FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (3-5-1, 10 pts.) defeated Inter Miami CF (3-5-1, 10 pts.), 2-0, on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 25,509 at Gillette Stadium. Homegrown Player Damian Rivera scored in the first minute of his first MLS start – the third player in league history to do so – while Adam Buksa tallied his third goal in as many games. Goalkeeper Matt Turner returned from injury to make his first start of 2022, saving all three shots he faced to secure his 22nd career clean sheet.
In the opening minute, Matt Polster intercepted an errant Miami pass and found Carles Gil at the top of the box, who served the ball to Rivera. The 19-year-old midfielder and Cranston, R.I. native notched his first MLS goal with a left-footed shot past Miami goalkeeper Nick Marsman to put New England ahead early. Buksa extended New England’s lead in the 63rd minute, heading in DeJuan Jones’ cross. Buksa has now scored in three consecutive MLS games for the first time in his career. Miami saw two players sent off in the second half, with Damion Lowe and Jairo Quinteros each picking up two yellow cards in the contest.
The Revolution have now won two in a row at home as they improve to 3-2-0 in Foxborough. Tonight’s Starting XI featured four changes from last Saturday’s match at D.C. United as Turner, defender Henry Kessler, midfielder Tommy McNamara, and Rivera started in place of Brad Knighton, Omar Gonzalez, Emmanuel Boateng, and Justin Rennicks. Captain Carles Gil recorded his fourth assist of the season in the match, while Andrew Farrell’s became the Revolution’s all-time leader in appearances (306) and starts (301) across all competitions.
The Revolution remain in Foxborough for another home match next Saturday, May 7 vs. Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and airs on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, Cozi TV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
New England Revolution 2, Inter Miami 0
April 30, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- Reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner made his 2022 season debut and his 98th MLS regular season start on Saturday. Turner made three saves and kept the 22nd clean sheet of his MLS career.
- With tonight’s start, Andrew Farrell became New England’s all-time leader in appearances (306) and games started (301) across all competitions, surpassing Shalrie Joseph (305) and Matt Reis (300), respectively. Farrell was already the club’s leader in games played, starts, and minutes in MLS regular season action.
- Damian Rivera, a Homegrown Player from Cranston, R.I., earned his first career MLS start. The 19-year-old Revolution Academy graduate, who now owns four MLS appearances, marked the occasion with his first MLS goal in the opening minute of the contest – the fastest goal for New England since Sept. 17, 2016 (Kei Kamara – 1st minute).
- Rivera is the third player to score in the first minute of his first career MLS start. The last to do so was Matias Mantilla for Real Salt Lake in August 2007.
- Adam Buksa scored for the third consecutive contest, netting his league-leading 12th headed goal since entering the league ahead of the 2020 campaign (regular season and playoffs). Buksa finished the night with five shots and two on target.
- Revolution captain Carles Gil collected his 70th start in MLS regular season play, registering a career-high 117 touches and adding six chances created with one assist, his fourth of the season.
- Henry Kessler returned to the Starting XI for the first time since New England’s most recent encounter with Inter Miami CF on April 9, playing 90 minutes.
- Tonight’s Starting XI featured four changes from last Saturday’s match at D.C. United as goalkeeper Matt Turner, defender Henry Kessler, midfielder Tommy McNamara and midfielder Damian Rivera started in place of Brad Knighton, Omar Gonzalez, Emmanuel Boateng, and Justin Rennicks.
Referee: Ismail Elfath.
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Michael Barwegen (AR2).
Fourth Official: Matthew Thompson.
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tom Supple.
Weather: 56 degrees and clear.
NE – Damian Rivera 1 (Carles Gil 4, Matt Polster 2) 1’
NE – Adam Buksa 3 (DeJuan Jones 3) 64’
MCF – Gregore (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 28’
MCF – Damion Lowe (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 54’
MCF – Jairo Quinteros (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 55’
MCF – Damion Lowe (Second Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 60’
MCF – Jairo Quinteros (Second Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 76’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster (Wilfrid Kaptoum 72’), Tommy McNamara; Sebastian Lletget (Justin Rennicks 85’), Carles Gil ©, Damian Rivera (Emmanuel Boateng 72’); Adam Buksa (Jozy Altidore 77’).
Substitutes Not Used: Djordje Petrović, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Ryan Spaulding, Arnór Traustason.
Inter Miami CF: Nick Marsman; DeAndre Yedlin, Damion Lowe (Red Card 60’), Aimé Mabika (Jairo Quinteros 19’, Red Card 76’), Christopher McVey; Jean Mota (Kieran Gibbs 68’), Gregore ©, Bryce Duke (Mo Adams 68’); Ariel Lassiter, Robert Taylor, Leonardo Campana (Emerson Rodríguez 12’).
Substitutes Not Used: Drake Callender, Clément Diop, Victor Ulloa, Noah Allen.
Full statistics available HERE.