The Revs put up a 3-2 victory against NYCFC on Saturday night, and look to carry their momentum into Wednesday’s clash with the New York Red Bulls. Just a month ago, New England obliterated this team 3-1 at home. On Wednesday, an identical matchup looms.
While the Revolution hold first place atop the Eastern Conference, there’s still plenty of work to do. The defense has not been on top, forcing Matt Turner to play hero. While the attack has begun to heat up, chances continue to go begging. If the Revs can clean up their glaring issues, this team could be more dangerous than they already are.
GK: MATT TURNER
DEF: JONES, FARRELL, KESSLER, BYE
MID: MCNAMARA, POLSTER, BUNBURY, GIL, BUCHANAN
LINEUP NOTES: The forward position remains the question, Bruce tends to stick with the hot hand. Following his deep strike last match, Bou is likely to start over Buksa, who missed a sitter. Kaptoum is available for the midfield, possibly to replace Maciel, who had a shaky game. Buchanan may return to the lineup, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see McNamara appear again. At the center back, it will be important to watch if usual starter Kessler can find his way back into the lineup. Mafla and Caicedo stay unavailable.
DEF: DUNCAN, REYES, NEALIS, TOLKIN
MID: DAVIS, AMAYA, EDWARDS, YEARWOOD
FWD: FABIO, KLIMALA
LINEUP NOTES: Injuries and international duty plagues RBNY. Aaron Long, as we know, is out for the season with a ruptured achilles. Daniel Royer, the most dangerous player last time these teams played, is out as well. Defender Andrew Gutman and Youba Diarra will join them on the sidelines. Omir Fernandez and Flo Valot both remain questionable, likely bench players. Usual starter and rock in the midfield in Cristian Casseres Jr. stays with Venezuela at the Copa America competition.
The New England Revolution will host the New York Red Bulls at 7:00 PM EST at Gillette Stadium.