FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (3-4-4, 13 pts.) returns home following a 2-0 win in Houston to host Toronto FC (1-6-4, 7pts.) and kick off a three-game home stand.
Kickoff for Saturday’s match is set for 7:30 p.m.ET, at Gillette Stadium. Comcast SportsNet will televise the game while 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 will have the game on the radio.
THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES
The boys are back in town
The Revs earned three points on the road in Houston last Saturday, the club’s only road appearance in a six-game stretch …in the six games between May 8 and June 8, the Revs were scheduled for five home games and only one road tilt … following Saturday’s win, the Revs will now play three straight home games – Saturday against Toronto FC, June 2 vs. LA Galaxy and June 8 vs. D.C. United – before closing June on the road … the upcoming three-game home stand is the team’s longest home stretch of the year.
First of three meetings with Toronto FC
The Revs host Toronto FC Saturday in the first of three regular-season meetings between the two clubs this season … the Revs lead the all time series against Toronto with a record of 4-3-6, with all four wins coming at Gillette Stadium … Toronto won the season series last season, posting a 1-0-1 record … the Reds’ win – 1-0 on July 14, 2012 – was the team’s first-ever in Foxborough … the two clubs meet again at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 4, followed by the series finale on Aug. 30 in Toronto.
Back-to-back for Fagundez
Diego Fagundez scored his team-leading third goal of the season in the team’s 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday … the 18-year-old Homegrown player’s three goal are a new single-season high for the third-year pro … after also scoring against New York on May 11, Saturday’s goal against the Dynamo marked the first time the forward has scored in back-to-back games in his career.
First appearance for Agudelo
Recently-acquired forward Juan Agudelo made his Revs debut on Saturday when he played 55 minutes in the 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo … Agudelo replaced Ryan Guy in the 35th minute for his first ever appearance as a member of the Revs … late in the second half with the Revs leading 1-0, Agudelo played an instrumental part in the Revs’ second goal of the night … he received Chris Tierney’s deflected pass back-to-goal, and launched a shot which kicked off Ricardo Clark and in to the goal … Saturday’s appearance was his first since April 13, when he left the game with a hamstring injury while with Chivas USA.
Shutouts becoming standard for Shuttleworth
Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his career-high fourth shutout of the season last Saturday in a 2-0 victory at Houston … Saturday was the goalkeeper’s first shutout against the Dynamo… Shuttleworth now has eight for his career, and he is tied for third in the Revs’ career record book (with Walter Zenga) … he is also tied for second (with six other goalkeepers) in MLS behind Sporting Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen (7) … Shuttleworth’s four shutouts have come in nine appearances.
Team defense starts in the back
The Revolution’s defense is ranked second in MLS, boasting an 0.82 goals per game average … with six shutouts in 11 games and only nine goals allowed (tied for the fewest in MLS), the Revs defense has anchored the team this year… between goalkeepers Bobby Shuttleworth (four shutouts) and Matt Reis (two shutouts) and the addition of Portuguese center back Jose Goncalves, the Revs have lowered their team goals against average from 1.29 last year to by more than 36 percent (0.36 goals per game).
Extending late leads
The Revs have been victims of surrendering second-half leads twice in the last two weeks, but reversed that trend on Saturday … the club fell to Real Salt Lake on May 8 after leading 1-0 into the 77th minute before falling 2-1 … three days later, the New York Red Bulls pulled even just one minute after Diego Fagundez gave his team the lead in the 54th minute … Saturday in Houston, however, the Revs extended their 1-0 lead late in the second half to secure the three points on the road.
Tierney one start away from 100
Should he return to the starting lineup against Toronto FC on Saturday, Chris Tierney will make his 100th career start in MLS … all of his starts and appearances (110) have come as a member of the Revs … Tierney would become just the 12th player in club history to make at least 100 starts.
THIS WEEK IN ROCHESTER
- The Rhinos relieved head coach Jess Myers following the club’s 1-6-1 start … Pat Ercoli, the club’s president and general manager – and former head coach, has assumed head coaching responsibilities for the rest of the season
- The Revs currently have four players on loan to the Rochester Rhinos as part of the teams’ affiliation agreement: defender Bilal Duckett, midfielder Gabe Latigue, forward Matt Horth and defender Tyler Polak.
