The Revolution will take a two-game winning streak to Canada Friday when they face Toronto FC. The teams have squared off twice this season, with each team posting a shutout win at Gillette Stadium.
The final meeting of the season between the clubs will mark the third start by forward Juan Agudelo, who missed six-plus weeks with a right knee injury. Agudelo has scored three goals in his last two starts for the Revolution. The Revolution acquired the second-year midfielder in a trade with Chivas USA May 7, and he has scored six goals in seven appearances for New England. The Revolution are 5-1-1 in games in which Agudelo has played and 3-4-1 while he was sidelined.
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe has also played a key role in New England’s recent success. The second-year player is coming off a week in which he scored two goals against Philadelphia and was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the second time this season. Rowe has five goals and six assists this season.
While the Revolution have recently been on a scoring spree, the New England defense is ranked first in the league, having allowed a goal or fewer in 19 of 25 games. Goalkeepers Bobby Shuttleworth (21 games) and Matt Reis (four) have combined for a league-high 12 shutouts. Reis is 3-0-1 and is expected to make his third consecutive start Friday.
New England, currently in fifth place and the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference with nine games left in the season, is 0-2-4 all time at Toronto’s BMO Field.
The Revolution announced Thursday they signed Jamaican outside back O’Brian Woodbine on a free transfer. Woodbine is a member of the Jamaican national team and has been added to New England’s roster as an international player. He is expected to make his training debut Sept. 3.
“O’Brian has both professional and international experience and we’re expecting him to come in, help push our team, and provide depth the last few months of the season,” Revolution general manager Mike Burns said.