This coming Saturday the New England Revolution will be taking on Orlando City SC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. This will be the Revs first home game on the 2017 campaign, as they will be coming off a tough 1-0 loss in Colorado to the Rapids.
The only goal came in the 52nd minute when Dominique Badji headed home a ball from inside the six-yard box following a set piece. Cody Cropper, the 24-year old Revolution goalie, made one save and conceded just the one goal on the day. The New England side was able to get 9 shots off during the game but only 3 were able to be on target, with veteran Kei Kamara getting chances the most frequently. The good news was that Antonio Dalamea Milnar looked excellent in his MLS debut.
So what are in for this coming Saturday? The Revs will be welcoming a strong Orlando City SC squad who is coming off of a 1-0 victory over NYCFC. The Orlando side, who will be missing Kaka for 6 weeks, is looking to build upon the confidence that they gained last week in their stadium opening.
If the Revolution are to put out a starting XI similar to last week, we are likely to see a heavy dose of Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen (day to day), and Juan Agudelo. Midfielders Diego Fagundez and Chris Tierny will also see a lot of action most likely. Also watch for the rookie, Brian Wright out of Vermont, to see his first playing time possibly. In order to pull out a win, the Revs will likely have to take advantage of the Kaka injury by having their midfield and back four control the tempo of the game. The absence of the Brazilian will make it difficult for Orlando to put together a consistent attack, leaving space open for New England to work the ball onto the attacking half and potentially pull out a victory.
The weather will pose as an issue for this game, the high temperature Saturday is currently forecasted at 19 degrees, but don’t think that’s an issue for the Revs, in fact, they want it to be colder.
Kei Kamara said “I don’t think it’s going to be cold enough,” Kamara said in a team release. “Again, that’s going to be our advantage when [Orlando City] comes here. It’s going to be cold, the field is in our advantage.”
When the Lions took the field for their own home opener last weekend, the temperature dipped into the 60s. The club will endure a much different experience this weekend.
And that excites Kamara.
“People in Boston, they love the cold,” Kamara continued. “They come out to support the teams when it’s the cold weather, so I can’t wait.”