Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. New York City FC
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (2-1-5, 11 pts.) are set to host Eastern Conference rival New York City FC (3-5-0, 9 pts.) on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies calling the action. The match will also air on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Portuguese commentary available on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
Forward Gustavo Bou leads New England's attack into Wednesday's contest riding a two-game scoring streak, contributing the Revs' lone goal in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls. Bou leads the Revolution with three goals on the season, and ranks second in MLS in chances created and shots on target. On the other end, the Revs' resolute defense has boosted goalkeeper Matt Turner into a tie for the MLS lead in goals against average (0.71) and fewest goals allowed (5). New England's defense has conceded one-or-fewer goals in each match of its seven-game unbeaten streak, and has trailed for only 16 minutes in eight regular season contests this season.
A few Revolution players are on the cusp of significant milestones entering Wednesday night. Midfielder Diego Fagundez is one appearance away from 250 regular season games played, which would make him the third Revolution player to reach the mark. He is currently 12 games shy of tying Shalrie Joseph's club-record 261 appearances. In addition, when Kekuta Manneh makes his Revolution debut, it will mark his 150th MLS appearance. Kelyn Rowe's next start will be his 175th in MLS play.
Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena will return to New England's bench for the first time since July 25 after serving a three-game suspension. Since taking over in June 2019, Arena holds a 9-4-11 regular-season mark. New England leads the all-time series against New York City FC, 6-4-3, including a 2-0 win in the last encounter on Sept. 29, 2019 at Gillette Stadium behind goals from Bou and Teal Bunbury, which clinched the club's berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Revolution vs. New York City FC
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst)
English Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Pregame and Postgame Show: Rob "Hardy" Poole and Clyde Simms
Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA
Revolution Media Assets: September 2 vs. New York City FC:
Revolution Game Notes: Sept. 2 vs. New York City FC
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Here are some top storylines ahead of Wednesday's match vs. New York City FC. Click HERE to view the club's complete game notes.
Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena returning to the Revs' bench after missing three games due to a suspension. Including the last three games under Richie Williams, the Revs have lost only four times in 27 league games since Arena assumed the head coaching role on June 2, 2019.
New England extending its seven-game unbeaten streak, which is currently tied for the second-longest active streak in MLS.
M Diego Fagundez is one appearance away from his 250th regular season cap, all with New England. Fagundez is 12 appearances away from tying Shalrie Joseph's club record of 261 games played.
The Revs defense and GK Matt Turner allowing one or zero goals for the eighth consecutive league game, and the ninth straight game across all competitions.
F Gustavo Bou continuing to rank among the MLS leaders in chances created (25) and shots on goal (14), where he ranks second league-wide in both categories.
F/M Kekuta Manneh potentially making his Revolution debut after joining the club on Aug. 17 via trade with FC Cincinnati. Manneh's next appearance will be the 150th of his MLS career.
M Kelyn Rowe potentially making his 175th career MLS start. Rowe needs one assist to pass Chris Tierney (40) for sole possession of fourth place on the Revs' all-time list. His next goal will be his 30th in MLS.
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