WHO: FC Dallas at Revolution
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gillette Stadium
WHAT'S UP: The Revolution (3-1-1) look to continue their torrid pace -- 3-0-1 in their last four, and 10-0-2 in their last 12 at Gillette -- as The Boys In Blue welcome unbeaten FC Dallas (1-0-3) to Route 1 this evening.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/98.5 FM HD2
Sean here at Gillette. The squads are out, and Revolution fans... no Lee Nguyen in the squad. And no Kelyn Rowe on the bench, either: the word here in the press box is that Rowe sustained an injury late in training Friday, and that it's not believed to be serious. Will follow up.
First Half periodic updates:
And we're underway here on Route 1. Dallas gets us started.
12 minutes in, Revs with a couple of forays forward, but nothing to show for it. Dallas just had a corner, and the Revs cleared it.
16': A Caldwell giveaway in the middle leads to a cross into the heart of the penalty area, and Lamah heads it right at Turner. Big save for the rookie goalkeeper.
23' Teal Bunbury with a header that Maurer just taps over the bar. Bunbury had a nice hold-up only a few seconds before, and Farrell with a nice charge.
24' Caicedo with a try that goes over. Revs looking feisty after being on defense for a good chunk of time, holding together.
26' Caldwell loses another one, and Lamah drives, slips to Colman, he gives it up to Ulloa... and he slips it wide.
27' Turner rushes off the line and steers Colman aside.
28' Penilla with a floater to Bunbury, Bunbury with the grazing header, only right into Maurer's grasps. Action coming hot and heavy now.
35' Revs with 19 percent possession. It feels like it, for sure. Defense holding.
36' Farrell with a giveaway in the attacking third, but Caicedo wins a 50/50 a few seconds later.
37' Fagundez tries to find Penilla with a slipper, but it's off-line.
40' Lamah blows by Anibaba like he's not even there, drives in toward the penalty area and curls it wide. Was a good volley from the midfield, too.
42' Farrell came up with a really clean dispossession of Lamah, and the Revs eventually cleared it. That leads to....
43' Fagundez pushes it wide to Penilla, who then centers it to Caldwell. Scott with a stunner that Maurer stopped.
45' Fourth official Mark Geiger says there will be a minimum of one minute of stoppages.
Quickie analysis: Matt Turner coming up with a few big saves; defense needs to be tighter in marking. Caldwell can't give the ball away like that; almost leads to two. Lamah so dangerous.
Quick stats: Revs with three on-target shots, Dallas with two. Revs with nearly 80 percent passing accuracy.
Second half periodic updates:
46' Revs sub -- Juan Agudelo replaces Scott Caldwell. Innnnnnnteresting.
End 46' Somi cross to Penilla... and Penilla blazes into The Fort.
48' Dallas tries to get into the penalty area, but the Revs back line converges. Dielna and Somi with two touches to deny FCD.
Early 52' Agudelo has an awkward bicycle kick that Maurer saved.
Mid 55' Bunbury with a curling cross from near the touchline that went right to a charging Agudelo's foot, his one-timer tried to beat Maurer on the left, but Maurer is there.
56' Short corner, Fagundez crosses and Anibaba heads it on a lay-off to Agudelo... who blazes over.
63' Dallas sub: Santiago Mosquera replaces Michael Barrios.
64' ALMOST for Fagundez. Zahibo wins a header to Bunbury, who flicks a backheel right into Fagundez's path. The Leominster resident skirts around Ziegler and drives it toward the far post.... but just misses.
66' Mosquera intercepts a kick-back on the corner away from Fagundez and he tries to get away, but Caicedo races back and boots it into the stands.
68' Dallas sub: Carlos Gruezo replaces Maximiliano Urruti.
Announced attendance: 11,508
76' Revs sub: Krisztian Nemeth replaces Teal Bunbury
76' GOAL Dallas. Mosquera floats a cross to Lamah, who finds an un-marked Jacori Hayes. He tucks the ball in at the post. Replays show that Dielna was watching Hayes as he trotted by the penalty spot. It's his first MLS goal. 1-nil to Dallas
79' Dallas sub: Tesho Akindele replaces Roland Lamah
Revs have 10-plus minutes to find an equalizer, or else their home unbeaten streak comes to a close.
