The New England Revolution welcome New York City FC to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night. Here are three things you should know before the 7:30 pm kickoff:
1. Don't look now, but NYCFC are on top of the Eastern Conference standings. Remember when New York's second team was the laughing stock of the league? That certainly isn't the case anymore as NYCFC has a conference-best 27 points. The club has won their last three games, getting big performances from Designated Players David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard. That said, the real star of NYC might actually be rookie Jack Harrison, who has two goals and two assists in five games. While articles claiming that he's ready to be called up to England's national team are a bit ridiculous, Harrison has been electric since recovering from a pelvic injury.
2. NYCFC have the most road wins in MLS. In what can only be described as an MLS anomaly, NYC has been better on the road than at home. The club is 4-3-5 when playing at Yankee Stadium and 4-2-1 when playing away. The discrepancy is likely an indicator that NYC players need space to play, something they aren't afforded at their cramped home field. Conversely, the Revs have gone 3-4-1 at Gillette Stadium, proving that they've has been okay, but not great, at home.
3. Revolution are returning home after five games on the road. The Revs last played in front of their hometown fans on May 28 when they recorded a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. Since then, the Revs played U.S. Open Cup games against the Carolina RailHawks (June 15) and the New York Cosmos (June 29) and league matches against the Vancouver Whitecaps (June 18), D.C. United (June 25), and the Montreal Impact (July 2). The Revs managed a 3-2-0 record during this stretch, with only one win counting in the standings.