The Revolution and Red Bulls both sit beneath the red line in the Eastern Conference. Both teams need a summer run to break into the top six. And that run could start tonight, when the Bulls visit the Revs in Foxboro.
Here’s everything you need to know about the week 19 matchup:
For the Revolution, Lee Nguyen has turned in a balanced offensive season. Though he hasn’t found the net since May 27, Nguyen has already matched his goal-scoring total from last season (six) in 15 fewer matches. Nguyen has also contributed seven assists.
For the Red Bulls, Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips have stuffed stat sheets from the very beginning of the season. Kljestan currently creates 3.3 chances per match, nearly three times as many as the next Red Bulls player. His playmaking ability has resulted in a team-high six assists. Wright-Phillips likes to take advantage of Kljestan’s creativity; he has scored eight goals in 16 starts this season.
Stat that Matters Most
That’s how many times the Revolution have scored in league play since beating Toronto FC, 3-0, on June 3. The Revs have lost all three matches since by a combined score of 7-1.
Injuries and Absences
After fielding patchwork lineups for both of last week’s matches, the Revs will start the journey back to full strength tonight. Only Xavier Kouassi (out, quad) and Daigo Kobayashi (questionable, hamstring) occupy the Revolution injury report. Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe and Je-Vaughn Watson will also miss tonight’s match while away on international duty.
The Red Bulls have three players listed on the injury report: Gideon Baah (out, broken leg), Mike Grella (out, knee surgery) and Aurelien Collin (out, undisclosed injury). The club will miss out on four other players tonight, including Tyler Adams and Kemar Lawrence. The MLS Disciplinary Committee suspended both players today (Adams will serve his suspension tonight, while Lawrence will serve his suspension when he returns from international duty). Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo will also miss tonight’s match while with Panama ahead of the Gold Cup.
New England: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Diego Fagundez, Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell, Femi Hollinger-Janzen; Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara
New York: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Damien Perrinelle, Sal Zizzo; Sean Davis, Felipe; Daniel Royer, Sacha Kljestan, Alex Muyl; Bradley Wright-Phillips
How to Watch
Kick-off time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
TV Broadcast: CSN-NE (New England), MSG (New York)
Streaming: MLS Live (free match of the week)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England), Red Bulls Radio (English/Español, New York)