In a midsummer matchup of MLS originals, the New England Revolution (7-7-6, 27 points) will wrap up their three-game road trip in the nation's capital on Saturday, when they'll face last-place D.C. United (2-14-4, 10 points) at RFK Stadium at 7 p.m.
Saturday's clash pits a pair of teams coming off very different performances. Last weekend, the Revolution snapped a two-game skid by earning a 2-0 win in Columbus. On the opposite end of the spectrum, United were humiliated in a 4-1 loss to the Fire in Chicago last Saturday.
While their recent form and records suggest a classic mismatch, the record shows that D.C. managed to squeeze out a point from the Revolution at Gillette Stadium in a 0-0 draw on June 8. Later that month, D.C. bounced the Revolution from Open Cup play with a 3-1 quarterfinal win at Maryland SoccerPlex on Jun. 26.
-- Saturday's contest is the lone trip the Revolution will make to D.C. during the regular season. The last time the Revolution won in D.C. came in a 1-0 victory on July 20, 2011.
-- In the "you can't win unless you score" department: The two-win United enter the game with a league-worst nine goals scored in 20 games, and have scored just once in their last four.
-- Conversely, the Revolution have conceded a conference-low 18 goals in 20 games this season, a mark that ties them with the Portland Timbers for the best goals against average (0.90) in MLS. Last week, they set a club record by recording their 11th shutout of the season, which broke their previous mark of 10, which was set on three different occasions (2005, 2006 and 2007). Incidentally, the Revolution made it to the MLS Cup final in each of those three seasons.
-- Among the familiar faces on the United roster are former Revolution players Sainey Nyassi and James Riley. Nyassi, who was cut by the Revolution earlier this season, faced his former mates for the first time in the June 8 match as a late-game substitute. Riley, who spent his first three years in the league (2005-07) with the Revolution, featured at right back in that matchup.
-- On Thursday, United held a press conference with local government officials to announce that a preliminary deal had been reached for the club to build a soccer-specific stadium in the nation's capital in time for the 2016 season. Should the agreement be finalized, the Revolution would be the final remaining MLS original club without a soccer-specific stadium to call their own.
-- They said it: "We can't get bullied anymore, like we've done in the past couple of years. So for us, (Saturday's) a battle, and every game is going to be (a battle), and hopefully, we'll outplay them." -- Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe to revolutionsoccer.net