FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution begin a three-game homestand tonight when the club welcomes the LA Galaxy to Gillette Stadium for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff. The match airs on WSBK-TV38 and myRITV with Brad Feldman, Charlie Davies, and Tamara Brown calling the action. Tonight’s contest also airs locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
Starting XI: GK Djordje Petrović; LB DeJuan Jones, D Henry Kessler, D Andrew Farrell, RB Brandon Bye; M Christian Makoun, M Matt Polster; M Emmanuel Boateng M Carles Gil ©, M Tommy McNamara; F Justin Rennicks
- Bruce Arena makes three changes to the starting lineup to face his former team in the LA Galaxy, which he coached from 2008-16 and won three MLS Cup titles and two Supporters’ Shields. Henry Kessler, Christian Makoun, and Emmanuel Boateng all start tonight, replacing Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza, and Esmir Bajraktarevic.
- Matt Polster makes his 18th start of the season his first since signing a two-year contract extension with New England this week, with an additional option for the 2025 season. The veteran midfielder’s next appearance will be his 150th in MLS.
- Christian Makoun suits up for his fourth consecutive appearance, and second start, since joining the Revolution via trade earlier this month.
- Justin Rennicks collects his career-high sixth consecutive start at the MLS level. The Homegrown forward has recorded two goals this season, his latest coming on Aug. 17 at Toronto FC.
- Tommy McNamara records his 26th appearance of the 2022 campaign, tied with DeJuan Jones for second most on the Revolution. Carles Gil is the only Revolution player to appear in all 27 games to date.
- Gil (13) enters Sunday’s action two assists behind FC Cincinnati’s Luciano Acosta (15) for the MLS lead. Gil, the reigning MLS MVP, paces the league in chances created (88) and key passes (81).
- Emmanuel Boateng spent four seasons (2016-2019) with the LA Galaxy. Boateng makes his eighth start of the season tonight, his third in the last four games.
- Djordje Petrović and the Revolution backline have kept back-to-back shutouts at home. The Serbian goalkeeper will look to build on his 4-3-6 record through 13 MLS starts, including an unbeaten 2-0-3 mark at Gillette Stadium.
- DeJuan Jones has logged full 90-minute appearances in 23-of-25 games played this season. Tonight marks Jones’ 95th regular season appearance.
- Henry Kessler returns to the starting lineup for his 15th appearance, and 14th start, of the 2022 campaign.
- Andrew Farrell makes his club-best 297th regular season appearance tonight as he closes in on 300 games played. The 10th-year defender owns three assists against the Galaxy, a team high, in seven career meetings.
- Brandon Bye’s next assist will give him seven on the year, which would be the most by a Revolution defender in a single season.
Bench: GK Earl Edwards Jr., M Esmir Bajraktarevic, D Jon Bell, F Gustavo Bou, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Omar Gonzalez, M Maciel, M Noel Buck, M Damian Rivera
- Gustavo Bou returns from a leg injury to appear on the matchday roster for the first time since July 16 at Philadelphia. The Argentinian striker had scored seven goals in his last eight games prior to the injury.
- Omar Gonzalez (2009-2015) and A.J. DeLaGarza (2009-2016) both featured for the LA Galaxy under Bruce Arena and were key figures on the team’s MLS Cup-winning teams. The defenders were both among Arena’s earliest MLS SuperDraft selections with the Galaxy.
- Tonight’s bench features three Homegrown Players in midfielders Esmir Bajraktarevic, Noel Buck (Arlington, Mass.), and Damian Rivera (Cranston, R.I.). Bajraktarevic logged his first MLS start last Saturday in Montreal, while Buck made his MLS debut on Aug. 13 vs. D.C. United.