The New England Revolution look to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches at FC Cincinnati on Sunday.
New England (7-8-6) is 5-0-4 since firing coach Brad Friedel following a 5-0 loss at Chicago on May 8. Interim coach Mike Lapper led the Revolution to a win and two ties and new coach Bruce Arena has four wins and two draws since June 2.
First-year club Cincinnati (5-14-2) secured a 2-0 road victory at New England on March 24 but that was against a vastly different team. In addition to Arena, the Revolution have made several roster moves, most notably the acquisition last week of Argentine forward Gustavo Bou from Mexico’s Club Tijuana.
He scored a brilliant volley in his debut on Wednesday during a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“It was a special goal by a special player,” Revolution forward Juan Agudelo said.
Although New England is in good form and Cincinnati has the fewest points in Major League Soccer, Nippert Stadium — FCC’s venue until its stadium opens in 2021 — already has earned a reputation for having large and boisterous crowds. Cincinnati is 3-5-1 at home.
“We understand it’s a tough place to go and play,” Agudelo said. “We expect a tough challenge in the heat and on the turf.”
Cincinnati is coming off a 4-1 home loss to D.C. United on Thursday after two consecutive wins.
“I feel like we still have momentum,” Cincinnati defender Justin Hoyte said. “I mean, winning two games on the trot and then losing this one, we ain’t going to lose momentum. We’ve lost a lot of games in the past but winning them two games gave us a lot of confidence. We can only build on what went wrong (against D.C.).”
New England, 2-0-2 in its past four away games, will be without midfielder Luis Caicedo because of a yellow-card accumulation suspension.