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Revs take on Toronto F.C. in group stage finale

MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution return to action on Tuesday morning as they take on Toronto F.C. in what will be their final match of the group stage portion of the MLS is Back tournament.

The last time Toronto F.C. took the pitch, they took away three points in a 7-goal thriller against the Montreal Impact which saw 20-year-old Ayo Akinola net a hat trick. Toronto will enter Tuesday’s match with a chip on their shoulder along with confidence.

The same can not be said for the Revolution who dropped two points in a 1-1 draw against D.C. United. The Revolution got off to a good start by scoring the first goal in the 51st minute as Polish DP Adam Buksa was able to take advantage of a deflected ball and used his head, figuratively and literally, to find the back of the net. Things would go down hill in the 73rd minute as Federico Higuain would take advantage of a weak pass back to the goaltender from Antonio Delamea and easily find the equalizer for D.C. United. The Revs will look to come into Tuesdays match hungry for three points and looking to earn a spot in the Round of 16.

Some questions are still on the table for the Revs as they enter Tuesday’s match. The first and arguably the biggest, what is the status of Carles Gil? Gil exited Friday’s match against D.C. United in the 62nd minute. Unfortunately, it appears that Gil has reinjured his foot which prevented Gil from playing in the preseason and first two games of the 2020 MLS campaign.

Another question for Friday’s match is how will the line up be changed as a result of Gil’s injury along with general fitness considering the Revs only have 3 full days to prepare for this match. In a tweet sent out Monday from Julian Cardillo, Bruce Arena stated “We’ll make some changes because of the heat, humidity and the short recovery from Friday night is a lot of wear and tear on players playing three games in a short period of time, so we’ll make some changes to the lineup.” With this comment, Revs fans should expect to see some adjustments to Tuesday’s line up.

Kick off for Tuesday’s match is slated for 9:00 AM EST. Fans looking to watch Tuesday’s match can tune into ESPN. For coverage in Spanish, viewers can tune into ESPN Deportes. For radio coverage tune into 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Remember to check back to The Bent Musket after the game for a post-game recap and to hear our thoughts!