Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. Cf Montreal
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (9-3-3; 30 pts.) will host CF Montréal (6-4-4; 22 pts.) on Sunday, July 25 at Gillette Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The match airs on WSBK-TV38 and myRITV, as well as on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio. Out-of-market subscribers can stream the match live on ESPN+.
New England returns to Gillette Stadium after consecutive clean-sheet victories on the road. The first-place Revs dominated Inter Miami CF with a 5-0 win on Wednesday night, lifting the team's MLS-best total to 28 goals on the season. Second in MLS behind Seattle in total points (30) and goal differential (10), New England enters the weekend looking for its 10th win through only 16 games played, which would be the club's second-fastest run to double-digit victories. New England has been a force at home, owning a league-best home-winning percentage (.833) with a 5-1-0 record in Foxborough.
Midfielder Arnór Traustason and forward Adam Buksa powered New England's attack to the 5-0 win in Miami with their first MLS braces, which earned them both MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors. Carles Gil joined them on the Team of the Week bench after the captain's two-assist performance, raising his MLS-high total to 12 - still double the second-place player. Traustason and Gil finished second and third, respectively, in midweek MLS Player of the Week voting. Meanwhile, Buksa's first multi-goal performance in MLS moved him into a tie with Gustavo Bou (7) for the team lead in goals. The 25-year-old Pole has scored six goals in his last 10 games dating back to May 16, good for an MLS-best rate of 1.13 goals per 90 minutes played during that span.
The Revolution currently own a streak of 246 minutes without conceding a goal, all with Brad Knighton in net, dating back to the 24th minute of the team's July 7 match against Toronto FC. New England has collected five clean sheets this season, tied for third most in MLS, and will aim to register its third consecutive shutouts on Sunday. Knighton is set to make his fourth straight start in net filling in for Matt Turner, who will play with the U.S. Men's National Team in the Quarterfinals of the Concacaf Gold Cup later on Sunday night (10:00 p.m. - FS1, TUDN, Univision). Henry Kessler is also in national team camp with the United States, while forward Tajon Buchanan is expected to feature for Canada in their Quarterfinal match against Costa Rica on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
One of the league's top ironmen will claim yet another accolade this weekend. Defender Andrew Farrell - already the MLS leader in regular season appearances (254) and starts (251) since he entered the league in 2013 - needs 19 more minutes of action to pass Luis Robles (22,410) for the most minutes played over the last nine MLS seasons. Farrell, the first-overall MLS SuperDraft pick in 2013, is on course to set new club records for games played, starts, and minutes later this year. He'll move into sole possession of third place on the games-played chart, passing Matt Reis (254), with an appearance on Sunday.
Game 16 vs. CF Montréal
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
TV: WSBK-TV38, myRITV
Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst)
English Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Portuguese Radio: WBIX 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA"
REVOLUTION DRIVE SERIES: The Revolution Drives Series presented by Dan O' Brien Automotive Group, through which the club collects much-needed items for local charitable organizations throughout New England, will kick off this Sunday, July 25. This Sunday's Drive Series benefits Cradles to Crayons. The club welcomes donations of new or gently used t-shirts and sneakers (Youth SM - Adult MED), which will be collected at the stadium gates. Fans who make a donation will receive an exclusive Revolution & Dan O'Brien Automotive Group Car Magnet.
Here are a few top storylines to watch for on Sunday:
The Revolution reaching 10 wins through 16 games, which would be the second-fastest to that mark in club history (1997 - 15 games).
New England collecting three consecutive clean sheets and extending the club's streak of 246 minutes without conceding a goal.
The Revolution building on a 5-1-0 start at Gillette Stadium and improving on a league-best home-winning percentage (.833).
The Revs continuing to start games fast with 10 goals scored in the opening 30 minutes of game - most in MLS - and closing strong with seven goals scored in the final 15 minutes, tied for first league-wide.
The Revolution building on a 12-10-3 regular season record against Montreal, including a 6-4-1 home mark.
The attack adding to their league-best 28 goals and improving on a plus-10 goal differential, second best in MLS.
M Carles Gil continuing his record-setting pace in assists with a league-high 12 through 15 games. Along with his 79 chances created, Gil's distribution totals are double the second-place players in both categories.
Gil adding to his five game-winning assists, three short of the MLS record.
D Andrew Farrell (254) surpassing Matt Reis (254) for sole possession of third place on the club's all-time games played list.
Farrell playing 19 minutes to pass Luis Robles for the most MLS minutes played since 2013. He already leads all MLS players in regular season appearances and starts during that nine-year span.
Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa breaking a tie for the team lead in goals scored (7). The two forwards rank tied for fourth among the league's top scorers this season.
Buksa maintaining his rate of 1.13 goals per 90 minutes played since May 16, best in MLS. He has made it onto the scoresheet with a goal or assist in three straight games.
GK Brad Knighton making his fourth straight start and potentially recording three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in his career.
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