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New England vs. Kansas City: Lineups and Live Game Thread

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The Revs finally open their 2013 home account today against Sporting Kansas City. Benny Feilhaber returns to Gillette Stadium since his off-season trade and will be filling big shoes in KC's midfield with Graham Zusi gone with the national team. Meanwhile, can Chad Barrett make an impact in his first Revolution start? Time to find out.

Winslow Townson

After 4 weeks, the New England Revolution will finally open their home account this afternoon against Eastern Conference rivals Sporting Kansas CIty. While the Revs are missing a pivotal cog in Jerry Bengtson who is on duty with the Honduras national team, KC is also missing some important players in midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, who are both with the United States national team for their World Cup Qualifying games against Costa Rica and Mexico.

The biggest story is of course Benny Feilhaber's homecoming to Foxborough. As expected, he will start tonight against his former team. Interestingly, the last time the Revs won against Sporting Kansas CIty was almost 2 years ago here at Gillette Stadium where Benny made his Revolution debut and even recorded an assist. It's an interesting match-up and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. That said, let's take a look at the starting lineups:

Revs Starting XI (L to R):

Reis - Alston, Goncalves, Soares, Farrell - Nguyen, Simms, Toja, Caldwell, Rowe - Barrett

Revs Subs: Shuttleworth, Cisse, Tierney, Dorman, Guy, Fagundez, Barnes

Sporting KC Starting XI (L to R):

Neielsen - Sinovic, Collin, Opara, Mechack - Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber - Saad, Sapong, Bieler

KC Subs: Kronberg, Gardner, Joseph, Lopez, Olum, Miller, Thomas

In Bengtson's absence, Chad Barrett gets his first start of the 2013 season and, of course, his first start in a Revolution jersey. Although listed on the injury report this week, Matt Reis and Clyde Simms have also been inserted into the starting XI, meanwhile Kalifa Cisse was withheld from starting but has made the game-day 18.

Please join us for this exciting match in our comments section below where we will be discussing throughout! Go Revs!