Gallery: Exclusive photos from Seattle’s incredible comeback over New England

Seattle Sounders produced an incredible late comeback to rescue a point at home to New England Revolution on Saturday, scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes to stun the visitors.

The Revs started well and found themselves 2-0 up through 26 minutes and on course for a first away win of the season. They must have thought they were cruising when Juan Agudelo made it 3-0 nine minutes into the second half, but Seattle weren’t giving up.

Brian Schmetzer sent Harry Shipp on and Seattle started to dominate. Nicolas Lodeiro’s deflected goal on 75 minutes gave the home fans a glimmer of hope, before Will Bruin made it 3-2 ten minutes later.

Then, with just two minutes to go, Osvaldo Alonso headed in from close range to send CenturyLink Field into raptures. Both sides left with a point, but given the manner of the result, New England will have felt like they’d left Seattle with a defeat.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Denise McCooey.

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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 – Wednesday, April 19 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 
Match Odds: New England 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – San Jose 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution take on San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night as Week 8 starts early in a clash between two sides that have been inconsistent through the first few weeks of the 2017 season.

The Revs fell 3-0 in Chicago on Saturday, with the early dismissal of Je-Vaughn Watson doing little to help their cause. The Fire dominated the game thereafter and handed New England a third away loss of the season.

Jay Heaps has a talented squad at his disposal again this season, but their inconsistency is proven by the fact that they have only won back-to-back MLS games once in the past 13 months.

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The boost for them this week is that they have two games on home soil to try and climb up the Eastern Conference. They welcome DC United to Gillette Stadium on Saturday after the visit of San Jose on Wednesday and many will feel the Revs have a strong chance of picking up maximum points from the two games.

San Jose tend to struggle on the road, while New England have won both of their home games so far this season, with both coming against Western opposition.

The Earthquakes come into this midweek game off the back of a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to FC Dallas on Friday night. The Quakes looked beaten but got the all-important equaliser with just seconds remaining in stoppage time.

That last-gasp Jahmir Hyka goal made it back-to-back draws for the Earthquakes, who are without a win in four after opening the season with consecutive home win.

Their only two road trips so far have ended in 2-1 losses to Sporting Kansas City and New York City FC, so it’s easy to understand why they are underdogs for Wednesday’s trip to Foxborough.

These two sides met once last season, drawing 0-0 at Avaya Stadium in late August. New England had won three in a row prior to that, with San Jose’s last win against the Revs coming five years ago.

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Team News

New England boss Jay Heaps is fortunate to have no injuries to worry about ahead of the visit of San Jose. However, Je-Vaughn Watson will miss out after being sent off in the 3-0 loss at Chicago. Heaps is likely to make a few alterations to keep the squad fresh ahead of the weekend visit of DC United.

San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear will be tempted to name an unchanged side to the one that fought back to earn a draw against Dallas but he also had another Week 8 game to consider. Quincy Amarikwa remains out, along with Marvell Wynne, Marc Pelosi and Harold Cummings. Simon Dawkins and Andres Imperiale are still listed as ‘questionable’.

Key Points

NE Revolution’s form: L/W/D/W/L

SJ Earthquakes’ form: W/L/L/D/D

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes haven’t won an away game in MLS since August. They have now only picked up one road win in their last 21 regular season games.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revs have hardly set the world alight so far this season but Lee Nguyen has looked impressive, scoring three goals and picking up one assist in six outings so far. Most the Revolution’s best play will come through him and he’ll be looking to unlock the San Jose defence from the outset.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose have already lost two away games 2-1 this year and they could be set for a third defeat by the same scoreline on Wednesday. The Quakes are an attacking threat but struggle to keep opponents out away from home. New England have scored seven in their two home games so far and will expect to pick up three points in the first of two matches in front of their own fans this week.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution
Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, April 15 – 17:00 ET (22:00 GMT) 
Match Odds: Chicago 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England 5/2

Match Preview

Chicago Fire welcome New England Revolution to Toyota Park on Saturday evening in what looks set to be a hard fought Eastern Conference match-up.

Veljko Paunović’s side come into this one having won at home against Columbus. They’re sitting 4th in the East, one point ahead of New England and boast a good record against their opponents this weekend, losing just once in the last 16 meetings in all competitions.

Chicago have given themselves a great platform to build for a playoff push this season. They seem to have a good balance throughout the side and will be difficult to breakdown.

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New England have picked up in their last three, winning twice and drawing the other. Their back-to-back defeats at the start of the season already seem distant, but this is going to be a tough away tie.

Jay Heaps’s side come into this one having overcome Houston at home. If they can pick up a positive result here they put themselves in good shape heading into their next two home fixtures.

But the Revs have their work cut out against a Chicago side who have not lost in their last six home MLS games.

