FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (8-6-8, 32 pts.) are set to visit Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union (13-4-5, 44 pts.) this afternoon in their final match of the regular season. The nationally televised contest kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Deportes, and will also air locally on the radio with Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies calling the action on 98.5 The Sports Hub. WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA will also carry the game locally with Portuguese commentary.
Here is a closer look at New England’s starting lineup:
Starting XI (4-4-2): GK Matt Turner; D Alexander Büttner, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D Brandon Bye; M Scott Caldwell, M Carles Gil ©, LM Teal Bunbury, RM Tajon Buchanan; F Adam Buksa, F Gustavo Bou
New England’s Starting XI features two changes from its most recent match on Nov. 1 vs. D.C. United, with Brandon Bye and Gustavo Bou starting in place of DeJuan Jonesand Tommy McNamara.
The Revs' three Designated Players- Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil- will appear together in the attack for the second consecutive match and the fourth game this season. The trio has played only 173 minutes together in 2020.
Carles Gil makes his fourth straight appearance and second consecutive start since returning from an Aug. 4 foot surgery. Gil, who wears the captain’s armband for the fourth time today, registered an assist in last Sunday’s 4-3 win over D.C. United. The 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year has played 124 minutes over the last three games.
Gustavo Bou registers his second consecutive appearance and first start since Oct. 3. Bou logged a 45-minute shift last Sunday after returning from a hamstring injury. The second-year striker ranks ninth in MLS in shots on target (22) and third on the team in goals (5).
Adam Buksa closes the regular season as one of two Revolution players to appear in every match, along with Tajon Buchanan. Buksa, second on the team in goals (6), has registered three goals and one assist over the last five games
Teal Bunbury (8) holds a two-goal lead over Buksa in the race for the club’s Golden Boot as the Revolution’s leading scorer in 2020. Bunbury, the MLS leader in away goals (6), makes his 19th start today and is one goal shy of leaping Steve Ralston (42) for fourth on the club’s all-time scoring list.
Tajon Buchanan will close the regular season with career highs in games played (23) and starts (11). Buchanan, who has also logged a career-best 1,039 minutes played entering today’s contest, is 71 minutes away from surpassing 1,500 minutes played in MLS.
Scott Caldwell logs his fifth consecutive start today. Caldwell, making his 18th appearance and 15th start of the season, ranks third on the team in interceptions (27).
Matt Turner makes his 22nd appearance of the season in today’s match. Turner aims to add to his career-best six shutouts and set a new personal best with a ninth win. His next win will be his 25th in MLS.
Alexander Büttner registers his sixth consecutive start and his 15th of the season. Büttner ranks among top MLS defenders in assists (tied for 3rd- 3), chances created (4th- 25), and chances created from set play (5th- 12). He’s tied with Gustavo Bou (3) for second on the team in assists, one behind Cristian Penilla’s (4) team lead.
Henry Kessler, making the 19th start of his rookie campaign, finishes the regular season having appeared in all but one game. Kessler holds team leads in possession won (116), clearances (77), interceptions (32) and tackles (30).
Brandon Bye makes his first appearance in the Starting XI since Oct. 11. Bye, who has also appeared in all but one game, ranks third in MLS aerials duels won (73).
Andrew Farrell has logged full 90-minute shifts in 12 of the last 13 contests. Farrell leads the team in blocks (13) and ranks second in clearances (67) and possession won (100).
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Michael Mancienne, D Seth Sinovic, M/D Matt Polster, M Diego Fagundez, M Lee Nguyen, M Kelyn Rowe, M Tommy McNamara, M/F Kekuta Manneh,
- If Diego Fagundez appears off the bench today, he will set a new Revolution club record with his 262nd regular season appearance, passing Shalrie Joseph (261). He has appeared in 19 of the first 22 games this season.
- Tommy McNamara has appeared in nine consecutive games, including seven starts and four full 90-minute performances. McNamara has logged two assists over 14 games played since joining the Revolution on Aug. 17.
- Lee Nguyen has registered 11 appearances, including eight starts, since re-joining the Revolution on Sept. 8. The ninth-year midfielder’s next assist will be his 60th in MLS.
- Kelyn Rowe owns two goals and four assists over 19 career appearances against Philadelphia. Rowe’s one assist shy of leaping Taylor Twellman (40) for sole possession of fourth on the club’s all-time assists list. Rowe’s next goal will be his 30th in MLS.
- Matt Polster has logged six consecutive appearances and 14 since joining the Revolution on July 8. Polster owns two assists over 711 minutes played this season.