Reeling from heavy defeat, New England now host league's best

The basics

Los Angeles (11-1-3, 36 pts., 1st Western Conference) vs. New England (3-9-2, 11 pts., T-6th Eastern Conference)

Los Angeles lead the all-time series with a 15-12-5 mark, but New England hold a 8-5-2 advantage in Foxborough.

TV info

CSN-New England (local); Prime Ticket (LA area); Direct Kick, MatchDay Live.

What's at stake?

Los Angeles hope to extend its scintillating run to start the season by pushing their winning streak against the Revolution to four games, while New England want to snap their 280-minute scoreless drought and emerge with their first victory in four matches.

Last meeting

Los Angeles started the season in the best possible manner by defeating New England, 1-0, at The Home Depot Center on March 27. Edson Buddle nodded home a Landon Donovan free kick after six minutes to give the Galaxy all of the cushion they would need to notch their first win of the campaign.

Heroes & Villains

Los Angeles forward Edson Buddle vs. New England's central defenders — Buddle should pose problems for the Revs' central defensive duo, even if Donovan ultimately does not make the trek to Massachusetts. Cory Gibbs and Emmanuel Osei struggled in New England's 5-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake last Friday, and Revolution boss Steve Nicol could insert Darrius Barnes, who has recovered from a foot injury, to alter the situation or compensate if Gibbs can't shake off a left quadriceps strain.

Los Angeles' stout defense vs. New England's beleaguered attack — Even with Omar Gonzalez ruled out with a one-match suspension, Los Angeles possess the most formidable defense in the league with a stunning record of five goals conceded in 15 matches. In order to snap their barren scoring run against the resolute Galaxy back four, New England will have to offer plenty of creativity and movement to find space to operate.

Stat that makes you go, “Hmm …"

New England enter the match with a 0-6-2 record against Western Conference sides this season, including a 0-2-2 mark at Gillette Stadium.

He said it

“We spoke about getting some rest at some point. I don’t know whether it’s now or down the line. I’ve played a lot of games this year and my body is pretty worn out. I need some time to rest.” – Los Angeles captain Landon Donovan on the possibility of missing the trip to New England to rest after his World Cup exploits.


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