THE TEAMS: Revolution at Orlando City SC
THE SITCH: MLS Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference semifinals
THE SITE: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
THE TIME: 3 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: ABC/WBZ-FM 98.5
THE SKINNY: Hey, a new opponent! Can we do that in 2020? For the first time in a while — 14 months — the Revs will play Orlando City in a competition fixture, and it’s for a chance to move on in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
We are underway from central Florida. Your starting lineups, benches, and match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
5′ Orlando with more of the ball in the first five minutes.
8′ Buchanan gets whacked by Miller, his old teammate at Syracuse. Referee stops play, free kick for the Revs.
10′ Nice takeaway of Nani by Buksa, who is fouled by the latter.
11′ Corner to the Revs on their deepest attack of the early goings. Bou to take it.
13′ Good defending by Jones to get that ball away from Mueller.
14′ Turner off his line to slide and settle that long ball on the ground.
15′ PENALTY TO NEW ENGLAND. Buchanan is taken down in the penalty area after some tekkers, and Rosell takes him down.
17′ GOAL NEW ENGLAND. Carles Gil sends Rowe to his right, he slots right down the middle. 1-nil to the Revs, and that’s against the run of play.
19′ Corner to Orlando City…. Jansson puts it into the side netting. He was unmarked.
21′ Shot by Mueller, handled by Turner.
23′ Free kick to Orlando after Tajon fouls Dike…. Andrew Farrell blocked the header off his noggin.
26′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou pounding in a rebound off the post! Buchanan and Gil pressure Nani and Buchanan takes it away. Gil feeds Buchanan into space, he crosses to Buksa, he puts it off the woodwork, and Bou POUNDS it in. That one is for D10S. 2-nil to the Revs.
28′ Buksa is shown a yellow card.
31′ Free kick to the Revs.
32′ Bou puts it into the upper deck. OK.
33′ GOAL ORLANDO CITY, and the defending gets in Turner’s way. Urso puts it in. Kessler had whiffed at that. 2-1
35′ Orlando going for two, Farrell partially clears it, but the ensuing shot goes into the Iron Lion Firm.
38′ OMG what a strike by Buksa, and what a parry by Rowe. Corner to the Revs.
41′ Nani’s complaining finally works, and Buchanan is whistled for a foul.
44′ Corner to the Revolution.
45′ Dike fights his way past Farrell, but Caldwell with the takeaway…Two minutes minimum added on.
45+2′ Free kick to Orlando. Turner leaps and gets it, and he gets cleared TF out. Bunbury pushes Carlos into Polster, and he clears out Turner. Knighton warming up.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers…
Really interesting. Revs showing you don’t need a lot of possession to take a lead. Bruce says “We have to compete better” after saying that the back line is getting pushed around. He may be correct.
5 shots, 3 on-target
42.2 percent possession
78 percent passing accuracy
0 percent accurate on crosses
Second Half Underway
46′ Nani blazes into the stands.
47′ Antonio Carlos is shown a yellow, and he will miss the Final should Orlando advance.
48′ Gil with a left footed effort over the bar.
53′ Dike has his name taken down. Chilowicz has lost control here.
55′ Corner to Orlando City.
57′ Corner to Orlando City.
59′ Nice tackle by Jansson on Buchanan. Won the ball cleanly.
60′ Good defending by Buchanan… Free kick to the Revs, and a RED CARD TO PEREYRA! Orlando down to 10 men. Pereyra goes studs up into the back of Matt Polster’s leg. Straight red. Nani has been cautioned for dissent.
64′ Mueller goes down too easily for Chilowicz’s liking in the box… no call, rightly.
66′ Rosell is off, Perea on for Orlando.
67′ Bou has a go from distance, Rowe makes the save. Kelyn on for Teal. First Revs sub, and Bye on for Buchanan. Second sub.
68′ Another shot by the Revs, Rowe with the save.
73′ PENALTY TO ORLANDO CITY. Dike is clattered from behind by Polster.
74′ SAVE MATT TURNER. Corner to the Lions. Matty Coolhands chose to dive to his right, he saved it.
75′ Urso now goes into the book for a crap challenge on Gil.
77′ Corner to Orlando.
78′ Michel in for Smith. Akindele on for Mueller. Nguyen on, Polster coming off.
83′ Foul by Kessler on Dike, free kick…… headed over the bar.
85′ Bou with the service goes right to the goalkeeper.
86′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Bou with his second, and the Revs will advance! Nice sharp counter by Gil started by Bye, Bou pokes it beyond Rowe as he charges off the line. 3-1
88′ Free kick to Orlando, and Nani sails it.
89′ Buksa off, Mancienne on. Caldwell off, McNamara on.
90′ Four minutes minimum added on here.
90+2′ Free kick to Orlando, punched by Turner.
90+3′ Robinho, don’t know when he came on… shoots wide.
For the Revs:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Buchanan; Polster, S. Caldwell; Bunbury, Gil, Bou; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Bye, McNamara, Rowe, Nguyen, Manneh, Rennicks
For Orlando City:
Rowe; Miller, Jansson, Carlos, Smith; Mueller, Rosell, Urso, Pereyra; Nani, Dike
Bench: Stajduhar, De John, Schlegel, Perea, Dezart, Robinho, Akindele, Michel, Alvarado
Orlando City will be without Ruan and goalkeeper Pedro Gallese via suspension today. Dom Dwyer and Sebastian Mendez are not medically cleared.
Orlando’s Antonio Carlos, Robin Jansson, and Andres Perea, and New England’s Matt Polster will be suspended for the conference final should they see yellow today.
Orlando only had one goal in the postseason, with Nani scoring it. Chris Mueller led the way with 10 goals in 2020’s regular season, followed by Darryl Dike’s 8, and Nani’s 6. The Lions spread the scoring around, with nine players scoring at least one goal, and seven registering multi-goal seasons.
The last time these two sides faced each other was Sept 14 of last year, a 3-3 draw that was rather spirited. The Revs have never won in this venue (0-3-4 in all competitions), with its only win coming against Montreal up the road in July.
Sunday will see former college teammates going up against each other, as Henry Kessler and Dike were teammates at Virginia, while Tajon Buchanan and Kemal Miller were at Syracuse.
The Lions are 7-1-3 in all competitions at home in 2020. There are also expected to be a capacity crowd in the stands, according to Orlando City.
Just like Tuesday, Lee Nguyen is one minute away from 1,000 minutes played in MLS Cup Playoff matches. Andrew Farrell is 40 minutes away from 1,000 played.
Tajon Buchanan is the leader of all Canadian-born players in MLS in terms of matches played: he played in 23 regular season matches, with two playoff appearances.