With the regular season coming to a close Sunday, the Revolution travel to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC, with a playoff berth on the line for New England.
The Revolution have failed to punch their ticket to the MLS playoffs over the last four games, going 0-3-1.
New England can clinch a berth with a win or draw against NYC, or an Orlando City draw or loss at Philadelphia. However, the Revolution have a plus-8 goal differential, so even with a loss and Orlando City win, New England could still make the playoffs.
“We win, we’re in — that’s the mentality,” said center back Andrew Farrell. “We want to take this big step.”
There are nine scenarios that could play out on Sunday, seeing the Revolution finish anywhere from fourth place to sixth place and facing one of four possible opponents. All Eastern Conference games begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
This will be the Revolution’s second visit to Yankee Stadium. On March 15, New England was the opponent for expansion NYC’s first-ever home game. The Revolution lost, 2-0, as David Villa and former Revolution draft pick Patrick Mullins scored.
The last meeting between the teams was July 18 at Gillette Stadium. Lee Nguyen scored in the 12th minute to lead the Revolution to a 1-0 victory.
NYC, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, is led by designated player David Villa. The former Spain international and FC Barcelona star has 17 goals this season, more than a third of the team’s total.
New England, meanwhile, has scored only twice in its four-game winless streak. The Revolution are hoping a win against NYC can boost momentum entering the playoffs.
“Going into the playoffs, it’s not necessarily how you’ve done in your last five games but your last game,” said Farrell. “You want to get that momentum going. It’s a really important game for us. We’ve got to take care of business.”
If the Revolution make the playoffs, they would play a knockout-round match Wednesday or Thursday.
“It’s crunch time,” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “We know we need to step up.”
Revolution at New York City FC
■ When, where: Sunday, 5 p.m., at Yankee Stadium, New York.
■ TV, radio: CSN
■ Records: Revolution, 13-12-8 (47 points); NYC, 10-16-7 (37 points).
■ Coaches: Revolution, Jay Heaps; NYC, Jason Kreis.
■ Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; NYC, Josh Saunders.
■ Formation: Revolution, 4-2-3-1; NYC, 4-2-3-1.
■ Referee: Jair Marrufo.
■ Out: Revolution — D Darrius Barnes (knee). NYC — D George John (knee), F Tony Taylor (knee), D Shay Facey (knee), M Ned Grabavoy (knee), M Andrea Pirlo (adductor), D Andoni Iraola (calf), Pablo Alvarez (calf).
■ Miscellany: The Revolution are 4-10-2 on the road . . . The Revolution are 1-1-0 vs. NYC this season.