FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The first-place New England Revolution host reigning MLS Cup-champion Columbus Crew for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff tonight at Gillette Stadium (WSBK-TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, SiriusXM FC 157, 1260 AM Nossa Radio). Tune into TV38 at 6:30 p.m. for CBS Boston’s “Revolution Kickoff” pregame special.
Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI. To view the Revolution’s complete match notes, click here.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D DeJuan Jones, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D Brandon Bye; M Matt Polster, M Tajon Buchanan, M Carles Gil ©, M Tommy McNamara; F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- Today’s Starting XI features four changes from last Saturday’s match against New York City FC, as Tajon Buchanan, Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou, _and Adam Buksa start in place of Wilfrid Kaptoum, Emmanuel Boateng, Teal Bunbury, and Edward Kizza.
- New England’s Designated Player trio – Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa *and Carles Gil – starts together for the first time since July 31. The triumvirate has combined for 24 goals and 22 assists this season. Carles Gil registers his first start since July 31 after submitting a pair of appearances off the bench in the last two matches. The Spanish midfielder recorded his MLS-leading 16th assist in last Saturday’s win vs. NYCFC, his eighth game-winning helper to match an MLS single-season record.
- Gustavo Bou returns to the Starting XI after missing the last two matches with an injury. The Argentinian striker is tied for fourth in the MLS Golden Boot race with 12 goals, scoring in 11 of his last 16 appearances.
- *Adam Buksa suits up for his 25th appearance of the season looking to add to his career-high 10 goals. The Polish international ranks third in MLS in shots (76) and tied for fifth in shots on target (28). Tajon Buchanan netted the game-winning goal in last Saturday’s victory, extending his scoring streak to four consecutive games played. Buchanan, who scored the first-ever goal at Columbus’ new home, Lower.com Field, in the most recent meeting between the two sides on July 3, owns career highs in goals (7) and assists (4) this season.
- Andrew Farrell will be honored with a pregame ceremony for becoming New England’s all-time leader in MLS appearances, games started, and minutes played earlier this season. Farrell enters Week 26 of the MLS season as the co-leader in minutes played.
- *Tommy McNamara needs to play only 26 more minutes to eclipse 10,000 minutes in his MLS career. He remains one of two Revolution players to appear in every game this season alongside Andrew Farrell. Matt Polster collects his 24th appearance and 21st start of the season. The Revs’ enforcer in the central midfield ranks fifth on the team in minutes played (1,696) and duels won (108), while leading New England in interceptions (33).
- Goalkeeper *Matt Turner will look to add to his career-best 12 wins this season. Turner owns a 1-1-2 all-time record against the Crew, including one clean sheet. DeJuan Jones suits up for his 50th MLS start tonight. The third-year pro has started all 23 of his appearances this season.
- *Brandon Bye registers his 22nd appearance of the season, starting all but one. Bye is now two appearances away from his 100th in MLS. Henry Kessler _logs his 11th consecutive start, with full 90-minute performances in each of the previous 10 matches entering tonight. Kessler ranks second on the team in clearances (72) and headed clearances (31).
\Bench: GK Brad Knighton, GK Earl Edwards Jr., D Christian Mafla, D A.J. DeLaGarza, M Scott Caldwell, M Arnór Traustason, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, F Teal Bunbury, F Edward Kizza \
- A.J DeLaGarza’s next appearance will be his 275th in MLS regular season play, which would be tied for 18th among active MLS players.
- Teal Bunbury’s 313 career appearances are eighth most among all active players. He owns three goals and two assists in 20 career games played against the Crew.
- Arnór Traustason has played in 22 contests this season and ranks second on the team in assists (6).
- Wilfrid Kaptoum has appeared in six straight games entering tonight. The 25-year-old owns 17 appearances in his first MLS campaign, including eight starts.
- Edward Kizza logged his first MLS assist in last Saturday’s victory, which marked his second league start. Kizza, New England’s first-round selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, has played in 10 MLS matches in his rookie season.
- The Revolution remain perfect at 10-0-0 when Homegrown Player Scott Caldwell appears in a match.