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Team News

John Goossens is expected to be out for Chicago, while Matt Polster and Luis Solignac are both questionable.

New England Revolution have a clean bill of heath ahead of this one. Heaps may well decide to name the same starting XI who won last weekend.

Chicago Fire’s last five: D/W/L/D/W

New England’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: New England’s form on the road has been poor since the start of last season, they have failed to win in 12 of their last 13.

Key Player: Bastian Schweinstieger – Chicago’s marquee signing made an instant impact, scoring on his debut. He has the ability to dominate the battle in the middle and will no doubt be looking to get on the ball to make things happen.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 2-1 New England Revolution – Chicago to extend their unbeaten run to three and continue their good form against New England. The Revs could potentially fall as low as 9th in the East by losing this game, which will make it a difficult result to take if other games go against them.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution
Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, April 2 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 
Match Odds: Portland 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – New England 15/4

Match Preview

Portland Timbers will look to keep their 100% home record going when they welcome New England Revolution to Providence Park in Sunday’s lone MLS fixture.

The Timbers suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, losing 3-2 in Columbus. They were weakened by the loss of Darlington Nagbe and David Guzman, who were away on international duty but will expect to bounce back with another home victory here.

Portland have outscored their opponents 9-3 in their two home victories over Minnesota and Houston so far and will be out to attack a vulnerable New England defence from the outset on Sunday night.

Caleb Porter’s side look like genuine MLS Cup contenders again this season. It is only Week 5 but they have all the tools to enjoy success this term and now need to deliver on their potential.

New England got off the mark for the season in their home opener against Minnesota last weekend, winning 5-2 in what was a much needed result for Jay Heaps and his players.

They have been better than their 1-2-0 record suggests so far, with the 2-1 loss at Dallas in Week 3 particularly harsh after an encouraging performance on the road.

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They know they are in for a real test if they are to keep the Portland attack quiet this weekend. The Revs have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and haven’t kept one on the road since August.

This will be the eighth MLS clash between these two sides. Four of the previous seven games have ended in draws, proving there is often very little to choose between the two. New England have still never scored a goal at Providence Park in MLS.

Team News

Portland defender Vytas and Liam Ridgewell are both still doubts but are in contention to start here, although Gbenga Arokoyo remains sidelined. Darlington Nagbe and David Guzman should return to the starting lineup after returning from international duty.

New England have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Rose City, with Zachary Herivaux the only player still struggling with any kind of knock.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ form: W/W/W/L

New England Revolution’ form: L/L/W

Key Stat: Road woes – New England have lost their last four away games in MLS, scoring just two goals in that run. They have never scored away at Portland in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The big Timbers striker has already bagged four in four this season. He’s looking a threat every time Portland drive forward and he’ll be looking to cause the New England defenders all kinds of problems on Sunday night. He scored twice in the final five minutes last time these sides met in Portland and it’s not difficult to see him getting another brace here.

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-0 New England Revolution – New England showed us all how dangerous they can be on the break in last week’s win over the weak Minnesota defence but Portland will offer a whole different challenge for the Eastern Conference side to overcome. The Timbers are one of the toughest teams to beat on the road and we see them keeping their 100% home record intact on Sunday evening.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Minnesota United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Minnesota United
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 25 – 14:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 2/5 – Draw 100/30 – Minnesota United 13/2

Match Preview

New England play their first home match of the season on Saturday night, with Minnesota United making the trip to Gillette Stadium with both sides still looking for their first win of 2017.

Having lost both games so far, the Revolution are already off the pace in the race for the playoffs. Of course they are only two games in, but points on the board will be essential come crunch time and the Revs need to pick up quickly as a result.

Their home game with Orlando City was postponed two weeks ago due to bad weather but New England will now hope that playing in front of their own fans will see their fortunes improve.

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Failing to win here would put serious questions on the direction of the franchise after two seasons which have seen the side underperform after reaching the 2014 MLS Cup Final. It cannot be long before Jay  Heaps’ position is put under scrutiny if things don’t turn around.

On the flip side, Adrian Heath will be in charge for only his fourth competitive match as Minnesota manager. However, his disappointing time in Orlando has left his critics with a lot to mull over and a quick turnaround after a slow start would do both Heath, and the team the world of good.

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As Minnesota still search for a debut win in MLS, they will have to dismantle a run of four-straight home wins in MLS for the Revolution stretching back to last season. They will also need to try and shut the flood gates at the back, which have seen them concede 13 goals in only three games thus far.

Like we mentioned before, this game is an interesting one. Both sides are desperately craving three points and so we are expecting an open affair. Minnesota will have to prove their squad depth with so many players away on international duty or on the sidelines with injuries.

