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Orlando City's Mohamed El-Munir (13) tries to get position on New England Revolution's Andrew Farrell, left, during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UNION AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revolution have a huge game Saturday night

Winless in five straight, they face a Philadelphia team that can leapfrog them in the standings.

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Trea Turner prepares to bat during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park in Washington. Whatever progress baseball has made promoting inclusion, it took a backseat recently. Years-old racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets from Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader were found during the All-Star Game. Then Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner had their own offensive tweets unearthed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

How offensive tweets are spurring an evolution in sports

The first generation to grow up on social media is learning the hard way about the hazards of offensive youthful posts.

New England Revolution's Andrew Farrell heads the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against the Seattle Sounders in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

REVOLUTION AT ORLANDO CITY | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revolution look to end skid against struggling Orlando City

The Revolution have lost three straight but Saturday’s opponent is the worst defensive team in MLS.

Revolution acquire English defender Michael Mancienne

The Revolution have had problems on defense lately, allowing seven goals in three games.

Revolution acquire versatile Bolivian Cristhian Machado

The 10-year veteran midfielder and defender, 28, who played in Bolivia’s Primera Division, expected to boslter roster.

Croatia's Luka Modric and France's Kylian Mbappe, right, pose with their individual awards at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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World Cup stars head FIFA award candidates

France’s Kylian Mbappe and Croatia’s Luka Modric poised to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for best player.

RED BULLS 2, REVOLUTION 0

Revolution shut down by Red Bulls

Daniel Royer and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored goals for New York.

Minnesota United forward Christian Ramirez (21) tries to stay out of the way as New England Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba (3) and United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) move toward the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

Revolution at Red Bulls | Saturday | 7 p.m. | NBCSB

Revolution look to rebound Saturday vs. Red Bulls

It is the second of a three-game road trip for the Revolution.

BOYS’ SOCCER

A local youth soccer club makes good on national stage

The Global Premier Soccer Massachusetts Elite 16-and-Under boys team has captured a national championship.

After rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple

The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families Thursday by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes.

Members of the rescued soccer team show their skills before a press conference regarding their experience being trapped in the cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from misfortunes.

After rescue, Thai soccer boys pray for protection

The team has said they would ordain as Buddhist novices to honor the former Thai navy SEAL diver who died while making preparations for their rescue.

Minnesota United forward Carlos Darwin Quintero (25) watches his shot rolls past New England Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba before it landed in the net during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Minneapolis Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

New England Revolution fall to Minnesota United

Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero scored first-half goals to drop New England to 7-6-7 this season.

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Thai soccer team that was rescued from cave speaks about ordeal

The 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a press conference to applause from the media and classmates.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9762108hy) French supporters celebrate on the Champs Elysees their team's victory after the FIFA World Cup 2018 final match between France and Croatia in Paris, France, 15 July 2018. France won 4-2. France feature FIFA World Cup 2018, Paris - 15 Jul 2018

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: France players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

FRANCE 4, CROATIA 2

In a dramatic final, France tops Croatia to capture second World Cup title

Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann scored for France, which also benefitted from an own goal by Croatia.

Stewards pull a woman off the pitch after she stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

The four people could face penalties of up to 11,500 rubles ($185) or 160 hours of community service.

Croatia fans waved banners and cheered at Manezhnaya Square before the final match between France and Croatia at the World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday.

Croatia gripped by anticipation ahead of World Cup final against France

There’s excitement in the air in Croatia, where the national team has the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first time.

Galaxy 3, Revolution 2

Revolution loss to Galaxy just ‘sickening’

Chris Pontius scored twice, including the winner in extra time, to snap the Revolution’s seven-game unbeaten streak

Belgium's Eden Hazard runs in celebration after scoring his side's second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Belgium 2, England 0

Belgium claims third place at World Cup

Belgians earned best World Cup finish with 2-0 blanking of England in St. Petersburg, Russia.

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after his goal was disallowed during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Carson, Calif. The Red Bulls won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Galaxy at Revolution (Gillette Stadium, 7:30 p.m., NBCSB)

Galaxy of stars await Revolution

Los Angeles boasts attacking weapons Romain Alessandrini, Ola Kamara, Giovani dos Santos, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe looks on during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

France vs. Croatia | 11 a.m. (FOX)

What to know about the World Cup title match

The French will be playing in their third final in 20 years while the Croats have the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first time.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

France vs. Croatia: Tale of the tape ahead of the World Cup final

France is one of the youngest teams in the tournament; Croatia has Luka Modric, still in his prime at 32.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (C) shoots and scores his team's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

CROATIA 2, ENGLAND 1

Croatia reaches first World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored the clincher in the second half of extra time to secure a spot in Sunday’s final against France.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9754011p) Gareth Southgate England press conference, Moscow, Russian Federation - 10 Jul 2018 England's head coach Gareth Southgate attends a press conference in Moscow, Russia, 10 July 2018. England will face Croatia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 semi final soccer match on 11 July.