81' Colman with a header right at Turner.
87' Zahibo blazes into The Fort, wasting a strong shoulder off the ball by Farrell.
Early 89' Somi with a curling cross to Fagundez, and it's his turn to send it toward the parking lot.
90' Three minutes minimum of stoppages.
90+2' Revs shout for a penalty as Hedges clips Nemeth, and the referee says no. We'll see what Friedel thinks about this.
90+5' Fagundez free kick sees both sides lined at the 18, and Turner's up there, too! The ball gets to Turner, but Dallas clears it, and that's it.
Revolution Starting XI:
Matt Turner (GK), Andrew Farrell (RB), Claude Dielna (CB), Jalil Anibaba (CB), Gabriel Somi (LB), Wilfried Zahibo (DM), Luis Caicedo (DM), Scott Caldwell (DM), Diego Fagundez (M), Cristian Penilla (M), Teal Bunbury (F)
Bench: Juan Agudelo, Brad Knighton, Krisztian Nemeth, Chris Tierney, Zachary Herivaux, Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea.
BSJ analysis: Looking like a 4-1-4-1 for Brad Friedel's sixth match in charge, and it's the third consecutive time he's gone with this group.
FC Dallas Starting XI:
Jimmy Maurer (GK), Reggie Cannon (RB), Matt Hedges (CB), Reto Ziegler (CB), Anton Nedyalkov (LB), Michael Barrios (M), Victor Ulloa (M), Jacori Hayes (M), Roland Lamah (M), Cristian Colman (F), Maximiliano Urruti (F)
Bench: Ryan Hollingshead, Tesho Akindele, Kristoffer Reaves, Santiago Mosquera, Carlos Cruezo, Mauro Diaz, Kyle Zobeck.
BSJ analysis: Dallas going with a traditional 4-4-2 formation. Colman getting the start alongside Urruti after coming on last week as a sub.
A couple of notes :
- The Revolution have struggled against Dallas in recent outings, including the 3-1 defeat in the '16 U.S. Open Cup Final; Dallas has six consecutive wins over The Boys In Blue dating back to April 5, 2012. However, on the flip side, Dallas -- though unbeaten in '18 -- has struggled to score goals in the young campaign (six) and have only scored multiple goals on one occasion so far.
- The two played in the preseason, a 2-2 draw on Valentine's Day.
- This is Dallas' first trip away from the friendly confines of home in '18, so we'll keep an eye on how FCD performs. One note of relative importance: this is the second time Dallas has opened the road season in Foxborough. The Revs won, 2-1, in Dallas' 2009 road opener.
- From the vaults: Dallas manager Oscar Pareja was a one-time Rev player, making 13 appearances for the club when the home was up the hill in Patriot Place (1998). He's 5-1-0 as an opposing manager, including three wins as the Dallas bench boss.
- We're expecting the same lineup out of Revolution manager Brad Friedel tonight. Update: He did.
- Diego Fagundez's goal against Montreal a week ago -- his third of the season, and all of which coming here at Gillette -- has him at 44 career tallies, in third place in club history. In second place? Lee Nguyen with 51.
- My BSJ Revs colleague Tom Benedetto wants you to keep your eyes on the following:
Matchups to watch in #NEvFCD :
1. Penilla on LB or RB (we’ll see which side Friedel puts him on)
1. Barrios on Somi
2. Díaz on the ball facing #NERevs back four
see how it shakes out
1. Caldwell & Zahibo v Hayes & Gruezo
— Tom Benedetto (@tcbenedetto) April 14, 2018
- A couple of Dallas notes: Roland Lamah leads the team with three goals; Dallas is coming off a 1-1 draw against Colorado Rapids last Saturday; Maximiliano Urruti is usually someone who has a field day against the Revs' defense, but the Argentine is only at one goal so far this season.
Thanks for being with us as we kickoff Revs coverage here on BSJ!
Feel free to mix into the comments before the game. I'll be bouncing in and out before and during the game as well.