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
Yellow Card Watch-Scott Caldwell and Gershon Koffie
After losing a season and league high five straight matches, the New England Revolution finally won a game. Last week at home and in front of a record crowd, the Revs managed a 1-0 win over New York City FC. The task at hand now for Heaps and company will be to build upon that win and get another against the Fire this Saturday, July 25th (8:30pm).
The Fire are currently 10th in the East (5W-11L-3T) and are coming off back to back losses against the Columbus Crew in league play. They will be entering Saturdays game on short rest after having a midweek (Wednesday) match in Open Cup play against Orlando. Head Coach and Director of Soccer, Frank Yallop will not be looking past New England despite the strong line up fielded against Orlando City and the importance of the Open Cup. The Fire eliminated Orlando with a 3-1 home victory. Patrick Nyarko opened the scoring with a 3′ goal and Kennedy Igboananike, who came off the bench, finished it with two late goals (87′ 90′) for the win. Chicago will be without the services of Quincy Amarikwa who was traded to San Jose for defender Ty Harden (6/26/15) and Jason Johnson is suspended. David Accam is the Fire’s leading scorer with five on the year.
In order to get points from the visit to Toyota Park in Bridgeview Illinois, New England will have to rely on Lee Nguyen to put in another solid performance. It was Nguyen who scored the game winner versus NYC after being set up nicely by Diego Fagundez (Replay). The Rev’s are currently in 5th place (7W-9L-6T) and have struggled to score but especially defend. The Rev’s have given up more goals this season then all but one other club. Jermaine Jones is back with the team from injury but is unlikely to contribute. Although, Jose Goncalves will be available after missing last week on a suspension. Coach Jay Heaps will also be counting on Chris Tierney to put in another solid effort. Tierney was named to the MLS All Star team and served as team captain in the victory last week against New York.
NE YC Watch: Nguyen and Woodberry
MLS game #82 will feature the New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls. The match is set for Sat. 5/2 at 7:30et in Foxboro Mass and can be viewed on CSN-NE. The defending Eastern Conference Champions (NE) are coming into the match sitting on top in 1st place, with a record of 4-2-2. The undefeated Red Bulls are currently in 3rd and are 3-0-4.
Both clubs are entering the match hot. Unlike New England, New York is coming off a mid-week game in which they hosted the Colorado Rapids. The match ended 1-1 with Bradley Wright-Phillips hitting a PK for the home side. The thirty year old, 2014 Budweiser Golden Boot winner will want revenge after New England ended the Red Bulls season last year. NY is currently the strongest road team in the conference with a +1 RGD. New England meanwhile are coming off arguably their best win of this young 2015 campaign. Last week the Rev’s destroyed Real Salt Lake 4-0 at Gillette Stadium and did so without contribution from Jose Goncalves. The team captain has been in and out of the lineup with various injuries and although he was available last week he is expected to start once again versus New York. The Red Bulls will want to keep an eye out for Charlie Davies, who scored three goals on them last year and who also scored versus Real Salt Lake last week. He was actually one of four players to find the back of the net for the Revs. All time NE is 18-5-7 against NY when playing in New England.