FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After returning yesterday from a week-long training trip in Austin, Texas, the New England Revolution will take two days off before traveling to North Carolina on Wednesday, March 4, for the club’s second and final training trip of the 2009 preseason. The Revs will spend a total of 12 days in North Carolina, splitting their time between Greensboro (March 4-8) and Cary (March 8-15), and will play exhibition matches against Wake Forest University and the Carolina Railhawks to round out their preseason schedule.

The Revs will train at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday while in Greensboro, with both sessions set to be conducted at the Bryan Park Soccer Complex. New England will then play its second preseason match against 2007 NCAA champion Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Macpherson Stadium.

On Sunday, March 8, the Revolution will move camp to Cary, N.C., where the club will spend the remaining week of its trip. The Revs will train at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Cary, while additional afternoon sessions are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. All training sessions will be conducted on practice fields at WakeMed Soccer Park, while the Revolution will move to the main stadium for its final preseason match against the USL-1 Carolina Railhawks at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION SCHEDULE: March 2-15

Monday, March 2 – OFF

Tuesday, March 3 – OFF

Wednesday, March 4 – Travel to Greensboro, N.C.

Thursday, March 5 – Training at Bryan Park Soccer Complex (Greensboro, N.C.), 10 a.m.

Friday, March 6 – Training at Bryan Park Soccer Complex (Greensboro, N.C.), 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 7 – at Wake Forest University (Macpherson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.), 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 – Travel to Cary, N.C.

Monday, March 9 – Training at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.), 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 10 – Training at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.), 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.*

Wednesday, March 11 – Training at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.), 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.*

Thursday, March 12 – Training at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.), 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.*

Friday, March 13 – Training at WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, N.C.), 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 14 – at Carolina Railhawks (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.), 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 – Return to Boston, Mass.

* Please note that the afternoon sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Cary are tentative. Also note that the entire schedule is subject to change, and anyone planning to attend a training session should contact the Revolution Communications office to confirm.

REVOLUTION OPENS PRESEASON WITH 2-0 VICTORY OVER AUSTIN AZTEX FC
Midfielder Mike Videira scored the game-winning goal in the seventh minute and goalkeeper Matt Reis made three saves in a shutout effort, as the Revs earned a 2-0 victory over USL-1 club Austin Aztex FC in their first preseason match on Saturday, Feb. 28 … speedy wing play set up the opening goal, as Kenny Mansally – playing left midfield – sent left back Kevin Alston charging down the wing on an overlapping run … the rookie defender’s deflected cross found Videira, who finished into the lower right corner … New England doubled its advantage in the 57th minute when Mansally’s corner kick was redirected by an Aztex defender into his own goal … several Revs players were unavailable because of injury: defender Gabriel Badilla (back), midfielders Steve Ralston (quad strain) and Mauricio

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