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Revolution re-sign Farrell, Bunbury and two others

The club took another step toward finalizing its 2018 roster on Friday.

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Four familiar faces will return to Foxboro next season.

On Friday, the Revolution re-signed a trio of veteran players: defender Andrew Farrell, forward Teal Bunbury and goalkeeper Brad Knighton. The club also agreed to terms with 22-year-old forward Brian Wright.

"We're pleased to have re-signed veteran presences such as Teal, Andrew, and Brad, they have been and will continue to be important parts of the club," Revolution GM Mike Burns said in a team release. "In addition, we look forward to bringing back Brian as he continues to grow in his development as a player."

By retaining Farrell, who has made at least 30 starts in each of his five MLS seasons, Burns and the Revolution have begun to solidify their back line heading into 2018. Now, first-year coach Brad Friedel must acquire a left back to succeed team legend Chris Tierney, who made just 20 starts last season—his fewest since 2009.

Bunbury will return for his 5th season in Foxboro. The Canadian-born forward went on a tear during the summer of 2017, scoring all seven of his goals in an 11-match span. He’ll look to carry that momentum into 2018.

Knighton will head into his 11th MLS season, while Wright—a 2017 first-round SuperDraft pick—will embark on his second.

The Revolution roster will continue to take shape over the next five weeks, with stage two of the Re-entry Draft kicking off December 21 and round one of the SuperDraft kicking off January 19.

Article updated December 15 at 10:26 p.m. ET.