FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-3-7, 22 pts.) played to a scoreless draw against Nashville SC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. Goalkeeper Matt Turner and the Revolution’s back line submitted a second consecutive clean sheet, and their third in the team’s last four matches. Turner set a new single-season career high with his sixth shutout, which is tied for second most among MLS goalkeepers this season.
Midfielder Diego Fagundez reached a major club milestone when he entered tonight’s match as a substitute in the 82nd minute, moving past Matt Reis into sole possession of second-most appearances in club history. The 25-year-old Fagundez has now recorded 255 games played, and is seven games shy of eclipsing Shalrie Joseph for New England’s all-time service record.
Forward Tajon Buchanan paced the Revolution with seven shots, three shots on target, and five fouls won – all single-game career highs for the second-year attacker. Buchanan, who logged his fourth consecutive start tonight, and his career-best fifth of the season, is one of seven Revs players to appear in every league game this year.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 7, when the club hosts Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
New England Revolution 0, Nashville SC 0
October 3, 2020 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution play to a 0-0 draw against Nashville SC
- The Revolution (5-3-7, 22 pts.) played to a scoreless draw in their first-ever meeting with Nashville SC on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
- New England kept a second consecutive clean sheet, and the third in the team’s last four games. It marks the club’s sixth clean sheet this season.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record shifts to 215-127-104, and 13-6-15 with New England.
Fagundez Passes Matt Reis for Second-Most Appearances in Club History
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez made his 255th career appearance for the Revolution, moving past Matt Reis for second on the club’s all-time list. He now trails Shalrie Joseph’s club record of 261 games played by only six appearances.
- Fagundez checked into the match in the 82nd minute, replacing Brandon Bye, and completed six of his seven passes while adding two possessions gained.
Turner Sets a New Career High in Shutouts
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded his sixth clean sheet of the season, setting a new career high and surpassing his previous mark of five set in each of the past two seasons.
- His six shutouts are tied for second in MLS this season with Sean Johnson and Andre Blake and just one behind league-leader Eloy Room.
Buchanan Starts for a Fourth Straight Match
- Forward Tajon Buchanan led the way offensively on the night, recording seven shots including three on target, both personal bests for the second-year winger.
- Buchanan, who started for the fourth straight match, also set a career high with his fifth start of the season.
- On the night, Buchanan won 12 of his 16 duels and completed 31 of his 40 passes.
Revolution Make One Changes to Starting Lineup
- The Revolution made a single change to the Starting XI from the previous match on Sept. 27 at D.C. United, as
- Tommy McNamara replaced an injured Matt Polster in midfield against Nashville SC.
- McNamara returned to the Starting XI for the first time since Sept. 19. In seven appearances (five starts) since joining the Revolution on Aug. 17, the midfielder has recorded a pair of assists.
Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt (AR1), Kyle Atkins (AR2)
Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder
Video Assistant Referee: Drew Fischer
Weather: 55 degrees and cloudy
NSH – Jalil Anibaba (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 80’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye (Diego Fagundez 82’); Tommy McNamara, Scott Caldwell; Lee Nguyen (Adam Buksa 63’), Tajon Buchanan, Teal Bunbury (Cristian Penilla 63’); Gustavo Bou
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Seth Sinovic, Kelyn Rowe
Nashville SC: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman; Dax McCarty, Hany Mukhtar (Jalil Anibaba 76’), Alistair Johnson, Derrick Jones (Alan Winn 85’), Matt LaGrassa, Brian Anunga; Randall Leal (Alex Muyl 89’)
Substitutes Not Used: Elliott Panicco, Brayan Beckeles, Taylor Washington, Miguel Nazarit, Eric Miller, Jack Maher