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#NEvDC represents numerous firsts for the Black-and-Red

United travel to Gillette Stadium this Saturday, April 22, for the first matchup of the season at 7:30 PM on NewsChannel 8 and CW Richmond. Over the last several years, Foxborough has been the setting for multiple firsts throughout the Black-and-Red roster and staff, and several others have achieved impressive milestones against the Revolution at home.

Ben Olsen's First Match in Charge

In August of 2010, current head coach Ben Olsen oversaw his first game in charge of United as interim head coach at Gillette Stadium after Curt Onalfo was fired following a 3-12-3 start to the campaign.  Olsen has since coached the Black-and-Red 221 more times in the regular season.

Welcome to MLS, Luciano Acosta

A year ago, the diminutive on-loan Argentine announced himself at RFK Stadium against the Revolution, pulling off an audacious chip from outside the penalty area.  The goal was his first in Major League Soccer and led to an impressive 3-0 victory.

First Starts, First Shutout

Last year's trip to Gillette Stadium in the second week of the season was important for two younger members of the Black-and-Red.  Travis Worra, at the time a second-year 22-year-old goalkeeper, made his first career MLS start along with Rob Vincent, who was acquired the previous offseason. 

Homegrown Home Debut

United defender Jalen Robinson, who signed a first team contract in January 2014 after developing in the academy for several years, made his first MLS start against the Revs on June 25, 2016.  The center back performed admirably against New England's offensive weapons, including Kei Kamara, Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury, and was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his efforts.

Coverage starts at 7 PM on NewsChannel 8, CW Richmond and Facebook Live.