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Knee injury shelves new Revolution midfielder Xavier Kouassi for six months

Kouassi, a defensive midfielder, was expected to provide an option for the Revolution while Jermaine Jones’s status is settled.

Liverpool's James Milner (left) and FC Sion's Xavier Kouassi battled for the ball in October.

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New Revolution midfielder Xavier Kouassi out six months

Jermaine Jones’s replacement suffered a major knee injury Sunday playing for FC Sion.

Foxboro, MA-12/3/2014--Head coach Jay Heaps (cq) overseas warm-up drills. The New England Revolution practice at Gillette Stadium, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. They are preparing for the MLS Cup Final at the LA Galaxy. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Revolution Reporter: John Powers

Revolution start preseason on positive note

After a 2-0 win over San Jose, coach Jay Heaps said he likes his roster depth and will look to build chemistry .

Sion midfielder Xavier Kouassi (right) may join the Revolution in July.

Revolution acquire midfielder Xavier Kouassi

The signing appears to be a contingency plan in case Jermaine Jones doesn’t return.

Revolution add defender Sambinha

The 23-year-old served as Sporting Lisbon’s B-Team captain, scoring two goals in 21 appearances.

Sepp Blatter (left) shook hands with  Michel Platini during the 65th FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.

FIFA ethics judges send written verdict to Blatter, Platini

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini deny wrongdoing but were judged last month to have broken ethics rules on conflicts of interest.

New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) yelled at referee Mark Geiger while receiving a red card during the second half.

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Revolution to open season in Houston

The Revolution will open the MLS regular season March 6 at Houston and then return home March 12 to face D.C. United.

Diego Fagundez’s deal is for three years plus an option, according to a source.

Revolution give new deal to homegrown star Diego Fagundez

The Leominster product, who turns 21 next month, has 28 goals in 118 games in MLS play.

The eight-year bans issued by FIFA’s ethics committee to FIFA President Sepp Blatter (left) and UEFA President Michel Platini will likely be appealed.

FIFA issues 8-year ban to Sepp Blatter, European soccer chief

Blatter, FIFA’s outgoing president, and one-time protégé Michel Platini were banned by the organization’s ethics committee.

The New England Revolution celebrate a goal by midfielder Scott Caldwell (6) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, April 25, 2015. Revolution won 4-0. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Revolution to play in Desert Diamond Cup in 2016

The competition will serve as the final preseason games before opening the MLS regular season in March.

Bob Ryan

Boston sports fans, count the blessings — and championships

A look at the current state of affairs of Boston’s sports teams.

New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) is restrained by teammate Kelyn Rowe (11) and D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen (23) after he was given a red card and ejected during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer game, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Washington. D.C. United won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

New England Revolution to open 2016 season in Houston against Dynamo

The Revolution, who were eliminated in the knockout round of the 2015 playoffs, begin play on Saturday, March 6.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Judgment day dawns for Blatter, Platini in FIFA ethics case

Judgment day for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini dawns Monday when FIFA’s ethics court is expected to ban the soccer body’s most powerful leaders.

United States forward Abby Wambach (20) takes to the field with goalie Solo Hope (1) and midfielder Heather O'Reilly (9) before an international friendly soccer match against China in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Wambach is retiring from international competition after the game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Abby Wambach celebrated at final game of extraordinary career

“It has been my pleasure and my honor to represent you all,” the American soccer star said Wednesday.

Oct 28, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) yells at referee Mark Geiger while receiving a red card during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. D.C. United won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution’s Jermaine Jones suspended six games

The midfielder was suspended for charging the referee in New England’s playoff loss to D.C. United.

College roundup: BC defeats Northeastern in men’s hockey

The Eagles got third-period strikes from Josh Couturier, Alex Tuch, and Matthew Gaudreau.

Portland midfielder Diego Valeri (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring the Timbers’ first goal against the Crew.

Timbers 2, Crew 1

Portland wins MLS Cup

Diego Valeri scored at the 27-second mark for the fastest goal in MLS Cup history and the Timbers beat the Columbus Crew for their first league title.

FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.

US indicts 16 more in probe of world soccer corruption

Five current and former members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges.

Columbus Crew players celebrate with the Eastern Conference championship trophy. The Crew will play the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final.

MLS playoffs: Crew, Timbers advance to championship game

Columbus beat the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference and Portland eliminated FC Dallas in the Western Conference final.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

FIFA announces five declared presidential candidates

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is among the candidates.

Sepp Blatter remains in hospital after stress-related ‘breakdown’

The 79-year-old suspended FIFA president expects to leave the hospital next Monday, a Zurich-based spokesman said.

Parents and fans lined the field with umbrellas as they watched youth soccer on a rainy day at Gordon Field in Silverdale, Wash., last month.

US Soccer moves to ban heading to stave off youth concussions

The governing body said it would ban heading in both practice and games for children ages 10 and younger.

Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (right) steals the ball from D.C. United midfielder/defender Markus Halsti (4) during the first half of their MLS playoff game.

D.C. United 2, Revolution 1

Controversial finish as Revolution eliminated from MLS playoffs

Jermaine Jones was ejected after arguing a non-call, and New England lost to DC United.

The play of Jermaine Jones (left) will be a huge factor in whether the Revolution can advance.

REVOLUTION AT D.C. UNITED

Revolution not exactly peaking heading into playoffs

With only one victory in its last five games, New England finds itself in a must-win situation in the first round.

The US women’s team was feeling golden after winning a third straight world championship.

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US women roll to gymnastics world title

Americans dominated the field to win their third straight world championship.

