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Both phases of the Liga MX 2022-23 season turned out to be quite disappointing for Atletico de San Luis. In the Apertura phase, the club finished 13th after winning only four out of 17 games throughout that phase. In the Clausura season, the side notched five wins in 17 games to finish 12th. The Leagues Cup is the perfect platform for Atletico de San Luis to improve their form. The club has picked up four points in three games in the recently-commenced Apertura season.
New England Revolution are aiming for their maiden MLS title after finishing second-best on five separate occasions in the past 20 years. The club has won the Super Liga title, the US Open Cup, and the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. They will now be looking to add another trophy to the cabinet and are eying the Leagues Cup. A strong performance in the domestic league has put New England Revolution in second place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS.
Despite being eight points behind league-leaders FC Cincinnati, New England Revolution will be among the top contenders in this competition. After dropping points against New York Red Bulls in the opening encounter, the side will go all out for a win against Atletico de San Luis, and they are expected to sail past the Liga MX side in this match.
Atletico de San Luis and New England Revolution have never faced each other in any competition or friendly in the past. The Leagues Cup will set the stage for the maiden encounter between these two teams.
After comparing the recent performances of both teams in their respective domestic leagues, it is safe to say that the New England Revolution are the stronger side. Atletico de San Luis drew the opening game of the new Apertura season before losing the second and winning the third.
Meanwhile, New England Revolution headed into the MLS mid-season break with two successive wins as the team bounced back from a narrow defeat before that against New York Red Bulls – the same team who beat them on penalties this past weekend.
Atletico de San Luis will have to start on the front foot if they want to progress further in this tournament. Their opponents are certainly strong, but there are several teams who will be eyeing the Leagues Cup because their domestic league title is well out of their reach.
This group of underdogs aiming for the title includes Atletico de San Luis, who are currently sixth in the Liga MX table after three games. They could have been further up the table, but performances on the pitch have lacked consistency.
The club suffered due to inconsistent performances last season and have started the new season in the same way with a win, a draw, and a loss in the opening three games. This is something Atletico de San Luis have to dodge in the 2023 Leagues Cup.
Unfortunately for Atletico de San Luis, the only consistent aspect of the team is their inability to keep the ball out of their own net. The club has not kept a single clean sheet in the last six games, during which they have conceded ten goals.
The center-back duo of Unai Bilbao and Julio Dominguez will need to step up their game in this competition, giving their team a fair chance to advance to the next round. Similar defensive improvements will be expected from full-backs Juan Sanabria and Ricardo Chavez.
While the defensive prowess of Atletico de San Luis’ backline has been questioned, their offensive prowess has been responsible for almost all the goals the club has scored this season. Bilbao has netted two from the spot, while Dominguez has scored one and set up another.
Sanabria has one assist in two appearances, while Chavez has opened his goalscoring account in Liga MX. Vitinho and Angel Zaldivar are the only attacking players who have found the back of the net this season and have to try and get more goals in the Leagues Cup.
Dropping points in the Leagues Cup could spell elimination for New England Revolution, which is why the MLS side could come out all guns blazing. If they can replicate their domestic league form in this competition, they have the potential to go all the way.
While their opponents try to eliminate inconsistency, New England Revolution will be looking to recover from the loss against New York Red Bulls and start gaining momentum before the knockout rounds that are in store after the conclusion of the group stage.
The last time the New England Revolution were struck by the New York Red Bulls, they played with intent and won the next two successive games against strong teams. The club have recovered well from losses this season, which is why they could sweep Atletico de San Luis aside.
Unlike Atletico de San Luis, New England Revolution’s attack has been quite reliable throughout the current season. There are four attacking players with 21 goals and 16 assists between them. Striker Bobby Wood has scored seven and assisted five in 21 appearances.
Gustavo Bou has made only 14 appearances but has scored five and set up three from the right flank. On the opposite flank, Emmanuel Boateng has two goals and assists in 21 games. Carles Gil scored seven and assisted six in 18 starts in midfield this season.
One of the biggest advantages for New England Revolution in this match is that it is going to be held at the Gillette Stadium – a venue where the club are yet to lose a game this season. The side has played 12 games on their home pitch so far, winning nine and drawing three.
While they are unbeaten at home in the MLS, they lost their previous cup encounter against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in the US Open Cup in May this year. If the New England Revolution field a relatively weaker team, Atletico de San Luis could have a slight chance of exploiting that.
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