The New England Revolution face the LA Galaxy this Sunday. Here are three things you should know before the 3:30 ET kickoff:
1. Nigel de Jong is back. Four weeks after delivering a crushing stomp to Darlington Nagbe, de Jong is scheduled to make his return. More than a talented midfielder, the former Dutch international is also known for his lack of composure. De Jong has committed reckless tackles against Xabi Alonso and Stuart Holden. With de Jong back in the fold, you have to be at least a little nervous about Lee Nguyen, who currently leads the Revs in fouls suffered with 19. Nguyen's creative movement and dribbling make him an obvious target for opponents. Will de Jong hold back after his recent suspension? Or will we see the same hard tackles that have made him so infamous?
2. Saturday marks the Revolution's first trip to the StubHub Center since they lost in the 2014 MLS Cup Final. We all remember the game: the devastation that came when Gyasi Zardes scored, the pride that followed when hometown hero Chris Tierney equalized, the heartbreak of watching Teal Bunbury rattle the crossbar, and the utter depression that took over when Robbie Keane grabbed the game winner. It was a day full of emotions for Revolution fans. With that championship game nearly two years ago, it's unlikely to have an effect on the players. Still, Revs fans will surely be thinking of what could have been.
3. The LA Galaxy are atop two of the three most prominent MLS Power Rankings, as they are listed as the best team in the league by both Sports Illustrated and ESPN FC. After a tough start to the season, the Galaxy are now unbeaten in their last six matches. The primary factor in the Galaxy's success has been the team's attack. Giovani dos Santos has scored four goals in his last three matches. Dos Santos' four goals puts him even with Gyasi Zardes in the team's golden boot race. The Galaxy are hitting their stride, which is bad news for the visiting Revolution.