CHESTER, Penn. – The first-place New England Revolution will visit the Philadelphia Union for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff tonight at Subaru Park (TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, 1260 AM Nossa Radio). Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI. To view the Revolution’s complete match notes, click here.
Starting XI: GK Brad Knighton, D DeJuan Jones, D Andrew Farrell ©, D Henry Kessler, D Brandon Bye; M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Matt Polster, M Arnór Traustason, M Tommy McNamara; F Teal Bunbury, F Edward Kizza
- Today’s Starting XI features five changes from Saturday’s match at New York City FC, as Brad Knighton, Brandon Bye, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Matt Polster and Edward Kizza start in place of Matt Turner, Christian Mafla, Maciel, Emmanuel Boateng and Adam Buksa.
- New England will be without three starters due to international duty as Matt Turner (United States), Adam Buksa (Poland), and Tajon Buchanan (Canada) are all representing their respective countries in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. All three Revolution players started in Thursday’s contests, with Buksa scoring on his international debut and Turner collecting his seventh clean sheet in eight appearances with the USMNT to extend his international shutout streak to 506 minutes.
- Brad Knighton will start in goal tonight for his sixth appearance of the season. Knighton, who spent one season with Philadelphia in 2010, is 4-1-0 in five appearances this season, including two shutouts. The veteran netminder is looking to register five straight victories for the first time in his career.
- Matt Polster registers his 100th MLS start tonight. The club’s leader in interceptions (31), Polster netted his first goal in a New England uniform in the team’s most recent match against Philadelphia, a 2-1 win on Aug. 8 in Foxborough.
- Edward Kizza earns his first MLS star, adding to his eight substitute appearances in his rookie season. New England’s first-round selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, Kizza has also appeared in seven games for Revolution II in USL League One. He collected four goals over three games with Revolution II last month, earning a nomination for USL League One’s August Player of the Month.
- Andrew Farrell leads MLS in minutes played and is one of only two Revolution players to appear in every match this season, along with Tommy McNamara.
- Starting alongside Farrell on New England’s backline are Brandon Bye, DeJuan Jones, and Henry Kessler. This is the 11th time this season that this four-man defensive line has started together, posting a 6-1-3 record with three shutouts.
- Brandon Bye rejoins New England’s starting lineup after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.
- DeJuan Jones returns to the left side after starting the last two games at right back. Jones, making his 21st start of the season, owns six combined goals and assists – tied for second most among MLS defenders.
- Henry Kessler logs his 19th appearance of the season. The second-year defender has gone the distance for New England in the last six games since returning from the Gold Cup.
- Teal Bunbury suits up for his 21st appearance of the season and his second straight start. Bunbury netted an 85th-minute goal in New England’s most recent match at Subaru Park, a 1-1 draw on May 12. In 25 career appearances against Philadelphia, Bunbury has scored two goals with four assists.
- Arnór Traustason makes his 22nd appearance of the season and his 17th start. The Icelandic winger ranks second on the team with five assists this season.
- Tommy McNamara continues to appear in every contest this season. The eighth-year midfielder owns one goal and two assists over eight career games played against the Union.
Bench: GK Earl Edwards Jr., D Christian Mafla, D A.J. DeLaGarza, M Carles Gil, M Luis Caicedo, M Emmanuel Boateng, M Maciel, M Scott Caldwell
- Carles Gil, who missed the last six games with a muscle injury, returns to the matchday roster for the first time since July 31. Despite his absence in August, Gil remains the MLS leader in assists (15) and chances created (86), among several other categories. The Spanish midfielder is four assists away from matching New England’s single-season assists record (19).
- Luis Caicedo appears on New England’s matchday roster for the first time this season as he returns from a knee injury. The Colombian’s last league appearance came on Oct. 6, 2019 at Atlanta United FC. Caicedo owns one goal and four assists over 61 appearances in MLS.
- Christian Mafla returns to the bench after appearing in each of the club’s last three contests, including back-to-back starts.
- Emmanuel Boateng has also collected three consecutive appearances, recently breaking through for his first Revolution goal in addition to three assists on the season.
- Earl Edwards Jr. appears on the MLS matchday roster for the ninth time in 2021.