Oct 27, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama (M) holds an honorary team jersey while talking with Team USA forward Abby Wambach (L) and midfielder Carli Lloyd (R) of the 2015 Women's World Cup champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team at a ceremony honoring their world championship in the East Room at The White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

US women’s soccer star Abby Wambach announces retirement

International soccer’s career leading scorer announced her decision after the US celebrated its World Cup victory at the White House.

Lee Nguyen got the Revolution on the scoreboard with a first-half goal.

REVOLUTION 3, NEW YORK CITY FC 1

On last day of season, Revolution get playoff berth

New England snapped a four-game winless streak and finished in fifth place in the East.

The Revolution’s Andrew Farrell (center) states it simply: “We win, we’re in.”

REVOLUTION AT NEW YORK CITY FC | 5 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution, still in search of playoff berth, face New York City FC

The Revolution have failed to punch their ticket to the MLS playoffs over the last four games, going 0-3-1.

Montreal forward Didier Drogba (right) moved past Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones.

IMPACT 1, REVOLUTION 0

Revolution fail again to clinch playoff spot

The Revolution’s playoff fate will go down to the final day of the season for the sixth time in the team’s 20-year history.

Costa Rica's Joel Campbell (right) scores on US goalkeeper  Tim Howard during the second half.

COSTA RICA 1, US 0

US flounders in soccer friendly vs. Costa Rica

Tim Howard was ineffective in his first appearance in goal for the Americans in 15 months.

Klinsmann Stays the Course Despite a Chorus of Doubters

PASADENA, Calif. — After years of living in Southern California, Jurgen Klinsmann seems to insert regional jargon naturally into his vocabulary.

Jozy Altidore of the US runs with the ball during an international friendly football match against Peru at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, on September 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

The United States men’s soccer team readies for another bout with Mexico

The rivals face off on Saturday at the Rose Bowl with a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup on the line.

The 90-day suspension FIFA’s ethics committee handed Sepp Blatter effectively ends his reign as president of the organization. But he does vow to appeal the decision.

Sepp Blatter suspended as FIFA president

Two of the most powerful men in soccer were handed 90-day suspensions by the FIFA ethics committee.

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Washington tops USC

Myles Gaskin ran for 134 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Washington shut down No. 17 Southern California’s high-powered offense.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Campus Angle Q&A: Holly Szafran, Newton North/Brandeis University soccer

Shifting to a new position as an attacking midfelder, senior captain has paced Judges to a 9-1-1 start.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud

The international soccer star and his father are accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of $4.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.

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FIFA’s Sepp Blatter could face suspension

The FIFA president’s future is being determined by the soccer governing body’s ethics committee at meetings in Zurich this week.

Brendan Rodgers’s inability to get Liverpool off to a fast start likely cost him his job.

Soccer notes: Liverpool sends manager Brendan Rodgers packing

Liverpool is in 10th place in the Premier League after winning just three of its first eight games.

United States defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, left, celebrates with forward Jerome Kiesewetter (17) and midfielder Emerson Hyndman (8) after scoring a goal during the first half of a CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying soccer match against Cuba, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Roundup: US romps over Cuba in Olympic qualifying match

The Americans will play their final group stage match against Panama on Tuesday night in Colorado.

Sep 26, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) high fives midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) after a goal during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

REVOLUTION AT FIRE, SATURDAY, 8:30 P.M.

Revolution again look to clinch playoff spot

They’ll face the Fire in Chicago Saturday, but may not even have to win to get in.

Revolution vs. Fire

A quick look at the Revolution’s matchup with the Chicago Fire Saturday night.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland in a July 20, 2015 file photo. The Coca-Cola Co called on Friday for FIFA's President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately following Swiss authorities saying they were opening a criminal investigation into the head of the world soccer body. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

Coca-Cola calls on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign

The soft drinks giant became the first FIFA sponsor to call on Blatter to immediately step down.

Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick in the 35th minute to give the Revolution a 1-0 lead.

Revolution 1, Union 1

Revolution settle for a draw with Union

Lee Nguyen scored in first half, but the Revolution couldn’t hold on — missing a chance to clinch a playoff berth.

The Union's Fernando Aristeguieta, right, watches the ball against the New England Revolution's Jermaine Jones in the first half of an MLS soccer game on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Chester, Pa. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT PHIX OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUT

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Revolution eye playoff berth in matchup vs. Union

New England will take on Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium, trying to sweep the Union this season.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced in June he would resign next year.

Swiss police investigating FIFA president Sepp Blatter

A criminal proceeding has begun against Sepp Blatter for possible criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of FIFA money.

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Revs players pay visit to Dana-Farber

The New England Revolution are having a decent season, especially at Gillette Stadium, where the team is 9-1-5.

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Harvard grad David Stearns named Brewers GM

Stearns had served as the Astros’ assistant general manager and was director of baseball operations for the Indians in 2011-12.

The Revolution's Jose Goncalves (right) battled with the Impact's Ignacio Piatti for the ball during the first half.

Impact 3, Revolution 0

Impact put a stop to Revolution’s winning streak

New England suffered its first loss in nine matches on Saturday in Montreal.

Crew midfielder Ethan Finlay (center), who scored the game’s first goal, fended off a pair of D.C. United defenders.

Soccer roundup: Crew clinch MLS playoff berth

MLS-leading goal scorer Kei Kamara netted the winner for Columbus.

FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 21: Diego Fagundez #14 of New England Revolution slides into Scott Caldwell #6 of New England Revolution during the second half at Gillette Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.The Revolution and the Impact tied 0-0. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

REVOLUTION AT IMPACT, SATURDAY, 8 P.M. (CSN)

Revolution look to stay on a roll in Montreal

The Revolution have won six straight and are unbeaten in eight, and they can clinch a playoff spot Saturday.