MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, September 26 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Philadelphia Union 15/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and will look to recover their imperious form after suffering a 3-0 loss to Montreal last time out.

New England’s current form sees them in a strong position going into the playoffs as they look certain to be MLS Cup contenders once again. A win here will guarantee a playoff spot and the home fans will expect nothing less than three points.

Being only two points off the Eastern Conference leading Red Bulls, the Revs have a strong chance of still winning the conference, and with back-to-back MLS Cup finals a real possibility, the Revs are a force to be feared.

New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P30 – W13 – D7 – L10

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At the opposite end of the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia Union, who have lost half of their 30 MLS games so far this year.

Currently sitting six points off Montreal Impact in the hunt for the last playoff spot, the Union are basically all but out of the race for that prestigious sixth spot, unless something truly special happens for them.

They are sitting second from bottom in the Supporters’ Shield standings with four games to play, so it’s been another tough season and there’s plenty of room to improve once more going into the next campaign.

Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P30 – W9 – D6 – L15

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Team News

New England Revolution are still without Darrius Barnes as he is still out with a torn patellar tendon. However, the rest of Jay Heaps’ squad are available and will be fighting for starting roles.

Philadelphia Union will be missing Jimmy McLaughlin through a concussion injury. Andrew Wenger, Fernando Aristeguieta and Brian Sylvestre are all doubts but could feature.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/L/W/L/W

Key Stat: New England have only lost once at home in their last 25 MLS matches.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – USMNT playmaker Nguyen is the gem of the pack and a huge asset to his side. Expect him to create countless chances and cause the Union’s defence real problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-0 Philadelphia Union – We’re not expecting any surprises here as New England are one of the teams to beat at the moment in MLS. And away from home, the Union have only managed three wins. Comfortable home win for us.


MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, September 16 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 14/5 – New York Red Bulls 7/4

Match Preview

Two of the most in form sides in MLS go head-to-head on Wednesday night as New England Revolution host Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls.

New England trail NYRB by two points heading into the game and they have played two more than the leaders. This is a tie they need to take all three points in if they are to have a chance of finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Revs come into the tie off the back of five straight wins, their latest was the 3-1 away victory over Toronto FC. They are unbeaten in their last seven, winning six, so confidence is high.

New England won the first meeting of the season between the sides at Gillette Stadium 2-1 and will be hoping they can repeat that result.

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New York Red Bulls are also on a good run of form, they have won nine of their last 12 and lost just twice. They are leading the Eastern Conference on goal difference, but have played three games less than DC United so are in a strong position.

Red Bulls come into the tie off the back of their 3-2 home win against Chicago Fire, where they came from two goals behind to win.

They won the last meeting between the sides in July, 4-1, but will be aware this tie will be difficult to take all three points from, even more so considering their poor record away against the Revs.

They can give themselves an even stronger chance of finishing at the top of the pile if they can avoid defeat here.

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Team News

New England are still without Darrius Barnes. London Woodberry and Jermaine Jones are both one caution away from a suspension.

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: W/W/W/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in 22 of their last 23 ties against New York Red Bulls in all competitions.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The obvious choice. His recent form in front of goal has no doubt been a huge factor his sides form. He has five in his last five and has now netted 14 for the season. He will have to be at his best if NYRB are to take all three points.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The sides to share the points and cancel each other out in a tight affair.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York City FC

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, July 18 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Live on Sky Sports 5)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 19/20 – Draw 13/5 – New York City FC 13/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host New York City FC in a huge clash in the Eastern Conference with playoff ambitions riding high for both sides.

The Revs are in a torrid run of form that needs to end quickly. No wins in their last five matches in MLS have given the rest of the conference a boost in climbing the table and has seen last year’s MLS Cup runners-up fall to sixth place, seeing the likes of Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC overtake them.

The 4-1 loss at Red Bull Arena last weekend condemned the Revs to the unwanted statistic of becoming the first side in MLS to lose five times on the bounce this season.

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That aside, they are still in the playoff mix but only just. They need to end that horrible run of form and get the win on Saturday to give them confidence as they head to Chicago Fire next week, having only won twice on the road this term. A win this time round is a must.

Despite an agonisingly slow start for New York City FC, the MLS Expansion Franchise have now starting picking up points steadily and are in and out of the playoff places in the Eastern.

The signing of Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo and the eagerly awaited debut of Frank Lampard will bring confidence, leaders and a winning mentality to the club – something Jason Kreis will welcome with open arms.

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They were very unfortunate in last week’s 4-4 draw at home to Toronto FC. They did well to come from 3-2 down at half time, with Jason Kreis rallying his troops to earn a point but their defending was woeful and they must improve at the back this week.

