CHESTER, Pa. – The New England Revolution (6-7-7; 25 pts.) were defeated by the Philadelphia Union (10-2-9, 39 pts.), 2-1, at Subaru Park on Saturday night. Gustavo Bou delivered the goal for New England, his seventh tally in the last eight games, before the Revolution’s lead was undone by goals from the hosts in the 75th and 79th minutes, the latter coming from the penalty spot.
After a tightly contested opening hour, Bou broke the deadlock in the 61st minute with a first-time finish, assisted by Brandon Bye and Carles Gil. Bou, who celebrates the three-year anniversary of his Revolution debut on Sunday, increased his total to 39 goals across the regular season and playoffs, third most in MLS during that span.
Gil’s helper was his 11th of the season, moving the Revs’ captain into sole possession of the MLS lead. The assist was also the 45th of Gil’s regular season career, tying him for third most in club history. Dylan Borrero provided the early attacking threat for New England, recording three shots in his 63-minute shift, including an attempt from outside the box that rang off the crossbar in the 29th minute.
In central defense, Jon Bell stepped into the New England lineup for the sixth time this season and completed 94 percent of his passes. Bell, a second-year pro and Revolution II alum, logged his 15th MLS start in the match.
The Revolution wrap up the three-game road swing next Saturday, July 23 against the Columbus Crew. The match at Lower.com Field kicks off a 7:30 p.m. ET on WSBK-TV38 and myRITV (Rhode Island), as well as on the radio via 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 2
July 16, 2022 – Subaru Park (Chester, Pa.)
- Gustavo Bou tallied a goal for the third straight match, his seventh goal in the last eight games. The tally was Bou’s 39th goal in the MLS regular season and playoffs, third most since his arrival in New England three years ago on July 17, 2019.
- Bou led the team with eight shots on the night, including five on target, a new single-game high for the Argentinian. With seven goals, Bou moves into a tie for the team’s scoring lead.
- Carles Gil, named a 2022 MLS All-Star earlier this week, added MLS-leading 11th assist of the season. Gil also registered six chances created on the night, moving his league-leading total to 72 on the year according to Opta.
- Gil’s 45 regular season assists, in only 88 games, are tied with Diego Fagundez for third most in Revolution history.
- Brandon Bye notched the primary assist on Bou’s opening goal, his fifth of the season, which sets a new career high. Bye is now the sixth defender in club history to record at least five assists in a season.
- Jon Bell replaced the suspended Andrew Farrell on Saturday to make the 15th start of his MLS career and his sixth of the season. Bell recorded team highs in interceptions (6) and recoveries (7) while completing 94 percent of his passes.
- Sebastian Lletget logged his 175th MLS regular season appearance tonight.
- Bruce Arena made two changes to the Starting XI from last Saturday’s match at New York City FC, as defender Jon Bell and midfielder Matt Polster started in place of Andrew Farrell (red card suspension) and Wilfrid Kaptoum.
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Jeffrey Swartzel (AR2)
Fourth Official: Lukasz Szpala
Video Assistant Referee: Rosendo Mendoza
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tom Supple
Weather: 81 degrees and mostly cloudy.
NE – Gustavo Bou 7 (Brandon Bye 5, Carles Gil 11) 61’
PHI – Mikael Uhre 6 (Kai Wagner 10) 75’
PHI – Dániel Gazdag 8 (Penalty Kick) 79’
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 90’+4
New England Revolution: Djordje Petrović; DeJuan Jones, Jon Bell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster (Arnór Traustason 45’), Tommy McNamara (Jozy Altidore 80’); Dylan Borrero (Maciel 64’), Carles Gil ©, Sebastian Lletget (Emmanuel Boateng 80’); Gustavo Bou.
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Damian Rivera, Ryan Spaulding.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake ©; Kai Wagner, Stuart Findlay, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel (Olivier Mbaizo 73’); José Martínez, Leon Flach (Alejandro Bedoya 63’), Jack McGlynn (Matt Real 89’); Paxten Aaronson, Dániel Gazdag; Julián Carranza (Cory Burke 73’).
Substitutes Not Used: Matthew Freese, Jesús Bueno, Brandan Craig, Quinn Sullivan, Mikael Uhre.
Full statistics available HERE.