Welcome to your match thread for a Wednesday night match between Orlando City and the New England Revolution (7:30 p.m. FOX 35 Plus). This is the first of two scheduled meetings between the two MLS Eastern Conference rivals this season and the only one at Gillette Stadium. The Revs will return to Orlando on August 6th.
Here’s what you need to know for the game.
The Lions are 2-5-6 in the all-time regular season against New England and 3-6-6 in all competitions. Orlando is still looking for his first away win in the series ever, with a terrible 0-5-1 record against the Revs at Gillette Stadium in the regular season.
When the teams last met, goals from Nani and Daryl Dike put Orlando up a 2-0 lead, but two late goals from Adam Buksa allowed the Revs to secure a point in a 2-2 draw at Exploria Stadium on October 24 2021 to steal The teams met at Gillette Stadium in Orlando just over a month before that draw, with Nani’s missed penalty costing the Revs a 2-1 home win. The Revolution took a 2-0 lead through a goal from Buksa and an own goal from Rodrigo Schlegel, with the referee treating the Orlando defender fairly leniently with the tall designated player ahead of Tajon Buchanan’s cross. Dike pulled one back for the Lions and won a penalty but Nani’s attempt to go in the middle was read by Matt Turner at the last second, holding his shoulder to keep the lead. Orlando played well in this match but wasn’t clinical enough with his chances.
New England ended the Lions season at Exploria Stadium in the 2020 playoffs and knocked Orlando City out of MLS Cup competition in the conference semifinals on November 29, 2020 with a 3-1 win at Exploria Stadium. It was the first away win for both sides in the series ever. Carles Gil gave the Revs an early penalty call from Uri Rosell and Gustavo Bou doubled the lead eight minutes later to end a game that started with a turnover from Nani that the captain felt should have been a foul. Junior Urso scored before half-time but Mauricio Pereyra was sent off for a stud fight with Matt Polster on the hour. Still, Nani had a chance to equalize from the point, but a weak penalty was saved by Turner. Bou added a late insurance target.
In the pre-pandemic era, the teams met at Exploria Stadium on September 14, 2019, with the Lions overcoming a Tesho Akindele own goal and two deficits – the second by two goals – to earn a 3-3 draw. Akindele’s own goal opened the scoring in the 15th minute but Nani equalized in the 22nd minute. Cristian Penilla and Bou scored goals five minutes apart just before half-time to seemingly put the visitors in control. But Dom Dwyer pulled one back after the restart and Nani connected it in the 54th minute.
The teams also met at Gillette Stadium on July 27, 2019, and the Revs put the Lions into overdrive, 4-1. Bou scored within the first two minutes of play and the Revolution scored more goals from Penilla, Gil and Diego Fagundez. Akindele pulled one back to avoid the shutout.
The teams met at Exploria Stadium on June 19, 2019 in the US Open Cup, with the Lions scoring twice in a 30-minute overtime session to seal the 2-1 win. Benji Michel and Akindele gave Orlando a 2-0 lead before Justin Rennicks pulled back a cross from Gil at the back post. City could see the game.
In their last meeting of 2018, the Revs went on to beat an exhausted Orlando side 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 13. Penilla and Fagundez provided the offensive. In the first duel of 2018, the teams scored six goals in a 3-3 draw on August 4 at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando fought back from a 2-0 deficit after Juan Agudelo and Penilla found the net. Dwyer pulled one back and Amro Tarek scored his first MLS goal to equalize. Teal Bunbury restored the Revolution’s lead, but Scott Sutter headed home a standard delivery from Yoshimar Yotún in the 93rd round to salvage a point for the Lions.
City wrapped up a 6-1 home win over 10-man New England on September 27, 2017. Kaká scored a brace, with Dwyer scoring his first home goal as an MLS Lion and Yotún and Antonio Nocerino each scoring their first-ever OCSC goal. Seb Hines also scored for Orlando and Lee Nguyen notched the Revs’ only tally from a free-kick. New England won 4-0 at Gillette Stadium that year and it could have been worse. Kei Kamara scored a hat-trick and Bunbury also scored, with Nguyen assisting on all four goals to equal an MLS record. Jose Aja was sent off after two yellow cards.
Orlando defeated the Revs at home on Jason Kreis’ debut as Lions coach on July 31, 2016 when Kevin Molino scored a brace for City in a 3-1 win. Cyle Larin also scored to more than offset Kamara’s strike. The teams also drew 2-2 twice in 2016 (and three times in their first four meetings), beginning with the odd affair in Orlando on April 17, 2016, where the teams drew a controversial 2-2 final score. It was offset by a very late penalty from Nguyen for a handball inside the penalty area against Servando Carrasco, who didn’t touch him with any part of his hand or arm. Kaká opened the scoring with a penalty and Molino scored in the 92nd minute. Between those two goals, Bunbury took a corner that should have been counted as a goal kick.
