The Revolution entered September in style, earning two straight shutouts en route to a pair of Eastern Conference wins. To sneak into playoffs, the team will need to keep that streak alive in its first-ever matchup with Atlanta United, who currently occupy the final playoff spot in the East. Here’s what to expect from the midweek matchup:
New England: W-L-L-W-W
Chances to Win
Atlanta United enters Wednesday’s match as the heavy favorite. According to FiveThirtyEight, the expansion side holds a 53 percent chance of picking up three points, while the Revolution hold a 24 percent chance of winning and a 24 percent chance of earning a draw.
Number that Matters Most
That’s how many goals the Revolution have conceded in its past three matches, all against Eastern Conference opponents. The club ranks in the middle of the pack with 41 goals allowed on the season, though the defense has tightened up in recent weeks, earning a clean sheet in two straight.
After returning from injury two weeks ago, Lee Nguyen has played a role in five straight Revolution goals (four assists, one goal). He has now scored nine and assisted 14; the latter total ranks second in MLS behind Toronto’s Victor Vazquez.
Atlanta United boasts four attackers who have stuffed the stat sheet all season long: Miguel Almiron (11 assists), Yamil Asad (10 assists), Tito Villalba (10 goals) and Josef Martinez (10 goals). Those four players have helped The Five Stripes score 47 goals on the season, fourth most in the East.
How to Watch
Kick-off time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
TV Broadcast: CSN-NE (New England), FOX Sports South (Atlanta)
Streaming: MLS Live
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England), 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)
Injuries and Absences
Both teams will enter Wednesday’s match with short injury reports. Aside from Kelyn Rowe, who will miss several more weeks with a knee injury, Lee Nguyen (hamstring) and Daigo Kobayashi (quad) serve as the only injury concerns for the Revolution. Nguyen is expected to start; Kobayashi is expected to make the gameday 18.
Atlanta will play at full strength with no names on the injury report and no players on international duty.
New England: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney, Claude Dielna, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie; Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury; Kei Kamara
Atlanta: Brad Guzan; Anton Walkes, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Greg Garza; Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona; Tito Villalba, Miguel Almiron, Yamil Asad; Josef Martinez