The New England Revolution will be taking the field at Toyota Park in Bridgeview Ill. in just a few hours to take on the Chicago Fire (4/15 5pm et). This is an old Eastern Conference MLS clash with a new twist. The Fire are 23-21-11 all time versus New England in the regular season and 14-5-8 at home. Both teams will be fielding very different teams compared to 2016, with new styles, new expectations and an eye on 1st place.
Chicago enter the match at 2-1-1, (8pts) and in 5th place. The big story out of Chicago has been the blockbuster signing of German international Bastian Schweinsteiger. However, the club had a pretty big off-season that shouldn’t be overlooked, including the acquisitions of Nemanja Niolic, who leads the team in scoring and MLS veteran Dax McCarty. Despite having a solid roster for 2017, the Fire aren’t without losses, including potentially Solignac and Accam who are listed as questionable. Goossens will not being available to coach Veljko Paunovic as he’s still recovering from injury. Chicago are coming off a 1-0 win versus the Crew and also have a win versus Real Salt Lake. They’ll be trying to get a 3rd victory vs New England as they close out a three game home stand. The Fire are an impressive 3rd in MLS on shot accuracy and may be once again using the 3-4-3 formation that lead them to triumph last week.
New England currently sit in 6th place on 7pts with a record of 2-2-1 and enter the match in solid form looking to extend a three game unbeaten run that includes wins versus Minnesota, Houston, and a draw in Portland. The last match was a home win versus Houston where the Rev’s not only scored a pair but also pitched a shutout. The Revolution entered the season with a re-tooled defense anchored by the addition of Antonio Mlinar Delamea. Coach Heaps and company will be looking to end a poor run of results in Chicago (0-3-2 in last 5) which includes a result in 2016 that ended his teams hope of a playoff birth.
- High Temperature: 79 degrees (Real Feel: 78 degrees)
- Breezy with intervals of sun and clouds
- Ref-Ted Unkel
The Revolution are taking on the Timbers tonight in Providence Park, Portland OR, at 9pmEST on EPSN2. The Revs are coming off their 1st win while the Timbers are coming off their 1st loss of the still very young 2017 campaign. Four out of the seven matches between the two sides has ended in a draw, with a slight edge going to Portland with 2 wins to New England’s 1.
Portland enter the match with an impressive record of 3-1 (9pts) with a league high twelve goals scored and in is 1st place. The Timbers have wins versus Minnesota, LA, and Houston. However, they did suffer defeat last week in Columbus, falling to the Crew 3-2. Despite conceding six goals, the Timbers still boast the Western Conferences best GD at +6. This mainly due to the fearsome attacking duo of Adi and Valari who have 4 goals each. Portland are also expecting the return of both Nagbe (USA) and Guzman (Costa Rica) from international duty but it’s not all good news for the 2015 MLS Champions. The defense is dealing with some injuries, both Ridgewell and Vytas are nursing injuries and could miss out on the action tonight.
New England might be able to exploit a weakened Portland defense if they can replicate the explosive offensive performance from last weeks 5-2 home victory over Minnesota United. After failing to win in the two first games of 2017 (away at COL and FCD), the Revolution got it done in their home opener, scoring five goal with four different goalscorers. New England enter the match in 9th place on 3pts with just 3 games played (League Table). After missing last weeks match Xavier Kouassi will offer some much needed defensive support if New England is too get a result tonight and limit Valeri’s impact.
- Referee: Kevin Stott
- Suspended: None
- Int’l Duty: None
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
This Sunday July 31, the New England Revolution and Orlando City SC will square off for the 3rd and final time, this regular season. Game kicks off at 7:30et from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. The previous two matches between the sides both ended in 2-2 draws and each offered its own controversy. This match will be expected to play out similarly but with one team getting the win and the final laugh in this wild series.
New England are entering the match with a positive spirit having defeated Chicago 1-0 last week and are undefeated in their last three. The Revolution are also only two wins shy of being Open Cup Champions once again as they will face the Union next week in a semi final match up. The Rev’s are 6-7-8 and currently in 6th place in the East.
Orlando City on the hand under new head coach Jason Kreis, are entering the match in a bit of a funk having failed to win a game in their previous five attempts. The last time OC got the full three points was against Toronto back on June 25th. The Lions are right behind New England in the standings at 7th place with a record of 4-5-11. Orlando City do have some momentum going into the match. Aside from hiring a new accomplished head coach they also managed to snag a point in Columbus after trailing early by two. Orlando’s come from behind fighting spirit could come in to play in this match as well but not if Jay Heaps has anything to say about. Orlando were able to steel a point from NE in the previous match with Rivas edging out Woodberry to a ball, netting an equalizer in the 90th minute. The Rev’s will be looking for just their 2nd road win of the season (MLS). However, Orlando are undefeated on home soil so far in ten matches. Both sides will have their work cut out for them battling not only each other but also the high temperature.
Team Scoring leaders; OC-Larin 10; NE-Nguyen 5
REF-Silviu Petrescu, 116 matches, 17 RC’s, 24 PK’s
YC Watch- Cristian Higuita, Carlos Rivas, David Mateos — NE: Gershon Koffie, London Woodberry
All time Head to Head-4 games, 3 draws, 1 win for NE
New guy Jason Kreis vs. NE: P15 W8 L4 T3
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Coming off a 3-1 home win versus the Crew which snapped a three game losing streak, the New England Revolution will now be facing Real Salt Lake. The match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah will kick off at 10pm et. This will be the only match between the two MLS clubs this regular season.
RSL are win less in their last four league matches and have just one win in the last six. Their previous game resulted in a 2-0 loss on the road to the Whitecaps in a mid-week fixture. This will be RSL’s 3rd game in the previous seven days and will prove to be a real test of not only the depth on the team but also the fitness as temperatures are expected to hit 90 degrees. As if that wasn’t enough, the club will be taking on Italian side Inter on Tuesday on the newer natural grass field of Rio Tinto Stadium.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando will be looking for his 180th win tonight which would tie him with Kevin Hartman all time. RSL are 103-22-45 at home in their last 170 matches, a very impressive feat. New addition Yura Movsisyan leads the team in scoring with 7 goals, followed by Martinez (6), and Plata (5). So far in 2016 RSL are 8-6-5 with 29pts.
The New England Revolution along with the AT&T Goal of the week winner, Lee Nguyen enter the match 5-7-7 with 22pts. The Rev’s have never won in Rio Tinto but did win the previous match 4-0 on 4/25/2015. The Rev’s will be looking for Gershon Koffie to make his long awaited return from a knee sprain. However, the center mid is on YC watch and is looking at a one game suspension with his next yellow card offense. New DP signing Kouassi remains on the disabled list but is expected to make his debut this season at some point. The all time record for the teams in 18 games has New England with 5 wins and RSL with an edge at 9 wins. Elfath is your man in the middle for tonight’s game.
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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.