The New England Revolution will aim to keep their best start in more than a decade going when they visit a sputtering Nashville SC side on Saturday afternoon.
Unbeaten through three matches, the Revolution (2-0-1, 7 points) hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference and are tied with Seattle atop the league standings.
Carles Gil had a goal and an assist to help New England earn a 2-1 win for its first-ever victory over Atlanta United last Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. The Revolution are off to their best start since collecting seven points in three games to begin the 2009 season.
"Hopefully the next 31 games go well also," Revolution coach Bruce Arena said. "We needed to start off well, and we have. ... So far it's a good start. I know (Saturday) in Nashville is going to be a really, really challenging game."
After a pair of 2-2 draws to open the season, Nashville played Inter Miami to a scoreless draw at home last Sunday. Goalkeeper Joe Willis made a pair of highlight-reel saves early to help preserve the clean sheet.
"We're slowly but surely finding the team that we saw last year, but with some added impetus that we know can give us opportunities," Nashville coach Gary Smith said on the team's website.
This will be the third meeting between New England and Nashville, which entered the league as an expansion team last season. The teams earned a 1-1 draw in Nashville last Oct. 23 after playing to a scoreless draw on Oct. 3 in Foxborough.
In player-related news, Nashville FC has lent goalkeeper Elliot Panicco and defender Nick Hinds to Austin Bold FC of the USL Championship for the 2021 season. Nashville SC has the ability to terminate the loan agreement at any point in the season.
Nashville SC selected Panicco with the 13th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, after acquiring the selection from the New England Revolution via trade. Panicco was signed to an MLS contract on Feb. 25, 2020, and is yet to make his debut for Nashville.
Hinds joined Nashville on Feb. 22, 2021, after the team acquired his Homegrown priority from Seattle Sounders FC.
--Field Level Media