Coming off hard-fought 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake, the Revolution (3-6-0, 9 points) will have a week to rest tired legs before they welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5-2-2, 17 points) to Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
The game will kick off at 7:30pm and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. Local listeners can catch a radio feed on The Sports Hub 98.5.
Saturday’s inter-conference contest will be the lone regular season meeting between the Revolution and Whitecaps. Last year, the Revolution claimed a 1-0-1 advantage over Vancouver, with a 1-1 draw at Empire Field on Apr. 6 and a 1-0 win at Gillette Stadium on May 14.
-- Although the Revolution’s record currently sits below .500, they claimed a major victory on Tuesday -- albeit off the field. Following Saturday’s game at Salt Lake, the team filed an appeal of the 81st minute red card issued to midfielder Fernando Cardenas after video replay revealed that referee Chris Gantar’s ruling on Cardenas, who collided with Salt Lake center back Jamison Olave during the play in question, may have been incorrect. Upon reviewing the evidence, an independent panel unanimously voted that the red card was incorrectly booked, and the league rescinded the accompanying one-game suspension and fine. The successful appeal is the first under the new disciplinary review system implemented by the league prior to the start of the regular season.
-- After playing six of their first nine on the road, Saturday’s contest kicks off the Revolution’s first set of back-to-back home games this season. Following their match against the Whitecaps, the team will remain at home to face the Houston Dynamo on May 19.
-- Former Revolution Academy product Scott Caldwell trained with the Revolution on Wednesday. The Braintree, Mass. native recently completed the spring semester at Akron University and saw extensive time at center back during Wednesday morning’s practice session.
-- One player on the Revolution roster who’s particularly familiar with the Whitecaps is midfielder Lee Nguyen. The 25-year-old midfield signed with Vancouver in December and spent the bulk of the preseason with the team until he was waived on Mar. 1. The Revolution claimed him the following day.
-- Meanwhile, former Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton will be back in Foxboro as the Whitecaps’ backup to starter Joe Cannon. Knighton spent three seasons with the Revolution (2007-09) and posted a 2.33 GAA in six career games in New England.
INJURY REPORTS (as of May 8)
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION -- OUT: FW Zak Boggs (R ankle sprain); MF Ryan Guy (R calf stiffness); DF Flo Lechner (R foot fifth metatarsal fracture); FW Jose Moreno (R calf strain); MF Sainey Nyassi (R hamstring strain); FW Jeremiah White (concussion)
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC -- OUT: GK Brian Sylvestre (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: FW Atiba Harris (R quad contusion)
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.