Game Preview: New England Revolution at Orlando City SC
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution will resume postseason action in the Eastern Conference Semifinal round of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday afternoon, taking on fourth-seeded Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium. The match kicks off at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, and is also available locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
New England advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinal after knocking off the top-seeded Philadelphia Union, 2-0, in Round One on Tuesday. The victory was New England's first postseason win on the road since 2014, and the third time the Revolution eliminated the top-overall seed in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Adam Buksa and Tajon Buchanan each opened their playoff accounts in the win, while Carles Gil assisted both goals to become only the third Revolution player with a multi-assist game in the postseason.
On the defensive end, goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded a four-save effort in his second postseason win and first shutout, the club's first clean sheet in the playoffs since the first leg of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Turner owns a 1-0-2 record in MLS play against Orlando City. New England's defense, anchored by center backs Andrew Farrell and rookie Henry Kessler, allowed a club-record 1.09 goals per game during the regular season. DeJuan Jones has started both postseason games at left back, while Buchanan, who played all 23 games this season primarily as a winger, has made his first two professional starts at right back.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena, who holds MLS records for postseason wins (34) and MLS Cup Playoffs games coached (52), is 15-5-5 in the Conference Semifinal round. He is 2-1-1 all-time against Orlando City SC. The two Eastern Conference sides did not meet during the regular season, and have never met in the MLS Cup Playoffs, though New England leads the regular season series, 4-2-5, with a 2-0-2 record since 2018.
With a win over Orlando, New England would advance to the Eastern Conference Championship for the eighth time in club history, where they would travel to face the winner of Columbus Crew SC (3) vs. Nashville SC (7) on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Semifinals: New England Revolution at Orlando City SC
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
National TV: ABC and ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
Talent: Jon Champion (play-by-play), Taylor Twellman (analyst)
Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2
Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst)
Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA
What to watch for: Here are some top storylines to follow on Sunday. Click here to view the Revolution's complete game notes.
The Revolution advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship for the eighth time in club history and the first time since 2014.
New England registering consecutive clean sheets in the postseason for the first time since doing so in three straight games in 2007.
The Revs winning three games in the same postseason for the third time in club history (2002 and 2014).
Designated Players Adam Bruce Arena improving on his league-record 34 MLS Cup Playoff wins and his 15-5-5 career mark in the Conference Semifinal round.
Buksa, Gustavo Bou, and Carles Gil adding to their one goal each this postseason, also tied with Tajon Buchanan for the team lead.
Matt Turner building on his first career playoff shutout, giving him a career-high seven across all competitions this year.
M Lee Nguyen (999) entering the game to reach 1,000 career minutes played in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Nguyen (4) needs one assist to pass Jose Cancela and Steve Ralston for the most postseason assists in club history. Carles Gil needs two more assists to tie that trio atop the club list.
F Teal Bunbury adding to his six away goals in 2020, which led all MLS players in the regular season.
Bunbury maintaining his team lead with four career playoff goals and surpassing D Seth Sinovic (14) for the team lead in postseason appearances.
F Tajon Buchanan potentially starting at right back for the third straight game after making his first two professional appearances at the position on Nov. 20 vs. Montreal and Nov. 24 at Philadelphia.
F Justin Rennicks appearing off the bench for a third straight game. The Massachusetts native is the third Homegrown Player in club history to appear in the postseason.
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