Game Preview: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution resume postseason action on Tuesday night when they visit the top-seeded Philadelphia Union in Round One of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and is also available locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub. WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA will also carry the game with Portuguese commentary.
New England advanced to Round One after a dramatic 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Friday in the Eastern Conference Play-In Round at Gillette Stadium. Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou both opened their MLS Cup Playoff accounts in the victory, with Bou netting the game winner on a strike from distance in the 95th minute. The Argentine set a pair of club record for most shots (8) in a postseason match and the latest game-winning goal in a postseason match. Bou and Gil, along with fellow Designated Player Adam Buksa, will look to guide New England's attack against a formidable Union defense led by 2020 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake, who edged out runner-up Matt Turner for the league's top goalkeeping honor. In front of Turner will be the Revs' own stingy defense, anchored by center backs Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler, which allowed only 1.09 goals per game during the regular season, a club record.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena, who holds MLS records for postseason wins (33) and playoff games coached (51), carries a 6-4-4 all-time regular season mark against the Union. Tuesday's match is New England's first postseason encounter with Philadelphia, but will be the teams' sixth meeting across all competitions in 2020. With a win on Tuesday, the Revolution would eliminate the top-overall seed in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third time in club history. The Revolution last defeated the No. 1 seed on Nov. 5, 2006, topping D.C. United, 1-0, in the Eastern Conference Finals. New England aims to record its first away victory in the MLS Cup Playoffs since Nov. 23, 2014, a win over the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.
With a win at Subaru Park on Tuesday, New England would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against fourth-place Orlando City SC.
Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Round One: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chester Park (Chester, Pa.)
National TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
English Talent: Adrian Healey (play-by-play), Alejandro Moreno (analyst)
Spanish Talent: Mauricio Pedroza, Alex Pareja, Herculez Gomez
Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
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 Tuesday night. Click here to view the Revolution's complete game notes.
New England registering multiple postseason wins for the first time since 2014, when the Revolution claimed their fifth Eastern Conference Championship.
The Revolution improving on the club's 18-17-9 all-time postseason record, including a 5-15-3 mark on the road.
The Revs defeating the Union for the first time in six meetings across all competitions this season.
Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena adding to his MLS-record 51 playoff games coached and 33 playoff wins.
F Gustavo Bou or M Carles Gil scoring for a second straight match after opening their playoff accounts against Montreal.
F Adam Buksa scoring his first playoff goal after putting three shots on target on Friday, including two headers that were parried off the woodwork.
F Teal Bunbury, who led the team in scoring with eight regular-season goals, adding to his six away goals in 2020, which led all MLS players in regular season. Bunbury leads the current roster with four career playoff goals.
D Andrew Farrell and M Kelyn Rowe each registering their 10th MLS Cup Playoff appearances. Both players appeared in New England's most recent away victory in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Nov. 23, 2014.
GK Matt Turner, who finished second to the Union's Andre Blake in 2020 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting, registering his second playoff victory and his first career win against Philadelphia.
M Lee Nguyen (999) playing at least one minute to reach 1,000 for his postseason career.
Revolution Academy product F Justin Rennicks making his second MLS Cup Playoffs appearance. Rennicks became the third Homegrown Product in Revolution history to appear in a postseason match with a four-minute shift off the bench in the Play-In Round win over Montreal.
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