Team News

New England Revolution will be without goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who misses out with a concussion. Zachary Herivaux is listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain. The Revs are fortunate to have no international call-ups to contend with as they look for their first points of the season.

Minnesota United are missing eight for the trip to Boston and are set to only be able to name a 17-man squad as a result. Bernardo Anor and John Alvbage are out with leg injuries, while Patrick McLain and Joseph Greenspan are both out with concussions.Thomas de Villardi has suffered a serious injury and is expected to be out for some time. On the international front, Kevin Molino (Trinidad), Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica) and Rasmus Schuller (Finland) are all away and won’t be involved. Justin Davis is suspended after picking up a red card last weekend.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Minnesota United’s form: L/L/D

Key Stat: Minnesota United have conceded a total of 13 goals in their opening three fixtures – an average of 4.3 per game.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revolution’s maestro should be the most creative player on the park come Saturday and could see plenty of the ball to cause trouble against a Minnesota defence that has proven to be the most vulnerable in the league through the first month of the new season.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Minnesota United – Both sides are out of form and struggling to adapt to the most competitive MLS season to date. Minnesota have the excuse of being the new guys but will likely struggle with so many players absent for their trip to Boston. This is a big game for the home side and we see the Revolution edging it, just.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

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

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution and Montreal Impact lock horns in an Eastern Conference clash at Gillette Stadium on the final weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season.

The Revs have the faintest hope of securing a top six finish and thus reaching the playoffs, needing both a heavy win here and relying on Philadelphia Union suffering a huge loss at home to the New York Red Bulls in order for a huge swing in goal difference.

Jay Heaps’ side would go level on points with Philadelphia should they win and the Union lose, but making up a 12 goal difference is most unlikely.

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It means this fixture will essentially come down to seeing out the season with pride even though they’re set to agonisingly miss out.

Montreal Impact have already secured a playoff berth thanks to their 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend, although a win could lift them to fourth should DC fail to win against Orlando, giving them a higher seeding.

Form going into the playoffs can be vital, so Mauro Biello will be urging his side to maintain focus and build confidence heading into the postseason.

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The Impact are unbeaten in their last three games (W2, D1) and will want to keep that run going by recording consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England run out as 3-1 winners in Montreal just a month ago, while the last clash at Gillette Stadium in October 2015 resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Impact.

Team News

New England will be without Brad Knighton (suspension) and Xavier Kouassi (knee), while Je-Vaughn Watson (groin) is a doubt.

Montreal’s Andres Romero remains out with a knee injury. The Impact could make a few changes with a view to avoiding injuries going into the playoffs.

Key Points

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

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have lost just one of their last six MLS meetings with New England Revolution (W3, D2).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – An obvious choice, but it’s impossible to look past the Argentinian, given his incredible form this season. He’s the third top goalscorer in MLS with 17 and has also contributed six assists – an impressive return.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – The Revs essentially have little to play for, but will want to sign off for the season in style, while Montreal will want to keep morale high in the camp. A score draw seems the most probable outcome here.

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

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

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, August 28 – 14:30 ET (19:30 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 4/7 – Draw 3/1 – Montreal 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Eastern Conference rivals New England Revolution to Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Jesse Marsch’s side have been in strong form and are unbeaten in their last eight regular season games, they will be feeling confident of extending that run here.

Red Bulls come into this one off the back of their disappointing 2-2 draw away at DC. Although the game was disrupted early on due to the weather, NYRB had gone on to lead 2-0, but threw three points away to a DC side who showed great spirit to turn things around.

New York are six points off top spot in the East and will be looking to finish the season in the highest position possible. They have eight regular season games remaining and if they carry on this unbeaten run they have a great chance of topping the East.

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New England Revolution are having a season to forget, but they still have plenty of games ahead of them to push their way above the red line. They’re currently sitting 8th, two points behind the top six.

Jay Heaps will be eager for his side to end their five game winless run here but will know how tough this tie is going to be.

The Revs drew their last outing 0-0 away at San Jose, that result ended a four game losing streak. They now need to build upon that and take a positive result in this one.

New England haven’t won in their last six attempts on the road and face a Red Bulls side who are proving to be tough to beat at home.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls are without four through injury ahead of the game as Gideon Baah, Dax McCarty, Connor Lade and Damien Perrinelle all remain out.

New England Revolution could be without as many as six for this tie as Xavier Kouassi, Jordan McCrary, Je-Vaughn Watson, Jose Goncalves are out, while Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Donnie Smith are both doubts.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/D/D/W/D

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

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last nine Major League Soccer home outings, winning eight.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls’ frontman has netted 15 goals so far this season and has four in his last two home appearances.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-1 New England Revolution – Given the form of these two sides it is difficult to see anything other than a win for Red Bulls. New England have struggled for large parts of the regular season and although they ended their losing run last time out it looks set to be another tough one to take for their fans.

