New England vs Philadelphia preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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One of the games of the year will take place on Sunday as the New England Revolution host the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution were held to a scoreless draw against Nashville last week, maintaining first place in the Eastern Conference while the Union are coming off of a 3-0 victory over Toronto in their last outing, bringing them back up to third in the East.

Team news

Carles Gil is listed as questionable after missing the midweek draw with Nashville, and head coach Bruce Arena provided a brief update on the Revolution captain on Friday afternoon.

"He looked fine moving around the field today", Arena said. "We're watching Carles closely and we'll move him along appropriately." He also noted that Gil had worked off to the side of training.

Center back Jon Bell is also listed as questionable after missing the last two games because of injury, while Luis Caicedo is the only player listed as out ahead of the weekend.

Veteran defender Alvas Powell will miss Sunday’s match with a hamstring strain, while the trio of Jack de Vries (concussion protocol), Anthony Fontana (concussion protocol), and Cory Burke (hamstring strain) are all listed as questionable.

There’s also potential for a bit of rotation as Philadelphia have a trip to the Estadio Azteca on Thursday to face Club America in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.

Predicted lineups

New England: Turner; Bye, Kessler, Farrell, Jones; Kaptoum, Polster, Traustason; Gil; Buksa, Bou

Philadelphia: Blake; Wagner, Elliott, Glesnes, Mbaizo; Bedoya, Flach; Gazdag, Martinez; Santos, Przybylko

Ones to watch

The Union's lone representative on the 2021 MLS All-Star Team, Kai Wagner has emerged as one of the league’s best outside backs while patrolling the left side. The German has started 17 of Philadelphia's 18 games and is second on the team with three assists, while his 31 key passes are tied for 11th in MLS.

He's also a threat from set pieces, both with his service and directly on target. The 24-year-old ranks tied for fourth in MLS with 18 chances created from set plays, while he also scored with a rocket from a free kick last weekend against Chicago.

Previous meeting

On May 12th, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Subaru Park with Teal Bunbury and Kacper Przybylko exchanging late goals. 

In the 31st minute, Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake was forced into action by Adam Buksa. The New England striker laced a right-footed shot from atop the 18-yard box, but Blake pawed the attempt wide.

A minute later, Olivier Mbaizo picked out Sergio Santos with a pinpoint cross on the right flank, only to see Matt Turner deny the Brazilian's one-time effort at his near post.

New England had another chance in the 76th minute when Gil set up Arnor Traustason with a cushioned feed, though the Icelandic winger couldn't beat Blake with his curling attempt.

Bunbury broke the scoreless deadlock in the 85th minute, sliding home a right-footed attempt that caught Blake shifting the wrong way after DeJuan Jones crossed a second attempt back across goal.

But the Union quickly equalized three minutes later, as Przybylko headed home on the goal mouth after a cross from the left by Jamiro Monteiro. 

How to watch

The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+. TV38 and myRITV will have all of the coverage in New England while PHL17 is televising all of the action in Philadelphia. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30pm Eastern time.