Sounders Insider

Sounders in New England for Sunday match with Revs

logorevs-12The Sounders have made it to New England, where they will meet the Revolution at 3 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, these notes from the club:

About New EnglandThe Revs are currently tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with 14 points (4-3-2) with Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls. New England has bounced back after starting out the season 0-2-1, going unbeaten (3-0-1) in their past four, most recently a 2-1 road win over conference rival Toronto FC. Jay Heaps' club has averaged just one goal per game this season, but have made up for it on the defensive end, allowing just ten goals all year and just six in the last eight games after surrendering four to Houston in the season opener. They are unbeaten (2-0-1) in three games and have yet to allow a goal this season at Gillette Stadium, including a 2-0 win over Kansas City on April 26.Revolution NotablesLee Nguyen leads the New England attack with four goals this season (tied-ninth in MLS), including a score in each of his last three games. The three year MLS veteran has been efficient with his shots, netting his four scores in just seven shots on goal. Daigo Kobayashi recorded his team-leading second assist on the season when he set up Patrick Mullins' equalizer in a 2-1 win over Toronto on Saturday. Diego Fagundez leads the team with 23 shots and eight shots on goal this season, after the 19-year-old had 13 goals and seven assists in 2013. Forward Teal Bunbury has one goal and one assist in his first season with New England, after spending the previous four seasons in Kansas City. Keeper Bobby Shuttleworth mans the goal for the Revs and has allowed just 1.11 goals per game and kept three clean sheets.

Dempsey Returns to the RevsClint Dempsey makes his return to Foxborough on Sunday, marking his first ever appearance against his former team. After New England made Deuce the eighth overall selection in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, he would go on to win 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year and be selected to MLS Best XI in 2005 and 2006. In all, Dempsey scored 25 goals and 14 assists in 61 appearances for the New England from 2004-06, helping Steve Nicol's club reach the MLS Cup Final in 2005 and 2006.