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Mr. Banks stood next to a statue of himself at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke, England.

Gordon Banks, 81, World Cup-winning England goalkeeper

Mr. Banks’s supreme feat of athleticism and agility for England in 1970 became known as the “save of the century.”

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Juan Caicedo believes he is well-prepared to transition to MLS

The new Revolution forward received plenty of advice from MLS veterans Leonel Alvarez and Octavio Zambrano.

Brad Friedel inducted into Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame

The Revolution coach played in more than 300 games for the English soccer team from 2000-08.

New England Revolution's Brad Friedel gestures to his players during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Revolution should benefit from preseason trip to Spain

They faced a variety of competition in four games and saw how clubs overseas develop players.

Friends, fans, and journalists stood at the entrance of the Flamengo soccer training center as they waited for information on the deadly fire inside.

Fire at Brazilian soccer team complex leaves 10 dead, 3 hurt

A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil’s biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said.

Revolution

Carles Gil helps spark Revolution to a preseason win with his first goal

Gil’s score proved to be the winner in a 3-1 decision over Dynamo Kiev in Spain.

Carles Gil sets up a goal in Revolution’s second preseason game

Gil played the first half of a 2-2 draw with a Czech team as the Revolution continued their junket in Spain.

Revolution open preseason with 0-0 draw against Chinese team

Five players made their debut with the Revolution but new acquisition Carles Gil did not play.

Foxborough, MA - 8/20/2016 - (2nd half) New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) holds off Columbus Crew defender Nicolai Naess (24) during the second half. The New England Revolution host the Columbus Crew in a MLS game at Gillette stadium in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa, Topic: 21Revolution-Crew, LOID: 8.2.4025704284.

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Juan Agudelo wants to leave Revolution on a high note

Agudelo has his eyes set on Europe, but he has unfinished business with New England first.

United States midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (8) scores a goal against Panama goalkeeper Eddie Roberts, left, during the first half of a men's international friendly soccer match Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sports log

Coach Gregg Berhalter wins debut for US soccer

The US beat Panama, 3-0, at Glendale, Ariz., which drew just 9,040, its smallest for a home game since 2016.

New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez, center, controls the ball while watched by Vancouver Whitecaps' Felipe Martins, left, and Ali Ghazal during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Uruguay team was after Diego Fagundez, but Revolution held on to him

Fagundez, who is from Uruguay, still has a year remaining on his New England contract.

Flowers were left on a statue outside Cardiff City Football Club in Cardiff, Wales.

Argentine soccer player aboard plane missing over English Channel

Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that disappeared as he was flying to Wales to join Premier League club Cardiff.

US forward Mallory Pugh, top, collides with France midfielder Elise Bussaglia during a women's international friendly soccer match between France and United States at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Sports Log

US women’s soccer team’s unbeaten streak ends at 28

It was the first of 10 matches the US team will play before it defends its title at the Women’s World Cup

Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

Police say an investigative journalist whose work exposing corruption in African soccer led to the downfall of a member of the high-powered FIFA Council was killed by gunment on a motorbike.

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New England region again well-represented in MLS SuperDraft

Siad Haji, who went to school in New Hampshire and played at Lawrence Academy, was taken No. 2 overall by San Jose.

Mr. Masinga, shown playing in the 1998 World Cup against France, was considered a giant of South African soccer.

Phil Masinga, famed former South Africa soccer striker, dies at 49

Mr. Masinga scored the goal in 1997 that took his country to the World Cup for the first time.

Revolution take forwards Tajon Buchanan, DeJuan Jones in MLS draft

New England bostered its speed with its two first-round selections.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Christian Pulisic of USA in action during the International Friendly match between England and United States at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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There were unusual aspects to Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea transfer

The price of $73 million seemed strikingly high, as Pulisic wasn’t in demand and there was no bidding war for him.

Montreal Impact's Michael Azira, left, and New England Revolution's Kelyn Rowe, right, vie for control of the ball during the first period of an MLS soccer game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Revolution’s 2019 schedule is released

The regular season begins March 2 against Dallas and wraps up Oct. 6 vs. Atlanta.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto, coach of Argentina's Boca Juniors, gestures during the Copa Libertadores final soccer match against Argentina's River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Some top Argentine talent has slipped away from Revolution

Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s recent hiring as LA coach is a reminder of how he got away in 2007.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 30: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after a pre-season NFL game at MetLife Stadium on August 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

TARA SULLIVAN

While Tom Brady keeps on chugging, Eli Manning could be headed for the NFL rubble pile

While Patriots fans worry about the slow decline of their star QB, Manning’s unraveling has been as precipitous as it has been shocking.

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.

Colorado Rapids defender Edgar Castillo, second from right, kicks the ball as he is surrounded by, from left to right, teammate Johan Blomberg, (8), D.C. United midfielders Junior Moreno, (5), and Zoltan Stieber during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Washington, Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Revolution ramp up the retooling of their roster

Problem areas were addressed with acquisition of center forward Juan Fernando Caicedo and left back Edgar Castillo.

8.3.1986114320_Sports_Revolution New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (11) takes a shot inside the 18 as Minnesota United midfielder Collen Warner (26) can only watch during the MLS soccer game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, March 25, 2017. The Revs defeated Minnesota United 5-2. (Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe)

Revolution trade away Kelyn Rowe after seven years

Rowe was named the Revolution’s Humanitarian of the Year four years straight (2014-17).

