Game Preview: New England Revolution at LAFC

September 14, 2018 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (8-10-9, 33 pts.) will travel to Banc of California Stadium for their inaugural meeting with MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC (13-7-7, 46 pts.) on Saturday, Sept. 15. The match kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET in Los Angeles and will be televised locally on NBC Sports Boston, with Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner calling the action. Authenticated subscribers may stream the match on NBCSportsBoston.com and on the NBC Sports app. The contest airs on the radio with 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasting the action in English and 1260 AM Nossa Radio providing Portuguese commentary.

The Revolution enter Saturday's match aiming to build on a 1-0 road win over New York City FC on Sept. 5. The Revs are looking to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, where the club sits three points back of a postseason berth in eighth place. The Revs are 5-6-4 all-time in first meetings with expansion clubs, winning the last such contest against Minnesota United FC on March 25, 2017, courtesy of a brace from Juan Agudelo and two assists from Diego Fagundez. LAFC holds a home record of 7-1-5 this season, while the Revs look to record their third away win of the campaign.

Following Saturday's match, the Revolution will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 when the club returns home for a meeting with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

Game 28

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET

Location: Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: NBC Sports Boston (Streaming on NBCSportsBoston.com and on the NBC Sports app)

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Paul Mariner (analyst)

Revolution Postgame Live: Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Paul Mariner (analyst)

Postgame Show: Matt McCarthy (host), Clyde Simms (analyst)

Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA

Talent: Luis Lombardi Jr. (play-by-play), Raphael Fraga (analyst)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Here are some relevant storylines ahead of Saturday's match against LAFC. Click HERE to view the complete Revolution Game Notes for Saturday's match.

- New England earning a win in its first ever matchup with LAFC and improving on its 5-6-4 all-time record in first meetings with expansion sides.

- M Kelyn Rowe making his 200th career MLS appearance.

- D Andrew Farrell making his 186th career start and surpassing Lee Nguyen for sixth most in Revolution history.

- Farrell continuing to be the only Revolution player to start every match this season.

- M Diego Fagundez (48 goals) tallying twice to become the youngest MLS player to record 50 career regular season goals, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

- There are multiple notable connections between the Revolution and LAFC:

o LAFC midfielder Lee Nguyen played for New England from 2012-18 before he was traded in May 2018. He ranks second in club history in goals (51) and assists (49), shots (398), and shots on target (163). For his Revolution career, Nguyen made 191 regular season appearances, with seven additional appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

o LAFC midfielder Benny Feilhaber began his MLS career with the Revolution. He played in New England from 2011-2012, recording five goals and nine assists in 52 appearances.

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