Preview | Revs kick off three-game street stretch with first journey to Allianz Subject on Saturday night time

MLS Common Season | Match #27
New England Revolution at Minnesota United FC
Saturday, September 9 | 8:30 p.m. ET
Allianz Subject | Saint Paul, Minnesota

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New England Revolution
2nd in Jap Convention (13-5-8, 47 pts.)
Final End result | 2-2 draw vs. Austin FC

With eight MLS common season video games to go, the New England Revolution sit in second place within the Jap Convention and third within the Supporters’ Defend standings. The one staff to boast an unbeaten residence document (10-0-4) in 2023, the Revs now head right into a three-game street stretch – beginning with this weekend’s journey to Minnesota United FC – on the again of a 1-0 win and 2-2 draw in opposition to the New York Pink Bulls and Austin FC at Gillette Stadium. Tomás Chancalay’s first targets for the membership had put the hosts forward in opposition to the Verde and Black final outing after Emiliano Rigoni’s opener, however Alexander Ring snatched a degree in harm time for the guests. Because the battle for a postseason spot heats up and with a recreation in hand on the groups round them (bar the Philadelphia Union) within the East, the Revolution will look to complete the marketing campaign strongly, constructing a run of momentum of their playoff push.

Minnesota United FC
seventh in Western Convention (9-8-9, 36 pts.)
Final End result | 1-1 draw at San Jose Earthquakes

Minnesota United FC are three factors above the playoff line within the Western Convention with 36 factors from their 26 matches, in what has been a really combined marketing campaign for the Loons. Tallying a 9-8-9 document, they’re unbeaten of their final six league video games (alternating wins and attracts) and reached the quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup earlier than falling to eventual runners-up Nashville SC. Adrian Heath’s facet have fared higher away from residence this time period, recording simply three wins at Allianz Subject (drawing seven) in comparison with their six victories on the street. They head into this Saturday’s encounter on the again of a 1-1 draw on the San Jose Earthquakes. Teemu Pukki broke the impasse after simply 4 minutes at PayPal Park, accumulating Emanuel Reynoso’s intelligent clipped cross and drilling residence his second objective in two video games, earlier than Cade Cowell leveled 12 minutes later.


This weekend’s fixture marks simply the fifth event the 2 sides can have met in all competitions (with the Loons getting into MLS as an growth staff in 2017), in addition to the Revs’ first go to to Allianz Subject. Of the 4 earlier clashes, the house staff has all the time emerged victorious. Consequently, New England have dominated the collection with three of the conferences contested at Gillette Stadium, however the Jap Convention facet had been edged out, 2-1, at TCF Financial institution Stadium of their solely different go to to Minnesota in July 2018. The Revolution triumphed by the identical scoreline in the latest encounter, due to Dylan Borrero’s first MLS objective and a Gustavo Bou free kick in June 2022.

General Report vs. Minnesota: 3-1-0
Away Report vs. Minnesota: 0-1-0
Final assembly at Gillette Stadium: Revs 2, Minnesota 1 (June 19, 2022)
Final assembly in Minnesota: Minnesota 2, Revs 1 (July 18, 2018)


Revolution midfielder Nacho Gil
Getting back from a prolonged lay-off within the Revs’ Leagues Cup marketing campaign, the Spaniard has been steadily increase his minutes over the previous few months and has impressed within the final two video games with high-quality particular person performances in opposition to the New York Pink Bulls and Austin FC. Incomes his first begins of the season, the attacking midfielder conjured his first help for the membership in Saturday’s draw with the Verde and Black, whipping an inch-perfect cross to the again submit for Tomás Chancalay to nod residence his second objective of the sport. Talking after the match, assistant coach Richie Williams heaped reward on Nacho Gil, highlighting his offensive risk, technical high quality and defensive work ethic, but additionally noting that the 27-year-old remains to be discovering his type and health after his long-term absence. Clocking 65 and 70 minutes in his final two video games, the winger will look to make one other constructive affect in Minnesota in what can be his third straight begin, within the hope of extra recreation time because the playoff race intensifies.

