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Revolution travel to Chester, Pa. #PHIvNE #NERevs #DOOP

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The New England Revolution are taking the show on the road this week as they will be travelling to Chester, PA. for a date with the Philadelphia Union.  This Saturday August, 29th at 7pm the clubs will be kicking off for the second time this season at PPL Park.  The Rev’s won round one 1-2 back in April with goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury.  The win was the 5th match of a nine game unbeaten streak that New England had early in the year after dropping the 1st two matches of the season.  The Rev’s came from behind to get the three road points in front of a national TV audience (ESPN2) as well as the 18,000+ on hand. (Highlights)  It was also the last time the Rev’s won a road game, they’ve had six road losses since then.

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Revolution travel to Chester, Pa. #PHIvNE #NERevs #DOOP

The New England Revolution are taking the show on the road this week as they will be travelling to Chester, PA. for a date with the Philadelphia Union.  This Saturday August, 29th at 7pm the clubs will be kicking off for the second time this season at PPL Park.  The Rev’s won round one 1-2 back in April with goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury.  The win was the 5th match of a nine game unbeaten streak that New England had early in the year after dropping the 1st two matches of the season.  The Rev’s came from behind to get the three road points in front of a national TV audience (ESPN2) as well as the 18,000+ on hand. (Highlights)  It was also the last time the Rev’s won a road game, they’ve had six road losses since then.

 

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Both teams are entering the match on pretty good form, New England is undefeated in it’s last four games and the Union in three.  In the previous match week the Rev’s didn’t have a game but the Union took three points from a win in Montreal.  Sebastien Le Toux broke a scoreless draw in the 78′, putting Philly ahead  with his sixth goal of the year, trailing only C.J. Sapong who has seven for the Union.   Sebastien may be Philly’s hottest player at the moment but some might say it’s actually  Cristian Maidana, who leads the league with 14 assists (Profile).  Philadelphia are  currently only one point out of a playoff position but do sit at 9th in the Eastern Conference.  They are a +2 at home in goal differential but -10 overall.  A trip into the playoffs would go a long way in securing head coach, Jim Curtin a job next season.  The Union have failed to make the playoffs for three straight years now and have only qualified once since joining the league in 2010.  Curtin took over as head coach in 2014 on an interim basis.

 

Meanwhile, New England were last in action back on August 15th, when they defeated Houston 2-0 (Boxscore) behind goals from both Jose Goncalves and Juan Agudelo.  The Revolution are 5th in the East with a record of 9 wins, 9 losses, and 7 ties.  A few things to keep on eye from the Rev’s side of things is who coach Heaps starts on the wings.  Teal had a great game last time the team was at PPL Park but hasn’t featured as a starter in the last two matches.  Teal also had come off the bench in that game as well.  Juan Agudelo scored off the bench against Houston but hasn’t started in the last four games.  We may see Heaps drop Diego Fagundez who hasn’t produced in three straight starts for  Juan Agudelo.  On the minds of many fans will be Jermaine Jones and how much time he sees on the field.  Jones has featured in the last two games but with very limited time.  Fans will want to see if Jones can go at least 70 minutes and get back to full fitness to drive the squad for the remainder of the season.  After this game, New England will have only eight games left to close out the 2015 regular season.

Man in the Middle: Chris Penso -26pk’s and 20 Reds in 72 games

On YC watch: NE Goncalves, Woodberry  PHL: Le Toux, Creavalle

Head to Head: Union have 7 wins to NE’s 4, and 3 ties

PHL Union Team Notes-Recently parted ways with Carlos Valdes and Rais Mbolhi; Acquired Tranquillo Barnetta.  Will play in Open Cup Final 9/30

NE Revs Parted ways with Jerry Bengston; signed Home Grown Zachary Herivaux

MLS Feature: Rivalry Week – Week 26-Match #261

Return Leg-9/26

 

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#NERevs vs Houston #NEvHOU, Playoff Picture and TFC rewind

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Seems like ages ago but back on the 1st of August the New England Revolution beat Toronto FC 3-1 at Gillette Stadium.  Charlie Davies opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Lee Nguyen scored as well just 9 minutes later from the spot.  Davies would go on to score again for his team leading 9th goal of the year.  Jonathan Osorio was able to pull one back for the visitors despite being down a man after Jozy Altidore was red carded in the 39th minute.  The home victory was the Revolutions last game since they had a bye week.  However, they are back in action this Saturday August 15th, once again at Gillette Stadium and will be facing the Houston Dynamo.  The game is scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff, arrive early and you may get a bobble-head if your lucky.

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#NERevs vs Houston #NEvHOU, Playoff Picture and TFC rewind

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Seems like ages ago but back on the 1st of August the New England Revolution beat Toronto FC 3-1 at Gillette Stadium.  Charlie Davies opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Lee Nguyen scored as well just 9 minutes later from the spot.  Davies would go on to score again for his team leading 9th goal of the year.  Jonathan Osorio was able to pull one back for the visitors despite being down a man after Jozy Altidore was red carded in the 39th minute.  The home victory was the Revolutions last game since they had a bye week.  However, they are back in action this Saturday August 15th, once again at Gillette Stadium and will be facing the Houston Dynamo.  The game is scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff, arrive early and you may get a bobble-head if your lucky.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

Currently New England are 5th in the Eastern Conference with ten games remaining in the regular season.  Major League Soccer has restructured the playoffs for this year and the top six teams qualify.  The top two seeds get a bye in the 1st round while the 6th and 5th place teams travel to the 3rd and 4th place teams respectively for a 1 game play-in match.  The winners then go on to host the top seeded clubs in a 2 game series with the higher seeds hosting the second match.  Houston are currently 7th in the West and sit just outside the playoff picture.

UPCOMING MATCH

“Keys to the Game” Video (HOU)

Both teams enter the match on three game undefeated streaks.  Most recently Houston beat San Jose 2-1 at BBVA ( Highlights) .  The Rev’s went 2-1 against the Dynamo in 2014 and are 3-2-5 all time against them at home.   The Dynamo made two recent additions in July starting with defender Rasheed Olabiyi (7/9) and Boston native, Sheanon Williams (7/23).   Will Bruin leads the club in scoring with nine goals so far.  Right being him is Jamaican international Giles Barnes with six.

Previous Matches

Oct 16, 2014 HOU 1 – 2 NE
Apr 12, 2014 NE 2 – 0 HOU
Mar 8, 2014 HOU 4 – 0 NE
Sep 28, 2013 NE 1 – 1 HOU
Jul 13, 2013 NE 1 – 2 HOU

 

On YC watch: NE Jose Goncalves, Lee Nguyen, London Woodberry -HOU Ricardo Clark, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Raul Rodriguez

Man in the middle: Jose Rivero -51 games and 25 Pk’s

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