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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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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.

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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

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.

Montreal Impact's Ignacio Piatti moves in on Toronto FC's goalkeeper Alexander Bono during second half MLS soccer action in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Revolution ready to wrap up the season Sunday

As a disappointing campaign ends, they will host Montreal, which is still vying for a playoff spot.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Nick Besler (13) leaps up to head the ball as the New England Revolution defense closes in during an MLS soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTEBOOK

Revolution need to change strategy as well as personnel

The recent loss to Real Salt Lake — called “awful” by the coach — exposed some fundamental flaws.

Juventus' Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) joins teammates during a walkabout inside Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England on October 22, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group H football match against Manchester United on October 23. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Ronaldo defends himself against rape accusation, saying ‘my lawyers, they are confident’

Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last month in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks painfully injured during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

SPORTS LOG

Lionel Messi breaks arm, out three weeks

He suffered the injury in Barcelona’s win against Sevilla, trying to cushion his landing from a fall.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Nick Besler (13) leaps up to head the ball as the New England Revolution defense closes in during an MLS soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Real Salt Lake routs Revolution

Real Salt Lake scored three early goals to keep New England winless in their last seven meetings in Utah.

FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 17: The United States celebrate after winning the CONCACAF Women's Championship final match against Canada at Toyota Stadium on October 17, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

US 2, Canada 0

US women win soccer’s CONCACAF championship

Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan each scored and the US women beat rival Canada in the final of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.

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

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Revolution planning ‘major changes,’ but the coach will stay the same

The team missed the playoffs for the third straight year, but Brad Friedel will return as coach.

United States' Josh Sargent (13) and Peru's Alexander Callens (5) vie for the ball during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in East Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

US 1, Peru 1

Josh Sargent scores, US gives up late goal in tie with Peru

Dave Sarachan has given debuts to 22 players in 10 matches since replacing Bruce Arena after the Americans’ loss at Trinidad and Tobago last year

Revolution break ground on practice facility in Foxborough

The $35 million complex will be adjacent to Gillette Stadium, and the team still has hopes for a soccer-specific playing venue.

FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 14: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal against Jamaica during the first half of the CONCACAF Women's Championship semi-finals on October 14, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a spot in the World Cup next summer in France.

Revolution 2, Orlando City 0

Revolution look ahead after shutting out Orlando City

Despite being eliminated from MLS playoff contention, the Revolution got goals from Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez in 2-0 win.

Orlando City's Amro Tarek, left, goes after the ball against New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez, right, during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Revolution playing for their postseason lives

A loss in any of the Revolution’s three remaining games means elimination from the MLS postseason race.

The Sporting Anderlecht training centre and offices in Neerpede, Anderlecht, Belgium.

Belgian police raid several soccer clubs in vast probe

Belgian authorities say 57 police raids are ongoing in Belgium and six other European nations in a vast probe into financial fraud and match-fixing in soccer.

Foxborough MA 03/10/18 New England Revolution first year head coach Brad Friedel on the bench against the Colorado Rapids during first half action of MLS Soccer opening day at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: Rapids-Revo pics reporter:

FRANK DELL’APA | SOCCER NOTES

Revolution teetering on the verge of playoff elimination

They could be mathematically out of the picture even before they play their next game Saturday.

CARY, NC - OCTOBER 07: Yomira Pinzon #5 of Panama looks on as the header by Carli Lloyd #10 of the USA finds the back of the net during the soccer game at WakeMed Soccer Park on October 7, 2018 in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Sports Log

Carli Lloyd does the trick for US women’s soccer vs. Panama

Lloyd’s hat trick paces US in 5-0 rout

Foxborough, Ma---August 11,, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Teal Bunbury of the New England Revolution warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium.

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

Wherever their new stadium is, grass will be greener for Revolution

The team has decided to go with an all-natural surface, which could provide some benefits.