With playoff chances now officially in the rear-view, the New England Revolution will host their I-95 rival New York Red Bulls for the second and final time this season at Gillette Stadium. Following a 2-1 defeat against D.C. United last weekend, the Revs have now been mathematically eliminated from the MLS playoff picture, while the Red Bulls remain firmly a part of it as they currently occupy 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Although playing mid-week against Sporting Kansas City (a game in which they fell 0-2), New York looks like a team that’s taking no chances, fielding an almost full-strength line-up, minus team captain Thierry Henry who was suspended from this game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for an incident against Kansas City (though every media report has indicated that he would be skipping this match anyway due to Gillette’s turf pitch).
Meanwhile, the Revs seem to be sticking with pretty much the same line-up that we’ve seen the past couple games. One notable change, however, is Bobby Shuttleworth replacing Matt Reis in goal. New England is already looking towards the 2013 season, so it should be fun to see just how tonight plays out. Can a team with nothing left to lose do any damage to a team looking to stay in the playoff picture? Time to find out.
Join us after the jump for our live game thread as well as tonight’s line-ups.
Revs XI: Shuttleworth - Lechner, Barnes, Soares, Alston - Rowe, Guy, Simms (c), Nguyen - Bengtson, Fagundez
Revs Bench: Reis, Cardenas, Feilhaber, Gavin, Imbongo, McCarthy, Toja
Red Bulls XI: Gaudette - Lade, Holgersson, Pearce, Conde - McCarty, Tainio, Marquez, Solli - Le Toux, Cahill (c)
Red Bulls Bench: Robles, Barklage, Cooper, Hertzog, Keel, Lindpere, Sam