The New England Revolution are gearing up for the Knockout Stage of the MLS is Back Tournament as they prepare for their Round of 16 match against Philadelphia on July 25th.
The Philadelphia Union were able to secure 7 out of 9 possible points from the group stage after picking up wins over New York City F.C. and Inter Miami. The Union ended group stage action with a 1-1 draw with Group A winners Orlando.
On the other hand, the Revs clinched the second seed in Group C after a win over the Montreal Impact and draws against D.C. and Toronto.
On big question Revs fans have heading into Saturday’s match is whether midfielder Carles Gil will be ready to go. Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena gave the sad confirmation that Gil is unlikely to play against Philadelphia.
Knowing that Gil will not be part of Saturday’s match, the coaching staff and players will have to buckle down and adjust themselves in a way that will allow for offensive production in hopes of moving on to the next round of the MLS is Back tournament. Gil’s impact on the Revolution’s offense was clearly evident during the first two games of the group stage portion. Most notably during the Revs opener against Montreal where Carles Gil created 12 chances, one of which led to Gustavo Bou’s game winning goal. Gil would suffer a foot injury during the Revs second match against D.C. United and would sit out the group stage finale against Toronto.
The Revolution will have an even bigger challenge dealing with Andre Blake. Blake made an impressive 16 saves during the group stage and only allowed two goals. Bruce Arena will rely on everyone to step up Saturday night and find their way past Andre Blake as they hope to advance to the next round.
Revolution fans who are looking to watch Saturday night’s match against Philadelphia may be staying up past their bedtime as the game is scheduled to kickoff at 10:30 PM EST.
Fans looking to watch Saturday’s match can tune in to ESPN2, and for Spanish coverage, tune to ESPN Deportes. Looking for radio coverage? Turn the dial to 98.5 The Sports Hub!
Remember to check back to The Bent Musket for a post-game recap and to hear our thoughts on the Revolutions Round of 16 match!