Revolution Lineup Notes | U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 at New York City FC


JAMAICA, N.Y. – The New England Revolution are in Queens to visit New York City FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 tonight. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University and streams nationally on ESPN+. The match also airs locally via the radio on 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.

Here is a breakdown of the Revolution’s starting lineup.

Starting XI: GK Djordje Petrović; D Ryan Spaulding, D Jon Bell, D Ben Reveno, D A.J. DeLaGarza; M Maciel, M Matt Polster, M Emmanuel Boateng, M Esmir Bajraktarević, M Damian Rivera; F Justin Rennicks

Lineup Notes:

  • Bruce Arena’s starting lineup features two players making their first team debuts in tonight’s match in Homegrown Player Esmir Bajraktarević and 2022 SuperDraft selection and Revolution II signee Ben Reveno.
  • Esmir Bajraktarević and Reveno are two of three players collecting their U.S. Open Cup debuts tonight along with Revolution II graduate Jon Bell.
  • Esmir Bajraktarević, announced as the club’s ninth Homegrown Player signing on Monday, is one of three Revolution Academy alumni in the Starting XI alongside midfielder Damian Rivera (Cranston, R.I.) and forward Justin Rennicks (South Hamilton, Mass.).
  • Rennicks scored his first professional goal against Orlando City SC in the Open Cup Round of 16 on June 19, 2019.
  • New England’s starting lineup features four Revolution II graduates now on the first team roster in Bajraktarević, Jon Bell, Ryan Spaulding, and Maciel.
  • Djordje Petrović registers his second start in a Revolution uniform, after making his first team debut in New England’s Round of 32 win over FC Cincinnati on May 11. The 22-year-old Serbian goalkeeper also owns one appearance for Revolution II.
  • Emmanuel Boateng has appeared in eight of New England’s last nine games across all competitions. The midfielder owns one goal and two assists in MLS play this season.
  • Matt Polster returns to the lineup for his 10th career U.S. Open Cup appearance after missing last Saturday’s win at Cincinnati due to yellow card accumulation.
  • A.J. DeLaGarza appears in the Starting XI for the second time across all competitions in 2022.
  • First-year center back Ben Reveno, the 52nd-overall pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft out of UCLA, has made eight appearances with seven starts in MLS NEXT Pro, contributing to four clean sheets.

Bench: GK Jacob Jackson, M Dylan Borrero, F Gustavo Bou, D Brandon Bye, D Andrew Farrell, D DeJuan Jones, M Wilfrid Kaptoum

Bench Notes:

  • New England’s bench features four players seeking their U.S. Open Cup debuts in Dylan Borrero, Gustavo Bou, Wilfrid Kaptoum, and Jacob Jackson.
  • Dylan Borrero, acquired using Major League Soccer's U-22 Initiative from Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro, made his Revolution debut with a 25-minute outing in Saturday’s 3-2 MLS win over FC Cincinnati.
  • Gustavo Bou is available for selection for the second straight game. The Argentinian striker returned to action with a 45-minute shift on Saturday after missing nine matches with a leg injury.
  • Andrew Farrell (13) enters today’s match one appearance shy of claiming sole possession of third-most U.S. Open Cup games played in Revolution history.
  • Brandon Bye distributed a career-high three assists in New England’s victory at FC Cincinnati over the weekend, earning Team of the Week honors and MLS Player of the Week consideration.
  • DeJuan Jones has played in all but one match this season, including two appearances in Concacaf Champions League and one in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 32.