Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. Louisville City FC
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution are set to begin play in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a Fourth Round contest against defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC. The match will be played on Tuesday evening at Lynn Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on USsoccer.com and Revolutionsoccer.net.
The 2018 U.S. Open Cup marks New England's 19th appearance in the tournament. Last year, the Revs advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals for a second consecutive season before falling to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0. The club has accrued a 20-15-5 record in 40 total games in the competition, with a 7-10-2 mark in road contests. In 2007, New England defeated FC Dallas in the Open Cup Final, 3-2, to secure the team's first Open Cup trophy.
Tuesday's contest will be the first ever meeting between New England and Louisville across all competitions. Louisville City advanced to the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup after defeating St. Louis FC, 1-0, in the Third Round of the competition on May 23. Defender Sean Totsch provided the lone goal in that contest, while goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski recorded a shutout for the home side.
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lynn Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
Broadcast: Streaming on USsoccer.com and Revolutionsoccer.net
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Here are some relevant storylines ahead of Tuesday's Open Cup match against Louisville City FC.
New England is one of three teams to make the U.S. Open Quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons, along with FC Dallas and LA Galaxy.
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe needs just one goal to tie Taylor Twellman (seven) for the most U.S. Open Cup goals scored in club history. Rowe has recorded six goals in 13 career Open Cup appearances. Four of Rowe's tallies came in the 2013 tournament, when he recorded braces against the Rochester Rhinos on May 28, 2013, and the New York Red Bulls on June 12, 2013.
Tuesday's match could feature Revolution debuts for two 2018 MLS SuperDraft selections: midfielder/defender Mark Segbers (first round, 9th overall) and defender Nicolas Samayoa (fourth round, 78th overall). Segbers has played in 10 USL matches while on loan with Orange County SC, while Samayoa has earned two selections to the Revs' 18-man matchday squad.
There are a few notable connections between the Revolution and Louisville City:
o Revolution defender Andrew Farrell is both a Louisville native and University of Louisville alum. The Revs drafted Farrell out of Louisville with the first-overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. In three standout seasons with the Cardinals, Farrell appeared in 64 games, including 51 starts, where he tallied six goals and added six assists. In his junior season, Farrell was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, as well as an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, and was named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
o Farrell and Louisville City FC captain and midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo were teammates at the University of Louisville from 2010-12...The Revolution selected DelPiccolo in the 2013 Waiver Draft, though he was waived prior to the 2014 MLS season.
o Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner and Louisville City FC midfielder/forward Brian Ownby played together on the Richmond Kickers in 2015-16 while Turner was on loan.
o Louisville City forward Luke Spencer was drafted by the Revolution in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
o Louisville City defender Shaun Francis played eight seasons in Major League Soccer from 2010-17 with Columbus Crew SC (2010-12), the Chicago Fire (2013), San Jose Earthquakes (2014-17), and Montreal Impact (2017).
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