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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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

revolution 1, impact 0

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)

US 6, Jamaica 0

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.

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez moves the ball against Orlando City during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

REVOLUTION AT ATLANTA | SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M.

Revolution brace to face the league’s best in Atlanta

The Atlanta United has the most points in MLS this year and trounced New England, 7-0, last season.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Bologna at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. - Cristiano Ronaldo on October 3, 2018 categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the Portuguese superstar raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.

SPORTS LOG

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusation

The soccer great said on Twitter that he had a ‘‘clear conscience’’ as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

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)

frank dell’apa | soccer notes

It’s the same old problem for the Revolution, and they might miss the playoffs again

The same difficulties that cost the Revolution postseason berths the last two years have sprouted again.

Boston Globe columnist Nestor Ramos as  New England Revolution mascot on the field before they play the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.

NESTOR RAMOS

Sweaty, silent, and lacking peripheral vision: One day as a sports mascot

Here’s what it’s like to be Slyde the Fox, the mascot of the New England Revolution.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 29, 2018 Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Napoli at the Juventus stadium in Turin. - Cristiano Ronaldo is facing allegations of rape by a former model who accuses the Portuguese superstar of attacking her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009. Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A, rejected the charges as

Cristiano Ronaldo facing rape lawsuit

Nevada woman claimed soccer star raped her in Las Vegas hotel suite in 2009.

Gun raffle for high school soccer team bothers ex-students

Some former students of the Georgia school are bothered after learning through Facebook that 30 guns were being raffled in September.

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco moves the ball against the New England Revolution during the first half of a MLS soccer game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Sports Log

Toronto FC routs Revolution

Cristian Penilla scored the game’s first goal, but it was downhill from there for New England.

Aug 24, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton (18) defends the goal with defender Andrew Farrell (2) against San Jose Earthquakes forward Chad Barrett (19) during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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

Revolution take aim at a vulnerable Toronto team

Toronto has been hurting on defense this season, giving up 57 goals.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Luka Modric of Real Madrid (L) and Marta of Orland Pride pose for a photo during the The Best FIFA Football Awards Show at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

FIFA Awards

Luka Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duopoly

Modric achieved something unexpected and special to him: captaining Croatia to its first World Cup final.

Foxborough MA 9/21/18 New England Revolution Teal Bunbury chest traps the ball with pressure from Chicago Fire Bastian Schweinsteiger during first half action at Gillette Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Revolution 2, Fire 2

Cristian Penilla’s goal rescues tie for Revolution

But defensive errors hurt New England against the Fire

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic (23) in the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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

Revived Revolution face Fire team that has finally shown spark

Chicago recently ended a nine-game winless streak that paralleled New England’s summer skid.

Boston MA 02/11/18 Boston Celtics retirement ceremony for Paul Pierce jersey number #34 after they played the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

The Tradition announces its honorees for 2018

Jim Lonborg, Paul Pierce, and Don Cherry are among those to be feted at TD Garden Nov. 28.

Foxborough, Ma---August 11,, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Teal Bunbury of the New England Revolution playing in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium.

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

The Revolution can’t win on the road, and it could keep them out of the playoffs

Unless the Revolution can earn at least 4 points in their final three road games, they will have difficulty advancing to the playoffs.

New England Revolution's Brandon Bye, left, and Vancouver Whitecaps' Marcel de Jong battle for the ball during first-half MLS soccer game game in Vancouver, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Revolution 1, LAFC 1

A late header saved the day for the Revolution

After suffering a nine-game winless streak, the Revolution have put together a 1-0-2 burst.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Diego Chara #21 of the Portland Timbers and Lee Nguyen #24 of the Los Angeles Football Club battle for control of the ball at Banc of California Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

REVOLUTION AT LOS ANGELES FC | SATURDAY, 10:30 P.M. (NBCSB)

Revolution hope to carry momentum west with them

Having ended their winless streak at nine in New York, the Revolution face LAFC for the first time Saturday night.

Revolution sign Argentine midfielder Guillermo Hauche

The 25-year-old attacker formerly played for Argentina Superleague power Racing Club.