Recap | Revs advance to U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 with explosive 5-1 win over FC Cincinnati

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution defeated FC Cincinnati, 5-1, on Wednesday night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32. Revolution midfielder and captain Carles Gil tallied the first U.S. Open Cup hat trick in club history while Adam Buksa notched a brace – his fifth consecutive game with a goal across all competitions. Goalkeeper Djordje Petrović made his first team debut, registering one save on two shots faced.

FC Cincinnati opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a goal from Álvaro Barreal from the center of the box. New England answered with multiple chances coming from Adam Buksa and Arnór Traustason, resulting directly in the latter drawing a penalty in the 33rd minute. Carles Gil converted from the penalty spot to tie the game, his 10th penalty goal for New England in 12 attempts across all competitions. The Revolution captain quickly gave the hosts the lead, scoring off a deflected shot from outside the box in the 37th minute, assisted by Tommy McNamara.

The Revs scored three times in the opening 12 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. Buksa extended his scoring streak to five games, netting a header from the center of the box into the top right corner. Gil completed the hat trick in the 53rd minute with another left-footed shot to secure the first hat trick of his Revolution career and the first for New England since 2017. Brandon Bye tallied the assist on both of those goals, marking the second and third helpers in his U.S. Open Cup career.

Buksa secured a brace in the 57th minute as he sailed a curling shot to the top-left corner from the outside of the box, with Gil earning the assist. New England improved to 6-0-1 in all competitions when Gil records both a goal and an assist in the same match.

The U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 draw will take place on Thursday, May 12 to determine the Revolution’s next opponent and matchday. New England returns to MLS action on Sunday, May 15 as they head south to face Atlanta United FC (1:30 p.m. ET – ESPN, ESPN Deportes, 98.5 The Sports Hub, 1260 AM Nossa Radio).

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32
New England Revolution 5, FC Cincinnati 1
May 11, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Team Notes

  • The Revolution are unbeaten in their last four home games (3-0-1) as their record at Gillette Stadium moves to 5-2-1 in all competitions this season.
  • Wednesday’s match marks the first time two Revolution players recorded multi-goal games in the same U.S. Open Cup match since June 27, 2001 against the Mid-Michigan Bucks.
  • New England scored five goals in a game for the first time since July 21, 2021 at Inter Miami (W, 5-0). Wednesday’s contest was the first five-goal outburst at Gillette Stadium since March 25, 2017 against Minnesota United (W, 5-2).
  • Seven Revolution players made their U.S. Open Cup debuts: starters Djordje Petrović, Henry Kessler, Maciel, Arnór Traustason, Damian Rivera, and Adam Buksa and substitute Ryan Spaulding.
  • New England made three changes to his Starting XI from last Saturday’s match against Columbus, as goalkeeper Djordje Petrović and midfielders Maciel and Arnór Traustason started in place of Matt Turner, Matt Polster, and Sebastian Lletget.

Individual Notes

  • Goalkeeper Djordje Petrović suited up for his Revolution first team debut. The 22-year-old from Serbia, who was acquired by New England in April and started in net for Revolution II on Sunday in MLS NEXT Pro action, registered one save. 
  • Carles Gil registered the first U.S. Open Cup hat trick in Revolution history. It marks the first multi-goal game for New England in Open Cup play since Teal Bunbury bagged a brace on June 11, 2019.
  • The hat trick was New England’s first since Kei Kamara scored three goals against Orlando City on Sept. 2, 2017. 
  • Gil recorded his second multi-goal game for New England and his first since March 17, 2019 at Toronto FC. 
  • Gil converted from the penalty spot for the 10th time in his Revolution career.
  • Andrew Farrell surpassed Matt Reis for New England’s all-time club record for minutes played in all competitions (27,234). 
  • Tommy McNamara started in his fifth career U.S. Open Cup match, providing an assist on Gil’s second goal. In 62 minutes, McNamara finished with a team-high three tackles and completed 33-of-34 passes.
  • Adam Buksa scored two goals, giving him tallies in five consecutive games and eight total goals in all competitions this season. Buksa had scored five consecutive goals with his head before a left-footed goal in the second half. 
  • Brandon Bye provided a pair of second-half assists, giving him three helpers in four U.S. Open Cup appearances for New England. Bye had a team-high three chances created on the night.
  • Arnór Traustason made his first appearance since April 16, winning all 10 of his duels and adding a team-high three interceptions.
  • Maciel returned to the lineup for the first time since April 2 and started for the first time since March 12, playing all 90 minutes and a team-high nine recoveries.
  • Bruce Arena moves his career record in the U.S. Open Cup to 16-9-0, including a 2-1-0 mark with the Revolution.

Referee: Lukasz Szpala
Assistant Referees: Kevin Lock (AR1), Tom Felice (AR2) 
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer 
Weather: 58 degrees and partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:
CIN – Álvaro Barreal 3 (Haris Medunjanin 1) 12’
NE – Carles Gil 1 (Penalty Kick) 34’
NE – Carles Gil 2 (Tommy McNamara 1) 37’
NE – Adam Buksa 1 (Brandon Bye 1) 47’
NE – Carles Gil 3 (Brandon Bye 2) 53’
NE – Adam Buksa 2 (Carles Gil 1) 57’

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Henry Kessler (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 10’
CIN – Zico Bailey (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 24’

New England Revolution: Djordje Petrović; DeJuan Jones (Ryan Spaulding 62’), Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler (Omar Gonzalez 62’), Brandon Bye; Maciel, Tommy McNamara (Matt Polster 62’); Arnór Traustason, Carles Gil © (Sebastian Lletget 62’), Damian Rivera; Adam Buksa (Justin Rennicks 62’).

Substitutes Not Used: Jacob Jackson, Emmanuel Boateng.

FC Cincinnati: Kenneth Vermeer; Alvas Powell (Ian Murphy 46’), Tyler Blackett, Geoff Cameron (Nick Hagglund 77’), Zico Bailey; Haris Medunjanin © (Luciano Acosta 71’), Harrison Robledo; Isaac Atanga (Brandon Vázquez 63’), Nicholas Markanich, Álvaro Barreal (Júnior Moreno 64’); Arquimides Ordonez.

Substitutes Not Used: Roman Celentano, Obinna Nwobodo.

Full statistics available HERE.