England vs. Croatia | 2 p.m. (FOX)

England ready to change the tune of its soccer history

After plenty of heartbreak, manager Gareth Southgate’s team is one victory away from the World Cup final.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 07/10/2018 Sarah Terriere, left, and Lea Sasbortes, both visiting Boston from France, react to the Belgium and France World Cup game. A crowd of a few dozen people gathered to watch France play Belgium on a Jumbotron at University Park Commons. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

What happened when a soccer skeptic sat through a World Cup match

Maybe my problem was a simple lack of understanding. Maybe watching players at the highest level would change my mind. Maybe I actually loved soccer, and just hadn’t realized it yet.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 10: Samuel Umtiti and Adil Rami of France celebrate victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

FRANCE 1, BELGIUM 0

France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium

Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal with a header in the 51st minute.

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 06: Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium celebrates following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Kevin De Bruyne’s versatility paying off for Belgium at World Cup

It’s not yet clear what role De Bruyne, a midfielder, will play in Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal against France.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia look dejected following Russia second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Weary, banged-up Croatia resting up for England in semifinals

After winning in penalty kicks the last two matches, the upstart Croats vow they’ll be ready for the Brits.

New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo, center, and Seattle Sounders's Victor Rodriguez (8) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Revolution 0, Sounders 0

Revolution, Sounders end in scoreless draw

Matt Turner had his fourth shutout of the season as New England extended its unbeaten streak to seven.

England's Harry Maguire reacts after scoring his side opening goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

England 2, Sweden 0

England shuts out Sweden to reach World Cup semifinals

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England reached the semifinals for the first time since 1990.

Croatia national soccer team players celebrate after winning the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

CROATIA 2, RUSSIA 2

Croatia beats Russia on penalty kicks at World Cup

Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw.

Belgium's midfielder Axel Witsel celebrates their win during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. Belgium beat World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final against France in Saint Petersburg. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

Belgium 2, Brazil 1

Belgium holds off Brazil’s comeback effort to reach World Cup semifinals

Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half strike lifted Belgium into a final four matchup with France.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Teal Bunbury of the the New England Revolution runs with the ball as Leonardo of the Los Angeles Galaxy tries to catch him during the 2014 MLS Cup match at the at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

SOUNDERS VS. REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.

The Revolution haven’t lost in six games, with Seattle up next

The Revolution are in the midst of their longest unbeaten streak since 2015.

Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera deflects the ball into his net leading to France's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

France 2, Uruguay 0

France beats Uruguay to reach World Cup semifinals

A header and a deflected goal put France in its first World Cup semfinal in 12 years.

People in Moscow watched a giant screen showing French supporters cheering after France scored during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France.

The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up

The quarterfinals kicked off Friday, with some compelling matchups as the tournament reaches its final stages.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Westborough’s Kylie Bradley, an all-conference soccer player at Maine Maritime, was nominated by the North Atlantic Conference for its Woman of the Year Award.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku gives a thumps up to the journalists during the official press conference at the eve of their quarterfinal match against Brazil at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kazan, Russia, Thursday, July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

WORLD CUP NOTEBOOK

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku welcomes challenge of playing Brazil

Friday’s quarterfinal brings together the two highest-ranked teams left in the tournament.

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS

Brazil stands in way of Belgium at World Cup

Belgium hasn’t reached the semifinals since 1986.

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS

It’ll be France’s speed vs. Uruguay’s defense at World Cup

Uruguay has given up only one goal in four World Cup matches, and France has scored seven.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9734601pl) Players of England celebrate winning the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and England in Moscow, Russia, 03 July 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) Round of 16 Colombia vs England, Moscow, Russian Federation - 03 Jul 2018

ENGLAND 1, COLOMBIA 1

England eliminates Colombia on penalty kicks

England prevailed, 4-3, in the shootout as Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s kick for the win.

Sweden teammates celebrate after winning the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Sweden 1, Switzerland 0

Emil Forsberg lifts Sweden into World Cup quarterfinals

Forsberg scored in the 66th minute on a deflected goal as the Swedes will next play England on Saturday in Samara.

Revolution 3, D.C. United 2

Revolution hold off D.C. United

Cristian Penilla scored two goals, including the decisive score on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.

Thai rescue workers inside the cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.

Here are the options to get soccer players out of the Thai cave. None of them are easy

Here’s a look at the options for extracting the 12 boys and the coach from the cave in northern Thailand and why it could take some time.

Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (L), Belgium's defender Thomas Meunier (C), and Belgium's midfielder Nacer Chadli celebrate their winning goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. Belgium scored a last-gasp winner to beat Japan on Monday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

BELGIUM 3, JAPAN 2

Belgium overcomes two-goal second-half deficit to defeat Japan

Belgium became first team since 1970 to come back from two-goal deficit in World Cup knockout match.

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho after scoring the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

BRAZIL 2, MEXICO 0

Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals

Neymar flaunted his flair with a goal, an assist, and some theatrics in a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach of the Revolution, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

Seven questions with Revolution coach Brad Friedel

New England’s first-year head coach discusses his team’s six-game unbeaten streak, his coaching experience, and the World Cup.