The second meeting of 2016 on April 30th in New England reached the same conclusion. This time, the Revs appeared to be the better team for most of the game, but the Lions fought back twice from a one-goal deficit on goals from Molino and Carlos Rivas to nullify goals from Fagundez and Agudelo.
The teams met twice in 2015, with Orlando City coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the last 17 minutes to draw 2-2 in April’s Citrus Bowl (there’s that result again). Larin and Aurelien Collin provided the goals for the lions. The rematch on September 5 at Gillette Stadium didn’t go so well, with New England winning 3-0. Fagundez, Agudelo and Chris Tierney scored for the revolution.
Orlando City have not played since May 28, when a second-half rally by FC Dallas led the visitors to a 3-1 win over the Lions. That ended Orlando’s three-game unbeaten streak in the league (2-0-1, which could have been 3-0-0 had it not been for a “creative” umpire in Austin), but extended the current winning streak to three games ( 0- 1-2) in all competitions. One of those draws became more palatable as the Lions won a post-game penalty shootout against Inter Miami after the 1-1 draw to progress in the US Open Cup.
The Lions are 3-1-3 going in 2022, which is good, but 0-4-3 in all MLS competitions against the Revolution (with the US Open Cup victory in overtime in that time frame) in the last seven meetings, what bad is. The Lions last celebrated a win over New England in an MLS game on September 27, 2017. Perhaps New England has since resorted to that 6-1 loss for added motivation.
The Revs played Sunday and clinched a late 2-1 away win over 10-man Sporting Kansas City. Unfortunately, it was former Lion Rosell who was shown a second yellow card that helped the Revs’ cause on the day. New England is in good form and has been unbeaten in six games since April 23 (3-0-3). The Revolution have a 3-2-2 home record this season and are unbeaten in their last four (2-0-2) at Gillette Stadium.
While Buksa’s sale to RC Lens in Ligue 1 may be cause for celebration for Orlando City fans, Bou has gone nowhere and is the likely interim replacement at the top of the New England lineup for now. The Argentine scored on Sunday and his shot, which Tim Melia was unable to convert, also set up the decisive goal. Bou has scored goals in each of his last two games. While he doesn’t have the same imposing physique as Buksa, he does more things well because he can create his own shot or create chances for others. As usual, Gil is pulling the strings for New England and has already recorded three goals and seven assists this year. Cesar Araujo and his partners in central midfield must try to deny him the ball and close it quickly when he gets it. With Turner on international duty, the Lions won’t miss him, but Djordje Petrovic is slowly emerging for the Revs.
“We’re preparing for New England after this break and it’s certainly been productive as we’ve had some time to recover the players after the marathon we’ve had at the end of the last two weeks of competition. We’re good, happy and preparing,” head coach Oscar Pareja said at his pre-game press conference on Monday.
Orlando will most likely be dependent on his third goalkeeper. Pedro Gallese played for Peru in Qatar on Monday and lost a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat after a goalless draw against Australia. Mason Stajduhar underwent jaw surgery following a training injury during the international break and will be out for several weeks. This makes Adam Grinwis the presumed starter. Despite Pareja hinting Gallese would make it back, the club today signed OCB goalkeeper Javier Otero to a short-term contract as an insurance policy.
The Lions are without defender Antonio Carlos (hamstring), who has returned to training after all, and Silvester van der Water (calf) alongside Stajduhar, while Benji Michel (calf) has been upgraded to questionable. New England’s availability report is short as defenseman Henry Kessler (leg) is listed as questionable and Turner is on international duty.
Mandatory Game Content
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Adam Grinwis.
Defender: Joao Moutinho, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Ruan.
Defensive Midfielders: Cesar Araujo, Andres Perea.
Attacking midfielders: Facundo Torres, Mauricio Pereyra, Junior Urso.
Forward: Erkan Kara.
New England Revolution (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Djordje Petrovic.
Defender: DeJuan Jones, Omar Gonzalez, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye.
Defensive Midfielders: Matt Polster, Wilfrid Kaptoum.
Attacking midfielders: Dylan Borrero, Carles Gil, Tommy McNamara.
Forward: Gustave Bou.
ref: Ramy Touchan.
AR1: Gianni Facchini.
AR2: Ryan Graves.
4: Fotis Bazakos.
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic.
AVAR: Craig Lowry.
how to watch
playing time: 7:30 am ET.
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA.
TV: FOX 35 Plus (local only).
Radio: FM 96.9 The Game (English), Accion 97.9 (Spanish), 810 PM.
Stream: The game is available to stream on ESPN+ (non-market only) and the LionNation app (market only).
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