The Revs have played six preseason matches up to this point, often fielding experimental lineups featuring a mixture of trialists and rookies. That won't be the case this afternoon, as Jay Heaps plans to use his final Diamond Cup outing to prep for next Saturday's season opener. This should provide more opportunity for Xavier Kouassi to work toward match fitness and new center backs Antonio Delamea and Benjamin Angoua to build more chemistry.
In turn, Joshua Smith, the club’s lone unsigned player, may only see limited minutes during his final chance to impress the Revolution staff.
In Diamond Cup play, RBNY II—New York’s USL outfit—has recorded a win, loss and draw. A second Diamond Cup win likely won’t mean much to RBNY II coach John Wolyniec, who has several unsigned players in camp who need final evaluation before the club completes its 2017 roster.
Wolyniec’s side represents the only non-MLS club to compete in the Desert Diamond Cup this year, and faces a tall task in slowing down a Revs team that scored six goals in its last preseason match.