On Saturday night at Gillette Stadium the New England Revolution defeated New York City FC 2-1. With the win the Revs move to 17-4-4 on the season and are now 10-1-1 at home. As of post the Revolution are 17 points clear of Orlando City SC in the Eastern Conference and 10 points clear of Seattle in the Supporters Shield race.
NYCFC came out on the front foot with Valentin Castellanos setting up Santiago Rodriguez with a great ball at the far post in the 11th minute. New England responded in the 21st minute with a great initial ball in from Andrew Farrell finding Teal Bunbury who was able to cross a ball into Edward Kizza. Kizza decided to lay-up to Ema Boateng who scored from close range for his second goal of the year.
Following halftime things got a tad chippier and in the 54th minute Morales saw double-yellow causing NYCFC to play a man down for the remainder of the match. In an effort to find the winning goal the Revs subbed on Carles Gil, Tajon Buchanan, and Adam Buksa who all started the match on the bench.
In the 65th minute Andrew Farrell played a great long ball to Gil who set up Buchanan for the game winning goal.
This is a New England team that continues to impress against solid competition even when their deck isn’t fully loaded. With nine matches remaining on the 2021 MLS season the Revs have already tied their single season win record of 17 that they hit in both 2005 and 2014. On Saturday night the Revs were without the services of Gustavo Bou (injury) and had MLS MVP candidate Carles Gil starting the match on the bench due to general fatigue. They did however have Matt Turner back in the lineup and in action had both Adam Buksa and Tajon Buchanan available on the bench following their return from international duty.
Up next the Revs will host Columbus on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET in an Eastern Conference Final rematch.