Game Preview: New England Revolution at FC Cincinnati
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (4-1-2; 14 pts.) will visit FC Cincinnati (1-3-1; 4 pts.) on Saturday afternoon for a 3:00 p.m. ET kickoff at TQL Stadium. New England's third all-time meeting with Cincinnati airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, and CoziTV. The contest is available on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
The Revolution have picked up points in two of the season's first three away matches and enter the Saturday's match in search of the year's first victory outside of Foxborough. New England sits atop the Eastern Conference standings after picking up consecutive victories at Gillette Stadium, most recently with a 3-1 triumph over the New York Red Bulls on May 22 behind goals from Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou, and Tajon Buchanan. The three-goal outburst gives New England 10 goals on the season, second most in the Eastern Conference.
Buksa, the team's leading scorer with three goals this season, has scored off the bench in back-to-back games. The 24-year-old Polish striker is one of two Revolution players to have appeared in every contest since 2020, alongside Buchanan, who opened his 2021 account with the game-winning tally last Saturday. Icelandic winger Arnór Traustason registered his first two MLS assists in the victory, while Bou landed MLS Team of the Week honors with his third goal-and-assist performance in MLS.
New England's successful start to the season has been due in part to a lockdown defense that has allowed just one goal from open play in the last three matches. The Revolution have allowed one or fewer goals in five of the last six games, including two clean sheets. The team's anchor in central defense, Andrew Farrell, continues to climb his way up the club's record books, as the ninth-year defender will surpass Chris Tierney for sole possession of fourth-most games played in Revs history with his next appearance. Farrell owns the most starts, appearances, and minutes played of any MLS outfield player since 2013.
Saturday's contest will also mark midfielder Carles Gil's first action since signing a multi-year contract extension with the club, which will keep the Revs' captain in New England through the 2024 MLS season. One of three Revolution players to play every minute this season, along with Farrell and goalkeeper Matt Turner, Gil is tied for the league lead with four assists and is pacing all MLS players in several offensive categories including chances created and dribbles completed.
FC Cincinnati will host the Revolution in the newly opened TQL Stadium after picking up their first win of the campaign last weekend. Cincinnati defeated CF Montreal, 2-1, in Fort Lauderdale last Saturday to lift the team's record to 1-3-1 (4 pts.). Coached by Dutch manager Jaap Stam, FC Cincinnati enters the weekend with a 0-1-0 mark at home and currently sits in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
Game 8 at FC Cincinnati
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)
TV: WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV
Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst)
Streaming: ESPN+ (Out-of-market subscribers)
English Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Portuguese Radio: WBIX 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA"
Here are a few top storylines to watch for on Saturday:
The Revolution remaining in first place in the Eastern Conference and winning a third straight match after picking up six points over the last two games at home.
New England's attack remaining among the MLS leaders in goals (T5th), expected goals (3rd - 11.38), chances created (1st - 82), big chances created (1st - 18), shots on goal (3rd - 36), and total shots (6th - 94).
New England picking up points for the third time in four away games this season (0-1-2). The last time that occurred was in 2016 (0-1-3 start on the road).
The Revs building on their 1-1-0 record in the all-time series, and a 1-0-0 mark on the road, against FC Cincinnati.
M Carles Gil recording an assist to break a three-way tie atop the MLS leaderboards, where he is tied for first with four helpers.
M Tajon Buchanan scoring for a second straight game and adding to his 10 fouls won in the attacking third, which lead MLS.
F Adam Buksa adding to his team-high three goals, 22 shots, and eight shots on target. His 3.48 expected goals and 22 total shots are both good for fifth most in MLS.
Buksa scoring once to reach 10 regular season goals in MLS play.
D Andrew Farrell passing Chris Tierney to claim sole possession of the fourth-most games played in club history.
D Brandon Bye continuing to rank among MLS leaders in duels won (T-3rd - 54) and tackles won (T-5th - 14).
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