A Tie To Clinch: Playoffs Within Reach For Revolution In Red Bull Arena

A Tie To Clinch: Playoffs Within Reach For Revolution In Red Bull Arena

One Tie To Clinch

The New England Revolution will be able to secure a playoff spot with a tie against Red Bull New York. They were able to get to this point due to the Montreal Impact losing their game on Tuesday. The general consensus of the team heading into this game is they are striving for a win. Teal Bunbury in his media availability was very positive.

I think that would be something that we’re all bought into, winning championships and it’s not just about making the playoffs. It’s making a run and I know every team might say that but it’s our ultimate goal. I don’t know why we’d be playing otherwise.

-Teal Bunbury, Media Availability on Tuesday, Revolution communications

The Revolution have never won a regular-season game in Red Bull Arena. This year, the Revs have managed a great record for away games. They are at six wins, three ties, and two losses away from Gillette. If any year, this would be the year where New England can manage a win at RBA.

Designated Players Soon To Be All Available

Adam Buksa has re-found his scoring abilities and at the right time. Carles Gil is now available to get some substitution opportunities as the end of the season comes up. Bruce Arena said on Wednesday on Zo and Bertrand show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, that Gustavo Bou would not appear in Wednesday's game. Bou will however be available against DC United this weekend.

While Gil was on the field during the Nashville SC game, the Revolution were stronger and able to pick apart the defense. His possession leads to the goal scored by Adam Buksa during the game. Carles was allowed 28 minutes during the game and made the most of them. He touched the ball 23 times and completed 72 percent of passes. Gil did however lose the ball four times during his time in the match. The Spanish DP noted after the game through a translator that "my head was seeing things that my legs weren't quite ready for".

Red Bull Arena No Longer A Home

Similar to the Revolution this year, the Red Bulls have more points away from home this year. Red Bull Arena had been a fortress for NYRB in the past few years. Last year, they had nine wins, three ties, and five losses at home. This year, they have three wins, one tie, and four losses currently.

In the last five games at home, the Red Bulls conceded eight goals while scoring only six goals in return. And if not for an outlier game against a weak and battered Montreal team, they had only scored one goal at most in each game.

The Revolution head to Red Bull Arena with confidence on the road, unbeaten in the past four games. They scored 8 goals in those four games to provide three wins and one tie. Bruce Arena is confident that the Red Bull will give the Revs a run for their money. "It seems that a loss was apparent, so give them a lot of credit, they never quit." It seems likely that the Red Bulls score against us, but the Revolution have been free-scoring against teams that don't sit in at defense.

Prediction

The New England Revolution will be facing a team that they have never beaten at Red Bull Arena. Bruce Arena and his designated players will have something to say about that tonight. Buksa will score more this game with Gil returning to the field again to help him score. We'll see Kekutah Manneh return to the field this game and score as well. In the end, Gil will also score his first goal since returning.

Without Bou in the team, Bunbury or Buchanan will provide a problem on the wing and create another goal themselves. The final I see here is a 4-2 commanding win. The defense will keep strong, but as Bruce mentioned in the media availability Kaku returns to the #10 spot for Red Bulls this week, he will influence their two goals. A tie is necessary to clinch, but the Revs are looking much higher!

Note of Importance

Diego wants more than a tie when he they head to Red Bull Arena
Credit: Revolution Communications

If Diego Fagundez appears in the match against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, he will tie Shalrie Joseph for all-time Revolution appearances at 261 chances to shine.

Written by Chris Creighton

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