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.
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.
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.
|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