The reverse fixture saw New York City FC win 2-0 in their home opener at Yankee Stadium in March, with goals from David Villa and Patrick Mullins settling it, in what was NYCFC’s first ever victory in MLS.

Team News

New England look set to be without DP Jermaine Jones, Darrius Barnes and also Kevin Alston, though Jones could feature.

New York City FC will be without George John, Ryan Meara and Tony Taylor. Connor Brandt, Javier Calle, Khiry Shelton, Sebastian Velasquez and Jason Hernandez are all doubtful, while Mix Diskerud is away with the USMNT. Frank Lampard will have to wait another week for his debut as he is ruled out of this one.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: L/L/L/L/L

New York City FC’s last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/D

Key Stat: Three of New York City’s last four wins have been away from home.

Key Player: David Villa – You can’t bet against the NYCFC captain. Villa has been in excellent form and excelling in his striking role. He scored two last weekend and is now on ten goals in MLS. He will only get more when Lampard and Pirlo feature but until then, expect him to continue delivering.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 0-2 New York City FC – New England Revolution are in a real mess. Jermaine Jones’ absence is affecting them greatly. His signing this time last year galvanised the MLS Cup runners-up but they are really not in a good place right now. New York City look good going forward and look the likelier of the two to score. Away win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 3/1

New England Revolution take on San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium on Saturday in what is a huge MLS match for the Revs after they’ve lost two of their opening three and are yet to score a goal.

San Jose Earthquakes, by contrast, have had a great start, picking up two wins on the bounce and have responded well following their opening day defeat to FC Dallas.

The Quakes have scored five goals in their last two games, including three in an excellent away win against the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago.

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New England are on a poor run of form after a 3-0 drubbing on the opening day against Seattle Sounders followed by a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC.

The Revs took a point from a Montreal Impact side that played with ten men for the final 30 minutes last time out, and they’ve really struggled to hit the back of the net.

New England can take confidence from the fact that they’ve beaten San Jose in their last two meetings though, and a win is much needed in order to take some pressure off head coach Jay Heaps.

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San Jose Earthquakes are in a rich vein of form and are currently second in the Western Conference, level on points with the Vancouver Whitecaps going into this weekend’s fixtures.

The Quakes will fancy their chances over a vulnerable New England side that are languishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference above only Chicago Fire – the side that San Jose beat 2-1 last weekend.

Team News

New England Revolution will still be without influential midfielder Jermaine Jones who is recovering from his hernia surgery. Donnie Smith and Kevin Alston are both unavailable while Teal Bunbury remains a doubt. Playmaker Lee Nguyen has question marks over whether he will play.

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As for San Jose Earthquakes, Mark Sherrod remains out with a knee injury, as does Steven Lenhart. Defender Paulo Renato is out with a hamstring injury. Fatai Alashe will miss out as he is with the US U23 squad while Tommy Thompson is with the U20 side.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in their last 11 Major League Soccer games at Gillette Stadium.

Key Player: Ty Harden – The Quakes defender notched a goal and an assist against Chicago last weekend and will look to build on that performance this weekend.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes – New England will break their goalscoring duck, but the Quakes are in good form and will pick up another three points away from home this week.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 21 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT )

Match Odds: New England Revolution 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Montreal Impact at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in their first MLS home game of the 2015 campaign.

The Revs have had a poor start to the season with two defeats from two games, and they find themselves rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Montreal Impact have only played one MLS game so far and that ended in a 1-0 defeat away at DC United on March 7, however they are in with a great chance of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final after a 2-0 semifinal first-leg win over Alajuelense on Wednesday thanks to goals from Ignacio Piatti and Victor Cabrera.

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The strong form the Impact have shown in that competition will fill them with confidence and they will be hoping to pounce on New England’s slow start on Saturday night.

Frank Klopas has only had two days to recover and prepare his Montreal side following their midweek victory, and a trip to New England could take its toll, so he will be hoping fatigue doesn’t affect their performance on the day.

New England have failed to score in their opening two games for the second consecutive season and they’re experiencing a case of déjà vu as their stats read as played two, lost two, scored none, conceded five – the exact same situation they were in one year ago.

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Although it’s obviously a major disappointment for head coach Jay Heaps, he knows how much quality the Revs have in their squad and will point to last season as an example of what can be achieved despite being slow out of the blocks.

The absence of Jermaine Jones has been a clear problem, but once he returns they will be fully confident of turning it around in the long term. In the short term, this game presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start the 2015 campaign.