Minnesota midfielder Emanuel Reynoso
With 13 objective involvements in his 16 appearances this yr, the Argentine No. 10 has lit up the Minnesota assault and heads into this weekend’s conflict with two targets and an help in his final two video games. A 2022 MLS All-Star, Reynoso stands because the membership’s joint-top scorer in MLS motion this time period (6) and second in all competitions behind Bongokuhle Hlongwane (15) – however leads the Loons’ help charts with 5 general, notching a league-best 4.07 return for probabilities created per 90 minutes amongst gamers with 20+ assists. In United’s 5 Leagues Cup fixtures, he tallied two targets and three assists, and bagged a brace within the Western Convention conquer the Colorado Rapids in his facet’s final residence recreation to scoop the MLS Participant of the Matchday prize. He has crafted the best variety of key passes, dribbles and crosses for Minnesota in MLS this yr, teeing up former Premier League striker Teemu Pukki final weekend to assist his facet to a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. Significantly in Pukki’s absence with the ahead away this week representing Finland, Reynoso’s inventive spark might be key for the Loons.


New England Revolution
Noel Buck (England U-19) and Christian Makoun (Venezuela) are out of competition with the pair away on worldwide obligation, whereas new goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík is awaiting his visa. Defenders DeJuan Jones and Ryan Spaulding, and goalkeeper Jacob Jackson, might return from harm with Jones having made a short cameo from the bench in opposition to Austin final weekend. Elsewhere, Gustavo Bou is listed as questionable with a leg harm, and Brandon Bye (ACL), Dylan Borrero (ACL), Henry Kessler (hamstring) and Maciel (Achilles) stay unavailable.

Minnesota United FC
Defender DJ Taylor could return after serving a suspension in opposition to San Jose for yellow card accumulation, and prime scorer Bongokuhle Hlongwane might function after lacking the final three video games by way of harm. Teemu Pukki (Finland), Joseph Rosales (Honduras) and Sang Bin Jeong (South Korea Underneath-23s) are on worldwide obligation, and Kervin Arriaga, Ryen Jiba and Robin Lod are sidelined with knee accidents.


Revolution assistant coach Richie Williams on the staff’s preparation for Saturday’s recreation at Minnesota United FC:
“Preparations are going properly. The staff is able to go. The one problem this week has been the warmth slightly bit over the past couple days of coaching, so we needed to not essentially go as lengthy on the sector as a result of it is fairly scorching – however apart from that, the fellows are in good spirits. We had been upset on the finish of the sport (in opposition to Austin FC) final week to not come away with three factors and we all know we made a mistake on the finish, however we now have to be taught from it, transfer on, and now prepare for Minnesota, who is an efficient staff. Our preparation has been good this week, and I believe the fellows might be able to go on Saturday.”

On the threats Minnesota possess, together with midfielder Emanuel Reynoso:
“He is the most important one, Reynoso. I suppose (Teemu) Pukki will not be taking part in this weekend as a result of he received referred to as in with Finland and he is completed rather well linking up with Reynoso, however he will not be there this weekend. Reynoso is only a actually top-quality participant – one of many higher gamers within the league, a very good quantity 10. He sort of floats round offensively and finds the little gaps and areas within the midfield to search out the ball, after which he is very harmful at taking part in balls in behind or combining together with his teammates and creating goal-scoring alternatives. So, it is actually vital to guarantee that we’re conscious of him all through the sport, and his positioning and what he does. He is clearly a difference-maker, an excellent participant, and an excellent quantity 10, so you have positively received to ensure you’re conscious of his potential, understanding the place he’s within the subject, how he needs to function, and attempt to make it tough for him.

“They’ve a very good strong staff from the backs to the midfielders and to the entrance. They’ve two different superb midfielders in (Wil) Trapp and (Ján) Greguš – they’re simply actually good technically, preserve the ball, know their place, and know the right way to play. Their middle backs are strong, and so they received some good attacking choices, additionally. The goalkeeper could be very robust, additionally. So, it’ll be robust opponent and we have to be ready and able to go on Saturday.”

