FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution are at home tonight to host Orlando City SC for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff tonight at Gillette Stadium, which airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
As the Revolution look to eclipse the 60-point threshold for the first time, here is a closer look at the Starting XI for tonight’s match. Click here to view the Revolution’s complete match notes.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D Brandon Bye, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D DeJuan Jones; M Matt Polster, M Tajon Buchanan, M Carles Gil ©, M Tommy McNamara; F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- Tonight’s Starting XI features nine changes to the starting lineup from Wednesday’s 3-2 win at Chicago, but represents the same starting group as the last home match on September 18 vs. Columbus.
- Today’s contest marks Bruce Arena’s 70th regular season match in charge of the Revolution. He owns a .645 winning percentage with a 34-14-21 record in New England. Arena (236) is also closing in on Sigi Schmid’s MLS wins record of 240.
- Carles Gil wears the captain’s armband for New England after he registered the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Wednesday’s away win at Chicago. The Spaniard needs four chances created in tonight’s match to set a new career high and club mark, surpassing his own personal-best of 108 (2019).
- Gil’s 16 assists entering the match are already the second most in club annals and three behind Steve Ralston’s single-season record of 19 (2002). New England is an unbeaten 10-0-1 this season when Gil records an assist.
- Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa start together atop the formation with a combined 23 goals between them. Bou (12) and Buksa (11) rank tied for fifth and eighth, respectively, in the MLS Golden Boot race.
- Brandon Bye registers his 100th MLS appearance tonight. The fourth-year defender ranks third on the team in minutes played (1,937) this season.
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner is in search of his 25th league victory at home as he looks to add to his career-best 13 wins on the season. The U.S. international is unbeaten, 9-0-2, in Foxborough this season.
- Henry Kessler records his 45th MLS appearance in central defense. Kessleropened his 2021 account with an 11th-minute tally in Wednesday’s win, becoming the 13th different Revolution player to score a goal this season.
- Andrew Farrell enters the weekend as the MLS co-leader in minutes played this season. Farrell also ranks among MLS leaders in clearances (3rd - 114) and possessions won (4th - 189).
- DeJuan Jones logs his 25th appearance and 24th start of the season. The 25-year-old ranks second on the team in minutes played (1,980) and first in interceptions (34).
- Tommy McNamara collects his 170th MLS appearance tonight. The eighth-year midfielder has played in all but one game this season, with two goals and three assists.
- The Revs are 6-0-1 and 5-0-0 at home when Tajon Buchanan scores a goal. The 22-year-old winger, making his 30th MLS start tonight, recorded four goals and two assists over his last six appearances.
- Matt Polster, suiting up for his 25th appearance of the season, ranks among top MLS midfielders in blocks (T-3rd - 12), clearances (4th - 44), and interceptions (7th - 33).
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Jon Bell, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Christian Mafla, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Luis Caicedo, M Scott Caldwell, M Arnór Traustason, F Teal Bunbury
- Teal Bunbury owns three goals and one assist over 10 career games played against Orlando. The 12th-year veteran netted his third goal of the season in Wednesday’s victory. His 64 career tallies are 12th most among active MLS players.
- Luis Caicedo logged his first MLS appearance since October 2019, playing 90 minutes in Wednesday’s victory. The Colombian midfielder owns one assist in four career appearances against Orlando.
- Arnór Traustason ranks second on the team in assists (7) and sixth in shots (27).
- Jon Bell registered his second assist of the season in Wednesday’s triumph, posting a 90-minute shift at center back in his first MLS appearance since July 25.
- The Revolution are a perfect 11-0-0 when Homegrown Player Scott Caldwell appears in a match.