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New England Revolution Win Despite Late Push By Toronto FC



New England Revolution Win Despite Late Push By Toronto FC

The New England Revolution took on Toronto FC on a wet Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Despite a late push by Toronto the New England Revoltion were able to walk away with a 3-2 win.

1st Half

00:00: We are underway at 7:38 pm ET

4″ New England gets on the board early after some decent chances in the early minutes with a 4th-minute goal coming off of the foot of Cristian Penilla with assists coming from Teal Bunbury and Scott Caldwell. This was Penilla’s 3rd goal of the season, Bunbury’s first assist, and Caldwell’s first as well.

6″ Plenty of early chances for the Revs, pressure following goal by Penilla immense.

7″ Revolution get their second goal quickly with Penilla scoring his second goal of the game. Penilla scored with Toronto’s goalkeeper caught out of the net after a series of intense pressure by New England. This was Penilla’s fourth goal on the season, 2nd of the game.

11″ Revs continuing to hold the edge with more chances but Toronto pushing back trying to capture some momentum to no avail.

14″ Excellent look by Teal Bunbury after a fantastic pass from Penilla, shot misses near post.

18′ Bunbury had a breakaway look but was stopped and tried to find Diego Fagundez at the far post for a header that missed the net. Should have been a goal by Bunbury who failed to capitalize on a prime scoring opportunity.

21″ Fagundez fed a picture perfect pass but his shot hit the keeper right in the bread basket. Wasted opportunity.

23″ Yellow card handed to Chris Tierney

26″ Great save by Matt Turner on the first real shot he faced of the game. Laid out for that one.

28″ Another nice save by Turner with the punch save with plenty of bodies in front. Rebound shot misses high.

29″ Toronto FC turning up the pressure offensively as they start to get desperate to make this a one-goal game before the half.

30″ Third save of the match for Turner, another punch save with the New England Revolution then able to clear the zone. Three saves in the last five minutes of play with Toronto ramping up their attack.

40″ Yellow card to Scott Caldwell, the second yellow of the half for the Revolution

45″ Half-time

1st Half Thoughts

The New England Revolution came out firing with Toronto FC’s defense not being able to do much to stop the Revs attack. But Toronto started to push and go on the offensive. New England still had more looks overall, but the second part of the 1st half was a clear push with Toronto doing their best to attack for stop the New England attack.

The Revolution could have had four or five goals in the first half with several opportunities squandered. Still a great first half for the New England Revolution.

2nd Half

46″ We are underway in the 2nd half of play.

46″ New England Revolution once again with an early goal, 3-0 with this goal being scored by Teal Bunbury assisted by Andrew Farrell. This is Bunbury’s 5th goal of the season and Farrell’s 1st assist. Revs goalkeeper Matt Turners celebration on the other side of the field for Bunbury’s goal was epic. A clear directive by Brad Friedel to turn up the attack once again after seeing the pressure dwindle towards the back end of the first half.

55″ Toronto gets one back to make it a 3-1 game, the goal credited as an own goal to Antonio Delamea. Shot by Toronto FC’s Jordan Hamilton bounced off Delamea and in.

60″ Substitution Sebastian Giovinco replaces Tosaint Ricketts, Chris Mavinga also comes in to replace Ager Aketxe

66″ Zachery Herivaux the first man off the bench for New England replacing Kelyn Rowe

68″ Yellow card handed to Luis Caicedo. Team’s third yellow card of the night, none so far for Toronto.

69″ Great layout save by Turner to save a goal

70″ Toronto with their third sub of the game, Victor Vasquez Solsona in for Jay Chapman.

73″ Great look by Bunbury who just missed the net.

73″ Yellow card handed to Diego Fagundez, the fourth yellow card on the Revs. Fagundez will miss next weeks match with a yellow card suspension due to a time-killing penalty. Not worth it.

