FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution will put their eight-game unbeaten streak to the test as they host FC Cincinnati for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium (WBZ, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, 1260 AM Nossa Radio). Pregame coverage on WBZ begins with “Revolution Kickoff” at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI. To view the Revolution’s complete match notes, click here.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D Christian Mafla, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D DeJuan Jones; M Scott Caldwell, M Tommy McNamara; M Tajon Buchanan, M Emmanuel Boateng; F Adam Buksa, F Gustavo Bou ©
- Tonight’s Starting XI includes five changes from Wednesday’s win over D.C. United. Christian Mafla, Scott Caldwell, Tajon Buchanan, Emmanuel Boateng, and* Adam Buksastep into the team to replace A.J. DeLaGarza, Maciel, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Arnor Traustason, and Teal Bunbury. Andrew Farrell* makes his 261st MLS appearance tonight, tied for the most all-time in a Revolution uniform. Already the club’s standalone leader in starts and minutes played, the ninth-year pro is now equal with Shalrie Joseph and Diego Fagundez for the most league appearances in club history. In addition to leading the club in all-time games played, starts, and minutes, Farrell also leads all MLS players in those categories since he entered the league as the first-overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
- The Revolution’s starting lineup features three of the club’s four 2021 MLS All-Star Team selections in Matt Turner, Gustavo Bou, and Tajon Buchanan. The 2021 MLS All-Star Game will take pit the league’s starts against the LIGA MX All-Stars on Wednesday night, Aug. 25 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
- New England’s attack features two of the league’s top-10 goal scorers: Gustavo Bou (T-2nd, 12) and Adam Buksa (T-8th, 8).
- Matt Turner is unbeaten at Gillette Stadium this year (7-0-1) and has not lost in his last 11 starts between the Revolution and U.S. Men’s National Team. He owns a career-high 10 wins and four shutouts in 16 starts this season.
- Tajon Buchanan enters the weekend with goals in back-to-back games and three tallies in his last five matches. In July, Buchanan also tallied once for Canada in the Gold Cup Semifinal against Mexico.
- Emmanuel Boateng receives his first start with the Revolution after providing a critical spark off the bench in Wednesday’s win. Boateng recorded one assist in his 44-minute outing on August 18.
- Scott Caldwell earns his first start of the season and his eighth overall appearance. The Revolution are 7-0-0 this season, and 4-0-0 at home, when the Braintree, Mass. local sees the pitch.
- Colombian defender* Christian Mafla steps into the left back role for his fourth start of the season and his first since July 25 vs. Montreal. New England is 3-0-0 when Mafla starts. DeJuan Jones* starts at right back for the first time since Nov. 1, 2020 vs. D.C. United. He has made five previous starts at the position, all in 2020. Tommy McNamara picks up his 11th selection of the campaign as he continues to see action in every game this season. The eighth-year pro has tallied two goals with three assists this year.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, GK Earl Edwards Jr., D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Collin Verfurth, M Maciel, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Damian Rivera, F Justin Rennicks, F Teal Bunbury
- A.J. DeLaGarza returns to the bench after going 90 minutes at right back on Wednesday night.
- Justin Rennicks, who owns one goal in USL League this season, makes his second appearance on the MLS matchday squad this season.
- Damian Rivera has been tabbed for Bruce Arena’s gameday roster for the third consecutive game and the fourth time in 2021.
- Maciel is one appearance away from matching his professional-career high of 16 set last year with Revolution II in USL League One.
- Seven of Wilfrid Kaptoum’s 13 appearances in MLS have come as a substitute.