Revs nearing end of the road

October, 4, 2012
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The Revolution (7-16-8, 29 points) will play their penultimate road game of the season on Saturday when they face the Philadelphia Union (9-15-6, 33 points) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The conference clash will kick off at 7 p.m., and will be televised locally on Comcast Sports Net New England. The Sports Hub 98.5 will air the game on the radio.

New England enters the game in search of its first win over the Union, who entered the league in 2010. The Revolution are 0-3-3 all-time against the Union and earned a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 1 in their last meeting.

NOTES:

* Jerry Bengtson and Diego Fagundez were called up by their respective countries for national team duty on Thursday. Bengtson will return to the Honduran national team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Panama on Oct. 12, in Panama City, and Canada on Oct. 16 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. For Fagundez, it will be his first call-up to his native Uruguay after being a part of the United States youth national team pools. The Uruguyan U-20s will face the Chile U-20s for a pair of friendlies on Oct. 9, and Oct. 11. Fagundez moved to the US at age 5.

* With Stephen McCarthy (concussion-like symptoms) listed as “out” on the Revolution injury list, coach Jay Heaps may be hard pressed to put together a four-man backline for Saturday’s match. Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes and A.J. Soares are the only defenders not listed on the Oct. 2 injury report, and Heaps may be forced to call upon rookie midfielder Alec Purdie to play in the back.

* While the injury report continues to grow with each passing week, one piece of good news for Heaps is the return of midfielder Ryan Guy. The 26-year-old missed last week’s game in Houston after he was called up by the Guam national team for a trio of Peace Cup games in the Philippines.

* The Revolution are one attacking shutout away from breaking the franchise record after last weekend’s 2-0 loss in Houston, which marked the 11th time the club had been blanked this season. The current mark was set in 2010.

* Earlier this week, Revolution president Brian Bilello hinted to the The Boston Globe that the team may be looking at Revere, Mass., as a possible location for the construction of a soccer-specific stadium. “We are in discussions with the City of Revere, which offers the proximity to urban centers and access to transit that we are seeking for a future Revolution stadium,” Bilello said in a statement to the Globe on Monday. “But talks are preliminary at this stage.”

INJURY REPORTS (as of Oct. 2)

REVOLUTION -- OUT: DF Flo Lechner (R knee MCL sprain); DF Stephen McCarthy (concussion-like symptoms); MF Lee Nguyen (R shoulder surgery); DF Tyler Polak (R foot sprain); FW Saer Sene (L knee ACL surgery); DF Chris Tierney (L knee sprain / L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Clyde Simms (R calf tightness); QUESTIONABLE: MF Sainey Nyassi (concussion)

UNION -- OUT: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee menisectomy recovery); FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); DOUBTFUL: MF Freddy Adu (L quad strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Gabriel Farfan (R ankle contusion/R hamstring strain); MF Danny Cruz (L big toe sesamoid stress fracture); PROBABLE: MF Keon Daniel (R knee contusion); MF Michael Farfan (R foot contusion)

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