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New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls: Porter hoping to push on after snapping losing streak

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Jun 2024

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Caleb Porter wants to use New England Revolution’s win last weekend as a springboard to turn their season around as they prepare to face the New York Red Bulls.

The Revs had won just one of their previous seven matches in the MLS before travelling to Nashville SC and held out for a much-needed 2-1 victory.

They remain bottom of the Eastern Conference, and Porter’s main aim is to find some consistency, but admits that might be hard with players leaving to go on international duty.

“We want to keep continuity as much as we can because we’re finally getting some continuity in our understanding,” Porter said, as quoted in the Blazing Musket substack.

“That’s going to breed more and more consistency in our play. So, we’ll keep continuity as much as we can, but we have a couple of ideas on what we’re going to do.”

“It will be our execution against their execution. I don’t think there will be a tonne of mysteries about what they’re looking to do. It’s going to come down to who executes better,” he added in a press conference.

Meanwhile, New York Red Bulls sit fourth in the table having won back-to-back home games, but have struggled on the road of late, something Sandro Schwarz is keen to change.

“We need our home mentality and our whole energy for Saturday. We didn’t change the first days in our week or our preparation,” Schwarz said.

“Even with all the changes as players go off internationally, we haven’t let it affect us. It’s an opportunity for us to get the next three points, it’s our chance, we have to be focused and bring the intensity on Saturday.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

New England – Carles Gil

Gil’s first-half goal in Saturday’s win at Nashville was his sixth goal from outside the box in regular-season play since the beginning of last season. Only Thiago Almada (seven) has scored more goals from outside the box than him in that time.

New York RB – John Tolkin

Tolkin scored his third career direct free-kick goal for the Red Bulls (incl. playoffs) in the win over Orlando on Saturday, more than any other player for the side since the start of the 2010 season.

MATCH PREDICTION: NEW YORK RED BULLS WIN

New England have lost only three of their last 33 home MLS matches against the Red Bulls (W21 D9, incl. playoffs) dating back to September 2002, including winning eight of the last 11 (D1 L2).

However, the Revolution have lost their last three home matches, their first such losing streak since June-July 2014. The Revs have only one longer losing streak (excluding breakaway shootouts) in all competitions in club history, losing five straight in July-September 1999.

Meanwhile, New York’s 1-0 win over Orlando on Saturday took them to 29 points from 16 matches this season (W8 D5 L3). The Red Bulls could equal the club record of 32 points in the first half of a season with a win over the Revs, reaching that total in the Supporters’ Shield-winning 2018 campaign.

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

New England – 29.5%

Draw – 24.7%

New York RB – 45.7%

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