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Three keys to three points: New England Revolution head to DC United for Eastern Conference showdown

Revs look to make a statement on the national stage.

SOCCER: MAY 25 MLS - DC United at New England Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New England Revolution take their seven game unbeaten streak (4-0-3) to the nation’s capital to face DC United who sit at second place in the Eastern Conference. The match is the Revs’ first and only scheduled national TV game. Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman are on the call for the 7 PM affair.

DC have defended Audi Field well with a 5-2-4 record at home, while the Revs are looking to notch their third straight road win, and improve on their 3-0-1 unbeaten run since Bruce Arena took the reigns. United will be without some firepower as Luciano Acosta serves a suspension. The Revs will be missing Antonio Delamea, who is serving a caution accumulation suspension.

Here are three keys for the Revs:

  • Start fast - DC is 7-1-0 when scoring first, and 7-0-0 when leading at the half. The Revs have shown that Bruce Arena’s tactical decisions are an attribute, but getting out to an early lead and following the game plan will be important to securing another three points on the road.
  • Finish strong - The Revs have done a much better job of closing out games under Arena, but the Colorado match last week easily could have ended differently had it not been for Matt Turner coming up huge late in the second half. Don’t forget that the last meeting between these two teams saw Rooney tie the game on a penalty in the 90th minute. Staying focus before halftime and the final whistle will be crucial for the Revs. On the season the United have scored eight goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and ten of their 25 total goals have come in the final half hour of game play.
  • Contain Rooney - With Acosta (5g, 2a) serving his suspension, the United will be without their second leading scorer on the season. A defensive game plan to limit Rooney (who has ten of the team’s 25 goals), which the Revs were able to do for much of their last matchup, should give them a good chance to head home with points on Friday night.

How to Watch

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)

TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes

English Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub; SiriusXM FC Channel 157

Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM “Nossa Radio USA”