The Revolution (5-15-12, 27 pts.) will close out their home schedule on Saturday night when they face longtime Eastern Conference rival Columbus Crew(12-12-8, 44 pts.) at Gillette Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm, and will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet New England. The Sports Hub 98.5 will carry the action on the airwaves locally.
Saturday’s match will also close out the season series between the Revs and Crew. During their August 13th tilt, the Crew scored three unanswered goals in the second half to deliver the Revs a 3-1 loss.
-- In addition to playing in front of the home fans for the final time, Saturday night will also mark the team’s annual awards night. Three awards -most valuable player, best defender and humanitarian of the year -- will be handed out to this year’s winners. Last year’s recipients were Marko Perovic (MVP), Kevin Alston (Defender of the Year), and Taylor Twellman (Humanitarian of the Year).
-- While the Revs are two games away from closing the door on their season, the Revolution Youth Academy squads (U-16 and U-18) will be commencing their U.S. Soccer Development Academy schedules next month. Their first matches of their 2011-12 schedules are set for November 19th, when they take on Met Oval (N.Y.) at Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. Additionally, the Academy teams will participate in the Development Academy Winter Showcase, which will run from December 2-6 in Sarasota, Fla.
-- With Matt Reis still listed as “out” on the team’s October 11th injury report, backup keeper Bobby Shuttleworth is expected to get his second straight start against Columbus. In five games this season, the third-year keeper is 0-3-2, and owns a 2.00 goals against average.
-- Speaking of injuries, manager Steve Nicol hinted after Wednesday’s training session that Rajko Lekic, who’s listed also listed as “out” with a left ankle sprain on the team’s injury report, could return in time for the season finale in Toronto. Meanwhile, midfielder Sainey Nyassi, who’s been out of action since August, may be healthy enough to return as a substitute on Saturday, according to Nicol.
-- Wednesday’s training session featured a pair of new faces on practice pitch. Trialists Junior Ntame and Nicholas Dieuze are in town this week to showcase their skills. Ntame, a 26-year-old right back from Cameroon, saw limited action (two substitute appearances) with Brestois Stade (Ligue 1) last season. Dieuze, a 32-year-old central midfielder France, played with Grenoble (Ligue 2) for the past two seasons, scoring five goals in 34 matches.
-- Quote of the Week: “What else can you say? It’s kind of been the same story for most of the season: we’ve done the same things. We’ve made chances and not taken them and then given up bad goals and we end up losing games.” -- Revolution manager Steve Nicol after he watched two critical defensive lapses lead and a number of chances fall by the wayside during Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to San Jose.