Sports log

Manchester United fires Jose Mourinho

The Premier League team said it will not hire a permanent replacement until the offseason.

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco (10) and New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

MLS moves to shorter season

The soccer league also is going to single-elimination playoffs.

Foxborough MA 9/21/18 New England Revolution Juan Agudelo has the ball slide tackled away by Chicago Fire Bastian Schweinsteiger during second half action at Gillette Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Juan Agudelo signs multi-year contract with Revolution

The 26-year-old has scored 32 goals and 14 assists in 128 games with New England.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 08: Coach Gerardo Martino of the Atlanta United celebrates their 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers during the 2018 MLS Cup between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Coach Tata Martino leaves Atlanta United on a high note

He was the right man to steer the new team to an MLS Cup title, and now will look to cash in with Mexico.

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan hoists the MLS Cup trophy as he celebrates defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 to win the MLS Cup.

SOCCER

Atlanta United defeat Portland Timbers for MLS Cup

It’s the first professional sports championship for the city since 1995.

The trophy of the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup is pictured during the final draw of the 2019 FIFA Women World cup football tournament in Boulogne Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, on December 8, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

United States again placed with Sweden for Women’s World Cup

The US is top-ranked and is grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight World Cup.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, United States' Alex Morgan takes a shot on goal against Chile during the first half of an international friendly soccer match, in Carson, Calif. Morgan, who had 18 goals in 19 games this year to lead the national team, has been named U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SPORTS LOG

Alex Morgan named top women’s soccer player in US

Morgan led the national team with 18 goals in 19 games, including a tournament-best seven in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this fall.

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, U.S. forward Alex Morgan, right, celebrates her hat trick with defender Tobin Heath (17) and other teammates during the second half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match against Japan, in Kansas City, Kan. Morgan, who had 18 goals in 19 games this year to lead the national team, has been named U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

France and Germany should be US women’s soccer team’s top competition

The draw for the Women’s World Cup is Saturday in Paris.

US soccer player of the year Alex Morgan and her teammates will find out Saturday which group they have drawn for the Women’s World Cup in June.

France and Germany should be US women’s soccer team’s top competion

The draw for the Women’s World Cup is Saturday in Paris.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Revolution will play English club Chelsea — but when?

The game will be at Gillette Stadium, and Chelsea will play its first-teamers, but finding a date is problematic.

PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 25: Giovanni Savarese, head coach of the Portland Timbers, cheers on his team during the first half of the match against the Sporting Kansas City at Providence Park on November 25, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTES

Giovanni Savarese, a Revolution coaching candidate, now has Portland in final

Savarese was on the team’s radar last year before it hired Brad Friedel as coach.

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter directs his team against the New York Red Bulls in a soccer game, in Harrison, N.J. Berhalter has been hired to coach the U.S. men’s national team, making him the first person to run the team after playing for the Americans at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

Soccer

Carl Yastrzemski’s godson hired as coach of US men’s national team

The former Columbus Crew coach is tasked with leading the Americans after failing to qualify for 2018 World Cup.

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron celebrates with the Eastern Conference trophy after the team won the MLS soccer Eastern Conference championship Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. The Red Bulls won Thursday's match 1-0, but Atlanta won 3-1 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

MLS Playoffs

Timbers, Atlanta United to play for MLS Cup

Portland squeaked out a victory over Sporting KC in the West and Atlanta United topped the New York Red Bulls in the East to advance to the league championship final.

Julie Foudy helped kick off a winning soccer tradition

The Tradition, the Sports Museum’s 17th annual gala, will be held Wednesday at TD Garden.

Dec 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New England Revolution player Chris Tierney (right) celebrates with teammate Patrick Mullins (left) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second half during the 2014 MLS Cup final at Stubhub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

With some regrets, Revolution veteran Chris Tierney retires

Scoring a goal in the MLS Cup in 2014 was a career highlight, but he and his teammates couldn’t finish the job.

United States players line up prior to the start of the international friendly soccer match between Italy and the United States, at the Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Frank Dell’Apa | soccer notebook

US has talent for developing coaches more than players

The US national team was outclassed in its last two games, losses to England (3-0) and Italy (1-0).

Bill Belichick is the apotheosis of the genius coach, while Alex Cora is the coach of the moment.

Christopher L. Gasper

Who is the best coach/manager in Boston pro sports?

There is no shortage of superior supervisors, but who is first right now among our fearless leaders?

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Atlanta United MLS soccer team head coach Gerado

Frank Dell’apa | Soccer notebook

There’s a lot to like about what Atlanta United is doing

Their business model and roster strategy have resulted in a potent team and record attendance.

Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain (10) chases the ball against D.C. United forward Paul Arriola (7) during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Federico Higuain is one that got away from the Revolution

Higuain is a star for Columbus in this year’s playoffs — and the Revolution could have had him in 2016.

New England Revolution's Brad Friedel gestures to his players during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Revolution promising significant changes in wake of another losing season

Despite getting off to a 7-4-6 start, coach Brad Friedel and his team failed to reach the MLS playoffs for the third straight season.

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco (10) and New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Revolution exercise options on Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo

Penilla was the team’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals.

Montreal Impact's Michael Azira, left, and New England Revolution's Kelyn Rowe, right, vie for control of the ball during the first period of an MLS soccer game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Revolution close season with a victory over Impact

Diego Fagundez became the youngest MLS player to reach 50 career goals.