LOS ANGELES — The New England Revolution played Los Angeles FC to a 1-1 draw at Banc of California Stadium in the team’s first preseason friendly of the 2022 campaign. Adam Buksa scored the opening goal in 44th minute as he buried a rebound following Gustavo Bou’s saved attempt. LAFC’s Mamadou Fall equalized from the penalty spot in the 86th minute.
Reigning MLS MVP Carles Gil captained the Revolution to a 1-0 lead after the first 45 minutes behind Buksa’s goal. New England applied steady pressure throughout the half, including a close-range attempt from Omar Gonzalez that struck the crossbar. Bruce Arena then deployed nine changes for the second half, including three Homegrown Players in Noel Buck, Justin Rennicks, and Damian Rivera. Buck, 16, made his first-team debut and recorded one shot on target.
Earl Edwards Jr. made the start in net and held LAFC scoreless through 60 minutes with two strong saves, including a denial of Carlos Vela in the 32nd minute. First-round 2022 MLS SuperDraft pick Jacob Jackson relieved him in the 60th minute and recorded one save.
New England will continue training in Los Angeles this week before playing a second friendly match on Saturday, Feb. 5 against the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park (10:00 p.m. ET). Streaming information will be provided soon.
The Revolution begin the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League on Tuesday, Feb. 15 with a Round of 16 matchup against Haitian side Cavaly AS. Leg 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22. Both matches will be played at Gillette Stadium and kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports and TUDN. Single-game tickets for the 2022 MLS season and SCCL “Pay-as-We-Play” ticket packages go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Call 1-877-GET-REVS or email email@example.com to learn more.
- The New England Revolution tied LAFC, 1-1, in the first of two preseason friendlies in Los Angeles.
- Adam Buksa scored the first goal of the preseason in the 45th minute as he tapped in a rebound following Gustavo Bou’s shot.
- Brandon Bye was the lone field player to return for the second half, playing 60 minutes in total.
- Earl Edwards Jr. played 60 minutes in net and recorded two saves.
- Jacob Jackson, New England’s first-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft, played the final 30 minutes in net and made one save.
- Three Homegrown Players played 45 minutes each in the second half: Noel Buck, Justin Rennicks, and Damian Rivera.
New England Revolution 1, Los Angeles FC 1
January 29, 2022 – Banc of California Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Weather: 66 and Partly Cloudy
NE – Adam Buksa (Unassisted) 44
LAFC – Mamadou Fall (Penalty Kick) 86’
LAFC – Jesus Murillo (Red Card - Handling) 25’
NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card) 40’
LAFC – Mamadou Fall (Yellow Card) 69’
*Teams permitted to replace players who received red cards.
New England Revolution (1st Half): Earl Edwards Jr.; DeJuan Jones, Omar Gonzalez, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye, Matt Polster, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Arnor Traustason, Carles Gil ©, Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa
New England Revolution (2nd Half): Earl Edwards Jr. (Jacob Jackson^ 60’); Ryan Spaulding, Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza, Brandon Bye (Jake Rozhansky 60’), Tommy McNamara, Noel Buck, Emmanuel Boateng, Justin Rennicks, Damian Rivera, Edward Kizza
* = Revolution II player
^ = Unsigned 2022 MLS SuperDraft pick