ORLANDO, Fla. – The New England Revolution, winners of the 2021 Supporters’ Shield, visit Orlando City SC tonight for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Exploria Stadium. New England’s final road match of the season airs nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The contest also airs locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI. Click here to view the Revolution’s complete match notes.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D Christian Mafla, D Andrew Farrell ©, D Jon Bell, D A.J. DeLaGarza; M Luis Caicedo, M Maciel, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Emmanuel Boateng; F Teal Bunbury, F Arnór Traustason
- Bruce Arena’s Starting XI features nine changes from the club’s most recent contest on Oct. 20 at D.C. United, matching a season high. Goalkeeper Matt Turner and defender Andrew Farrell are the only two Revolution players in tonight’s Starting XI who also started the club’s 3-2 win at D.C. United.
- Arena (239-135-110) needs one more win to tie Sigi Schmid (240) for the most regular season wins in MLS history. Arena, who now owns a record four Supporters’ Shield titles – one ahead of Schmid – is 37-14-22 with New England in regular season play.
- Matt Turner doubled his previous career high and tied a club record with his 16th victory of the season last Wednesday, which also marked his 40th MLS win. The U.S. international is 3-0-2 against Orlando across regular season and postseason action, including two penalty kick stops against Orlando’s captain and former Manchester United forward Nani.
- Teal Bunbury makes his 249th Revolution appearance across all competitions, which is eight most in club annals. Bunbury owns three goals and one assist in 11 career games against Orlando.
- Arnór Traustason returns to the Starting XI for the first time since Sept. 22 at Chicago FC. The Icelandic international owns seven assists, third most on the team and third among all MLS newcomers in 2021.
- Emmanuel Boateng registers his 10th appearance of the season, including four starts. Boateng, who last started on Sept. 11 against New York City, owns two goals and three assists this season.
- Luis Caicedo logs his fourth appearance and second start of the season. The Colombian midfielder, who now owns 65 MLS appearances, helped spark the Revs’ comeback win at D.C. with a 45-minute shift off the bench last Wednesday.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum appears in the Starting XI for the second time in the last three matches. The midfielder from Cameroon owns one goal and two assists this season.
- Brazilian midfielder Maciel is set to make his first appearance since Aug. 28. The Revolution II graduate has appeared in 17 matches, including 14 starts, at the MLS level, with three additional starts at the USL League One level.
- Andrew Farrell, one of 11 MLS players to have seen 2,700 minutes of action this season, wears the captains’ armband tonight as he anchors New England’s backline alongside Christian Mafla, Jon Bell, and A.J. DeLaGarza.
- Three-time Supporters’ Shield winner* A.J. DeLaGarza posts his 10th appearance of the season, including five starts. The 13th-year defender ranks among the top-20 active MLS players in games played, games started, and minutes played. Jon Bell* earns his first MLS start since Sept. 22 at Chicago FC, a match in which he collected his second assist of the season. Bell has played in 10 MLS games with eight starts. Christian Mafla logs his ninth appearance and seventh start of the season. The Revolution have won five of Mafla’s six previous starts, and seven of his eight MLS appearances.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Brandon Bye, D DeJuan Jones, D Henry Kessler, M Carles Gil, M Tajon Buchanan, M Tommy McNamara, F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- New England’s bench owns a combined 48 goals and 49 assists this year – more than 20 and 24 MLS teams, respectively, entering Sunday’s action.
- New England’s Designated Player trio of Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa, and Carles Gil has accounted for 33 goals and 28 assists. Last Wednesday’s win marked the first time all three scored in the same match.
- Carles Gil continues to lead MLS in assists (17) and chances created (117). The midfielder from Spain is eight chances created away from surpassing the MLS single-season record and three assists shy of setting a new club mark.
- Gustavo Bou (15) and Adam Buksa (14)tied for fourth and tied for sixth, respectively, in the MLS Golden Boot race. Bou has reached the scoresheet in five consecutive games with three goals and four assists, while Buksa ranks second in MLS with a club-record 102 shots.
- With Buksa’s next goal, the Revolution will become the 11th team in MLS history to feature two players with 15 goals or more. Buksa netted the opening goal in New England’s most recent encounter with Orlando, a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 25.
- Tajon Buchanan has personal bests in goals (7), assists (5) and games played (25) this season. With Buchanan’s next goal, New England’s attack will feature three scorers with eight goals or more for the third time in club history.
- Tommy McNamara has appeared in all but one match this season, with two goals and six assists. McNamara logged his second two-assist performance in MLS last Wednesday.
- Defenders DeJuan Jones and Brandon Bye rank second and third, respectively, on the team in minutes played. Jones leads the Revs in tackles (33) and interceptions (39).
- Henry Kessler is two appearances away from his 50th in MLS.