74″ Attendance number announced, 19,596 on a wet night

82″ Revs send in Krisztian Nemeth in to replace Bunbury

85″ Wilfried Zahibo in for Scott Caldwell

89″ Toronto makes it a one-goal team after a dive results in a penalty kick that Turner just missed. Sebastian Giovinco with the goal.

90″ Red card handed to Sebastian Giovinco who went after Zahibo who tried to knock the ball out of Giovinico’s hands when he was running back to midfield.

90″ New England Revolution win 3-2 FT

2nd Half Thoughts

New England came out firing with Bunbury quickly notching a goal to make it 3-0. A bad bounce off of Delamea made it a 3-1 match with things once again becoming back and forth in terms of looks.

Toronto’s second goal of the game came after an alleged trip resulted in a penalty shot. A tough one for the Revs.

Overall Thoughts

For playing at home it appeared the officiating in this one was questionable at best with missed calls on Toronto but plenty going against New England.

Capturing a win after losing to Montreal last weekend was huge for the New England Revolution.

Next for New England is a match against Columbus Crew SC next Saturday at 7:30 pm at Gillette Stadium.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Revolution Believe Mancienne Can Provide Leadership To Club




The New England Revolution made some waves when the MLS club bringing on the defender as a free transfer from Nottingham Forrest. 

Mancienne who is 30 years of age has been around the block and for the Revs they believe he can provide some veteran leadership to their 2018 club. 

When asked about what Maincienne could provide to the Revs, Head Coach Brad Friedel was very high on his new defender.

“Michael [Mancienne] will provide leadership. He’s been a captain at various clubs he’s been at and he’s played at the highest of levels, so he’ll absolutely know what it means to win. He’ll certainly know what it means to lose. So, yes, he’ll add some help in that department. But like I said, we have players in the locker room, as well, who understand that. It’s just about those little times in the games that we have to do a better job. We’ve been playing some really, really good soccer at a lot of times during the season, and a lot of times during this run. We’ve very rarely been the second-best team on the field, so we have to – the obvious – we have to defend set pieces better and cut out some individual mistakes.”


Bringing on a player like Mancienne was a smart move for the Revolution who are looking to break their current winless streak. A streak that is on the mind of Revolution players but as a squad they are trying to remain focused. 

“We’ve said it from day one, we all have to stick together. I know after last game, we came in the locker room and we said that no one is going to walk through these doors and help us out. We have to make sure that we’re all sticking together. It’s the only way. But right now we just have to keep going, keep grinding. It’s playoff mode right now, so everybody I know wants to win and wants to get there. Whatever it takes, we’ll do.”


The Revs have a rather tough opponent coming up on Sunday with the club having to take on Wayne Rooney and DC United. The last time the Revs played DC back on June 30th they were without Rooney, a legend in the game.

Despite that fact, Brad Friedel actually thinks they will play the same way they did back in June.

“They’ve added Wayne Rooney. They’ll have, I assume, [Kofi] Opare fit. [Bill] Hamid will come in. They’ll play the exact same way as they did when they were here. There’s very, very little difference. They’re a good passing team. We’re a very good pressing team. We’re going to create chances, no doubt, and I think it should be a goal of ours that we concede zero chances to them. That’s how we have to go into all the games, is be a lot more resolute defensively, because we will create chances. One of these games, someone’s going to be on the tail end of us scoring the five or six which we’ve been creating enough chances to do so, so hopefully that’s this weekend.”


New England will have the center stage against DC United on Sunday with a 7:30 tilt on FS1. 

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Revolution Talk: Can They Bounce Back After Gut Punch Loss At Home?




Revolution Talk: Can They Bounce Back After Gut Punch Loss At Home? Season Might Be In Jeopardy After Lackluster Homestand

In front of a season high 36,573 fans on Saturday night at Gillette the New England Revolution gave up 2 goals in stoppage time to lose 3-2.

A brutal loss, a kick in the balls, and something that is rather disappointing for a team that had played rather well for much of the night and looked like a squad on the rise in MLS.

