Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Revs notes: Dynamo coming to town on Sat.
By Brian O'Connell
For the second straight week, the Revolution (4-6-0, 12 points) will host an opponent in the midst of an eight-day, three-game stretch when the Houston Dynamo (3-3-3, 12 points) step onto the field Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and Comcast SportsNet New England will televise it locally. Local listeners can tune into The Sports Hub 98.5 for the radio broadcast.
Saturday's intra-conference contest is the first of two between the Revolution and Dynamo during the regular season. New England travels to Houston on Sept. 29. Last season, the Dynamo got the best of the Revolution by grabbing a 1-0 win in Houston on April 17, then claiming a 1-1 draw at Foxboro on Aug. 17.
• Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen won MLS Player of the Week for Week 10 after a two-goal, one-assist performance against the Whitecaps on May 12. He is the first Revolution player to win the award since Kenny Mansally won it for Week 2 of the 2010 MLS season.
• Six players from the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup contests between the Revolution and Dynamo -- which were both won by the Dynamo -- will be present for Saturday's game. Brad Davis and Brian Ching will suit up for the Dynamo while Matt Reis and Shalrie Joseph will be on the field for the Revolution. Meanwhile, a pair of former Revolution teammates from the two Cup clashes will be on opposite benches. Revolution head coach Jay Heaps and Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston will renew acquaintances on Saturday.
• The Revolution own a 2-1-3 record against the Dynamo at Gillette Stadium, with the lone loss coming in a 3-0 defeat on May 3, 2009.
• The last five Revolution-Dynamo contests have been decided by a goal or less.
• The Revolution reserves return to action Sunday for a match against the D.C. United reserves at Gillette Stadium. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
• The Revolution will begin their quest for the U.S. Open Cup on May 29 against the winner of the second-round match between the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) and Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) on May 22. If the Islanders win, the Revolution will travel to Harrisburg City. But if the Rough Riders claim victory, the Revolution will host them at Soldier's Soccer Field at Harvard University. Game times for either scenario have not yet been determined.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION -- OUT: FW Zak Boggs (R ankle sprain); DF Flo Lechner (R foot fifth metatarsal fracture); MF Sainey Nyassi (R hamstring strain); FW Jeremiah White (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Clyde Simms (L ankle tendonitis); QUESTIONABLE: FW Jose Moreno (R calf strain); MF Kelyn Rowe (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Ryan Guy (R calf stiffness)
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.