Overview | Revs begins another two-game road trip Saturday night at the New York Red Bulls

MLS Regular Season | Game #30
New England revolution at the New York Red Bulls
Saturday September 10 | 6 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, New Jersey

Watch: TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island)
– Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst)
Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub (English), 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese)

CURRENT FORM

New England Revolution
8th in the Eastern Conference (9-9-11, 38 pts.)
Last result | 3-0 win against New York City FC

The Revs overcame a frustrating start to their three-game home game and closed it out in emphatic fashion on Sunday night, getting goals from Jon Bell, Noel Buck and Tommy McNamara in a 3-0 win over defending champions the MLS Cup New York City FC. The result puts New England in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one point from the playoff line and with nine teams (5th through 13th) separated by just 10 points.

Three of the Revolution’s final five games will be on the road, including a two-game road trip that kicks off Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. From there, the Revs will travel directly to Texas for a rare Tuesday night meeting with the Houston Dynamo and their final interconference game of the regular season.

New York Red Bulls
3rd in the Eastern Conference (13-9-8, 47 pts.)
Last result | Lost 2-0 against the Philadelphia Union

A 13th consecutive trip to the playoffs appears to be on the cards for the Red Bulls, who currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, nine points clear of the playoff line. They ended August on an impressive 3-0-1 streak – including a road win over second-placed CF Montreal, but they recently kicked off September with a 2-0 loss at home to the Philadelphia Union, first.

That has been the trend for the Red Bulls this year as their road form has far outstripped their home form. In fact, RBNY has the league’s best road record at 9-3-3 and the second-worst home record at 4-6-5, tied with DC United for the fewest home wins in the entire Major. League Soccer.

KEY PLAYERS

Djordje Petrović, Revolutionary Guard
New England replacement for reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner continues to defy all reasonable expectations, keeping another clean sheet last weekend against NYCFC to record his seventh shutout in only 16 appearances in MLS. To put that into perspective, Petrović is just three clean sheets away from equaling the club single-season record set by Matt Reis (10 in 2005, 2006 and 2007) despite only playing half of the year.

Petrović was particularly sharp against NYCFC, including a massive save from close range just seconds after Jon Bell gave New England the lead in the 12th minute. With the Eastern Conference playoff race as tight as it’s ever been, the Revs might just need Petrović to keep making those kinds of game-changing saves over the five last games of the regular season.

Red Bulls midfielder Lewis Morgan
Scottish midfielder Lewis Morgan has been a reborn player with the Red Bulls, still their top attacking threat all season. After tallying seven goals and 12 assists in 57 appearances over two seasons with Inter Miami CF, Morgan exploded this year with 13 goals and four assists in 28 appearances in his first year with the Red Bulls.

Morgan has been in fine form recently with three goals in his last four starts, and the 25-year-old striker hasn’t gone more than two games without registering a goal or an assist since early April.

STATUS REPORT

Revolution
Brandon Bye (lower leg) missed out on last weekend’s win over NYCFC, and the right-back has been added to the Revolution’s list of questionable players alongside Dylan Borrero (leg), Wilfrid Kaptoum (leg) and Giacomo Vrioni (leg). However, this trio has shown progress and there is hope that they are nearing a return to action.

“We are recovering players,” sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said on Thursday. “We are not complete at this stage, but we feel quite good with the team we have at the moment. Hopefully we can be a little healthier as we approach the end of the season. We are certainly not completely healthy at this point.

Two players – rookie goalkeeper Jacob Jackson (ACL surgery) and newcomer Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (leg) – are out for Saturday’s visit to Red Bull Arena.

red bulls
Midfielder Dru Yearwood has made 25 appearances for the Red Bulls this season but the 22-year-old will be suspended on Saturday night after being sent off in stoppage time in last weekend’s loss to Philadelphia. Zach Ryan (shoulder), Serge Ngoma (hamstring) and Cam Harper (quadruple) are also unavailable against the Revs.

A quartet of players are also listed as questionable for the weekend: Frankie Amaya (groin), Patryk Klimala (ankle), Andres Reyes (ankle) and Cristian Casseres, Jr. (knee).

WHAT THEY SAY

Bruce Arena, Sporting Director and Head Coach of the New England Revolution
“We haven’t been a very good team on the road this year. We were last year. We don’t treat it as a playoff game. I don’t know what that means. I think we try to win every game, but we’re definitely going to New Jersey hoping to win the game. These last five games are crucial, so we need to get points and we’ll get them on Saturday.

New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell
“The first 15-20 minutes of every game against the Red Bulls is hectic. They press better than a lot of teams in the league, probably one of the best teams in the league. They try to turn you around early, especially at the home. They are really, really good. As a central defender, you have to be quick in your decisions, make sure you play the right passes, get your teammates in the right positions. Every bad pass is going to come under pressure, so you have to being able to find balls in the right channels and being smart early on It’s important to have your game defined – that’s what we talked about – before the ball comes your way. something we worked on this week in training and we hope to implement it against them in a very important game for us this weekend.

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