Preview | The Revs kick off their busy August schedule with a visit to Orlando City SC on Saturday night

MLS regular season | Game #23
New England Revolution at Orlando City SC
Saturday 6 August | 7:30 p.m. ET
Exploria Stadium | Orlando, Fla.

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CURRENT FORM

New England Revolution
11th in Eastern Conference (6-7-9, 27 pts)
Last Result | 0-0 draw against Toronto FC

Djordje Petrović scored a third shutout in his last six games en route to being named MLS Team of the Week last weekend. He saved a late penalty from Lorenzo Insigne and helped the Revs to a 0-0 draw with Toronto FC. It was the second consecutive goalless draw of the Revolution as they are now winless in their last six games (0-2-4), despite retaining their first pair of consecutive clean sheets since last July.

Despite their recent struggles, the Revs remain just two points below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference, and they could climb above it with a win Saturday night at Exploria Stadium. In fact, before their meeting in the Sunshine State, the Revs are just three points behind Orlando in fifth place.

Orlando City SC
5th in Eastern Conference (8-9-6, 30 pts)
Last Result | 2-1 defeat at DC United

Orlando is another Eastern Conference side starving for points as they carry a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) into their clash with New England. They were moments from ending that streak at Audi Field last weekend as they went 1-0 into injury time but conceded goals in the 91st and 95th minutes to end a devastating 2-1 loss having to accept against DC United.

Exploria Stadium hasn’t exactly been a fortress for Orlando this year, as they have a losing record (5-6-0) in 11 home games and the Revs are 1-0-3 in their last four league games at the stadium, including a playoff Victory in 2020. However, the Lions managed a 5-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in their last home game, securing a spot in the US Open Cup finals in the process.

KEY FIGURES

Revolution midfielder Carles Gil
The reigning MLS MVP will travel to Minnesota next week to compete in the AT&T presented MLS All-Star Skills Challenge and Target presented MLS All-Star Game, but first Carles Gil will try to get the Revs back on track in Orlando. New England have been sidelined in consecutive games for the first time since October 2020 and they will rely on their leader and talisman to reignite their offense.

Gil leads the MLS in both assists (11) and key passes (73), and he also has a stellar history against Orlando. In seven appearances in all competitions, the Revolution captain has three goals and six assists, including New England’s only goal in the 1-1 draw on June 15.

Orlando midfielder Facundo Torres
Uruguayan striker Facundo Torres joined Orlando as a Young DP ahead of the current season and has made an immediate impact in MLS. He played in 22 of Orlando’s 23 games (starting 20) and accumulated four goals and six assists in the league, both good for second place on the team.

The 22-year-old winger has also scored two goals and an assist during the Lions’ run to the US Open Cup final, while scoring Orlando’s only goal in a recent 3-1 friendly loss to English Premier League club Arsenal .

STATUS REPORT

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Gustavo Bou and Dylan Borrero have both missed out on the Revolution’s 0-0 draw in the last two weekends, with Bou (first leg) still listed as a doubt ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Exploria Stadium.

Sophomore central defender Jon Bell (head) and rookie goaltender Jacob Jackson (season-ending surgery) are both listed as out in the Revolution’s official availability report.

Giacomo Vrioni, meanwhile, continues to build his fitness and quick-wittedness after debuting 23 minutes (at Columbus) and 35 minutes (against Toronto) over the past two weekends.

Orlando
The hosts only list one player in their availability report ahead of the weekend: Joey DeZart, who is listed as a fallout. The 24-year-old midfielder made 28 appearances in total in 2020 and 2021 but only came off the bench briefly this season.

WHAT YOU SAY

Bruce Arena, athletic director and head coach of the New England Revolution
“We don’t know how it will end. We still have, if I’m not mistaken, [12] Regular season games. That’s a lot so there’s a lot to say between now and the second week of October or the first week whenever the regular season ends.”

New England Revolutions midfielder Carles Gil
“I think (Giacomo Vrioni) is improving after he’s had a long time [offseason]. It’s not easy to be fit, to be 100 percent, but I think he might need two or three more weeks to be 100 percent. Maybe in September. But he shows what kind of player he is. He’s a very good striker. He makes very good moves for me to try and pass him a good ball. I think he’s improving and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals for us.”

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