New York City FC, Major League Soccer's most explosive team, will look to extend their lead in the Eastern Conference when they meet the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Saturday.
New York City (12-8-8) leads the league with 48 goals and holds a narrow lead over the Red Bulls and Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference with 44 points, one point ahead of the aforementioned clubs.
The NYCFC attack is spurred by forward David Villa (17 goals) and midfielder Frank Lampard (11 goals), the reigning MLS Player of the Week.
"New England had a really good result the last game," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said. "They changed the way they played. I think they have more confidence when we played them early in the season."
New England (7-12-9) is in eighth place in the conference with 30 points, four points behind Orlando City FC for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference. Last Saturday, the Revolution earned their first victory since July 23, knocking off Colorado, 2-0.
New England has a goal differential of minus-16, the worst in MLS. But they will receive a boost on Saturday with the return of striker Kei Kamara, who was playing in the African Cup of Nations qualifying with Sierra Leone.
"The result didn't come out the way we want it to be," Kamara told the Boston Globe. "But just to be part of history like that, playing against [Ivory Coast], I was just happy to be part of it.
"Right now, I'm just really trying to feed off the energy that the guys had last weekend and hopefully continue to build from that."
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