New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC
Saturday, September 25 | 7 p.m.
Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, Mass.
Predicted Weather: Chance of showers | High 76 | Low 54
TIMELINE TO KICKOFF
Parking lots open at 4 p.m.
Gates open at 5:45 p.m.
Kickoff vs. Orlando: 7 p.m.
HOW TO TUNE IN
TV: TV38, myRITV
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (English), WBIX 1260 Nossa Radio (Portuguese)
REVOLUTION PREGAME LIVE
Saturday, September 25 | 6 p.m.
Elizabeth Pehota and Jeff Lemieux will break down all the major storylines and starting XIs on Revolution Pregame Live, available live at 6 p.m. ahead of Saturday night's meeting with 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 14th meeting in all competitions between the New England Revolution and Orlando City SC, since the Lions joined as an expansion team in 2015. This match is sponsored by Dean College.
These two sides met only once last year due to the regional travel resulting from the pandemic, 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, at Exploria Stadium to advance to the Conference Final. Carles Gil converted from the penalty spot in the 17th minute and then helped set up both Gustavo Bou's game winner and insurance goal. However, perhaps the biggest game changer was Matt Turner’s thrilling diving save in the 73rd minute to deny a Nani penalty kick that would have erased New England’s 2-1 lead, and also kept the Revs in a position to eventually post a 3-1 road victory over the Lions.
This is the first re-match since last year’s Conference Semifinals.
Orlando currently sits at fourth place in the East with 38 points, going 10-7-8 in 25 matches, which means they have two games in hand on the Revs. The Lions are coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Union, extending their losing streak to three games. Overall, Orlando has gone 3-5-4 away from home as they come to Gillette Stadium.
Meanwhile, New England have been road warriors as they picked up their eighth win away from home with an exciting 3-2 victory at Chicago Fire FC on Wednesday night. This victory mathematically punched the Revs' ticket to the postseason and also set a new club record of 18 wins in a campaign.
As the Revs continue their quest to now lock up homefield advantage by finishing first in the East, this will be a showdown that you don’t want to miss.
Overall Record vs. Orlando: 4-2-5
Home Record vs. Orlando: 4-0-1
Last meeting at Gillette Stadium: Revs 4, Orlando 1 (July 27, 2019)
Last meeting at Exploria Stadium: Revs 3, Orlando 1 (November 29, 2020 – MLS Cup Playoffs)
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KICK CHILDHOOD CANCER GAME
The New England Revolution are proud to partner with MLS WORKS for the club’s annual “Kick Childhood Cancer” game, which takes place on September 25 against Orlando City SC.
The Revs and MLS have partnered together for eight consecutive years for a specific match dedicated to these children to help them ‘Kick Childhood Cancer.’ This initiative has helped shine a brighter light on the types of cancers typically affecting children, how children and their families cope with their diagnoses, and help raise funds for further research. Kick Childhood Cancer works to strengthen research efforts to find cures for all types of childhood cancer.
In honor of these efforts to fight childhood cancer, there will be gold elements incorporated throughout the stadium, including jersey patches, corner flags, goal nets, match balls and stadium lighting. There will also be a special ‘Hero of the Match’ and ‘Honorary Captain’ for the night, with their stories below.
Hero of the Match: Ann McCoy from Maddie’s Promise
Ann McCoy started a nonprofit called Maddie’s Promise in memory of her daughter, Maddie, who passed away in 2019 from a rare form of childhood cancer called RMS which forms in soft tissue and muscles. Maddie spent her last few months creating artwork to sell and raise funds to help other kids with cancer and homeless people she saw while driving to treatment. Even though Maddie was never able to sell her work, Ann, family and friends have continued to keep Maddie’s legacy alive by fighting for a cure for rare childhood diseases. There will be a #MadeByMaddie inspirational card in each player’s locker before the match featuring Maddie’s original artwork illustrations. Read more about Maddie's story HERE.
Honorary Captain: Malia Jusczyk
Malia Jusczyk is currently fighting neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer. It is the second time in her young life that Malia is soldiering her way through the illness. Malia is a resident of Plainville, Mass., and is active in the town’s youth soccer program. After the final whistle, Matt Turner will escort Malia for a special lap around the pitch.
KICK CHILDHOOD CANCER PRE-MATCH JERSEYS
As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Revs have partnered with MLS WORKS on several initiatives to raise awareness and funds in the battle against childhood cancer.
In recognition of these efforts, the Revs will wear special gold-themed warm-up shirts before all matches in September to symbolize their unity towards kicking childhood cancer.
In honor of the Revolution's official 'Kick Childhood Cancer' match on September 25 against Orlando City SC, Revolution players' training tops will each feature the first name of a local childhood cancer patient.
DRIVE SERIES PRESENTED BY DAN O'BRIEN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
The Revolution Drive Series presented by Dan O’Brien Automotive Group is back on Saturday! Birthday party supplies will be collected at all stadium points of entry on behalf of the Confetti Foundation. The organization provides birthday parties for children who are in hospitals or oncology clinics on their birthdays. Everyone who donates will receive a car magnet courtesy of the Revs Charitable Foundation and Dan O’Brien Automotive Group.
SHOW YOUR COLORS
The Revs will be sporting "The Original," New England's primary kit designed as a nod to the club's original 1996 look. The sleek white stripe across the jersey echoes the angled stripes across the '96 kit, while the blue top is complemented by red shorts similar to those worn by the Revolution's first-ever squad.