Revolution midfielder Ian Harkes on Minnesota and the learnings from the draw with Austin FC:
“We’re clearly wanting ahead to a troublesome away match with Minnesota. We checked out lots of video this week on them, highlighting a few of their key gamers – (Emanuel) Reynoso, clearly, could be very harmful within the assault. I believe they a really robust midfield, they’re very strong. They wish to play on the again and are very affected person with their buildups, so we simply need to be good by way of the way in which we’re urgent them. We all know that they seem to be a good staff. We’re seeking to see the place we are able to exploit them and simply sort of engaged on issues that we might choose up from the Austin recreation as properly, by way of simply being good, recreation administration, and simply studying these classes. Being away from residence, it’ll be vital for us to get the three factors in a troublesome place to go.”

On settling into life on the membership and constructing a partnership in midfield with Mark-Anthony Kaye:
“To start with, settling in has been nice. It has been an ideal membership to be part of, I used to be very grateful to hitch right here, particularly with the place that the membership’s in, within the league and we wish to proceed that.

“Mark(-Anthony) and I – clearly simply each sort of being new to the staff – we needed to type a partnership fairly fast. Anybody who’s within the midfield – I believe at first it was Matt (Polster) – (needed to gel) in a short time, and we performed properly collectively and received some outcomes. Then Matt’s doing the job for us proper again proper now and is doing properly, and Mark-Anthony is a good participant with lots of high quality. He is sort of extra of a six position and permits me to get forward, however we’re simply engaged on these partnerships and he is sort of picked me out in key factors. So, it has been nice to work with them.”

On the staff’s mentality heading into the ultimate stretch of the common season:
“I believe there’s positively stress mounting on every recreation. You see how shut the desk is, particularly within the East, and we all know the groups are sort of chasing us – however we’re additionally simply specializing in ourselves and simply persevering with to deliver that confidence that we have sort of introduced within the first half of the season. It should be crucial. (We have to be) studying the teachings from the Austin recreation as a result of these three factors would have been big, so we have to end out video games, we have to be good away from residence, and handle the sport.”

Revolution defender Andrew Farrell on Minnesota and the three-game street stretch:
“Hopefully, (we’ll get) some wins. We’re going to some robust environments. It’s an vital factor to get factors and maximize our factors on the street. Once we’re at residence, we’re fairly good but when we are able to pair that up with some good outcomes on the street, we’re going to place ourselves in a great place. The primary recreation is in opposition to Minnesota and that’s a great staff at residence. (We have to) be sound defensively, rating when we now have the chance to attain and if we now have the prospect to have factors within the bag late within the recreation – whether or not it’s one or three – we have to be good, lock it down, and see the sport out. These final couple of video games proper earlier than the playoffs are going to be essential to maintain the factors that we now have.”

On fixed rotation of gamers by way of accidents and gamers stepping as much as contribute:
“It’s simply that ‘next-man-up’ mentality. Tomás Chancalay got here in after we signed him and got here on as an alternative a few instances. Getting the beginning, I believe he did rather well and scored two targets for us. It’s not simply the targets, his motion off the ball, work defensively, he’s received the entire bundle. We’re excited for him and all the opposite guys which can be getting back from harm. It’s like we get new gamers each week, which is sweet, however we now have to maintain on attempting to remain wholesome. That’s an vital factor on this street stretch.”

Revolution defender Ben Sweat on his latest run of begins:
“I believe it takes time for any participant to be in type for an additional staff. To return in and haven’t skilled for 3 or 4 weeks after I used to be let go by Sporting (Kansas Metropolis), attempting to get again into type for a brand new staff in a brand new system took a while, however I’m affected person. I’ve been serving to the fellows on the pitch and in coaching. I’ve been pushing the fellows, and I made positive I used to be prepared for my likelihood and alternative.”

On what the staff needs to perform on the three-game street stretch and Minnesota’s threats:
“(For) street video games, it’s one after the other. Proper now, we’re taking a look at Minnesota. I believe we are able to get three factors at Minnesota – at a minimal you wish to stroll away with a degree. You wish to garner as many factors as attainable on the street. They’ve their very own model of Carles (Gil), so it’s one thing that we now have to close down with Reynoso. They’re a great staff and taking part in properly proper now to get outcomes, so we are able to’t go into that recreation and half-ass it.”

On attempting to thwart Reynoso:
“It’s tough. It’s not going to be a man-to-man sort of factor. It’s important to be prepared. On the apply facet of it, he’s most likely going to cheat into locations and transfer freely, so it must be tactical and (we have to) have extra positional consciousness from the group.”

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