MEXICO CITY – The New England Revolution are in Mexico tonight to face Pumas UNAM at Estadio Olímpico Universitario in the Second Leg of the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal Round. The Revolution carry a 3-0 advantage into the away leg, which kicks off at 10:15 p.m. ET and airs nationally on FS1 and TUDN (Spanish), and locally on the radio via 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese). Here is a breakdown of tonight’s Revolution Starting XI and what to watch for in tonight’s match:
What to Watch For:
- New England protecting a 3-0 advantage in the Second Leg of the Quarterfinal Round as they look to advance to the SCCL Semifinals for the first time in club history.
- The Revs scoring at least one goal in the away leg, which would require a minimum of five goals by Pumas to overcome the deficit in aggregate goals (due to the away goals tiebreaker).
- The Revolution playing a competitive match in Mexico for the first time.
- New England improving on its 8-1-1 all-time record against Liga MX opponents, including a 2-0-0 mark against Pumas.
- Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena improving on his 44-19-25 record across all competitions with New England, and 16-9-6 record in Concacaf club tournaments.
Starting XI: GK Earl Edwards Jr.; D DeJuan Jones, D Jon Bell, D Omar Gonzalez, D Brandon Bye; M Matt Polster, M Arnór Traustason; M Sebastian Lletget, M Carles Gil ©; F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- Tonight’s Starting XI features seven changes from last Saturday’s MLS match against Real Salt Lake, as Earl Edwards Jr., Jon Bell, Arnór Traustason, and Adam Buksa are the lone four Revolution players to feature in both starting lineups.
- New England’s starting lineup includes three players who earned SCCL Best XI honors for the First Leg of the Quarterfinal Round in Adam Buksa, Carles Gil, and Earl Edwards Jr.
- Adam Buksa registered a brace in last Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Pumas in Leg 1 of the Quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. Buksa enters tonight’s match one goal shy of matching the club record for goals scored in international competition (3), shared by Kheli Dube and Kenny Mansally.
- Sebastian Lletget also scored in last Wednesday’s victory and owns two goals and one assist across his first four performances in a Revolution uniform.
- Carles Gil logged two assists in the Leg 1 victory. The Revolution own a 23-1-8 record across all competitions when Gil, the reigning MLS MVP, registers an assist.
- Earl Edwards Jr. tallied three saves en route to a clean sheet in his first SCCL appearance last Wednesday. The goalkeeper suits up for his fifth consecutive start for the Revolution across all competitions.
- Omar Gonzalez leads New England with a team-best 29 appearances in SCCL play.
- Jon Bell is set to make his SCCL debut in tonight’s match. The central defender becomes the first Revolution II graduate to appear in international club competition for the club. Bell is the lone change to New England’s Starting XI from Leg 1, replacing Andrew Farrell.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, F Jozy Altidore, M Emmanuel Boateng, D A.J. DeLaGarza, M Maciel, M Tommy McNamara, D Ryan Spaulding
Note: Per SCCL competition rules, teams are permitted up to 18 players on the matchday roster and may make up to 5 substitutions (not including additional concussion substitutes).
- Jozy Altidore enters tonight with a team-high three career goals in SCCL play.
- Altidore, Emmanuel Boateng and Tommy McNamara each appeared off the bench in the Leg 1 victory. Boateng delivered his first goal of 2022 in last Saturday’s match against Colorado, while McNamara owns five career SCCL appearances.
- A.J. DeLaGarza owns 24 appearances and 2,030 minutes played in SCCL, second-most on the team behind Omar Gonzalez in both categories