FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution will conclude their Supporters’ Shield-winning regular season at 3:30 p.m. ET today against Inter Miami CF at Gillette Stadium. The MLS Decision Day match airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, and CoziTV, as well as on the radio via 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese. Here is a closer look at today’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 Tommy McNamara, M Tajon Buchanan, M Carles Gil ©; F Gustavo Bou, F Teal Bunbury
- Bruce Arena’s Starting XI features one change from New England’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 27. Forward Teal Bunbury starts in place of forward Adam Buksa.
- With a win today, Arena (240-135-112) will surpass the late Sigi Schmid for the most regular season victories in MLS history. Arena is 38-14-23 with New England in regular season play, with a 3-2-0 record in the playoffs.
- Gustavo Bou, who owns 15 goals and nine assists this season, trails Adam Buksa by one tally for the team’s Golden Boot award. Bou trails the MLS Golden Boot pace by three goals entering Decision Day.
- Bou is one assist away from becoming the third player in club history to achieve double-digit goals and assists in a single season.
- Carles Gil leads MLS with 18 assists this season, one shy of New England’s single-season record set by Steve Ralston (19) in 2002. The Spanish midfielder’s 126 chances created this season are the most in MLS since the statistic began being tracked in 2011 (per Opta).
- Andrew Farrell records his 33rd appearance of the season, a new career high, needing only 12 more minutes of action to set a new personal best in his ninth MLS season.
- Matt Turner owns a club-record 17 wins and is still unbeaten, 11-0-3, at Gillette Stadium this season. Turner will rejoin the U.S. Men’s National Team for November’s World Cup Qualifiers after today’s match.
- Tajon Buchanan netted the game-winning goal in New England’s win over Colorado on Oct. 27. Buchanan owns career highs in goals (8) and assists (5) this season as he registers his 60th MLS appearance today. Buchanan is also heading to international duty after today’s match to join Canada for World Cup Qualifiers.
- Tommy McNamara logs his 175th MLS regular season appearance today. The eighth-year midfielder has appeared in 32 of 34 matches this season and ranks fourth on the team in assists (6).
- Matt Polster suits up for his 30th appearance of the season, matching his personal best set with Chicago in 2015. Polster has netted two goals this season and ranks second on the club in interceptions with 41.
- Teal Bunbury collects his 320th MLS appearance today. The 12th-year forward scored in the Revolution’s last encounter with Miami this season, a 5-0 shutout win at DRV PNK Stadium on July 21.
- DeJuan Jones enters today’s match tied for third among MLS defenders in goals (3) and assists (5). Jones is one assist away from matching the most assists in a season by a Revolution defender (6).
- Brandon Bye is set to make his 29th appearance and 27th start of the season at right back. The fourth-year defender has scored twice with three helpers this year.
- With tonight’s start, Henry Kessler finishes his second pro season with 50 MLS regular season appearances. He has posted 90-minute performances in his last 17 outings.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Jon Bell, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Christian Mafla, M Scott Caldwell, M Arnór Traustason, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Maciel, M Emmanuel Boateng
- Arnór Traustason, who netted a brace in the Revolution’s prior meeting with Miami, ranks third on the club with seven assists. He will join Iceland for UEFA World Cup Qualifiers later this month.
- Emmanuel Boateng logged his fourth assist of the season in the shutout win over the Rapids. Boateng has registered two goals and four assists in 11 appearances this season.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum has appeared in 21 matches, including 11 starts, in his first MLS season. The midfielder has reached the scoresheet with a goal or an assist in two of his last three games.
- Revolution II alumni Jon Bell and Maciel appear together on the matchday roster for the third consecutive match.
- The Revolution are 13-0-0 when Scott Caldwell appears in a match.