd.

Two other Sunshine State matches are expected, but the identities of the opposition are not yet known.

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