Union Look to Bounce Back vs Revolution

Expansion side looking for second road win of the season Saturday

The Union and Revolution are separated by four points in the East.

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Greg Carroccio/Sideline Photos

The Basics

New England Revolution (6-11-3, 21 points, 6th in the East) vs. Philadelphia Union (4-11-5, 17 points, 7th in the East), at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The two teams have played once, a 1-1 draw at PPL Park on July 31.

TV Info

7:30 p.m. ET; 6abc, MyNetwork TV – WQMY

Game Intro

These Eastern Conference rivals tangle as the Revolution hope to revive their fading playoff hopes. New England's two-game swing through Chicago and Kansas City last week yielded no points and turned this date against the Union into a must-win affair. Philadelphia slumped to a 2-0 defeat at D.C. United last Sunday and hope to notch their second road victory in franchise history.

New England Revolution

Revolution boss Steve Nicol must assess the claims of injured duo Kevin Alston and Marko Perovic before deciding his starting lineup.

Alston tweaked his left hamstring and left the 4-1 defeat in Kansas City at halftime, while Perovic is suffering plantar fascitis in his left foot. Both players were listed as questionable on Tuesday's injury report, but should be given every chance to feature from the outset.

Nicol may have to turn to Chris Tierney to fill a possible vacancy at right back, while Kenny Mansally or Zack Schilawski could fill the void up front.

Philadelphia Union

Union Manager Peter Nowak will have to check on the fitness of striker Alejandro Moreno before deciding whether to include the veteran Venezuelan international foward in his starting XI.

Moreno suffered a right hamstring strain in the 2-0 defeat at DC last Sunday and departed the match after 16 minutes. Justin Mapp entered the match in Moreno's place at RFK Stadium and could deputize again if Moreno isn't fit enough to start.

Heroes & Villains

Ilija Stolica vs. Danny Califf: Stolica has assumed the target role since debuting with the Revolution earlier this month and plays an integral role in trying to help New England maintain some semblance of possession. Califf will have to stick close to the Serbian striker and reduce his time and space on the ball in order to limit his contribution.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm..."

New England have posted an 8-2-4 record against expansion teams since 2005.

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