FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution are back at home tonight to host third-place Nashville SC at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D DeJuan Jones, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D Brandon Bye, M Matt Polster, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Arnór Traustason, M Tajon Buchanan, F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- Tonight’s Starting XI features four changes from the club’s most recent match last Saturday at New York, with Matt Turner, Henry Kessler, Wilfrid Kaptoum, and Tajon Buchanan starting in place of Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy McNamara, and Carles Gil.
- Matt Turner, Henry Kessler, and Tajon Buchanan all return to New England’s lineup following international duty at the Concacaf Gold Cup. Turner and Kessler helped the United States win the tournament for the seventh time, while Buchanan was named the Gold Cup’s Best Young Player after helping Canada reach the semifinal round. Turner and Buchanan both earned Concacaf Gold Cup Best XI honors.
- New England’s starting group features three of the club’s four 2021 MLS All-Star selections in Turner, Gustavo Bou, and Buchanan. Carles Gil was also named to the All-Star Team, as all four players earned their first career selections.
- Bou, who leads the Revs with a career-high 10 goals scored this season, enters Week 17 of the MLS season trailing Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz (11) by one goal in the MLS Golden Boot race. The 31-year-old has scored nine goals in his last 10 appearances.
- Turner, who won the Gold Cup’s Best Goalkeeper Award after conceding just one goal in six matches, owns a 7-2-3 record and three clean sheets in MLS this season. The 27-year-old collected five saves in his last MLS outing on July 3 at Columbus.
- Buchanan owns three goals and three assists this season. The 22-year-old recorded a goal and an assist at the Gold Cup, and registered his first goal-and-assist performance in MLS in his most recent appearance on July 3 at Columbus.
- Adam Buksa owns the Revolution’s lone goal scored against Nashville in three games played between the two sides. Buksa, who netted the game winner in stoppage time in Saturday’s triumph, ranks second on the team in goals scored (8) and has tallied seven times in the last 12 games.
- Kessler, who registered his first senior international appearance for the United States in Sunday’s final, will make his 35th MLS appearance tonight. The second-year defender joins Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye and DeJuan Jones on New England’s starting backline.
- With his appearance in tonight’s Starting XI, Farrell ties Shalrie Joseph (254) for the most MLS games started in a Revolution uniform. The first-overall selection in the 2013 SuperDraft, Farrell ranks tied for first in MLS in minutes played (1,530).
- Brandon Bye collects his 80th MLS appearance tonight. The fourth-year defender scored his second goal of the season in Saturday’s win over New York, putting him one tally behind the MLS scoring lead among defenders. Bye has appeared in all but one match this season.
- DeJuan Jones recorded his third assist of the season on Saturday. The left back is set to make his 15th start of the season.
- Arnór Traustason has reached the scoresheet in each of the last three straight games with two goals and two assists. Traustason (4) ranks second on the team in assists and has played in every game since joining the Revs in April.
- Matt Polster continues to appear in every game, starting all but two. The central midfielder enters tonight’s match just 18 minutes away from surpassing 8,500 career minutes played.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum is set to make his 11th appearance and fifth start of the season. The 25-year-old has featured in four straight matches.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, GK Earl Edwards Jr., D Christian Mafla, D A.J. DeLaGarza, M Emmanuel Boateng, M Scott Caldwell, M Tommy McNamara, M Maciel, F/M Teal Bunbury
- Tommy McNamara has played in every game this season, including eight starts.
- Brazilian midfielder Maciel has logged 12 appearances, with 10 starts, in his first MLS campaign.
- Teal Bunbury’s next goal will be his 45th in a Revolution uniform. Bunbury, who has played in 14 games this season, ranks fourth on the club’s all-time goals scored list.
- Veteran defender A.J. DeLaGarza and Homegrown midfielder Scott Caldwell have each appeared in the last three straight games.
- Goalkeepers Brad Knighton and Earl Edwards Jr. appear on New England’s matchday roster, backing up starter Matt Turner. In five starts this season while Turner was away on international duty, Knighton collected a 4-1-0 record and two clean sheets.