Jan. 25, 2013; Casa Grande, AZ, USA: Detailed view of the MLS logo on a soccer ball prior to the preseason game between the New England Revolution against the Sporting KC at Grande Sports World. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Two Former Louisville Stars Battle in MLS


May 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon (18) dribbles the ball down the field during the first half against the Portland Timbers at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution take on D.C. United on Saturday. A game featuring two rising stars in the MLS from the University of Louisville. Nick DeLeon from United, the runner-up for the MLS Rookie of the Year last season, will go head to head with once teammate, Andrew Farrell, from the Revolution.

Farrell, the most recent number one draft pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, has played every minute for the Revs this season. The 21 year-old defender has been a bright spot for New England all year. DeLeon, the second year midfielder, has been plagued with injuries this year and has not played as much as the United would like. He has played in nine of their 13 games and started eight of them. DeLeon does not have a goal this season and only has one assist.

Jun 2, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The two clubs have completely flip-flopped from last season.

D.C. United finished last year in second in the Eastern Conference behind only Sporting Kansas City. This year they have struggled, winning only one game and are in last place in the conference. The New England Revolution finished last season second last only ahead of Toronto FC. This season the Revs are making a push for the playoffs, only three points behind Sporting Kansas City for the fifth playoff spot.

Although this game marks the midway point for the MLS season, it is clear to see the direction the teams are going.

The game will be played Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 inside Gillette Stadium in New England. The two former Louisville standouts should see a lot of each other on the field. It will be fun to see who gets the edge in the game.

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