FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (15-3-4; 49 pts.) recorded their MLS-best 15th win of the season and extended the club’s unbeaten streak to nine games with a 4-1 victory over FC Cincinnati (3-8-8, 17 pts.) at Gillette Stadium. Despite five changes to the starting lineup from Bruce Arena, the Revolution picked up their eighth win in the last nine games to maintain their Supporters’ Shield lead at seven points. The Revolution’s 49 points through 22 games are tied for the most in MLS history at this stage of the season.
Tajon Buchanan scored for the third consecutive match to put New England on the front foot in the seventh minute, cleaning up a rebound created by Henry Kessler’s cross. Buchanan now has four goals in his last six games. The Canadian international then delivered his fourth assist of the campaign on Emmanuel Boateng’s goal, his first with New England, to double the lead in the 21st minute. Boateng, making his first start of the year, later added his second assist in as many games.
Adam Buksa joined the scoring frenzy with goals in the 33rd and 61st minute, marking his second career multi-goal game. Buksa’s 10 goals are a career high and tied for fifth most in MLS. Gustavo Bou supplied the assist on the team’s fourth goal, giving him four helpers on the year.
In net, Matt Turner made three saves to raise his season total to a career-high 11 wins in 17 starts. Meanwhile, Andrew Farrell made his 261st league appearance and now finds himself in a three-way tie atop the Revolution’s all-time games played chart.
Boateng, now the 12th different Revolution player to score in 2021, was one of two Revolution midfielders making his first start of the season, along with Scott Caldwell. Colombian defender Christian Mafla was one of Arena’s other changes as he slotted in at left back. DeJuan Jones moved to right back for his sixth career start at the position. In addition, Revolution Academy product Damian Rivera made his Major League Soccer debut, playing 28 minutes as a substitute.
Following this week’s MLS All-Star Week festivities including Wednesday night’s 2021 MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Calif. (9:30 p.m. ET – FS1, UniMás), the Revolution will return to league action next Saturday, August 28 with a trip to face New York City FC. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 4, FC Cincinnati 1
August 21, 2021 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- The first-place New England Revolution improved to 15-3-4 (49 points) with today’s 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati.
- New England’s 49 points through 22 games are tied for the most in MLS history at this stage of the season (LAFC, 2019).
- The Revolution, averaging 2.23 points per game, need only 11 points over the final 12 games to set a new club record (59).
- The Revs’ nine-game unbeaten streak, during which the team has won eight of nine games, is tied for the third longest in club history (11 games – 2019, 2005).
- The Revolution’s home record improves to 9-1-1. The club’s nine home wins and .864 home-winning percentage both lead the league.
- This is now the Revolution’s fifth 15-win season in club history. The Revs need only two more wins to tie the club’s single-season record (17 – 2005, 2014).
- The Revs’ have now scored 44 goals on the year, most in MLS and 11 away from matching the club’s single-season record (55 – 2003, 2005).
- The Revolution have scored multiple goals in 14 games, and three-or-more goals in seven games, both the most in MLS this year.
- New England has now won three straight meetings with FC Cincinnati, improving to 3-1-0 in the series and 1-1-0 at home.
- Andrew Farrell (261) tied the Revolution record for most MLS games played. He is now level with Shalrie Joseph and Diego Fagundez atop the club’s appearance chart.
- Adam Buksa recorded his ninth and 10th goals of the season for his second multi-goal game in MLS. Buksa’s 10 goals are a career high and tied for fifth most in MLS.
- Tajon Buchanan scored for the third consecutive game, opening the scoring in the seventh minute. Buchanan’s goal was the MLS All-Star’s fourth in the last six games.
- Buchanan, making his 50th MLS appearance, also recorded his fourth assist of the season to set up the Revs’ second goal of the night.
- Matt Turner remains unbeaten at Gillette Stadium this year (8-0-1) as he improved to 11-2-4 on the year. He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts between the Revolution and U.S. Men’s National Team.
- Gustavo Bou recorded his fourth assist of the year and totaled four key passes while wearing the captain’s armband.
- Emmanuel Boateng, making his first start with New England, scored his 10th MLS goal and his first with the Revs. Boateng is the 12th different Revolution player to score in 2021. He added his third assist of the season on Buksa’s 33rd-minute goal.
- Scott Caldwell made his first start and eight appearance of the season. The Revs improved to 8-0-0 in 2021 when Caldwell appears in a game.
- DeJuan Jones made his sixth MLS start at right back and his first at the position since Nov. 1, 2020. Jones had previously started 18 games this season at left back.
- Christian Mafla slotted in at left back for his fourth start of the season and his first since July 25, vs. CF Montreal. New England is now 4-0-0 when Mafla starts.
- Damian Rivera, a Revolution Academy product and Homegrown Player from Cranston, R.I., made his MLS debut as a second-half substitute. Rivera is the club’s sixth Homegrown Player to appear in an MLS match.
- Homegrown Player Justin Rennicks also made his season debut as a late substitute. It was the Massachusetts native’s seventh MLS appearance.
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Eric Weisbrod (AR1); Gjovalin Bori (AR2)
4th Official: Luis Arroyo
Video Assistant Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
Weather: 73 and Clear
NE – Tajon Buchanan 6 (Unassisted) 7’
NE – Emmanuel Boateng 1 (Tajon Buchanan 4, Adam Buksa 2) 21’
NE – Adam Buksa 9 (Emmanuel Boateng 3) 33’
CIN – Brenner 5 (Luciano Acosta 5) 54’
NE – Adam Buksa 10 (Gustavo Bou 4) 61’
NE – Tommy McNamara (Yellow Card – Foul) 68’
NE – Tajon Buchanan (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 74’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Foul) 86’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Christian Mafla, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Scott Caldwell (Maciel 62’), Tommy McNamara (Wilfrid Kaptoum 74’) Tajon Buchanan (Teal Bunbury 74’), Emmanuel Boateng (Damian Rivera 62’); Adam Buksa (Justin Rennicks 89’), Gustavo Bou ©
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Earl Edwards Jr., A.J. DeLaGarza, Collin Verfurth
FC Cincinnati: Przemyslaw Tyton; Gustavo Vallecilla (Caleb Stanko HT), Geoff Cameron (Kamohelo Mokotjo 81’), Nick Hagglund, Ronald Matarrita; Haris Medunjanin, Yuya Kubo, Luciano Acosta © (Isaac Atanga 70’), Florian Valot; Brenner (Brandon Vazquez 70’), Alvaro Borreal (Chris Duvall 77’)
Substitutes Not Used: Kenneth Vermeer, Edgar Castillo, Avione Flanagan, Quimi Ordonez
Full statistics available HERE.