Coming off their first bye week of the season, the Revolution (2-4-0, 6 points) kick off an eight-day, three-game crunch that starts on Saturday when they face the New York Red Bulls (3-3-1, 10 points) at Red Bull Arena.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game nationally, while The Sports Hub 98.5 will carry the game locally.
Saturday’s game will be the first of three between the longtime conference rivals. The season series will resume on July 8 and Sept. 22, with both games at Gillette Stadium. Last year, the Revolution went winless (0-1-1) against New York, with a 2-1 loss at New York on June 10 and a 2-2 draw in Foxborough on Aug. 20.
-- Midfielder Shalrie Joseph will see his first action since the Revolution’s 1-0 loss at FC Dallas on April 5. The captain, who received a yellow card for a clumsy foul on Ricardo Villar during the Dallas game, was fined and suspended by the league for the team’s April 14 D.C. game.
-- Although the Revolution have gotten the better of New York over the years (25-18-12 all-time), they’ve lost their last six on the road against the Red Bulls (0-2-4). Their last road win at New York came on July 14, 2007.
-- Incidentally, the Revolution and Red Bulls are both coming off losses to D.C. United going into Saturday’s game. The Revolution, who are coming off their bye week, last played against D.C. on April 14 and lost 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls are licking their wounds following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of D.C. at RFK Stadium on April 22.
-- Another thing in common between the conference rivals? Both teams’ leading scorers are French forwards. Saer Sene leads the Revolution with two goals while Thierry Henry tops the Red Bulls -- and shares the lead league along with San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski -- with eight goals.
-- A familiar face was seen in Foxborough on Wednesday as former Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan was on hand for training. The versatile veteran, who played 80 games for the Revs between 2008 and 2011, had his option declined last year and asked head coach Jay Heaps if he could train with the team while he continues to search for a new club.
-- The Revolution-Red Bulls Reserve Division match, which was scheduled to take place following Saturday’s game, has been rescheduled for Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium. The rescheduled game will take place immediately after the Revolution-Red Bulls league match, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
-- The Revolution Youth Academy went 0-3-1 against New Jersey-based competition last weekend. On April 21, the Revs 18s settled for a 2-2 draw to Player Development Academy (PDA) 18s, while the Revs 16s fell 3-0 to the PDA 16s. The following day, the Revs 18s fell 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls 18s while the Revs 16s suffered a 5-2 loss to the Red Bulls 16s.
INJURY REPORTS (as of April 24):
New England Revolution:
QUESTIONABLE: MF Ryan Guy (R calf tightness)
PROBABLE: FW Blake Brettschneider (R ankle sprain)
New York Red Bulls:
QUESTIONABLE: DF Stephen Keel (back strain)