The suddenly hot New England Revolution are going for their 3rd straight win tonight (June 25th) in D.C. where they’ll be taking on United (7pm). This will be the 3rd meeting between the two sides. United has already taken four points from the Revolution so far and that includes a solid 3-0 win at RFK Field back on April 23rd. The Rev’s are currently two points ahead of United for 6th place and seven points out of 1st.
Having just come of their 1st road victory, a 1-2 win versus the Whitecaps, New England will be feeling confident that they can get yet another road win in DC. United are just 3-4-1 at home so far in 2016, one of just two clubs with a home losing record in MLS. Adding to D.C’s home woes is the fact they’ll be without two of their better players in Bobby Boswell, who’s suspended and Steve Birnbaum, who’s with the USMNT. Yet another reason United fans may not be too happy going into this match is the clubs horrible attacking record. United are tied for 2nd worst in scoring with just 14 goals scored at the moment. That all being said, can Kamara finally score for NE? Can the Rev’s finally manage a win vs DC and get revenge for the playoff ousting from 2015? We shall soon have our answer.
ALL-TIME (68 meetings): United 31 wins – Revolution 26 wins
It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to see any MLS action with the leagues Copa America break. The Revolution last played at home vs Seattle on May 28th. After giving up an early goal in the 7th minute (Kovar), the Revolution were able to come back with two unanswered goals and win 2-1 (Highlights ). Lee Nguyen opened up the scoring for the home side from the penalty spot after Friberg was called for handling when Zack Scott cleared the ball directly into his abdomen. Then in the 80th minute FHJ aka “The Femi” struck gold with a low driven shot to the far post.
Despite the two week break in Major League Soccer, New England shouldn’t be too rusty as they did just play an Open Cup match with the Carolina Railhawks this past Wednesday (USSOC-CRHvNER). The Rev’s were able to advance in that tournament with a 0-1 victory thanks in part to Zackary Herivaux, New England’s Japanese (Osaka) home grown player. The twenty year old was able to find the back of the net with a shot from just outside the 18 yard box in extra time (103′). Next up for the Rev’s in the OC is a date with the NY Cosmos who will be coming off their win and subsequent elimination of city rival, NYCFC.
While the Open Cup will surely be on the mind(s) of Jay Heaps and the Revolution, more pressing is the league match they have tonight in Vancouver Canada versus the White Caps. The match kicks off at 7:00 ET from BC Place and is the only meeting between the two sides this season. Vancouver are coming off a draw vs Houston back on 5/28 (league match) and will be playing in Toronto on 6/21 in the Canadian Championship Tournament. The White Caps are undefeated at home in their last seven matches with four wins and three ties. Unlike New England, Vancouver may be a tad rusty going into this match. The White Caps last competitive match came ten days ago, a 3-0 home win versus the Ottawa Fury of the NASL. Both Octavio Rivero and Pedro Morales had at least a goal and an assist each. Unfortunately, for the home side, both players are under suspension for the match with New England along with defender Kendall Waston.
Standings; NE-8th (East Conf.) 16pts, VAN-4th (West Conf.) 21pts
All Time Series; 6 total games, 2 wins for each side and 2 draws. NE is win less in VAN.