New England Revolution vs New York City FC | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New England Revolution vs New York City FC

Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 24 2018 – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT)

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Preview

New England Revolution welcome high-flying New York City FC to Gillette Stadium in the first of just six MLS fixtures on Saturday evening as a result of the international break.

The Revs should be feeling well rested following their Week 3 bye and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Gillette Stadium to ten games. They beat Colorado Rapids 2-1 last time out, giving Brad Friedel his first coaching win in dramatic style, with Chris Tierney scoring the winning free-kick in stoppage time.

The hosts opened the season with a 2-0 road loss at Philadelphia in which both centre-backs were sent off. But both Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna return from suspension and will be available again here.

New York City have made a perfect start to the 2018 season. They are 3-0-0 for the first time in franchise history and come into this one off the back of a 2-0 win over Orlando City last weekend. That win was all the more impressive given the number of absences Patrick Vieira had to deal with.

NYCFC midfielder Maxi Morales (10) celebrates a second-half goal in an MLS game between NYCFC and Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., USA, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Photo: Ashley Marshall

Selecting a team doesn’t get any easier this week though, as David Villa is still a doubt with a calf strain, while Alex Ring and Rodney Wallace are away on international duty. NYCFC have scored two goals in each of their three games so far, conceding just once. They will be looking to further stamp their authority down when they travel to New England here.

This will be the 10th MLS clash between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Revs have won four of the previous nine games, with NYCFC taking three victories. The Revs won the most recent meeting 2-1 back in October at Gillette Stadium. NYCFC had won by the same scoreline at Yankee Stadium two months before that, while they also played out a 2-2 draw in New York last June.

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Team News

New England Revolution

🌎 International duty: Krisztian Nemeth (Hungary)

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Gabriel Somi (concussion), Zachary Herivaux (ankle).

🚑 Out: None.

New York City FC

🌎 International duty: Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica), Alex Ring (Finland)

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: David Villa (calf).

🚑 Out: Ronald Matarrita (hamstring).

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Key Stats

New England Revolution’s MLS form: L/W

NYCFC’s MLS form: W/W/W

Key stat: There has been a red card in each of the four games between these two sides at Gillette Stadium. The Revs have picked up one of those. But NYCFC have had a man sent off in three of their four trips to Foxborough.

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 NYCFC: There are usually goals when these two sides face off. The Revs should be fresh following their bye week and have had a long time to prepare for a dangerous NYCFC side. The worry for Vieira’s men is that David Villa may miss out again here, while the absence of Alex Ring in midfield will be noticeable. Both sides will fancy their chances but it’s hard to see NYCFC getting beaten. Score draw.

Advertisements

2018 Key Transfers: New England Revolution

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we will be running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at New England Revolution and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The 2017 season wasn’t one New England Revolution fans will remember fondly. The team finished seventh in the Eastern Conference for the second successive season. Their 13-15-6 record wasn’t terrible but the squad underperformed and conceded far too many goals. Only LA Galaxy and Minnesota United conceded more goals than the Revs (61) last time out. Brad Friedel has replaced Jay Heaps as the new head coach and Revs fans will hope his arrival ensures the defence is more solid in 2018 as they look to return to the playoffs. Lee Nguyen’s future remains unclear as the playmaker still wants out. He has returned to preseason training but it looks like being a long and potentially damaging transfer saga for both the club and the player…

Key Signings

Cristian Penilla: With Kei Kamara leaving (more on that below), New England had to ensure they brought in a fresh attacking option. The man they have turned to is Ecuadorian striker Cristian Penilla. The 26-year-old has played in the top flight in Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico, playing over 200 games. He joins New England on loan but with the option to buy at the end of the season. He might end up being a Designated Player for the Revs, but they are also considering using Targeted Allocation Money to buy down his contract if another big signing is made.

Jalil Anibaba: The Revs addressed their defensive issues by signing experienced MLS defender Anibaba. The 29-year-old joins the club after leaving Houston at the end of the 2017 campaign. He has played 166 regular season games since 2011 for Chicago, Seattle, Sporting KC and Houston. He might not be a regular starter but he’ll add some vital depth across the entire backline.

Wilfried Zahibo: Expect to see a lot of Zahibo in 2018. The French midfielder is a powerful ball-winner, who is vastly experienced despite being just 24. He joins the Revs on a free transfer after leaving Spanish second division side Gimnastic de Tarragona. He has previously played for Ajaccio, Fuenlabrada and Valencia. Friedel is likely to use Zahibo alongside Scott Caldwell in the centre of midfield.

Gabriel Somi: Another defensive addition, Somi is a Swedish-born Syrian who is most comfortable at left-back, but can play a number of positions. He joins on a free after departing Östersunds FK, who have been one of the Europa League’s success stories in 2017/18.

