MATCHDAY GUIDE | Tajon Buchanan | 2020

MATCHDAY GUIDE | Audi MLS Cup Playoffs | Revolution at Columbus Crew SC

THE BASICS

New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC

Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs | Eastern Conference Final

Sunday, December 6 | 3 p.m.

MAPFRE Stadium | Columbus, Ohio

Predicted Weather: Cloudy | Rain and snow | High  37 | Low 26


RAISE YOUR COLORS

#RaiseYourColors to support the New England Revolution from home on social media during their postseason run as they head to the Eastern Conference Final. This is the first time the Revs have appeared on this stage since 2014.

The playoff campaign #RaiseYourColors carries over from 2019 and it originates from the chant "Mama, Mama," sung by the Revolution's loyal supporters in The Fort. The supporters mean so much to Revolution players, coaches and staff, and the organization chose this line from the meaningful song to help unify us all, as we push forward in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs together.


HOW TO TUNE IN

WATCH
TV: ABC (English), ESPN Deportes (Spanish)

LISTEN
Radio: 92.9 FM WBOS (English), 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA (Portuguese)

REVOLUTION PREGAME LIVE PRESENTED BY DAN O'BRIEN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Sunday, December 6 | 2:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Pehota and Jeff Lemieux will break down all the major storylines and starting XIs on Revolution Pregame Live presented by Dan O'Brien Automotive Group, available live at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon 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
Friday, December 4 | 12 p.m.
Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies returned for another installment of Outside the Booth presented by Dan O'Brien Automotive Group, as the Revolution's broadcast team previewed the Eastern Conference Final between the Revs and Columbus Crew SC. The show, available on the Revolution's social channels, featured in-depth analysis and commentary, as well as interviews with Revolution legend Matt Reis and current left back DeJuan Jones, while callers voiced their opinions and asked questions by calling in at 855-728-7500.


RECENT FORM VS. COLUMBUS CREW SC

The New England Revolution have advanced to the Eastern Conference Final of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs courtesy of Sunday’s 3-1 win at Orlando City SC. Carles Gil converted from the penalty spot in the 17th minute and then helped set up both Gustavo Bou's game winner and insurance goal to punch the Revs' ticket to the Conference Finals. This Revolution squad is now only one win away from making their sixth appearance in an MLS Cup final and potentially claiming their first-ever league title.

New England will now travel to play at the East's No. 3 seed, Columbus Crew SC, in a winner-takes-all game to determine which side will compete on the league’s biggest stage at MLS Cup.

Columbus is coming off a 2-0 win over Nashville SC, needing bonus soccer after the game was scoreless through regulation. However, in only a three-minute span during extra time, Columbus took a dramatic and commanding two-goal lead over Nashville. Gyasi Zardes, who has 15 goals and five assists in all competitions this season, played a key role in both goals - first assisting Pedro Santos before adding one himself. Both Zardes and Santos will be players the Revs need to limit on Sunday.

The Revs and Crew SC have a long-standing postseason history, including five playoff meetings from 2002-2004 and a pair of battles in 2014, when the Revs took them down in the Eastern Conference Semifinals en route to a conference crown. However, the last time these sides battled in any competition was in early 2019 under previous leadership. New England and Columbus have not yet played since Bruce Arena took over as the Revolution's sporting director and head coach last May.

Perhaps initially overlooked as the East's No. 8 seed, the Revs are now red-hot after winning in dramatic fashion in Orlando, their third straight victory after advancing past both Montreal and Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Columbus have also won three straight, and they'll have something to prove at home, where they've gone 11-1-0 in all competitions this year. With a ticket to MLS Cup on the line, this will be a do-or-die showdown that you won’t want to miss.

Overall Record vs. Columbus Crew SC: 23-38-13
Road Record vs. Columbus Crew SC: 8-21-7

Last Meeting at Gillette Stadium: Columbus 2, Revs 0 (March 9, 2019)
Last Meeting at MAPFRE Stadium: Columbus 1, Revs 0 (April 6, 2019)


RELATED NEWS

READ: Preview | Revs and Crew SC to battle for Eastern Conference crown
WATCH: Training Report | Revs enjoying some December soccer
WATCH: Coffee with the Coach | Williams talks Revs' playoff run
READ: Revs' playoff run driven by "a togetherness, a desire, and will to win"
WATCH: Flashback | Re-live some of Revs' best goals from Eastern Conference Finals
WATCH: We Meet Again | Highlights from last Revs-Crew SC playoff meeting in 2014
WATCH: Bunbury | Revs "peaking at the right time" in playoffs
LISTEN: Far Post Podcast | Caldwell talks Eastern Conference Final
WATCH: Arena | "All the pieces of the puzzle are working together"
WATCH: Bou | "We need to be strong both mentally and physically"
WATCH: Buksa | Arena's tough love "keeps you focused and motivated"
WATCH: Arena on playoffs | "I think a one-off can favor the underdog"
WATCH: Jones on playoff run | "We know we have more games to win"
WATCH: Caldwell | "There's definitely a togetherness" driving Revs
READ: Buchanan named 2020 Canadian Youth International Player of the Year
WATCH: Turner talks with NBC10 Boston's Raul Martinez
READ: Turner thrilled with penalty save, but says "job's not done yet"
READ: Special players deliver yet again as Revs keep marching on
READ: Bou honors late idol in Orlando | "I wanted to pay homage to Maradona"
WATCH: Highlights | Bou's double lifts Revs to 3-1 win in Orlando
READ: Recap | Revs down Lions to book spot in Eastern Conference Final


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.

Topics: