The New England Revolution (6-5-6) come to MAPFRE Stadium to take on Columbus Crew SC (4-6-5) for the second time this season. The first match, which took place in early May, came off the back of a rough road stretch for the Black & Gold and ended in a lackadaisical 0-0 draw.
All time, Columbus leads the series 31-21-12, including a 17-8-6 record at home. The Black & Gold won the season series last year with two wins and one draw, but the Revolution ultimately came out on top, eliminating Crew SC from the MLS Cup Playoffs by an aggregate score of 7-3 over the two matches in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The four matches between the two teams over the final two months of the season began a bit of rivalry, with each side admitting dislike for the other. The animosity has not been forgotten either, which should make this an entertaining match.
Neither clubs comes into this game in the best form, as each team has one win in their previous eight outings.
Crew SC are desperate for three points, as it's been six games without a league victory. League leading goal scorer Kei Kamara began the first portion of the season hot - fastest player in Crew SC history with 10 goals in a season - but has cooled off lately with no goals in his last three outings.
The Revolution beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 earlier this month to stop their winless slide, but followed that up with a 1-0 loss to the Charlotte Independent in the U.S. Open Cup before a disappointing 2-1 defeat at D.C. United on Sunday.
Here are some things to know heading into the match followed by how to watch the game and a projected starting XI for both clubs:
- This game will pit two of MLS' best forwards against each other in Kamara (10 goals) and Charlie Davies (seven). Davies didn't score his first goal until seven games into the season, but went on a run of four games with a finish and comes into this contest with a goal in each of his last two games.
- New England is currently second in the East on 24 points. At one point this year, the Revs climbed to the top of the Eastern table during a nine-match unbeaten run.
- In the 20 year history of the two clubs, Columbus has played New England more than any other team. This will be the 65th meeting all time.
- The Black & Gold are attempting to get out of a log jam in the East. They are currently tied on 17 points with three teams - the Montreal Impact, the New York Red Bulls, and New York City FC Crew SC has played more games than all those teams other than City.
- The Revolution are 2-5-1 on the road this year and are winless in their last three away games.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Wednesday June 24, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Watch: TWC SportsChannel (English), Univision Deportes
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)
Projected Starting XI
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