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BSJ Season Recap: Revolution’s 2019 season, once on life support, received a jolt in May

With the 2019 Revolution season now complete, here’s a look back at the highlights and lowlights in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis.

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Revolution make MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2015: Thanks to a 2-0 win over eventual Eastern Conference champion New York City FC on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Revolution clinched the seventh and final spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs, ending a postseason drought for the Route 1 outfit that had lasted three years. The Soccer Sons of Robert Kraft headed to Atlanta United FC and its House of Horrors on Saturday, Oct. 19, where they lost, 1-0, to the reigning MLS Cup holders thanks to Franco Escobar’s 70th-minute tally, ending the season. The Revs were 11-11-12 in the regular season, good enough for 45 points.

Friedel, Burns out, Arena in sparks Summer Surge: Following a 2-8-2 start to the 2019 campaign with wins over Minnesota United and New York Red Bulls, draws with FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City, and losses to Columbus, Toronto, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Chicago, the Krafts had seen enough. 18 months to the day he was hired to succeed Jay Heaps, Brad Friedel was fired on May 9, replaced — temporarily — by Mike Lapper for the balance of May. General manager Michael Burns was relieved of his duties the evening of May 13, and former US national team coach Bruce Arena stepped into the void left by the two of them on May 14, helping to stabilize the S.S. Revolution. At one point, the Revs were unbeaten in 11 straight in the league, including five wins in six outings between June 29 (a 2-1 win over Houston) and July 27 (a 4-1 win over Orlando City).

Gil, Bou signings give New England a lift: