Game Preview: New England Revolution at New York City FC
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (5-1-2; 17 pts.) will visit New York City FC (3-2-2; 11 pts.) on Saturday night for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Revolution will go for a fourth consecutive win in the first of three encounters this season between the Eastern Conference rivals. The match 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.
New England, currently first in the Eastern Conference through eight games played, returns from the international break after posting a 4-1-1 record in May. The Revolution's five wins this season are tied for the MLS lead, while the three-game winning streak is tied for the longest active run in MLS. New England ranks tied for second leaguewide in points (17) and third in points per game (2.13). The Revolution have had success on the road against New York City FC, posting a 3-3-2 away mark and a 7-5-4 overall record in the series. Since Bruce Arena took over on the sidelines on June 2, 2019, New England's 12 away wins across the regular season and playoffs lead all MLS clubs.
Designated Players Adam Buksa and Carles Gil, the goal-and-assist battery in New England's 1-0 victory at FC Cincinnati on May 29, drive a potent Revolution attack that ranks among MLS leaders in shots (2nd), chances created (2nd), and goals (T-5th). Buksa has scored in three straight games, tied for the longest active scoring stretch in MLS, with two game winners. The assist was Gil's MLS-leading fifth of the season as he continues to establish himself as the league's top chances creator with 48 on the season in eight starts, almost twice the total of the next-closest player.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner backstops a New England defense that has not conceded from open play in the last 272 minutes, with two clean sheets over the last three games. The team's three shutouts are tied for fifth most in MLS. Andrew Farrell has played every minute of the season in central defense, while second-year professionals Jon Bell and Henry Kessler have split time alongside him with three and five starts, respectively.
New York City FC heads into Saturday's match with just one defeat over its last six games, most recently a 2-1 win over Los Angeles FC on May 29. Led by second-year Norwegian manager Ronny Deila, NYCFC currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Saturday's contest is the first meeting between the two teams at Red Bull Arena.
On Saturday, Major League Soccer will recognize Juneteenth - the effective end of slavery in the United States - with a series of initiatives that celebrate freedom. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be played prior to kickoff of every match this weekend. All players will wear Juneteenth-inspired numbers on their jerseys, with the match-worn items from each game and their commemorative boxes to be auctioned off from June 21-July 19, with proceeds benefiting local organizations that support and uplift Black communities in MLS markets. Proceeds from the Revolution's match-worn items will benefit Dorchester-based MBK617, founded in 2014 to provide mentoring to young men and boys in the Boston community to show youth they can make choices that will increase academic growth and professional opportunities. Download MLS Juneteenth-related media assets here. Additional auction information is available at MLSauctions.com.
Game 9 at New York City FC
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
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:
New England winning a fourth straight game after posting a 4-1-1 mark in May.
The Revolution adding to its league-best 12 away wins (reg. season and playoffs) since June 2, 2019, when Bruce Arena took his place on the sidelines.
The Revs' attack maintaining its position among league leaders in goals (T-5th), assists (T-2nd), chances created (2nd), shots (2nd), and shots on target (4th).
The Revolution's defense extending its streak of 272 minutes played without conceding a goal from open play. New England's three clean sheets are tied for fifth most in MLS.
M Carles Gil continuing to pace the league in several categories including assists (5), chances created (48), chances created from set play (24), and successful corners/crosses (42), among others.
Gil registering an assist in four straight matches for the first time in his MLS career.
F Adam Buksa scoring in a fourth straight match and remaining among the league leaders in goals (T-5th - 4). His three-game scoring streak is tied for the longest active streak in MLS.
D Andrew Farrell (247), the league leader in starts, appearances, and minutes played by an outfield player since 2013, moving closer to 250 regular season games played.
D Brandon Bye holding his place among MLS leaders in headed shots (2nd), aerial duels won (6th), and tackles won (T-8th). Bye's 12 total shots rank second among defenders.
GK Matt Turner improving on his 2-2-2 record against New York City FC, including two clean sheets.
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