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 – Wednesday, July 6 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 

Match Odds: New England 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome New York City FC to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday evening in a battle between two Eastern Conference sides in contrasting form.

New England are stuck in eighth place in the East, a point off the playoff places, and have now lost back-to-back games away at DC and Montreal.

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Jay Heaps has watched his side win just four of their 17 games to this point. They must perform better over the second half of the season if they are to enjoy another playoff run.

A return to Gillette Stadium should improve their chances, although they have the third-worst home form in the league – another sign things aren’t progressing as they should in Foxborough.

By stark contrast, New York City come into Wednesday’s game at the top of the Eastern Conference and will be on cloud nine following Sunday’s first-ever New York Derby win.

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NYCFC have been in great form of late, winning each of their last three and are now unbeaten in four away games. They have picked up more points away from home than any other side in MLS this term.

They will look to keep their place at the top of the East with another victory here. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 in March.

Team News

New England Revolution have a number of injury worries heading into Wednesday’s game. Charlie Davies remains sidelined, along with Gershon Koffie, Donnie Smith and Juan Agudelo. Darrius Barnes is a doubt. Bobby Shuttleworth will hope to return between the sticks but Brad Knighton has started each of the last three league games for the Revs.

Patrick Vieira is unlikely to want to make any changes to the NYCFC side that beat the Red Bulls on Sunday. Connor Brandt and Steve Mendoza remain sidelined, while Federico Bravo and Ethan White are doubts. Jack Harrison starred in Sunday’s win and will hope to start a fifth-straight game here.

Key Points

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

New York City’s last five: D/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: NYCFC are unbeaten in their last four away games in MLS (W3 D1).

Key Player: Jack Harrison – It’s impossible to highlight anyone other than New York City’s wonderkid ahead of Wednesday’s game. The English youngster scored his second goal of the season in the 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on Sunday and also picked up his second assist of the campaign too. He is on fire right now and will look to extend his form with another solid display here.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-2 New York City FC – New York City to continue their fine run of form with a fourth consecutive victory here. New England don’t look like the side they should be and will be devastated to have thrown away a two-goal lead at Montreal on Saturday. Away win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution

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

Stadium: Stade Saputo – Saturday, July 2 – 17:30 ET (22:30 BST)

Match Odds: Montreal 23/20 – Draw 12/5 – New England Revolution 23/10

Match Preview

Montreal Impact welcome Eastern Conference rivals New England Revolution to Stade Saputo on Saturday night.

Montreal are currently fourth in the East, trailing top spot by five points but they do have two games in hand, so wins in both of those would see them go first.

Mauro Biello’s side come into this one off the back of their 2-2 draw with SKC, where they twice threw the lead away.

Impact have drawn consecutive regular season games and have just one win in their last nine. They need to find a way to turn draws into wins, as they have had to share the points in six of those nine games.

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New England Revolution are siting eighth, one point outside the playoff places but only seven points off top spot, showing just how competitive the Eastern Conference is this season.

The Revs lost 2-0 to DC last time out, their second loss in their last five games. But things have improved for New England, as they have three wins in those five outings.

Jay Heaps will be looking for his players to break their duck and finally net against Montreal. His side have failed to breach the Impact backline in the last three meetings in all competitions between the sides and they’ll be desperate to put that dry run to an end here.

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Team News

Montreal could be without up to four players for this tie as Andres Romero, Donny Toia and Marco Donadel are all expected to be out, while Calum Mallace is a doubt.

New England Revolution have five injury concerns for this tie as Charlie Davies, Gershon Koffie and Donnie Smith are out, while both Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Darrius Barnes are both doubts.

Key Points

Montreal Impact’s form: D/L/W/D/D

New England Revolution’s form: W/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Consistency – Montreal are unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 MLS home games.

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal playmaker has netted nine this season and has three goals in his last four regular season games.

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Score Prediction

Montreal Impact 1-1 New England Revolution – Another draw for Montreal in a result that won’t be overly beneficial to either of these sides. New England to break the trend of struggling to score against their Eastern Conference opponents.

Gallery: Photos from New England Revolution’s win over Seattle Sounders

New England Revolution picked up just their third win of the season as they beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The win moved the Revs onto 16 points and although they sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, they are tied on points with three other clubs above them.

Seattle opened the scoring after just seven minutes as youngster Aaron Kovan put the Western Conference outfit in front. However, that lead lasted just 17 minutes as Lee Nguyen tucked a penalty past Stefan Frei to level the score in the 24th minute.

New England then completed the comeback as rookie striker Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored his second professional goal in two weeks just ten minutes before the end, leaving Seattle to cope with a third-straight loss.

Check out some photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of Prost Amerika’s Kristian Cardillo.

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