Revolution vs. Union: Match Preview And Game Notes

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The New England Revolution are headed to Chester, PA to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. Neither team has a chance at the playoffs, but there's plenty of pride on the line as the Revs have never beaten the Union since Philly entered the league.

The New England Revolution are in Chester, Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. The Revs will hope to even out a season series that hasn't favored them so far, after drawing 0-0 at home and losing 2-1 at PPL Park already this season. Both teams have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

It's all about pride and jobs for the Revs at this point. The extensive injury report is going to force Jay Heaps to get real creative with his lineup selections. In fact, thanks to injuries in defense, Heaps may be forced to either put players out of position (like Ryan Guy at fullback, as has happened in the past) or run with a three-man back line from the opening kick. However, Jerry Bengtson has every chance to pad his modest goal tally against a defense and goalkeeper that has had its share of shaky moments.

REVOLUTION INJURY REPORT

QUESTIONABLE: Sainey Nyassi (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: Clyde Simms (R Calf Strain)
OUT: Florian Lechner (R MCL Sprain), Stephen McCarthy (Concussive-Like Symptoms), Lee Nguyen (R Shoulder Surgery), Tyler Polak (R Foot Sprain), Saer Sene (L ACL Surgery), Chris Tierney (L Knee Sprain/L Hamstring Strain)

UNION INJURY REPORT

PROBABLE: Keon Daniel (R Knee Contusion), Michael Farfan (R Foot Contusion)
QUESTIONABLE: Gabriel Farfan (R Ankle Contusion/R Hamstring Strain), Danny Cruz (L Big Toe Sesamoid Stress Fracture)
DOUBTFUL: Freddy Adu (L Quad Strain)
OUT: Bakary Soumare (R Knee Menisectomy Recovery), Krystian Witkowski (Concussion Symptoms)

TEAM NOTES

  • Philadelphia holds a 3-0-3 lead in the all-time series between the two clubs, dating back to the first meeting in 2010
  • The Revs are 0-1-2 all-time at PPL Park against the Union ... the clubs played to a pair of draws in the first two meetings in Chester before the Union defeated the Revs, 2-1, on July 29, 2012
  • Saturday's match is third and final regular-season meeting between the two teams this year
  • Philadelphia earned a 2-1 win on July 29 at PPL Park, before the teams played a 0-0 draw on Sept. 1 at Gillette Stadium
  • The Union won the regular-season series in both 2010 and 2011 ... in both seasons, Philadelphia earned 1-0-1 marks against the Revs
  • Four of the six meetings have been decided by come-from behind goals in the 70th minute or later ... the first meeting on July 31, 2010, at PPL Park, the Revs used Marko Perovic's 71st minute goal to equalize and secure a 1-1 draw ... Union goals in the 82nd and 92nd minutes equalized, and then sealed a win, respectively, on August 28, 2010, at Gillette Stadium ... Philadelphia stormed back with 80th and 91st minute goals to force a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011 ... a 90th-minute goal for the Union sealed a 2-1 victory on July 29, 2012, at PPL Park
  • The Revolution was the first team to earn a draw at PPL Park ... Philadelphia was 2-1-0 at its new facility heading into the July 31, 2010 meeting with New England

PLAYER NOTES

  • Saer Sene has one goal in one career appearance against Philadelphia ... Sene's blast on July 29, 2012 earned him MLS goal of the week honors
  • A.J. Soares and Benny Feilhaber are the only other two current Revolution players who have scored goal against Philadelphia ... both players scored goals in last season's 4-4 draw at PPL Park on Sept. 7, 2011
  • Chris Tierney has two career assists against Philadelphia, recording both on Sept. 7, 2011
  • Only one other active player has factored in scoring against Philadelphia: Kelyn Rowe earned the assist on Saer Sene's goal at PPL Park on July 29, 2012
  • Darrius Barnes is the only active Revolution player who has appeared in all six previous meetings between the two teams
  • Matt Reis is 0-2-3 in five starts against Philadelphia and has recorded 23 saves against Philly in five meetings ... Reis recorded his only career shutout against the Union when the teams last met on Sept. 1, 2012
  • Bobby Shuttleworth started against the Union on Aug. 28, 2010, and allowed two goals in the loss

BROADCAST INFORMATION: TV: CSN, 7:00 PM EST; RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, 7:00 PM EST

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