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5 Reasons for Revolution fans to feel thankful

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s look on the bright side.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

On Thanksgiving weekend three years ago, the Revolution drew the Red Bulls in leg two of the Eastern Conference finals. The result earned the Revs a date with the LA Galaxy on the season’s final weekend.

This year, Revolution soccer has long passed. That means you can focus on your turkey, cranberry sauce and carrot casserole for the next four days. But that doesn’t mean you need to forget about the Revs altogether.

In spite of a down season, we’re grateful for:

1. Two top-10 SuperDraft picks.

The Revolution should get a boost during January’s SuperDraft, when the team selects 8th and 9th overall, thanks to a trade with the Union and a middling 2017 season. Those picks could be used in a trade, either for established talent or for a higher selection. Either way, the Revs will benefit from adding a potential starter early into its rebuilding process. That’s reason enough to stay on top of next year’s draft.

2. A club worth watching (at home).

The Revs waited until the final weekend of the season to earn a road win. But in front of a home crowd, the team came to play, compiling a 12-2-3 record—one of the best in MLS. This success has become the norm over the past three seasons; dating back to 2015, the club has earned a result in 43 of 51 matches played in Foxboro. Gillette Stadium isn’t an ideal soccer venue, but the Revs almost always make the trip worthwhile for its supporters.

3. No east coast clubs in the Eastern Conference finals.

There’s nothing worse than missing the playoffs and watching a local rival make a run to the MLS Cup final. Thankfully, Revolution fans only have to worry about the former. That’s a small consolation prize following a poor showing this season, but hey—it’s still reason to show gratitude. The situation would feel worse if the Red Bulls or New York City FC played Tuesday night. Thankfully, neither did.

4. A fresh start with a new staff.

Notorious for showing patience in all things, the Revs moved relatively quickly during its search for a new head coach. And that’s good news. Brad Friedel and assistant coaches Mike Lapper and Marcelo Neveleff will bring a new system, mentality, and personality to a club that has missed the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. Time will tell if that system will suit the Revs. For now, there’s reason to feel optimistic about a coach who’s committed to bringing his winning past to Foxboro.

5. A community of fans who know the game.

That’s all of you. There’s no shortage of teams to support in the greater Boston area, but you’ve committed to faithfully following—and sharing your knowledge of—the Revolution, even through tough times. That shows on gamedays in Foxboro, in our Morning Muster open threads, and across the web. Thanks for being a part of this community and team.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.