The Revolution head north of the border Sunday to take on Eastern Conference rival Toronto FC. The Revolution are trying to duplicate their late-season surge from last year, which started in Toronto with the debut of Jermaine Jones.
New England is making its only trip to BMO Field in 2015, after winning both matches at Toronto last season. The Revolution are 1-0-1 this season against Toronto FC, drawing, 1-1, in May before earning a 3-1 victory last month, both at Gillette Stadium.
In their last five trips to Toronto, New England is 2-0-3. However, Toronto has won four of its last five home games, outscoring opponents, 14-6.
The Revolution are riding a league-best six-game unbeaten streak, including four straight victories. Jones looks set to return to the starting lineup after missing last Saturday’s match against Orlando City SC due to a call-up to the US national team.
For Toronto, MVP candidate Sebastian Giovinco returns after suffering an adductor strain that caused him to miss Italy’s European Championship qualifier last weekend. Giovinco has 17 goals and 13 assists this season.
The Revolution sit in fourth place in the East with 40 points, 3 ahead of Toronto FC.
This is a tough stretch for the Revolution, who return home to face the powerful New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. Next Saturday, the Revolution head back to Canada to play Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact.
“This time of the season, they all [feel big],” said Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell. “But in Toronto, against a team that we know pretty well, especially on national TV, yeah, it will definitely have a big-time feel, especially with playoff implications.”