MATCHDAY GUIDE | Alex Buttner 2020

MATCHDAY GUIDE | New England Revolution vs. D.C. United | July 17, 2020

THE BASICS

MLS is Back Tournament

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United

Friday, July 17 | 8 p.m.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex | Orlando, Florida

Predicted Weather: Thunderstorms | High 90 | Low 76


MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT

After a four-month hiatus from league play, the MLS is Back Tournament is underway in Orlando. Each team will play three group-stage matches that will count towards the regular-season standings, and sides that advance to the knockout stage will vie to be crowned champions, earning a berth to the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.

Not to mention, the players will also be contesting for a piece of a $1.1 million pool of prize money based on results.

The stage has been set for the initial matchups, and the New England Revolution have been placed in Group C with three Eastern Conference foes: Toronto FC, D.C. United and the Montreal Impact. The top two finishers in Group C will advance to the tournament’s Round of 16, while several third-place finishers league-wide will also book a place in the knockout rounds.

Following the Round of 16, the winners will advance to the quarterfinals and compete for an opportunity to vie for the title in the semifinals and final.


GROUP C STANDINGS

New England's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact to kick off Group C play last Thursday night has them alone atop the Group C standings after the first round of games. D.C. United and Toronto FC are tied with one point apiece after playing to a wild 2-2 draw on Monday morning, as D.C. rallied from 2-0 down in the 86th minute (while playing with 10 men) to secure a remarkable result.

While the Revs will take on D.C. on Friday night, TFC and Montreal will square off in the Canadian Classique on Thursday evening.


RECENT FORM VS. D.C. UNITED

The New England Revolution will play their second match in Group C of the MLS is Back Tournament on Friday, squaring off against Eastern foe D.C. United. It will be the 86th all-time meeting between these two squads in all competitions, and a unique battle at a neutral venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

New England and D.C. met twice last season, playing to draws at both Gillette Stadium and Audi Field. The Revs have struggled against D.C. in recent years, as they've won just once in their last 11 meetings (1-5-5) dating back to 2015.

However, the Revs are riding momentum from their first victory of the MLS is Back Tournament, with a critical 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact. Gustavo Bou put away the game winner in the 56th minute, and Matt Turner locked up their victory in stoppage time with a dramatic, diving save in the final seconds (90' +6) to preserve the squad's clean sheet.
 
New England aims to earn a second consecutive win in the MLS is Back Tournament against D.C. United. As the Revs sit atop the Group C standings with three points and an opportunity to secure a ticket to the competition's knockout rounds, this will be an Eastern Conference battle that you won't want to miss.

Overall Record vs. D.C: 27-34-14

Last Meeting at Gillette Stadium: Revs 1, D.C. 1 (May 25, 2019)
Last Meeting at Audi Field: Revs 2, D.C. 2 (July 12, 2019)


HOW TO TUNE IN

WATCH
National TV: ESPN (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish)

LISTEN
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

REVOLUTION LIVE PRESENTED BY DAN O'BRIEN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Elizabeth Pehota and Jeff Lemieux will break down all the storylines on Revolution Live presented by Dan O'Brien Automotive Group, available live at 3 p.m. Friday on the Revolution’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels as well as www.revolutionsoccer.net.

OUTSIDE THE BOOTH PRESENTED BY DAN O'BRIEN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies will go live at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 20, for the second installment of a new online, call-in talk show recapping the previous match. The show, available on the Revolution's social channels, will feature a live interview with Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena, while callers can voice their opinions and ask questions by calling in at 855-728-7500. 


RELATED NEWS

READ: Preview | Revs aim to clinch spot in knockout round vs. D.C. United
WATCH: Coffee with the Coach fueled by Dunkin' | Arena looks ahead to D.C.
WATCH: Training Report | Revs aim to stay atop Group C standings
WATCH: Three Numbers That Matter | Gil's chance creation off the charts
WATCH: Training Vision | Working the night shift in Orlando
WATCH: Inside the Bubble | Revs enjoying the Sunshine State of mind
WATCH: Arena | Olsen's D.C. squad has "a lot of fight and character"
WATCH: Gil praises Buksa | "He's going to help us a lot this season"
WATCH: Buksa | "I think there's more and more to come" as Revs progress
WATCH: Büttner on MLS is Back atmosphere | "We know fans are watching us"

WATCH: Rowe aims to "get stuck into tackles" in new midfield role
WATCH: Farrell "excited to be back and in the fold" ahead of D.C. match
WATCH: Social Status | Everyone loves that winning feeling
READ: Bunbury secures future in Foxborough | "It's special to me"
WATCH: Bunbury's new deal "a special moment for myself and my family"
READ: Veteran forward Teal Bunbury re-signs with Revolution
READ: Revs-D.C. moved to Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
WATCH: Drive-In to Win | Revs host unique watch party at Gillette Stadium
WATCH: Outside the Box | Revs get MLS is Back started in style
READ: Büttner​ strong in long-awaited debut | "He was rock-solid"
READ: Farrell "feeling good" as he eyes potential return vs. D.C. United
WATCH: Outside the Booth | Feldman and CD9 recap big win over Impact
READ: Magical trio of Designated Players makes Revolution club history
READ: Turner's "outstanding save" preserves perfect start in Group C
WATCH: Highlights | Revs dominant throughout 1-0 win over Impact
READ: Recap | Revs open MLS is Back with 1-0 win over Montreal Impact


SHOW YOUR COLORS

Break out “The Colonial!"

The Revs will be sporting their sleek secondary kits, which take inspiration from uniforms the colonial generals wore in the Revolutionary War.

These jerseys sport a white front with light blue sides and sleeves, and are tied together with navy blue trim. The light blue sides continue to cover the back of the jersey, topped near the neckline with the classic image of the Flag of New England.

You can own "The Colonial" by visiting the Gillette Stadium Pro Shop, or clicking HERE.

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