WHO: Revolution vs. DC United
WHEN: Friday, July 17, 8 p.m.
WHERE: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
TV/RADIO: ESPN/WBZ-FM 98.5
WHAT’S UP: The Revs can leap back atop the Group C standings with a win over DC United, which struggled against Toronto FC in its first outing of the tournament earlier this week.
We are underway in Orlando. Revs in the Colonial kit tonight. Your starting lineups and benches are under the live text, and your match notes are below.
Thanks for joining us on your Friday night. Hope you have a beer cracked open. Revs get us started.
3′ Corner to United… nothing comes of it, foul on DC in the penalty area, going the other way. Both teams pressing, looking to force a mistake.
4′ Shot by Felipe, deflected over for a corner.
6′ Little chip by Bou after a turnover, goes wide.
8′ Free kick for the Revs, center channel. A good 30 yards, 35 yards away… and it’ll be a corner. Sloppily defended by DC.
10′ Hamid handles the DC deflection. First few minutes were all DC, now it feels all New England.
11′ Good switch of the point of the attack by Gil to Penilla. He didn’t go to the right foot. Probably would have had a better chance for a shot on target if he had…. free kick to the Revs.
14′ Nice run and keep-in by Büttner.
16′ Gressel goes into the book for a foul on Gil.
23′ Too heavy a touch there in trying to feed Penilla. Have to give DC credit with its activity in the midfield to cut down on New England moving forward in the attack.
24′ Header by Buksa, right at Hamid.
25′ BIG blast by Kelyn, off the crossbar.
29′ Corner to DC…. I don’t think Gressel got all of that.
30′ Corner to the Revs.
31′ Header by Buksa, offline. Nice cross by Büttner.
34′ Back underway after the hydration break.
35′ Flores to Gressel, whiffed. Great counter by DC after dispossessing Bou…. and the other way, Gressel with a foul on Büttner. And he’s on a yellow….
40′ Long shot, wide by the Revs.
41′ Nice connect between Bou and Buksa, nice spin by Bou first, but solid defending on Buksa to deny the backheel.
42′ Nice half turn by Bou! He gets a shot off to the near post, Hamid makes the save… two consecutive corners here for the Revs.
44′ Bou just getting under the ball.
45′ Two minutes minimum added on.
45+1′ Asad gets his name taken down for a foul on Penilla.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts
Not necessarily scintillating football, but that can be attributed to DC’s play in the midfield to slow things down. DC’s defending has been better than Monday, too. Harrying Buksa and Bou.
10 shots by the Revs in the first 45 minutes, three on target. DC has three shots, none on target. Good control of the tempo, I think, by the Revs. Nearly 60 percent of the ball.
Second half underway
45′ Henry Kessler replaces Michael Mancienne in the back line. Fourth appearance for the rookie.
47′ Bou’s pass to Buksa… Buksa is either late, or took the wrong route to it…. Revs get the ball back, Penilla shot at Hamid.
48′ Segura, off the bench, his shot is saved by Matt Turner. Corner to United. Foul on United, going the other way.
49′ Bou with a low, slower shot, Hamid makes the dive. And the save.
51′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and that’s Adam Buksa on the header. Cristian Penilla’s initial shot was blocked and popped up. Buksa was unmarked, and he popped that in with Hamid out of position by about a foot. 1-nil to the Revs.
53′ Felipe with a dagger, right at Turner.
59′ Corner to the Revs as Brilliant and Hamid cut Rowe’s angle.
61′ Solid through ball from Buksa to Penilla, Penilla with the fire, but Hamid gets his fingertips on it. Tip your cap to Hamid.
62′ Fagundez comes in for Gil. Jeff Lemieux reports Gil limped off. DF14 in at the No. 10 role.
65′ Gressel whips it in, right to Turner.
69′ Higuain in for DC, replaces Flores.
72′ GOAL DC UNITED, and that’s Federico Higuain again. This is a lazy touch by Delamea, and Federico could walk that one in. 1-1
77′ Scott Caldwell coming off, Teal Bunbury coming on. Bunbury moving into a holding midfielder role.
80′ Shot on by DC, right at Turner.
81′ Bou misses a sitter. He needed to hit it a half-second later.
83′ Brilliant gets his name taken down for that foul on Buksa.
85′ A couple of long balls by the Revs to no one. Free kick, then that one by Kelyn.
86′ Brandon Bye clearing the trash out on that Gressel cross.
88′ Paredes in for Gressel.
90′ Bou’s shot bounces and goes wide. Tajon Buchanan coming in for Buksa. Justin Rennicks in for Penilla. Five minutes minimum added on here.
90+4 Important free kick here for the Revs.
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Delamea, Mancienne, Bye; Rowe, Caldwell; Penilla, Bou, Gil; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Sinovic, Farrell, Kessler, Fagundez, Zahibo, Angking, Jones, Rivera, Rennicks, Buchanan, Bunbury
For DC United:
Hamid; Mora, Birnbaum, Brilliant, Fisher; Canouse, Felipe; Asad, Flores, Gressel, Sorga
Bench: Abu, Boateng, Edwards Jr, Higuain, Kamara, Nyeman, Odoi-Atsem, Paredes, Pines, Yow
The Revs should be absolutely rested and ready to go, given they played eight days ago compared to the four-day turnaround for DC United.
Only Luis Caicedo, who is on the season-ending injury list, is out for the Revolution, so everyone should be available for selection. Bruce Arena said earlier this week that he had a tough job to decide tonight’s squad.
A win tonight for the Revs would move them back into first place in Group C, as well as secure a spot in the knockout phase of the competition.
Arena’s teams are 4-0-3 when scoring first against DC United. Arena is personally 7-4-7 against United.
With the Revs, Arena is 5-0-1 during the month of July.
Gustavo Bou made his MLS debut a year ago tonight, doing so with a screamer off a corner kick. He has 10 goals since joining the Original Ten outfit, fourth most in the league in that time.
If Matt Turner and Brandon Bye both start, it will be their 50th starts in the league. Turner needs 17 minutes in net to pass Adin Brown for fourth all-time in Revs’ history
If Scott Caldwell makes an appearance, he ties Steve Ralston (201) for eighth-most appearances for the Revs.
Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury both have three goals apiece against DC United.
The two sides battled to two draws in 2029.
Looks like the Revs will be in the Colonial kit tonight.