In the wake of a 4-1 thrashing from the New York Red Bulls last week, the New England Revolution (1-3-2, 5 points) look to rebound against the Philadelphia Union (3-2-2, 11 points) on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m., and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. Local listeners can catch a radio broadcast on The Sports Hub 98.5 via its HD2 channel.
In their first meeting of the season on March 16, the Union edged the Revs 1-0 after a 76th-minute goal from Jack McInerney on a raw and rainy early evening at PPL Park.
* As a result of the Boston Marathon bombings, the club issued an advisory to fans that stadium entry procedures will take longer than they normally have in the past. Each person entering the stadium will be screened, and all bags will be searched and tagged before being allowed through the gates. Fans are also asked to review the list of prohibited items prior to leaving home. More information concerning this advisory can be found at revolutionsoccer.net.
* The Revolution are currently on a five-game winless streak that stretches back to their 1-0 loss at Philadelphia. During that span, they’ve been outscored 6-1, with their lone goal coming from a Brandon Barklage own goal last week in New York.
* With only two goals in six games, the Revolution are at the bottom of the scoring charts in MLS.
* Recent success against the Revolution has come easy for McInerney, who’s scored the deciding goal in each of the Union’s last three victories over the local XI. In six career games against the Revolution, McInerney has scored four times.
* The Revolution have not scored a home goal against the Union since Ilija Stolica tallied a 31st-minute goal in a 2-1 loss on Aug. 28, 2010. In their three home games against the Union, who entered the league in 2010, the Revolution have gone 0-2-1, and have been outscored 5-1.
* After dealing with a lingering knee ailment and tending to his father-in-law, who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, goalkeeper Matt Reis returned to the practice pitch on Monday. In the two games he’s played this season, the 16-year veteran has not allowed a goal and helped guide the Revolution to their lone victory of the season, a 1-0 win at Chicago in Week 2.
* Revolution loanees Bilal Duckett, Matt Horth, Gabe Latigue and Tyler Polak all saw action with the Rochester Rhinos (USL-PRO) last weekend. Duckett leads the pack with 281 minutes played in four games this season.