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An Eastern Clash #NEvNYC

One day before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, two cities locked in brotherly arms will take to the field of battle at Gillette Stadium in a “Salute to Heroes” game night (9/10 8pm et).  New York City will be making their 2nd trip up to Foxborough this season and looking for their 2nd win in New England in 2016.  This is the 3rd meeting between the clubs with New England managing a draw down in NYC back in March. Both clubs have allowed a league high 47 goals against and so if there is a loser in the game they’ll have the distinction of being the leagues worst defense in all likelihood.  All time head to head each club has two wins and there has been just the one draw in five game.

The Revolution snapped a six game run without a win last week when they downed the Rapids 2-0 with goals from Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney. They also snapped what was a four game run (374 minutes) without a goal. A run that was 2nd in the league this season and 2nd in club history! The Rev’s enter the match at 7-12-9 and in 8th place in the East but still just four points out of the playoffs with six games left to play.  New England needs to keep hope alive for a run and with both the attack and defense healthy they just might be able to do that.  Kei Kamara is back from international duty and scoring for Sierra Leone. Joining him, making recent returns are Femi Janzen, Juan Agudelo, Je-Voughn Watson, Donnie Smith, Darious Barnes, and Teal Bunbury.  With attacking options back in the fold and a new style of play implemented by coach Heaps, things are looking good. Coming of a win, a Brad Knighton save of the week, and playing home might be enough to get things turned around not only in league play but also heading into the Open Cup Championship Final in Texas on Tuesday.

New York City FC are in a much better position coming into this match.  NYC sit atop the East with 44 points (12-8-8) and are a front runner for the Supporter’s Shield.  They also happen to have the leagues most potent offense with 48 goals so far in 2016.  Eleven of which have come from Frank Lampard, including two last week in a 3-2 win vs DC (9/1).  David Villa has knocked in another seventeen goals himself and making matters worse for New England, New York happen to also have the best road record in MLS at 6-5-3.  Compared to Lee Nguyen’s five goals to lead the Rev’s these are very impressive numbers to say the least.

Ref:Guzman  75 games, 23 Reds, and 16 PK’s

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#NERevs look for 2 straight #NEvDAL

This Saturday May 21st, the New England Revolution will be taking on FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium as part of Rivalry Week in MLS.  Kick off is scheduled for 7:30et and Silviu Petrescu will be your man in the middle.

After a gutting six game win-less streak, the Rev’s finally managed what was just their 2nd win of 2016 by beating Chicago 2-0 (5/14).  Rookie Femi Hollinger-Janzen (Benin) and USMNT player Lee Nguyen both found the back of the net for the home side, while a make shift back line managed the shutout.  New England may have their regular defenders (Goncalves, Tierney) back in the XI come this Saturday but former FCD player(s), Je-Vaughn Watson and London Woodberry will be ready to play anywhere for Jay Heaps and the Rev’s.  Rev’s fans will be hoping newly signed star DP Kei Kamara, can score his 1st goal for his new club.  The Rev’s currently have three players on 2 goals, just 1 shy of the team leader, Diego Fagundez.

FC Dallas enter the match coming off a 2-0 home win versus the Seattle Sounders and are in 2nd place in the West with a record of 7-4-2 (23pts).  FCD has not done very well on the road but has managed to win the last four meeting versus New England.  Coach Oscar Pereja may be without Max Urruti and Jesse Gonzalez as both are listed as questionable.  FCD are also missing young star defender Matt Hedges, who is still at least a couple weeks away from a potential return.  Dallas did reinforce their defense and signed Agustin Jara this past Monday, May 16th.  They’ll be relying on Michael Barrios (5 goals) and Fabian Castillo to power the attack, an attack that is ranked 3rd in the league.

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