FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution host FC Cincinnati tonight for the club’s annual “Salute to Heroes” match at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and airs on TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
Here is a breakdown of the Revolution’s starting lineup:
Starting XI: GK Djordje Petrović; D DeJuan Jones, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D Brandon Bye; M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Maciel; M Dylan Borrero, M Carles Gil ©, M Sebastian Lletget; F Gustavo Bou
- Bruce Arena makes four changes to his Starting XI from last Sunday’s match at Vancouver Whitecaps FC as Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye, Maciel, and Sebastian Lletget, start in place of Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy McNamara, and Arnór Traustason.
- Sebastian Lletget returns from injury to make his 15th appearance of the campaign. The midfielder is now two appearances away from his 175th in MLS. The midfielder owns two goals and three assists this season, and ranks tied for second on the team in shots on target (10).
- Henry Kessler also rejoins the Starting XI after an injury spell as the center back makes his first start since May 15 at Atlanta United.
- Brandon Bye returns to the team after missing the last two matches with a leg injury sustained on June 15 vs. Minnesota. The fifth-year defender distributed a career-high three assists in New England’s 3-2 win at FC Cincinnati on May 21.
- DeJuan Jones and Andrew Farrell helped New England’s backline to its third clean sheet of the season last Sunday.
- Djordje Petrović carries an unbeaten 2-0-2 record into his fifth MLS start. The 22-year-old Serbian earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors for his six-save performance and first MLS clean sheet last Sunday at Vancouver.
- Gustavo Bou owns three goals and one assist over his last five games played. The Argentinian striker, who leads the Revolution with 35 shots this season, makes his 60th MLS start tonight.
- This week, Carles Gil earned a 2022 ESPY Award nomination for Best MLS Player. The Spanish midfielder, one of four nominees for the award, ranks first in MLS in chances created (61) and tied for second in assists (8).
- Dylan Borrero has registered one goal and one assist through his last four starts. The 20-year-old Colombian winger made his MLS debut as a substitute in the Revolution’s 3-2 win over FC Cincinnati on May 21.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum appears in the Starting XI for the seventh consecutive match. The Revolution have only lost one of his seven previous starts this season (3-1-3).
- Maciel suits up for his second start of the 2022 campaign. The Revolution II graduate enters tonight’s match 26 minutes away from surpassing 1,500 MLS minutes played.
Bench: GK Earl Edwards Jr., F Jozy Altidore, D Jon Bell, M Emmanuel Boateng, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Omar Gonzalez, M Damian Rivera, D Ryan Spaulding, M Arnór Traustason
- Emmanuel Boateng has appeared off the bench in three of the last four matches, with one goal scored. Boateng owns two goals and two assists over 13 appearances this season.
- Jozy Altidore, who owns one goal in as many games against Cincinnati, enters Sunday’s match in search of his 15th regular season appearance.
- Arnór Traustason is one game shy of his 40th appearance in MLS. Traustason has logged 10 games played this season, including four starts.
- With Kessler making his return to the lineup, Jon Bell returns to the bench after starting the last three contest at center back.
- 19-year-old Homegrown Player Damian Rivera of Cranston, R.I. has made six appearances, with three starts, in 2022.