Notable Departures

Kei Kamara: The powerful striker has moved on after one-and-a-half seasons. It comes as no surprise after the player admitted he had never completely settled following his move from Columbus Crew midway through the 2016 season. His next challenge will be in Vancouver, after the Canadian side sent the Revs their first-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft in a trade for Kamara. He scored 12 goals and assisted five more in 31 games in 2017.

Benjamin Angoua: The 31-year-old defender leaves New England after just one season. He played 26 games and the club had the option to make his loan move permanent but declined after the Revs struggled so badly at the back in 2017.  He has since returned to France with Guingamp.

Xavier Kouassi: The midfield enforcer is perhaps unfortunate to have been moved on after just two seasons. Kouassi joined the Revs as a Designated Player in 2016 but was ruled out for the season after picking up a serious injury almost immediately. He played 23 games in 2017 and was impressive when healthy. However, New England decided not to give him one more season and have replaced him with Zahibo.

Gershon Koffie: Another midfielder to have left is Gershon Koffie. The 26-year-old has returned to Swedish side Hammarby after his loan expired. He played 23 games last season but couldn’t really stamp his mark on the midfield, despite his reputation of being a tough-tackling box-to-box engine. His departure, along with Kouassi’s and Daigo Kobayashi’s means the Revs will have a very different midfield in 2018.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Atlanta United vs New England Revolution

Major League Soccer: Atlanta United vs New England Revolution

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Wednesday, September 13 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Atlanta 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – New England 4/1

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Preview

Atlanta United face New England Revolution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday night, in what is a pivotal battle for the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.

The hosts started life in their new stadium with a convincing 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night. The venue may have changed but the Five Stripes’ impressive home record continues. They have not lost in seven at home, scoring in every single home match this season.

Tata Martino will have been especially delighted with Sunday’s win as it ended a run of four games without victory. Atlanta sit sixth coming into Wednesday’s game, with this being one of their games in hand over the sides above them.

They are four points ahead of the Revolution in eighth place. But New England have played two games more so this is a huge game for the visitors.

The glaring problem for the Revs is that they haven’t won an away game all season. They are the only MLS team that can say that this year, not that you’ll hear New England fans voicing that fact with anything but a sense of despair.

But as things stand heading into the final stretch, the Revolution are still in a position to make the playoffs. Their home form is strong and they have put together a good run of form in recent weeks, winning five of their last eight.

They know they must start winning on the road to give themselves a realistic chance of making the postseason. But doing so at Atlanta United’s shiny new home, with over 40,000 fans roaring on poses an even trickier task than usual for the visitors.

This will be the first ever clash between the two sides. They will meet at Gillette Stadium in the reverse fixture on September 30. That will be Atlanta’s first road game after their current six-match home stretch ends in a few weeks.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Team News

Atlanta United remain without goalkeeper Alec Kann. Kenwyne Jones remains a doubt with a knee problem. Tata Martino might make a few changes to his starting lineup, with Saturday’s game against Orlando City in mind.

New England Revolution remain without Kelyn Rowe. Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez recovered from knocks in time to face Montreal on Saturday and should be ready to go again here.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Key Points

Atlanta United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

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

Key Stat: New England Revolution are the team in MLS yet to win an away game this season. They have gone 0-10-3 away from Gillette Stadium in 2017.

Key Player: Josef Martinez – The pacey Atlanta forward has struggled to get a consistent run of games as a result of injuries all season. But when he’s played, he’s looked dangerous. He has ten goals and one assist in 12 games this term and will look to hurt the Revs defence, so long as he plays here.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Prediction

Atlanta United 2-0 New England Revolution – While the Revolution have looked like a solid outfit in recent weeks, their terrible road record looks unlikely to end here. The Five Stripes are in high spirits. They’ve got an incredible new stadium to play in and will be looking to put on a show here. A win on Wednesday would put them into a seriously strong position, as far as playoff hopes go. That’s how we see it going. Home 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 – 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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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: 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.

Embed from Getty Images

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 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.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC - Red Bulls Celebrate

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.

New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders

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.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC - Bradley Wright-Phillips Celebrates

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

Embed from Getty Images

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.

New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders

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.

MLS: New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact Ignacio Piatti

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 28 –  19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Seattle 10/3

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Seattle Sounders to Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in a tie between two sides who are struggling for consistency.

New England come into this one off the back of their 4-2 loss to Dallas. They have now only won once in their last eight outings.

The Revs sit 8th in the Eastern Conference, two points outside of the playoffs and they will be reliant on home form if they are to close that gap.

