FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (7-5-8, 29 pts.) will look to secure a berth in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs when they visit the New York Red Bulls (7-8-5, 26 pts.) tonight at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, as well as on the radio at 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA. The Revolution can clinch a second consecutive trip to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with a win or draw in tonight’s contest, or if Inter Miami CF loses or ties against FC Dallas. Here is a closer look at New England’s squad for tonight’s contest:
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): GK Matt Turner; D Alexander Büttner, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D DeJuan Jones; M Scott Caldwell ©, M Tommy McNamara; LM Kekuta Manneh, CAM Diego Fagundez, RM Kelyn Rowe; F Adam Buksa
- New England’s Starting XI features three changes from its most recent match on Oct. 23 at Nashville SC, with Kekuta Manneh, Kelyn Rowe and Adam Buksastarting in place of Lee Nguyen, Tajon Buchanan and Teal Bunbury.
- Diego Fagundez is making his 261st MLS regular season appearance, tying Shalrie Joseph’s record for most regular season games played in Revolution history. Joseph played in his 261st game at age 34, while Fagundez will equal that number at only 25. The Homegrown Player from Leominster, Mass., who owns a team-best five career goals against the Red Bulls, can claim sole possession of the record on Sunday, Nov. 1 vs. D.C.
- Adam Buksa continues to appear in every match this season and has scored in back-to-back road games entering tonight’s contest. The striker’s three away goals are tied for fifth most in MLS, while his five tallies on the season are one behind Teal Bunbury’s team-high six goals.
- Matt Turner, a Park Ridge, N.J. native, owns a 1-1-2 career record against the Red Bulls. With a win, he would match a career single-season high with eight wins, a mark he set in 2018 and equaled in 2019.
- Alexander Büttner makes his fourth consecutive start at left back. Büttner ranks among top MLS defenders in assists (tied for 2nd - 3) and chances created (4th - 23). In his first-ever outing at Red Bull Arena, the 3-2 win over Montreal on Oct. 14, Büttner recorded one assist and delivered three key passes in a 71-minute performance.
- Henry Kessler registers his 20th appearance and the16th start of his rookie campaign. One of the top newcomers in MLS, Kessler has logged consecutive 90-minute shifts over the last two games and holds team leads in clearances (72) and interceptions (29). A native of New York City, Kessler spent several years in the New York Red Bulls Academy.
- Andrew Farrell will start alongside Kessler in central defense as he makes his 16th regular-season start against the Red Bulls.
- Tommy McNamara makes his 10th start in a Revolution uniform since joining the club on Aug. 17. McNamara’s next start will be his 100th in MLS.
- Kelyn Rowe registers his 15th appearance and 10th start of the season in tonight’s match. Rowe needs one assist to reach 40 for his Revs career and claim sole possession of fourth place on the club’s all-time assists list. Rowe’s next goal will be his 30th in MLS.
- Kekuta Manneh will make his second start in a Revolution uniform since joining the club on Aug. 17. His last start came at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 14, when he scored his first goal with New England in a 3-2 win against Montreal.
- DeJuan Jones is starting his eighth consecutive game and his fourth in a row at right back. The second-year defender has logged 90-minute outings in four straight games, and now owns 17 league appearances on the year.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Brandon Bye, D Michael Mancienne, D Antonio Delamea, M Carles Gil, M Lee Nguyen, M Matt Polster, F Tajon Buchanan, F Teal Bunbury
- Carles Gil makes his second straight appearance on the match day roster after playing 27 minutes off the bench on Friday, Oct. 23 at Nashville SC.
- Lee Nguyen owns four goals and three assists over 17 career MLS games against the Red Bulls.
- Tajon Buchanan and Teal Bunbury have appeared in every league match this season. The pair of Ontario natives and Adam Buksa are the only Revolution players to appear in all 20 games to date.
- Bunbury leads all MLS players in away goals (6) this season. His next goal will be his 60th in MLS and tie him with Joe-Max Moore for fifth on the club’s all-time scoring list.
- Brandon Bye has appeared in all but one match this season and ranks tied for second in MLS aerial duels won (71) and sixth in duels won (121).