The head-to-head record between these two Eastern Conference sides in MLS is very tight with New England coming out on top in three of the previous eight encounters compared to Montreal’s four victories, while the most recent clash ended in a 2-2 draw back in October 2014.

Team News

New England Revolution’s defensive mainstay Jose Goncalves will miss the game through suspension following his red card against New York City last time out. The Revs are still without the injured Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury is also a doubt as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Defenders Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Donnie Smith (groin) are both unavailable.

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Montreal impact will be without midfielder Andres Romero and defender Adrian Lopez. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is unavailable due to a shoulder problem and Justin Mapp remains a long term absentee with an elbow injury.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L

Key Stat: New England Revolution failed to score in the opening three games of the 2014 season and history is on course to repeat itself unless they can pull themselves together here.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – He is the playmaker for the Revs and he really hasn’t got going yet. If he can start performing to the best of his ability then the results will come.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – Both sides will desperate for their first point of the new season and we could see a tightly contested affair.

Can Jermaine Jones help New England Revolution dominate MLS in 2015?

New England Revolution will still be licking their wounds after an agonising defeat at the hands of LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup Final, but all isn’t lost and they have plenty to look forward to in next year’s campaign.

One of their key assets in the end of season run-in was USA international Jermaine Jones who joined the Revs from Turkish side Besiktas in August 2014 and went on to make 15 appearances combining the end of the regular season and New England’s MLS Cup run.

As well as his dominant midfield performances which further allowed playmaker Lee Nguyen to express himself, he also chipped in with three goals and four assists.

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With Jones in the side, New England won 11, tied two and lost two of the 15 games in which he featured – one of those being that painful 2-1 defeat after extra-time against LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup Final.

If they can continue that kind of form when the 2015 season gets underway then they will be a serious force and you would expect them to be the team to beat.

New England Revolution’s stats and projected points total with Jones on the pitch compared to without him makes for frightening reading for other MLS teams going in to the next campaign.

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[*Includes points that New England Revolution would have gained from MLS playoff fixtures]

The highest points tally in an MLS season came when LA Galaxy accrued a total of 68 in the 1998 season, which they did so at a rate of 2.13 points per game.

The stats show that if New England can continue to play the way they have been, then they could potentially blow that record out of the water.

Will New England Revolution break the record for the highest points tally next year?

New England Revolution owner Jonathan Kraft “hopeful” of soccer specific stadium

New England Revolution owner/investor Jonathan Kraft remains “hopeful” that the team will be able to move into a soccer specific stadium in the near future and wants to create a “special atmosphere” in a permanent home.

The Revs have had an excellent 2014 so far and are now preparing for the Eastern Conference Championship game after seeing off the Columbus Crew 7-3 on aggregate in the playoff semi-finals.

Jermaine Jones‘ arrival has given the side a new dimension while Lee Nguyen has impressed throughout the campaign and the team is now looking like a side ready to kick on to the next level.

That level will need to include a soccer specific stadium for the side and that would mean no more NFL lines during games at Gillette Stadium – the home of the New England Patriots.

Jonathan Kraft agrees that the “team belongs in Boston or the immediate surrounding area”, and thinks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also wants to see a new stadium in the city.

“I think [Walsh] understands the power and the value to a community of one of these facilities. We’re hopeful that in the near future something will be able to happen,” Kraft said on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while and we’ve come very close with a couple of situations over the past half dozen years and they didn’t happen. Because of that we’re just going to stay quiet until we have something.

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“They belong in a city with public transportation, where new Americans and the 20, 30 and 40-year-olds who played the game and live in and around urban areas want to go to it [a potential stadium], and it’s a different kind of vibe than a sub-urban football stadium has.

“So hopefully we’ll be able to do it and then create the special atmosphere that exists in many other venues around the league,” he added.

Full interview with Jonathan Kraft on 98.5 The Sports Hub:

Increased media presence, a forward-thinking head coach and a talented team too, New England Revolution seem to be a club very much on the up in Major League Soccer and they will be hoping to reach the MLS Cup for the first time since 2007, as their dreams of winning the trophy for the first time are very much alive.

How important is it that New England Revolution get a soccer specific stadium?

Playoff Preview & Prediction: New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew

New England Revolution host the Columbus Crew in the second-leg of their Eastern Conference semi-final on Sunday night, and the visitors have it all to do after losing the first-leg 4-2 last weekend.

The new MLS away goals rule means that Columbus are staring elimination in the face, after such a poor defensive display at home last time out.

The most likely result they can hope for is a 3-0 away win and that would see them through, but New England have won their last six home games and are expected to have huge support for this one.

