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New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Live Game Thread Part Deux

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Welcome to the New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps home match live game thread!

Since I just released the preview a few hours ago, I'll cut right to the keys of the game. The Revolution have to score, and they should probably score quickly. Vancouver's defense is big and physical but not particularly effective; most of their strength lies in attack, but their offense is erratic. If New England can get out to a quick lead and perhaps make it 2-0 before the half, they should be able to control the match from that point on.

Here are some game notes:

  • Saturday’s match will be the second meeting ever between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC … it will also be the second and final regular-season meeting between the two clubs in 2011
  • In the first meeting, the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Empire Field in Vancouver on Wednesday, April 6 … Eric Hassli put Vancouver ahead with a successful penalty kick in the 55th minute before Ilija Stolica struck for the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time
  • With the draw, the Revs moved to 5-0-4 in first meetings against expansion or relocated teams since the start of the 2005 season
  • Since the April 6 meeting, the Revolution is 1-3-0 while the Whitecaps are 0-3-1
  • In their first-ever meeting, the Revs outshot their opponents 10-6, and 4-2 in shots on goal

Lineups and your comments after the jump.

Lineups:

Revolution: Reis; Alston, Cochrane, Soares, Barnes; Boggs, Feilhaber, Joseph, McCarthy, Tierney; Lekic

Bench: Shuttleworth, Coria, Dube, Mansally, Nyassi, Phelan, Schilawski

Whitecaps: Nolly; Wagner, DeMerit, Akloul, Knight; Brovsky, Salinas, Koffie, Teibert; Salgado, Tan

Bench: Cannon, Chiumiento, Camilo, Dunfield, Janicki, Khalfan, Leathers