FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (17-4-4; 55 pts.) defeated New York City FC, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. After New York City netted the game’s opening goal, Emmanuel Boateng scored the equalizer on Edward Kizza’s assist in the 21st minute. New York City went down to 10 men in the 53rd minute when Alfredo Morales was ejected after picking up his second yellow card of the night. Tajon Buchanan delivered the game-winning goal shortly thereafter, converting on assists from Carles Gil and Andrew Farrell in the 65th minute.
With tonight’s victory, the Revolution match the club’s all-time record with 17 wins in a season, equaling the total reached in 2005 and 2014. New England needs only five more points over the remaining nine games to set a new club mark, while the team’s 55 points and 2.20 points per game are still on pace to set new MLS records. The Revolution also set a new MLS mark with their 14th win in games decided by a one-goal margin. With seven more wins than any other Eastern Conference side, the Revolution maintain double-digit advantages in the Supporters’ Shield (10 pts.) and Eastern Conference (14 pts.) tables.
The winningest home team in MLS this season, New England’s record in Foxborough improves to 10-1-1 on the year. This marks only the sixth time the Revs have reached double-digit home wins in a season. The Revolution finish the season series against New York City with a 2-1-0 mark, claiming multiple wins over the Eastern Conference rival for the first time since 2015. New England’s only loss in the last 12 games (10-1-1) came at the hands of NYCFC on August 28.
Tonight’s victory featured the returns of three Revolution players – Buchanan (Canada), Matt Turner (United States), and Adam Buksa (Poland) – from international duty for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Buchanan’s game-winning strike marked the 22-year-old’s seventh goal of the season and his fourth goal in as many league matches. Buchanan paced the attack with three shots, all on target. Gil, who submitted his second appearance since returning from injury, added his MLS-best 16th assist. He now owns eight game-winning assists, tied for the most ever in an MLS campaign.
Boateng registered his second goal of the season on the 21st-minute equalizer, with Kizza recording his first MLS assist on the play. Kizza collected his second consecutive start and posted a 61-minute shift with two shots.
New England will remain home next Saturday, September 18 to host defending the MLS Cup champions, Columbus Crew, at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio. Pregame coverage begins with CBS Boston’s “Revolution Kickoff’ at 6:30 p.m. ET on TV38.
New England Revolution 2, New York City FC 1
September 11, 2021 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- The New England Revolution defeated New York City FC, 2-1, on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium improving their record to 17-4-4 (55 pts.) on the season and 9-6-4 in the all-time series with NYCFC.
- The Revolution’s 2.20 points per game through 25 matches keep the team on pace to challenge the MLS single-season points record (72 – LAFC, 2019) as well as the MLS points-per-game record (2.13 – LA Galaxy, 1998).
- New England’s 55 points are already tied for second most in club history (2014), four away from the team record of 59, with nine games remaining.
- With their 17th victory of the season, New England tied the club’s record (17) set in 2005 and matched in 2014. The next victory will set a new franchise record.
- New England’s home record improved to 10-1-1 on the year, just the sixth time in club history the Revolution has achieved double-digit win totals at home. With five home games remaining, New England is two wins shy of matching its club record of 12 home victories, set in 2017 (12-2-3).
- The Revs’ 46 goals and 25 first-half tallies both lead the league, as does the team’s +18 goal differential (as of the end of Saturday’s match).
- New England set an MLS record with their 14th victory in games decided by one goal, surpassing the previous mark of 13 that had been reached on three occasions. The Revolution are 14-2-0 in games decided by one goal this season.
- Saturday night’s attendance of 19,481 set a new high for the 2021 season.
- Bruce Arena deployed a starting lineup featuring two changes from the club’s last match at Philadelphia on Sept. 3. Tonight’s new starters were Matt Turner and Emmanuel Boateng, replacing Brad Knighton and Arnór Traustason, respectively.
- Tajon Buchanan scored his seventh goal of the season and extended his scoring streak to four straight league appearances. In just 29 minutes, Buchanan had a team-high three shots on target along with one chance created.
- Buchanan, Adam Buksa, and Matt Turner all returned to the lineup for New England after representing their respective national teams in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers over the past two weeks. Buksa and Buchanan appeared off the bench while Turner made his 19th start of the campaign, making one save to improve his record to 12-3-4 on the year.
- Carles Gil recorded his 16th assist of the season on Buchanan’s second-half goal. The assist was also Gil’s eighth game-winning assist of the year, moving him into a tie for the most in MLS history.
- Gil also added to five key passes to his MLS-leading total in just 45 minutes on the night.
- Andrew Farrell recorded his second assist of the season, giving the defender multiple assists in a season for the third time in his career and the first time since 2018. Farrell also finished tied for team highs in interceptions (2) and clearances (3).
- Emmanuel Boateng tallied his second goal of the season, a first-half equalizer, and completed 22 of his 23 passes in a 45-minute effort. Boateng now owns two goals and three assists in seven appearances for the Revs.
- Edward Kizza recorded his first MLS assist, setting up Boateng’s goal in the first half, in his second MLS start. The rookie recorded two shots.
- Matt Polster set a new career high with 90 completed passes at 95.7 percent accuracy. The midfielder also registered team highs in recoveries (13), interceptions (2), and clearances (3).
- Henry Kessler won six of his nine duels and had a team-high three blocked shots in a 90-minute shift.
- Tommy McNamara matched a team high with three shots on the night, one on frame, and added one key pass and five recoveries in a 90-minute effort.
- Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena improved his career record to 235-135-109, including a 33-14-20 mark in New England. He is now five wins away from matching Sigi Schmid (240) for the most regular season victories in MLS history.
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Corey Richardson (AR1); Ian McKay (AR2)
Fourth Official: Sergii Demianchuk
Video Assistant Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Weather: 72 degrees and clear
NYC –Santiago Rodriguez 3 (Valentin Castellanos 7) 11’
NE – Emmanuel Boateng 2 (Edward Kizza 1) 21’
NE – Tajon Buchanan 7 (Carles Gil 16, Andrew Farrell 2)’ 65’
NYC – Alfredo Morales (Yellow Card - Bad Foul) 45+1’
NYC – Valentin Castellanos (Yellow Card - Dissent) 52’
NYC – Alfredo Morales (Red Card - Bad Foul) 53’
NE – Henry Kessler (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior) 63’
NE – Adam Buksa (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior) 64’
NYC – Thiago (Yellow Card - Dissent 74’)
NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card- Hard Foul) 90’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell ©, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Matt Polster, Emmanuel Boateng (Carles Gil 46’), Wilfrid Kaptoum (Tajon Buchanan 61’), Tommy McNamara; Teal Bunbury (Scott Caldwell 81’), Edward Kizza (Adam Buksa 61’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Earl Edwards Jr., A.J. DeLaGarza, Christian Mafla, Luis Caicedo
New York City FC: Sean Johnson ©; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alfredo Morales, Malte Amundsen; James Sands, Keaton Parks, Thiago, Talles Magno (Nicolás Acevedo 56’), Santiago Rodriguez (Andres Jasson 16’), Valentín Castellanos (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 75’)
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Barraza, Gudmundur Thórarinsson, Chris Gloster, Vuk Latinovich, Tony Rocha, Gedion Zelalem
Full statistics available HERE.