- Duckett, Horth and Polak have all made seven appearances for the Rhinos … Latigue has made six appearances … Duckett leads the Revs’ players with 541 minutes played
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT & SERIES INFORMATION
Revolution vs. Toronto FC (regular-season): 4-3-6
TEAM NOTES AGAINST TORONTO FC
- New England leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 4-3-6
- The Revs are 4-1-2 against Toronto at Gillette Stadium in seven regular-season games
- Saturday’s match is the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season … TFC returns to Gillette Stadium on Aug. 4 before the teams end the series on Aug. 30 at BMO Field
- Toronto won the season series in 2012, posting a 1-0-1 record and earning its first win at Gillette Stadium in club history
- While the Revs lead the all-time series, New England has failed to secure a win against Toronto since April 10, 2010 (4-1 win at Gillette Stadium), with Toronto posting a 2-0-4 record since that game
- Six out of the 13 matches between the two teams have ended in a draw
- The Revs have out-scored TFC, 22-15, in their 13 previous meetings
- Both teams have shutout the opponent three times in the all-time regular-season series
- In home games against Toronto, the Revs average 2.00 goals per game, while Toronto averages 0.57 goals per game at Gillette Stadium
- The Revolution and TFC have never met outside the MLS regular season
PLAYER NOTES AGAINST TORONTO FC
- Andy Dorman rudely welcomed Toronto into MLS in 2007 … the midfielder has three goals in three career games against TFC, all coming in 2007
- Juan Agudelo has scored twice in two games against Toronto, both goals coming as a member of the New York Red Bulls
- Chad Barrett has one career goal and assist against the Reds as a member of the Chicago Fire
- Chris Tierney has one goal and two assists in seven career appearances against Toronto after scoring a 94th-minute equalizer on June 23, 2012… Tierney’s first two career assists were recorded at BMO Field against Toronto FC: on Aug. 23, 2008 and May 23, 2009
- Clyde Simms recorded two assists against TFC while a member of D.C. United
- Matt Reis is 3-1-4 with a 1.13 goals against average and three shutouts in eight career games against Toronto
Bobby Shuttleworth has seen action against the Reds twice, posting a 0-1-1 record with a 1.50 goals against average
REVOLUTION ACADEMY UPDATE
Tough weekend for youth teams
All three of the Revolution Academy’s were in action last weekend, going a combined 1-2-0 on Sunday, May 19 … the Under-18s held a 2-1 lead over FC Bolts, but goals in the 66th and 69th minutes gave the Bolts the 3-2 win … the Under-16’s couldn’t find the back of the net despite dominating the first half of play against FC Bolts and fell 1-0 … the Under-14s were the only team to earn a victory, defeating FC Bolts, 3-1 … for more information about the youth teams, or to schedule interviews, contact Missy Wade.
Revs in action twice this week
The Revs will play a rare twin bill this weekend … on Friday, May 24, the Revs’ Under-18 and Under-16 teams will host the Montreal Impact in matches re-scheduled from April 13 when the Impact’s field were unplayable because of snow … those matches will be played at Regis College … on Sunday, May 26, the U18s and U16s will host affiliate club Revolution Empire at Gillette Stadium … the Under-14s return to action on Saturday, June 1, when all three teams host BW Gottschee at Gillette Stadium.
Season to-date records
Heading into this weekend’s games, the Under-18s are 13-5-2 (41 pts.) overall and rank third in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference based on points per game … the Under-16s hold a 10-4-6 record (36 pts.) and are currently in fifth place in the division … the Under-14s are now 13-3-1 (40 pts.), and rank second in U.S. Club Soccer’s Northeast Pre-Academy League based on points per game.
Summer Player Development Programs enrolling
The Revolution Academy’s Player Development Programs are now enrolling for summer sessions, with locations all over New England … the Revolution Academy trains players of all abilities in all aspect of the game, including ball mastery, speed of play, coordination and balance and movement with and without the ball … the objective of all the training programs is to replicate the speed, tempo and environment of the Revolution Youth Teams’ training sessions … through the age-appropriate player development sessions, the Revolution Academy fosters an atmosphere that is competitive, challenging, demanding and fun … encouragement and support from the professional coaching staff allows every player to gain a better understanding of – and continued passion for – the game