New England Revolution at Orlando City SC
Sunday, October 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Exploria Stadium | Orlando, Fla.
Predicted Weather: Chance of showers| High 87 | Low 72
HOW TO TUNE IN
National TV: FS1 (English), FOX Deportes (Spanish)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 (English), WBIX 1260 Nossa Radio (Portuguese)
REVOLUTION PREGAME LIVE
Sunday, October 24 | 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Pehota and Jeff Lemieux will break down all the major storylines and starting XIs on Revolution Pregame Live, available live at 7 p.m. ahead of Sunday night's battle at Orlando on the Revolution’s official Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as www.revolutionsoccer.net.
RECENT FORM VS. ORLANDO CITY SC
This will be the 15th meeting in all competitions between the New England Revolution and Orlando City SC, since the Lions joined MLS as an expansion team in 2015.
This will be the second and final regular season meeting between New England and Orlando in 2021, as these two sides met one month ago at Gillette Stadium, where the Revs took down the Lions, 2-1. Adam Buksa bagged the opening goal with a first-time finish off long-distance service from Gustavo Bou. While Orlando’s Daryl Dike delivered an equalizer nine minutes later, the Revs reclaimed the lead with an own goal in the 35th minute. What kept the Revs ahead, though, was when goalkeeper Matt Turner denied Nani’s penalty-kick attempt in the 75th minute to preserve the 2-1 victory.
That penalty moment was coincidentally reminiscent of the last time these two teams played at Exploria Stadium in a heated showdown in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. As the No. 8 seed, New England took down No. 4 Orlando, 3-1, to advance to the Conference Final. In similar fashion, Turner’s 74th-minute thrilling, diving save denied Nani a penalty kick that would have erased New England’s 2-1 lead, and kept the Revs in a position to eventually post a 3-1 road victory over the Lions.
This is the first rematch at Exploria Stadium since last year’s Conference Semifinals.
Orlando currently sits at fourth place in the East with 46 points, going 12-8-10 in 30 matches. As the Lions are coming off a 1-1 draw against CF Montréal in Orlando, with four games remaining and only five points separating 4th and 8th place in the East, the hosts will be eager to take advantage of their opportunity at Exploria Stadium. Overall, Orlando has gone 8-2-5 at home, only dropping two games there all season.
Meanwhile, New England have been road warriors as they picked up their 10th win away from home with an exciting 3-2 victory at D.C. United on Wednesday night. This victory made the Revs only the third team in MLS history to ever reach 10 regulation road wins in a single season.
As the Revs continue their quest to lock up the Supporters' Shield, with only two points needed to claim the first one in club history, this will be a fierce showdown that you don’t want to miss.
Overall Record vs. Orlando: 5-2-5
Away Record vs. Orlando: 0-2-4
Last meeting at Gillette Stadium: Revs 2, Orlando 1 (September 25, 2021)
Last meeting at Exploria Stadium: Revs 3, Orlando 1 (November 29, 2020 – MLS Cup Playoffs)
WATCH: Revolution players react to winning the first Supporters' Shield in club history
READ: Revolution win 2021 MLS Supporters' Shield as MLS regular season champions
READ: Preview | With first Supporters' Shield secured, Revs chase history in Orlando
WATCH: Dan O'Brien's Awesome Drive to the Match | How the Revs can clinch the Shield
WATCH: Arena | Supporters' Shield "would be a great accomplishment for our team"
WATCH: Bunbury on Shield chase | "We want to win trophies as a team and as an organization"
WATCH: Kessler | "We need everyone ready to play" on Sunday night in Orlando
READ: MLS Team of the Week | Buksa honored for one-goal, one-assist showing in D.C.
READ: Back to full health, halftime substitute Caicedo gave Revs "bite in the midfield"
READ: Revs dig deep again in D.C. | "We showed the kind of character we've shown all year"
WATCH: Highlights | Gil, Bou, Buksa lead second-half surge as Revs claim comeback win in D.C.
READ: Recap | All three DPs score as Revs register 10th road win, 3-2 over D.C. United
AUDI 2021 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS
The New England Revolution have clinched the No. 1 spot in the East, a first-round bye, and guaranteed homefield advantage through at least the conference final. The conference semifinals at Gillette Stadium will take place on a date between November 25-30. You can purchase your tickets to the Eastern Conference Semifinals HERE.
You can also ‘Bring the Fight’ and purchase your Revolution playoff gear HERE.
SHOW YOUR COLORS
The Revs will be sporting their sleek secondary kits, which take inspiration from the block work of American Revolution Era war forts in the New England area. This kit also pays homage to The Fort - the club's dedicated supporters' sections at Gillette Stadium - and features a fort-inspired blocked white shirt with a monochromatic Revolution logo, white shorts, and sky-blue socks.