OVERVIEW | FC Cincinnati will travel to face the New England Revolution in the third game of the season
FC Cincinnati will start July on the road, heading to Foxborough, Mass. to confront the New England Revolution. The Revs are rolling right now, undefeated in nine straight games and in the thick of a playoff race.
FC CINCINNATI AT THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022 – 7:30 p.m. ET – GILLETTE STADIUM
HOW TO WATCH
Local TV: Star64
Local flow: fccincinnati.com
Off-market flows: ESPN+
Radio: ESPN 1530
Talent: Tom Gelehrter (play by play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst), Alex Stec (sideline)
Be sure to follow @FCCincinnati on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates from the game.
MEET AT A PARTNER PUB
Fans can catch the action at any of the 14 official partner pubs located in the area, presented by Coors Light. The FCC Street Team Presented by Cliffs will join the party this Saturday in Taglio at OTR and Bucketheads, starting at 7 p.m.
ALL TIME SERIES
The Revolution leads the MLS all-time series against FC Cincinnati, 4-1-0 (1-1-0 at home)
NEW ENGLAND SCOUTING REVOLUTION (6-5-6, 24 PTS., 7TH EASTERN CONFERENCE)
The Bruce Arena side are hot at the moment, finding their form after juggling the US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and MLS regular season in the first half of the season . The Revs are unbeaten in nine consecutive games, dating back to their last loss in late April against DC United.
Landon Donovan MLS 2021 MVP Carles Gil leads the league in key assists (55) and is tied for second in the league with eight assists, behind only Luciano Acosta’s nine. The Revs and FC Cincinnati are both in the top five in the league in goals scored at the midpoint of the season.
Striker Adam Buksa left the club for RC Lens in the French Ligue 1, and goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed a move to Arsenal FC in the English Premier League since the two sides last met.
MANY CONNECTIONS – The relationship between the Revolution and FC Cincinnati is not lacking, especially on the technical level.
Head Coach Pat Noonan was selected in the first round (9th overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the Revs. Noonan scored 37 goals in 119 regular season games for New England. Then, to start his coaching career in 2013, he started with LA Galaxy under then head coach Bruce Arena. He followed Arena to the United States Men’s National Team in 2017 when Arena was named manager of the USMNT.
FC Cincinnati assistant coach Kenny Arena will face his father Bruce on the sidelines for the third time in MLS competition, the first to come when Kenny was an LAFC assistant on August 3, 2019, a 2-0 LAFC win over the Revs.
Other connections include:
— FCC general manager Chris Albright made 26 appearances for the Revs in 2008.
– Luciano Acosta scored his first career goal against the Revs on April 23, 2016 as a substitute for DC United at RFK Stadium in the 86th minute.
– Massachusetts native Geoff Cameron made his MLS debut against NE on March 29, 2008.
HONORS WEEK – After Wednesday’s 4-4 draw against New York City FC, the honors fell for the Orange and Blue players. Brenner became the first player in club history to be voted MLS Player of the Week Presented by Continental Tire after his hat trick, the first three-goal performance in club history.
Brenner, along with Luciano Acosta, were also named to the MLS Team of the Week.
SPEAKING ABOUT LUCHO – Following Luciano Acosta’s third two-assist game since joining FC Cincinnati last season, he now leads all of Major League Soccer in assists (9).
20 FOR THE RADIUS – FC Cincinnati defender Ray Gaddis, if scheduled to appear on Sunday, will make his 20th career appearance against the New England Revolution. That would break a tie for most appearances he has made against any other team (MTL – 19). He enters Sunday having played 1,649 minutes against the Revs, the most against any opponent.
THE THIRD ENCOUNTER – FC Cincinnati faces the Revolution for the third time in 2022 in all competitions. Both teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round of 16 on May 11, where the Revs won at home, 5-1. 10 days later, New England won again, 3-2, courtesy of Tommy McNamara’s late winner.
This will also be the third MLS regular season game between the two teams at Gillette Stadium. Last season, the eventual winners of the Supporters’ Shield secured a decisive 4-1 victory. But in 2019, the Orange et Bleu won the club’s first away game on March 24, a 2-0 victory on a clean sheet.
THE TAKE OF HEAD COACH PAT NOONAN
If the series’ lopsided history with New England plays a role
“I don’t think so. It’s a common theme, I feel like that issue or concern has been raised by a lot of our opponents before. So to me, we’re not talking about that just because a lot of these challenges are our first together. But I think these guys have been ready to face things head on and have done a pretty solid job just focusing on our next opponent and how we can be successful , and I think that’s what has allowed us to find more success than maybe in the past. But certainly this particular year where they got the better of us twice, and those are things that you don’t don’t lose sight of the next game, we’d like to make this third game against them a better ending game for us.
On the positioning of the team
“To be honest, I think we are where we should be. The expectations weren’t “we’re going to be middle of the table, top of the table, bottom and at the table”. It was, we will see progress in our group. And I think where we are in the table, where our performance has improved. And I think we deserve to be where we are. But we didn’t talk about it much in this first part of the season, ‘it’s our objective’. So now here we are, we’ve talked about the next 10 games as an important stretch to position ourselves to have meaningful games to end the year. I like where we are. And I think based on the conversations early on, that’s where we would have expected to see in terms of progress. Now the results, they come and go. You can have good results, or you can have good performance and not the results that go with it. I think where we are is fair enough.”
FC Cincinnati’s 2022 schedule can be viewed HERE. Fans can create their custom 3 Match Flex Plan today. Choose three matches and save on the price of tickets for one match free of charge at the cash desk. Fans can choose the same seats for three matches or select different options around TQL Stadium.
Single game tickets for any of FC Cincinnati’s remaining home games are also available now, go to fccincinnati.com/tickets or call 513-977-KICK i.e. -say 513-977-5425, to find out more.
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