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Conference-leading Revolution take on Red Bulls

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The New England Revolution have taken points from all but one game this season and will seek a fourth-consecutive home victory Saturday night when they face the New York Red Bulls.

The Revolution (3-1-2, 11 points) are fully embracing their status atop the Eastern Conference.

“We’re happy where we are in first place, but we’re playing a good team this weekend,” Revolution defender Andrew Farrell said. “Now that you’re in first, everybody plays you a little bit better, but we’ve still got a long way to go. We still haven’t played our best.”

Adam Buksa’s 86th-minute winner lifted the Revolution to a 1-0 home win against Columbus SC last Saturday.

Carles Gil recorded a secondary assist on Buksa’s goal and is tied for second in MLS with three assists. Gil already has been credited with 27 successful crosses this season, 11 more than any other MLS player.

The Red Bulls (2-3-0, 6 points) had consecutive 2-0 victories at home before they were blanked 1-0 at Philadelphia last Saturday.

“Those two back-to back wins were big, but if we want to be a real team, if we want to reach our goals as a group,” Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis said. “Then we have to continue to grow and we have to pick up points on the road.”

The Red Bulls are looking for their first MLS road victory in six games (0-4-2, including playoffs) going back to Oct. 14 of last year.

When Fabio Roberto Gomes Netto gets involved, good things have happened for the Red Bulls. The 6-foot-4 Brazilian leads the league with four assists.

Fabio has been credited with an assist on each of New York’s last four goals.

–Field Level Media

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