The key for the Revolution is going to be keeping their shape and not making mistakes with the ball. They will need to make good use of their possession and try to break through San Jose's defense, which has been resolute in the last few matches.
Most importantly, though, they will need to contain Chris Wondolowski. He has rediscovered his scoring touch and has the uncanny ability to finish just about anything that crosses his path in the box.
Here are some game notes:
- Saturday marks the 34th all-time meeting between two of the original MLS teams … San Jose leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 17-11-5
- Saturday’s match will begin the two-game, regular-season series between the Revs and Earthquakes … the teams will meet in the return game at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 3
- The Revs are just 5-8-3 all-time in away matches against San Jose
- The Revolution hasn’t fared very well when the Earthquakes visit Foxborough, going 6-9-2 in 17 all-time matches ... the Revs have had an even tougher time with the Earthquakes since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, with a 2-5-2 record and have been outscored, 12-5 inside the stadium … however, New England is undefeated at home in each of the last three games against San Jose with a 4-1 scoring edge
- The Revolution is 3-2-1 against San Jose since the team returned to the league in 2008
- In the 33 all-time meetings between the two clubs, San Jose has outscored New England, 61-42 … there have been 12 shutouts recorded in the series, with six posted by each club
- New England has shut out San Jose once in each of the past three seasons, a 2-0 win in Foxborough on May 17, 2008, a 1-0 win at San Jose on April 21, 2009 and a 0-0 draw at home on May 15, 2010 … the Earthquakes retaliated with a 2-0 shutout of their own on April 17, 2010 and then equaled the Revs in the 0-0 draw in Foxborough later in the season
- The Revolution and Earthquakes have never met outside the MLS regular season
On the injury front, Lekic will make the starting XI, but Domi, Dabo and Perovic remain out.
Lineups and your comments after the jump.
Revolution: Reis; Barnes, Soares, Cochrane, Alston; Tierney, Feilhaber, Joseph, McCarthy, Boggs; Lekic
Bench: Shuttleworth, Coria, Mansally, Dube, Schilawski, Nyassi, Phelan
Earthquakes: Busch; Convey, Opara, Hernandez, Leitch; Johnson, Stephenson, Ring, Gjertsen; Lenhart, Wondolowski
Bench: Weber, Ampaipitakwong; Beitashour; Burling, Cronin, Luzunaris, McLoughlin