While one game, actually just 2 minutes of play doesn’t describe or define an entire season, it will be hard to bounce back on a short week.

New England is traveling to Minnesota for a mid-week match on Wednesday against Minnesota United FC.

Can they bounce back?

Well according to defender Jalil Anibaba, there is certainly positives to take away from Saturday’s match despite the ending, and that the team should still be proud of what they put into the game.

“I think playing again. Obviously, us having a quick turnaround is going to help us in a situation like this. Everybody has a bitter taste in their mouth after Saturday’s game, but there are a lot, a lot, a lot of positives to pull out from the game. Any time you lose in that fashion, you tend to be really down on yourself, but there’s so many positives to pull from the guys. Spirits are high and we have all the reason to be proud of what we put into the game for the most part.”

While the approach seems to be right, it just seems rather optimistic to think the Revs will bounce back. For certain players like Juan Agudelo who played one hell of a match on Saturday, feeling rather let down by his team wouldn’t be shocking. But when asked about his incredible performance. The veteran forward is just satisfied with helping the team win games rather than individual success.

“This year, not thinking too much about scoring. I know it helps the team, but as long as we come up with three points, I’m fine with putting in the work. I seem a bit happier this year with putting in the work and being satisfied with giving it my all [rather] than scoring.”

Either way, even if the squad bounces back as a whole, three players are suspended for the match against Minnesota. This is something that Head Coach Brad Friedel believes the team will overcome.

“We have some outstanding players that can come in the positions for the players that are out. This is a big opportunity for some of the players to come in and show what they can do. Like every position and every player, if you do lose your place for one reason or another, you’re going to have to fight to get it back. ”

New England will be down Antonio Delamea, Luis Caicedo, and Cristian Penilla.

After a disastrous loss in the final minutes at home, the Revs have their work cut out for them.

Out of 6 possible points on their three-match homestand the Revolution took just 3 points. That is simply not good enough with only 5 home matches remaining compared to 10 on the road.

Only time will tell if Saturday’s loss will affect the squad and their performances, but one thing is for certain, that loss will come back to haunt them one way or another.

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World Cup Flashback: New England Revolution



With the World Cup finally here and in full swing. Lets take a look back at some past Revolution players who have featured for their respected countries in the World Cup.

Clint Dempsey
The USMNT star started his career with New England. After 25 goals in 2 seasons with the MLS side, he transferred to Fulham in the Premier League. Dempsey’s superb goalscoring record for both club and country, made him an obvious selection in 3 consecutive World Cups. (2006, 2010, 2014)

Alexi Lalas
The 1994 World Cup was where a lot of people first heard the name Alexi Lalas. Lalas was a standout at the tournament, as the U.S lost to Brazil in the knockout stage. This lead to a transfer to Italian side Padova for Lalas. In doing so, he became the first U.S born player to play in Serie A. Alexi played 1 season in New England. (1996-1997)

Mike Burns
Current Revs GM Mike Burns made the U.S squad for 2 World Cups. He dindnt feature in any games in the 1994 World Cup. He again made the 1998 USMNT World Cup squad. That time around he played a big role, featuring in 2 out of 3 games in the tournament.

Jermaine Jones
Jones became an established USMNT player by 2011, plying his trade in Germany, England and Turkey, before moving to the Revs in 2014. Jones played in the 2014 World Cup, scoring a memorable goal in the group stage against Portugal.

Avery John
John was a dependable versatile defender in his 4 year span with the Revolution from 2004-2008. The same was true for his counrty, as Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 2006 World Cup. Unfortunately things didnt go as planned for John, as he was sent off in his first World Cup match for 2 yellow cards versus Sweden.

Other Notable Revolution Players to Have Made World Cup Squads
Eric Wynalda (Revolution 2000-2001)
Chris Albright (Revolution 2008-2009)
Gabriel Badilla (Revolution 2008-2009) (Costa Rica 2006)
Giuseppe Galderisi (Revolution 1996) (Italy 1986)

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