New England’s home record: Played 17 – Won 11 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4

With the New England Patriots on a bye-week in the NFL, Gillette Stadium can focus solely on soccer, and that will only help the Revs as around 30,000 fans could be packed into the stadium, after New England Revolution president Brian Bilello revealed that the tarps would be rolled back to fit more supporters in.

Columbus were the last team to win in New England, and they must take some confidence from that to have any chance, though it looks as though the game is beyond them.

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Columbus’ away record: Played 17 – Won 5 – Drawn 6 – Lost 6

The Revs dominated the game last week, and star man Lee Nguyen was allowed far too much space in midfield – a problem that the Crew will find difficult to fix as they will need to concentrate on attacking from the first minute.

New England scored their first two goals from set-pieces last week, and having scored at least one in their last nine home games, they will expect to net against the Crew in this one.

Charlie Davies got two on Saturday, and he will hope to be dancing come the end of Sunday’s game too as the Revs will expect to book their place in the Eastern Conference final without too much trouble.

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Columbus will believe they can get the 3-0 win they need to see them through as they have scored at least three on seven occasions this year, but they will need to look like a completely different side to the one that lost a week ago.

This should be a thriller nonetheless as Columbus have to attack from the off, while New England will look to catch them on the break.

Key player: Federico Higuain – The Argentinian’s late ‘panenka’ penalty last week kept Columbus in the tie and he will need to put in an inspired performance for the Crew to have a chance.

Key stat: Goals! Columbus has scored at least two in their last four games while New England have netted two or more in five of their last six.

New England’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Columbus’ last five: L/W/W/W/L

Prediction: New England Revolution 3-2 Columbus Crew

Dorman shuts out Dempsey as New England stun Seattle

By Louis East

New England Revolution stunned the Seattle Sounders as they put on a show to stroll to a 5-0 win at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

Going into the game, many expected it to be a tight contest, and Seattle were aiming to add to their five-game win streak.

Though it didn’t pan out as thought, with Seattle lethargical throughout, and the Revolution in their best attacking form of the season.

Clint Dempsey was returning to New England for the first time since leaving the club in 2006, and faced up against his former teammate in Welshman Andy Dorman.

Dorman and the Revs defence kept Dempsey and Obafemi Martins at bay, and kept a clean sheet against free-scoring Seattle, something no other team have been able to do this season.

New England manager, Jay Heaps, set his side out to absorb the Seattle pressure before hitting them on the counter-attack with their young attacking talents, and it worked perfectly.

The Revolution had less than 40% possession, but made it count as they punished the Sounders on the break time and time again.

Seattle started the game the brighter of the two, and should have been one up in the first five minutes, as Obafemi Martins headed into the hands of Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth with the whole goal to aim at.

New England made them regret that missed opportunity in the fourteenth minute, as Patrick Mullins opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, tapping in after Teal Bunbury’s effort had come back off the post, following an excellent cross from Chris Tierney.

Mullins was dangerous all night and added to the fine goal that he scored against Toronto FC last weekend, and the rookie is looking good.

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Not long after, New England made it two as Diego Fagundez collecting a fine ball from Tierney again, before beating Stefan Frei at his near post for his first goal of the season.

Seattle were in trouble, and it got worse as Bunbury made it 3-0 on thirty-five minutes, scoring from a tight angle after his initial shot was saved by Frei.

Seattle continued to get forward, but the Revs kept on punishing them on the break and they added a fourth before half time.

Fagundez added his second of the game with a great finish across Frei, after a great ball from Bunbury found him on the edge of the box.

The Sounders might have hoped to improve in the second-half, but those hopes were quashed less than a minute into the half, as New England made it 5-0 thanks to an own-goal.

Bunbury crossed the ball in from the right-hand side, but it deflected off of Chad Marshall and into the back of the net.

The result was settled, and the game slowed down in the second-half, with Dempsey having a couple of shots blocked by the resolute Revs defence as the Sounders tried to get on the scoresheet.

Two late efforts from Steve Neumann and A.J. Soares could have added to New England’s tally, but it finished 5-0, a result very few could have seen coming prior to the match.

Seattle were clearly affected by the long journey to Foxborough, as well as the fact that they had played a mid-week game, but take nothing away from the Revs who were brilliant.

They have now beaten Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Seattle in their last three and are looking a real threat as they moved joint-top of the Eastern Conference with Kansas City.

The Sounders still lead the Western Conference, but are just two points in front of Real Salt Lake who have played one game less.

Highlights via Major League Soccer’s YouTube channel: