Philadelphia Union will be without home field advantage for the first time in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this week, as the team hits the road to take on New England Revolution in the quarterfinals. The Union come into this game after defeating Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-2 in the Fourth Round, and New York Red Bulls, 2-1 in the Round of 16. New England defeated Carolina Railhawks, 1-0 in the Fourth Round, and New York Cosmos, 3-2 in the Round of 16.
Where They Stand
New England Revolution’s defense has been struggling this year, as their 33 goals allowed are the third-worst mark in MLS. Only New York City FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (35 goals allowed) have given up more.
On the other hand, the Revs’ offense has performed well-enough to keep New England just above the red line and in the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Yet, the Revolution still own the worst current goal differential in the entire league with a -7 disadvantage on the season.
The Revolution have found a notable amount of success from penalty kicks this year, too. The club’s PK scoring total places them in a tie for the fifth-most in the league, and the Revs are one of only four teams with three or more attempts to post a perfect conversion rate on penalty kicks.
Their production from the penalty box is certainly no coincidence either, considering New England averages the league’s third-highest number of fouls suffered this season with just over 13 per game.
Players to Watch
Lee Nguyen, midfielder (19 GP, 19 GS, 5g, 7a): Unlike most teams in the MLS, New England Revolution’s leading-goal scorer comes from a midfielder position. Nguyen’s centered position gives him a dangerous level of versatility as an attacking threat, as the midfielder also leads his team with seven assists.
Kei Kamara, forward (9 GP, 9 GS, 3g, 0a): Since he’s only have the chance to play nine games for New England since being traded from Columbus in May, Kei Kamara probably would be the Revs leading scorer at this point in the season. Fresh off of 22-goal year in 2015, the star forward is a threat that defenses can never afford to sleep on. He’s now scored three goals in his last four MLS games, too.
Kelyn Rowe, midfielder: (20 GP, 19 GS, 3g, 2a) The No. 2 option in the offensive midfield, Kelyn Rowe is a critical component to New England’s attack. Rowe’s offensive prowess is one that forces defenses to divert attention from the explosive Kamara and Nguyen.
Last Five MLS Results
Goal Differential: +1