The last time the Revolution met Atlanta United, The Five Stripes cruised to a 7-0 win. During that match, Jay Heaps paced the sidelines for the Revolution. Times have changed—it’s Tom Soehn’s team, for now—though the Revs’ struggles have persisted. Can the club get back on track and stun Atlanta at home?
Here’s what you need to know about the matchup:
New England: W-L-L-W-L
Chances to Win
For the second time in as many home matches, the Revolution will serve as the underdog. FiveThirtyEight gives the navy and red a 34 percent chance of winning, compared to Atlanta’s 43 percent chance. A draw (24 percent) serves as the least likely scenario.
Number that Matters Most
That’s how many consecutive home matches the Revs have won. The last came in a surprise victory of East-leading Toronto FC on September 23.
With a stunning free-kick finish against Orlando City on Wednesday, Lee Nguyen continued his quest to win Revolution MVP. The club’s playmaker has collected 11 goals and 15 assists on the season while creating 2.7 goal-scoring chances per match.
For Atlanta, it’s all about Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron. Martinez’s 18 goals rank fourth in MLS; Almiron has collected 13 assists, good enough for fifth in MLS. The club has also received steady production from Tito Villalba (12 goals, 10 assists) and Yamil Asad (12 assists).
How to Watch
Kick-off time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
TV Broadcast: CSN-NE (New England), FOX Sports Southeast (Atlanta)
Streaming: MLS Live
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England), 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)
Injuries and Absences
The Revolution will get a boost from the availability of midfielder Xavier Kouassi, who had his contentious red card rescinded on Friday. That leaves Kelyn Rowe as the club’s only absentee. Rowe is listed as questionable, though he’s unlikely to feature in tonight’s match.
Atlanta will play without Almiron, who is set to miss another two weeks with a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Alec Kann (quad) will also miss tonight’s outing.
New England: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Claude Dielna, Chris Tierney; Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie, Teal Bunbury; Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara
Atlanta: Brad Guzan; Anton Walkes, Jeff Larentowicz, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Chris McCann; Kevin Kratz, Carlos Carmona; Hector Villalba, Julian Gressel, Yamil Asad; Josef Martinez