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MLS-leading Revolution seek revenge on visiting Nashville

Field Level Media
04 Aug 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

Matt Turner and Tajon Buchanan are set to return from CONCACAF Gold Cup duty as the New England Revolution seek to avenge an early-season loss against visiting Nashville SC on Wednesday night in Foxborough, Mass.

Turner, who served as the starting goalkeeper for the Gold Cup champion U.S. Men's National Team, took home the Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper Award after allowing a tournament-low one goal and preserving five clean sheets over six games.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Buchanan earned the Gold Cup Young Player Award after totaling one goal and two assists for Canada's men's national team. Revolution defender Henry Kessler also represented the USMNT as a mid-tournament addition.

Turner and Buchanan most recently played in club matches on July 3, while Kessler last appeared on July 17 for New England (11-3-3, 36 points), which has won four straight and went 4-1-1 in the month of July to claim the best record in the league.

"We're happy to have them back," Revolution coach Bruce Arena said. "We've built some good depth, so it will be nice to be able to continue to rotate players and hopefully be more efficient than we've been."

Nashville (6-1-9, 27 points) is third in the Eastern Conference and is unbeaten in its last eight matches (4-0-4). In its last match on Aug. 1, Nashville salvaged a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC courtesy of a Robert Castellanos header in the 41st minute.

After the draw, Nashville became the fifth team in MLS history with just one defeat at this stage of the season, joining Los Angeles FC (2019), New York City FC (2019), Portland Timbers (2013) and D.C. United (2006).

"I'm so pleased with the way that the guys have still been able to go about their work ... in an Eastern Conference that we say time and time again is so incredibly competitive," Nashville coach Gary Smith said.

On May 8, Nashville handed the Revolution their first loss of the season in a 2-0 home win using goals from C.J. Sapong and Alex Muyl. In three prior meetings, 2020 expansion side Nashville is undefeated against the Revolution (1-0-2) while allowing only one goal.

--Field Level Media

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