In what promises to be an intense, hard-fought affair between a pair of teams separated by only three points, the New England Revolution (11-11-7, 40 points) will host the Houston Dynamo (12-10-7, 43 points) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
It will mark the third and final time the Revolution and Dynamo will face each other during the regular season. The clubs have split the series 1-1 so far, with the Revolution winning 2-0 in Houston on May 18, and the Dynamo earning a 2-1 win in Foxborough on July 13.
Both clubs enter Saturday's clash fresh off wins over struggling teams. Last week, the Dynamo thrashed Western Conference bottom feeder Chivas USA 5-1 in Houston, while the Revolution staked a 2-1 win over Eastern Conference cellar-dweller D.C. United in Foxborough.
* Saturday's match is the penultimate regular-season home game for the Revolution. They'll finish up the home portion of the schedule on Oct. 19 when the Columbus Crew come to town.
* Since the July 13 Revolution-Dynamo match, the local XI has only two clean sheets in their last 12 games. Prior to that contest, the Revolution collected 10 clean sheets during their first 17 games. Interestingly, the Revolution’s 12 shutouts this season is still tops in MLS.
* The Dynamo will trek into Gillette Stadium on the heels of a 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League group stage win over W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago) at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Wednesday.
* One player the Revolution won't have to worry about on Saturday is Adam Moffat, who was traded to Seattle for Servando Carrasco and a second-round pick on Sept. 13. Moffat scored twice in the Dynamo's 2-1 win on July 13.
* The Revolution haven't beaten the Dynamo at Gillette Stadium since Aug. 14, 2010, when Ilija Stolica scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute to give the hosts a 1-0 win.
* If the season were to end today, the fifth-place Revolution and fourth-place Dynamo would play a one-game wild-card match in Houston.
* Speaking of the postseason, the Revolution currently have a 50.3 percent at making the playoffs according to sportsclubstats.com.
* They said it: “I don’t think (Lee Nguyen) would have let anyone taken that PK. I think we all asked for it, but I’m glad he took it again, and definitely got that goal.” – Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez on the “discussion” between Nguyen and his teammates prior to Nguyen’s second penalty try against D.C. in the 83rd minute on Saturday. Nguyen had his first try saved by Bill Hamid in the 57th minute.