Nearly a month after their last match at Gillette Stadium, the New England Revolution (5-5-6, 21 points) return home for an interconference clash against the San Jose Earthquakes (5-8-6, 21 points) on Saturday.
The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Last year, the Revolution dropped a season-opening 1-0 loss to the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. The last time the Earthquakes paid a visit to Gillette Stadium, they walked away with a 2-1 win on Oct. 8, 2011.
* Saturday’s match marks the first time the Revolution have hosted a Fourth of July weekend match since 2007, when they played to a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA on July 7. Current Revolution midfielder Andy Dorman -- who set sail for Europe following the season, only to return during the 2012-13 offseason -- scored the lone goal for the hosts.
* The Revolution enter Saturday’s contest unbeaten in their last four at home (2-0-2), with their last loss in front of the home supporters a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on May 8.
* San Jose currently has a five-game unbeaten hold (4-0-1) on the Revolution dating back to 2009. The last time New England got the best of the ‘Quakes came in a 1-0 season-opening win at Buck Shaw Stadium in on Mar. 21, 2009.
* The Revolution will be without starting striker Juan Agudelo for the second straight game. Agudelo sustained a right knee sprain during the latter stages of the Revolution’s 3-1 Open Cup loss to D.C. United on June 26 and missed last weekend’s league match at Chivas USA. Head coach Jay Heaps hasn’t given a timetable for his striker’s return, but recently told revolutionsoccer.net, “We’ve got to manage him over the next days and week and see how he recovers.”
* San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas will be unavailable for Saturday’s match after he was hit with a one-game suspension for elbowing Robbie Keane in the fifth minute of last week’s 3-2 win over the Galaxy.
* They said it: “My goal was fortunate enough to beat him; it always seems like I can always score against him, I don’t know why. He probably hates me for that, but he’s the top goalkeeper.” -- Revolution striker and late-game hero Chad Barrett following Saturday’s 1-1 draw to Chivas USA. Barrett scored the Revolution’s goal in the 88th minute.