Here we go again. It was just two week ago when these two clubs faced each other in Ohio and now they’ll do it all over at Gillette Stadium. Kick off for the match is 2:30 ET this Sunday, May 21st. The match will be in honor of local military and first responders as the annual ‘Salute to Hero’s’ match. Please visit Vet’s Inc for way’s you can help the support effort.
The Black & Gold have an overall 34-22-12 record over the Revs and a 15-14-6 record in New England. The Crew who sit in 3rd, enter the match as one of the early heavy hitters in the East with a record of 6-5-1 (19pts). Columbus have already claimed wins in 2 road games this season, only Toronto have more. They are coming off one of those road wins, an impressive 2-3 victory versus the Impact. Justin Meram who leads the team with 7 goals found the back of the net three times in the match getting himself a hat trick. Ola Kamara is 2nd in team scoring with six goals thus far. Columbus didn’t make too many changes this off season but they did bring in DP Jonathan Mensah from Anzhi Makhachkala to sure up the defense.
New England are also coming in hot off a big win, a 4-0 result against Real Salt Lake. The Revs are currently in 8th place with a record of 3-4-4 and are undefeated at home. New England may be without their leading scorer Juan Agudelo but do have former Crew and DP Kei Kamara available. Kamara scored his 3rd of the season in the 4-0 win against Real Salt Lake. The Revs have also recently brought in Gershon Koffie on loan to sure up the defensive middle but its unlikely he’ll see any minutes having just trained with the club for the 1st time (in the 2017 season) just days ago. New England will be the more desperate club having yet to beat an Eastern Conference side and is sitting outside the playoff picture.
Referee: Alan Kelly
OUT: D – Gaston Sauro (left PCL surgery, out for season), M – Ben Swanson (right ankle surgery, out for season)
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.
It would take a three goal margin of victory and a draw in the NY-DC game but New England could land in 1st place once the dust is settled on match week six. The Rev’s will be hosting the Crew 4/11 3:00pm at Gillette Stadium in what will be a playoff rematch from last season’s conference semi final. The Crew have had their season effectively ended in the last two seasons by New England and will be very eager to stop the Rev’s three game unbeaten run.
The Revolution is entering the match relatively healthy. Something that has yet to occur this season. However, the status for Jermaine Jones is up in the air. The star player could start or perhaps just be subbed in but fans will expect to see him on the field in this game. A player we may not see is Wil Trap. The Columbus midfielder is doubtful after suffering a concussion. Saturday’s match marks the 1st match of 2015 in which the Revolution will face a conference playoff team. It will also be both the 3rd home match as well as the 3rd in conference match overall. New England has not had the benefit of decent weather for a home game yet. However, Saturday should be a nice Spring Day and a season high in attendance is expected.
While Columbus is coming off a mid-week game in which they tied Vancouver without the services of Federico Higuain, the Rev’s are fully rested after beating the Rapids last weekend. New England will be very aware of Federico’s positioning and look to not foul anywhere close to their own 18 yard box. Higuain has scored a number goals vs New England from set piece opportunities. Limiting those will be a top priority if the Rev’s are to get their 3rd straight win and have a shot at 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
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