Tomorrow is the day, New England Revolution Soccer is back. At 8 p.m. the Revs take on the Montreal Impact at the ESPN Wide World of Sports located in Orlando Florida.
The match which will be broadcasted on TUDN, Twitter, TSN, TVA, and 98.5 The Sports Hub is New England first of three group stage matches in the MLS is Back Tournament.
‘We’ve made a lot of progress,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on how the team has progressed since the start of full team training. “The problem here is that nobody knows that that means, because we’ve not had any real competition. We’ve been idle for, I guess, close to four months from league competition. So the tournament is a great unknown for all the teams. It’s going to be interesting to see how we fare.”
Montreal happens to be one of two teams the Revolution played to start the 2020 MLS season with a 1-2 loss at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on February 29th. The Revolution are 9-10-3 all-time against Montreal
New England Injury Report:
Out: Luis Caicedo (Right Knee)
Questionable: Andrew Farrell (Left Quad)
MTL Injury Report:
Out: Steevan Saba
Montreal Scouting Report
Montreal hired Thierry Henry as their head coach this offseason after three mediocre seasons and looked to shake things up. Henry has already shown an ability to coach his team in a tournament with a deep Concacaf Champions League push into the quarterfinals that took many by suprise.
The Impact went 1-0-1 in their first two matches and Revs fans already know how dangerous Maximilano Urruti can be. Urruti scored three goals in their first two matches.
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Montreal showed a lot of promise in the early goings and the COVID-19 stop halted that momentum. Can Henry get his side on track quickly or will the Revs have their revenge?
Three things to watch out for
Carles Gil– Adam Buksa– Gustavo Bou. The three DP’s have yet to play with each other in a match due to Gil’s foot injury earlier in the year. All three are expected to be available in this match.
“Due to many circumstances, it’s been a while since I’ve played an official match,” said Carles Gil on not playing since the 2019 playoffs. “The last time I played was last season against Atlanta. Like everyone else, I’m very excited to start. We’re two days away from our first match. I think we’re ready. I think we’ve prepared very well over the last few weeks. Like I said, I’m very excited.”
The defensive midfield will be an interesting area to watch for the Revolution with Luis Caicedo out. Caicedo has yet to play in a match in 2020 and that created a problem for the Revs. Curious to see if Bruce Arena has figured out a workable solution. The backline is another area of interest with Andrew Farrell questionable. That being said Antonio Delamea, Alexander Buttner, and Seth Sinovic are expected to be available and have yet to play in 2020. How does rookie Henry Kessler respond if he has to play with another center back if Farrell is unable to go? Could be a good test for the first round pick.
3-2 Revolution win. Typically after all that time off you would expect to see rustiness. But have a feeling the rustiness will create acres of space that will in-turn create high probability scoring chances.
“It’s very important,” said Carles Gil on the importance of winning on Thursday. “ It’s going to be our first experience (in the tournament). I think, emotionally, starting with three points is important in order to do well. Like I said, we’re prepared. We know it’s going to be a tough match. We faced them in the first match of the season. I think we’re ready. Hopefully we can we come away with three points.”
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