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.