FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (6-4-7, 25 pts.) defeated New York City FC, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Teal Bunbury opened the scoring with the Revolution’s quickest goal of the season in the third minute, when he combined with Lee Nguyen and scored with his left foot from the penalty area. With the assist, Nguyen – who doubled New England’s lead by converting a penalty kick in the 80th minute – became the first player in Revolution history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists. New York City’s Alexander Callens pulled one back for the hosts in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
Nguyen now owns 52 goals and 50 assists for his Revs career, and 55 goals and 59 assists across his entire MLS career. When Nguyen was traded to LAFC in 2018, he departed one assist shy of reaching the 50/50 mark with the club. Since being reacquired by New England on Sept. 8, he has appeared in each of team’s seven games, including six consecutive starts. Both his goal and assist in today’s contest were his first since rejoining the team. Diego Fagundez can join Nguyen in the 50-50 club with five more assists.
Bunbury’s goal is his fifth of the season, which moves him into a tie with Gustavo Bou for the team lead. The forward has scored in the third minute of play twice this season, having also done so on Sept. 6 at Chicago.
In net, goalkeeper Matt Turner set a single-game season high with seven saves.
With today’s win, the Revolution move within one point of New York City for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It also continues an impressive run of away form for the club, whose five away wins are tied with Toronto and Portland for most in MLS.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when the club visits the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. 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 2, New York City FC 1
October 11, 2020 – Yankee Stadium (New York City, New York)
Revolution Defeat New York City FC, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium
- The Revolution (6-4-7, 25 pts.) defeated New York City FC, 2-1, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the third and final regular season meeting between the two Eastern Conference sides.
- With tonight’s victory, New England has registered five victories away from Gillette Stadium, including the
- MLS is Back Tournament, for the first time since 2015. New England’s road record improves to 4-2-0.
- Teal Bunbury’s third-minute strike, on Lee Nguyen’s 50th assist in a Revolution uniform, gave the Revolution a 1-0 lead. Nguyen closed the scoring on an 80th-minute penalty kick.
- New England improves its all-time record against New York City FC to 7-5-4, including a 3-3-2 record at Yankee Stadium.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record improves to 216-128-104, including a 3-3-1 mark against New York City FC.
Lee Nguyen Becomes First Player in Club History to Join 50-50 Club
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen became the first player in the Revolution’s 25-year history to register 50 goals and 50 assists with the club with his assist on Teal Bunbury’s 3rd-minute goal. Nguyen added the 52nd goal of his Revolution career with an 80th-minute penalty kick.
- Nguyen’s goal and assist were both his first in a Revolution uniform since Sept. 23, 2017 in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC.
- Nguyen’s 59 career assists rank sixth among all active players in MLS.
- With two more appearances, Nguyen will become the 10th player in Revolution history to log 200 games played with the club.
- Nguyen successfully completed 24 of 31 pass attempts and logged 41 touches in 86 minutes of action in his sixth consecutive start.
Teal Bunbury Nets 5th Goal of 2020, Ties Gustavo Bou for Team Lead
Forward Teal Bunbury’s left-footed tally in the 3rd-minute marked his fifth goal of the 2020 season, matching forward Gustavo Bou for the team lead in goals scored.
- Bunbury’s goal was the 39th of his Revolution career. The 11th-year veteran in his seventh season with New England is two goals shy of equaling Joe-Max Moore (41) for fifth on the club’s all-time scoring list.
- Bunbury’s tally also marks his 16th game-winning goal with New England, tied with Diego Fagundez for third most in the club history. The game-winning goal is Bunbury’s third of 2020, one behind the MLS lead.
Matt Turner Registers Season-High Seven Saves
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner logged a season-high seven stops in tonight’s win.
- Turner’s 54 saves this season rank fourth-best in MLS, according to Opta.
- With tonight’s victory, Turner’s career record improves to 22-18-22.
- New England’s defense has allowed one or fewer goals in 14 of 17 games this season, including six clean sheets.
Revolution Make Two Changes to Starting Lineup
- The Revolution made a pair of changes to the Starting XI from the team’s previous match on Oct. 7 vs. Toronto FC as Cristian Penilla replaced Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury started in place of Adam Buksa.
- Penilla exited the match in the 37th minute due to injury and was replaced by Diego Fagundez. With four more appearances, Fagundez (257) will match Shalrie Joseph (261) for the club’s all-time regular season games played record.
- Matt Polster returned to the match day squad after missing the previous two games due to an injury suffered on Sept. 27. Polster logged 32 minutes of action as a substitute and successfully completed 10 of 12 pass attempts.
- Antonio Delamea made his first appearance since Sept. 6 in tonight’s victory.
Referee: Armando Villareal
Assistant Referee: Brian Dunn (AR1), Jose Da Silva (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ismir Pekmic
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 65 degrees and cloudy
NE- Teal Bunbury 4 (Lee Nguyen 1) 3’
NE- Lee Nguyen 1 (Penalty Kick) 80’
NYC- Alexander Callens (Alexander Ring) 90+3’
NE- Lee Nguyen (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 45’
NE- Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 58’
NE- Kelyn Rowe (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 76’
NE- DeJuan Jones (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 83’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Tommy McNamara (Kelyn Rowe 58’), Scott Caldwell (Matt Polster 58’); Lee Nguyen (Antonio Delamea 86’), Tajon Buchanan, Cristian Penilla (Diego Fagundez 37’); Teal Bunbury (Adam Buksa 58’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Kekuta Manneh, Alex Büttner
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, James Sands (Nicolas Acevedo 86’), Gudmundur Thorarinsson (Ronald Matarrita 70’); Alexander Ring, Keaton Parks (Tony Rocha 86’); Valentin Castellanos, Jesus Medina (Gary Mackay-Steven 70’), Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Barraza, Juan Pablo Torres, Joe Scally, Sebastien Ibeagha, Brad Stuver