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Things to know before the MLS Revolution-New York City FC playoff match – CBS Boston

FOXBORO (CBS) – It’s been a while since the New England Revolution set a new regular-season MLS record with 73 points and earned the franchise’s first Support Shield. Now it’s finally time to see what the top seeded Revs can do in the knockouts.

Revolution, there’s no better word, was awesome throughout the regular season. Together they constituted the most successful six months of the franchise in the club’s 26-year history, setting several new team records including wins (22), away wins (10), scoring (65), goal difference (plus 24), and assists (70). But all that regular-season success won’t matter as much if the team can’t end it with an MLS Cup.

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That assignment begins Tuesday when New England takes on New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The knockout round will go through Gillette Stadium as long as the Revs keep moving forward and they get their first hit on Tuesday night.

New England and New York City have met three times in the regular season, and the Revs have made two of those three games. Tommy McNamara led New England to a thrilling 3-2 win at Red Bull Stadium in June, breaking a 2-2 draw with an 88th-minute goal. New York City went on to win 2- 0 against New England at Yankee Stadium in late August, with Golden Shoe winner Valentín Castellanos scoring both goals for NYC. The Revs won the rubber match a few weeks later with a 2-1 win over Gillette, when Tajon Buchanan scored the winning goal in the 65th minute.

New York City were the fourth seed of the East after going through 14-11-9 in the regular season, and went deep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta United in the Opening Round. New York City lost just one game in October and November.

But the Revs, as we all know in New England, have been the best team in all of Major League Soccer since April. Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to Tuesday’s MLS Cup Playoff game in London. Gillette Stadium!

– Top-seeded Revolution is in the MLS Cup Qualifiers for the third year in a row and for the 16th time in the franchise’s 26 years.

Tuesday night will mark New England’s first time hosting a home playoff fan since the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship.

With Tuesday night’s win, Revolution will be in the Conference Finals for the second year in a row and the ninth in the club’s history.

– New England have 18 consecutive home playoffs without a loss since 1997 – the longest streak in MLS history. That record doesn’t include the 2002 MLS Cup, when the Revs were the “away” team at Foxboro. As of that 2002 loss, which was officially a neutral ground game, New England were looking to extend their 13-match unbeaten streak in post-season games at Foxboro (10-0-3).

– Tuesday was New England’s 48th post-season game, the team ranked fifth among all MLS clubs. Revolution is 20-18-9 in the post-season
played, including a 13-2-6 record at Foxboro.

– For the first time in the club’s history, The Revolution and New York City FC meet at the post-season stage. New England leads the all-time series, 9-6-4, with a score of 5-2-2 at home.

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– Revolution won 13-10-4 the whole match in the Southeast Asian Semi-Final of the MLS Cup knockout.

– New England’s attack has 57 goals and 64 assists during post-season run.

– Head Coach and Athletic Director Bruce Arena is 35-13-6 in the post-season, including a 3-2-0 record with Revolution. Arena went undefeated in 32 games after the season when his team scored the first, 29-0-3.

– Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner holds a 3-2-0 record in the knockout stages with a clean sheet. He’s 4-3-2 all-time against New York City FC, including two away legs.

– Among active goalkeepers in the MLS with at least five games post-season, Turner ranks in the top five for goals per average (0.80).

– Tuesday night will be the fifth playoff together for three New England designated players – Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa and Carles Gil. The trio contributed to six of New England’s seven goals in the 2020 MLS Cup Knockout Qualifiers, adding up 35 goals and 31 assists in the 2021 regular season, the most of any event. combine any DP in the tournament.

– Gil has three assists in the playoffs against the Revs and just needs one more to reach the quarterfinals with Lee Nguyen, Jose Cancela and Steve Ralston
for the most post-season helpers in the club’s history.

– Last year, Bou propelled the Revolution to the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals with a brace against Orlando City SC. He is only the second player in
club history to score a brace in a playoff game, joining Charlie Davies, who made his mark twice in the club’s run to the MLS Cup in 2014.

– New England were Major League Soccer’s best team in the opening 45 minutes of this season, leading the MLS with a first-half goal difference of plus 12. The Revs have scored 31 goals in the first half of games, many things. two in the MLS this season. The club’s best 15-minute interval was between 16-30, when they took a 13-3 lead.

– The Revolution won the MLS record 18 games by 1 goal. New England are fourth team in MLS history to hit at least 13
Winning games has one goal, a feat last accomplished by the Colorado Rapids in 2016.

Of those 18 wins, six won 2-1, another six won 3-2 and six won 1-0. In 14 of those games, New England had goals scored in the second half, including seven in the 75th minute.

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Get ready for New England-NYC FC with sports team WBZ-TV on Tuesday night at 6:30pm on TV38 with our Revolution Kickoff Special!!!

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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