The New England Revolution have the opportunity to hoist their first U.S. Open Cup trophy since 2007 on Tuesday when they travel to FC Dallas. Here are three things you need to know ahead of the 10 PM kickoff.
1. Tuesday's game might bring on a case of déjà vu. If it feels like the Revs have faced Dallas for the US Open Cup before, it's because they have. In 2007, Pat Noonan, Taylor Twellman, and Wells Thompson scored to give the Revs their first major title. Current head coach Jay Heaps was also on the field, playing 90 minutes.
2. Kelyn Rowe is close to making history. Since joining the club in 2012, Rowe has established himself as an Open Cup hero, contributing six goals in 11 appearances. The midfielder has been so dynamic that he finds himself one goal short of tying Twellman's record of seven. Rowe has been quiet this tournament, but could perform a bit of magic, especially if he's deployed as a number 10, like we've seen in recent weeks.
3. This Revs team has experience in cup finals. The Revs haven't hoisted a major championship since 2007 (or 2008 if you want to count the North American SuperLiga), but they have been in contention. In fact, 15 players have been to a final in the past two years. Additionally, Kamara and Teal Bunbury have won the Open Cup as members of Sporting KC. Perhaps serving as a sign of what's to come is the fact that Kamara scored Sporting's lone goal against the Seattle Sounders in 2012, while also scoring his PK in the shootout.