Jay Heaps will be relatively confident of his sides chances coming into this tie as they have only lost once at home this season.

Embed from Getty Images

Seattle Sounders come into this tie off the back of their 1-0 loss to Colorado, their second loss on the bounce.

Sigi Schmid’s side sit 9th in the Western Conference, six points outside the playoffs and have looked low on confidence for a number of their games this season.

Seattle haven’t performed too badly at home this season, but it’s a completely different story away. They have only picked up one point from a possible 12 on the road in 2016.

Seattle Sounders team

Team News

New England Revolution could be without up to four players for this one. Charlie Davies is out, with Donnie Smith, Jose Goncalves and Steve Neumann are all doubts.

Seattle Sounders have three injury concerns heading into this one. As Roman Torres and Oalex Anderson are out, while Chad Marshall is a doubt.

Key Points

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

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Seattle Sounders haven’t won in their last eight away games.

Key Player: Juan Agudelo – The Revs forward is their joint leading goalscorer on three for the season, if he can find consistent for he could prove to the difference and help to turn around his sides season.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

New England 2-1 Seattle Sounders – Seattle’s struggles on the road to continue with another loss here. New England have to take advantage of their home form and avoid defeat at all costs in this tie.

Kei Kamara joins New England in record trade to end dramatic week for Columbus

Kei Kamara has left the Columbus Crew following a highly dramatic week after being traded to New England Revolution just minutes after the MLS primary transfer window closed on Wednesday night.

The Revolution have reportedly sent Columbus a record amount of allocation money in the trade – believed to be in excess of $300,000 – as well as an international roster spot for the current season, New England’s highest SuperDraft pick for 2017 and a second round pick for 2018.

Kamara, who ended last season as the joint-highest scorer in MLS with 22 goals, was involved in a very public spat with teammate Federico Higuain in last Saturday’s 4-4 home against Montreal Impact, in which both players scored twice.

The Crew earned a penalty kick in the 51st minute with the score at 3-1. Kamara wanted to take the penalty as he was set for a first career hat-trick but Higuain instead put the ball into the net to make it 4-1, before the Crew collapsed to allow Montreal back into the game.

Kamara laid into his teammate after the game, labelling Higuain as “selfish” as well as questioning the club’s team spirit.

“You have two goals, you’re going for a hat-trick, a player that’s never scored a hat-trick in their career,” Kamara told local TV after the game. “What do you do? Do you give it to him or do you take it? That’s selfishness. That’s not a teammate. That’s selfishness.

“We scored a lot of goals, but there was no team play and that completely explains the way me and Federico behaved on the penalty kick. A team who stays together will win games. A team that doesn’t, not gonna win games. And that’s horrible.”

Embed from Getty Images

Kamara was subsequently suspended for this weekend’s game against Colorado but he showed no regret for his comments following that decision when speaking on Tuesday.

“[Coach Gregg Berhalter] told me that this morning, and obviously I didn’t agree to it all,” the Sierra Leonean forward said. “I won’t agree to it. But he’s the boss, and if he says, ‘We don’t need you for the weekend. You’re going to have to sit out for the weekend,’ there’s nothing I can do about that.”

With tensions reaching boiling point, Columbus took the decision to trade their star striker late on Wednesday, with both the Crew and New England officially announcing the deal on Thursday morning.

Columbus won’t be able to replace the 31-year-old goalscorer until the summer transfer window opens on July 4, but they do now have a Designated Player slot available, as well as a healthy sum of allocation money to invest.

Kamara penned a DP contract with Columbus this offseason, just one year after returning to MLS from Middlesbrough and will now become New England’s second DP, joining defender Jose Goncalves.

The Revolution have struggled for goals so far this term, averaging just 1.18 per game – the sixth-worst return in the league so far – so Kamara’s arrival will undoubtedly give the club a boost.

Embed from Getty Images

“We have been looking to strengthen our team and we feel that this addition accomplishes just that,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a club statement. “Kei is a player who has had success and is a proven goal scorer in MLS. We’re pleased we were able to get this deal done and look forward to Kei’s arrival and integration into the team.”

Kamara will now join his seventh team in ten years and his fifth MLS side, having played for Columbus, San Jose, Houston and Sporting Kansas City before then returning to the Crew ahead of the 2015 season.

He has scored a total of 79 goals in 234 MLS appearances and is the league’s second-highest active goalscorer among current MLS players, trailing only San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who has 116 goals.

Kamara could make his Revs debut in Saturday’s game against Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium and could face the Crew three times during the regular season, at home on July 9 and August 20 before a trip to MAPFRE Stadium on September 25.

What do you make of Columbus Crew’s decision to trade Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution?