FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution will train in Foxborough twice this week in preparation for a pair of crucial Eastern Conference battles with D.C. United and Toronto FC. On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Revs will host a pivotal match against long-time rival D.C. at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. New England will then travel north of the border to face off against Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at BMO Field.
The club will train at Payson Park Field in Foxborough on Monday and Tuesday, with both sessions scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and Monday’s session featuring only players who did not start at San Jose on Saturday. Thursday’s training schedule is yet to be determined and will be announced later this week. A full schedule for the week is below.
Media wishing to attend any training session must notify the Revolution Communications office by the close of business the day before to RSVP and guarantee admittance. Media availability usually begins at approximately 11:15 a.m. for 10 a.m. sessions.
All media that plan on attending Wednesday’s match against D.C. must submit their requests to the Revolution Communications office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 to be considered.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION SCHEDULE: Aug. 18-24
Monday, Aug. 18 – Training at Payson Park Field (Foxborough, Mass.), 10 a.m. – RESERVES ONLY
Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Training at Payson Park Field (Foxborough, Mass.), 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – vs. D.C. United (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.), 7:30 p.m. ET … TV: TV38 … Radio: WEEI Radio Network
Thursday, Aug. 21 – TBA
Friday, Aug. 22 – Travel to Toronto
Saturday, Aug. 23 – at Toronto FC (BMO Field, Toronto, Canada), 7:30 p.m. ET … TV: Fox Soccer Channel (National) … Radio: WEEI Radio Network
Sunday, Aug. 24 – Travel to Trinidad and Tobago
DIRECTIONS TO PAYSON PARK FIELD
From the North: Route 1 South to North St. (intersection before Gillette Stadium) … take a left on North St. … follow North Street for 1.4 miles until fork in the road … go left at the fork on to Payson Rd. … the entrance to the field is 0.2 miles down on the left, after the football field.
From the South: Route 1 North to North St. (intersection after Gillette Stadium) … take a right on North St. … follow North Street for 1.4 miles until fork in the road … go left at the fork on to Payson Rd. … the entrance to the field is 0.2 miles down on the left, after the football field.
NEW ENGLAND VS. D.C. SERIES INFORMATION
D.C. leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 24-17-7.
New England is 11-9-4 all-time at home against D.C., including a 5-3-4 mark at Gillette Stadium, but the Revs haven’t defeated United in Foxborough since Aug. 27, 2005 (a 2-1 victory) … the Revolution is 0-1-3 in its last four home matches against D.C. … New England is 6-15-3 all-time on the road against United.
United holds the edge in all competitions, including MLS Cup Playoffs and U.S. Open Cup matches, 27-19-8.
The Revs and United have already met once this season at Gillette Stadium, as the clubs played to a 2-2 draw on May 29 … D.C. took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, but New England scored two late goals to earn the draw.
When the two clubs meet on Wednesday night, they will be facing each other for the second time in eight days, as they played a U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at RFK Stadium … D.C. won that match, 3-1, against a New England side lacking many of its normal starters.
Wednesday night’s match will be the 55th all-time meeting between New England and D.C. in all competitions, marking