NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The New England Revolution (7-5-8, 29 pts.) played to a 1-1 draw against Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium on Friday night – the teams’ first-ever meeting in the Music City. Nashville’s Walker Zimmerman opened the scoring with a headed goal from a corner kick in the 74th minute, but New England’s Adam Buksa equalized three minutes later with his second goal in the Revolution’s last three games.
Reigning MLS Newcomer of the Year Carles Gil, who returned to full-team training earlier this week after recovering from Achilles tendon surgery on August 4, made his first appearance since July 17. Gil entered the match as a substitute in the 63rd minute and recorded 22 touches and one foul won.
Buksa now owns five goals in his debut MLS season, which is tied with Gustavo Bou for second most among Revolution players. He is one of three players along with Teal Bunbury and Tajon Buchanan to appear in all 20 of New England’s league games this season, and has scored three times over the team’s last six matches. Kekuta Manneh registered his first assist with the Revolution on Buksa’s 77th-minute equalizer after entering the match as a substitute one minute prior.
Two long-time Revolution players, Bunbury and Lee Nguyen, both made their 200th career appearances with the club in tonight’s contest. They are among 11 players to reach the 200 games-played mark with New England. Bunbury also registered his 200th career MLS start in the match.
The Revolution remain in fifth place on the Eastern Conference table with three games remaining in the regular season. The team will look to remain above sixth place in order to advance directly to Round 1 of the MLS Cup Playoffs and avoid a single-elimination play-in round. The top-four teams in the conference will host a Round 1 match.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when the club visits the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
New England Revolution 1, Nashville SC 1
October 23, 2020 – Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)
Revolution Play to 1-1 Draw against Nashville SC
- The Revolution (7-5-8, 28 pts.) battled Nashville SC to a 1-1 draw at Nissan Stadium on Friday night.
- Adam Buksa scored the first the goal against Nashville SC in club history, his fifth of the 2020 season, on Kekuta Manneh’s assist in the 77th minute.
- The Revolution’s away record in 2020 moves to 5-2-1, including a 3-0-1 mark over the team’s last four road games.
- New England’s all-time record against Nashville SC shits to 0-0-2 after the two Eastern Conference sides played to a 0-0 draw on Oct. 3 at Gillette Stadium.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record moves to 217-129-105, and 15-8-16 with the Revolution.
Adam Buksa Nets Fifth Goal of 2020 Season
- ForwardAdam Buksa scored his fifth goal of the 2020 campaign on a right-footed shot from outside the box in the 77th minute.
- Buksa, who has scored in consecutive road matches, has recorded two goals and one assist over the last three games.
- Tonight’s goal brings Buksa to within one goal of Teal Bunbury (6) for the team lead.
- Buksa, who has appeared in every match this season, entered tonight’s match in the 63rd minute as a substitute.
- Forward/midfielder Kekuta Manneh registered his first assist in a Revolution uniform, and his first since July 13, 2019 with FC Cincinnati, on Buksa’s tally.
Carles Gil Makes First Appearance in Return From Injury
- Midfielder Carles Gil made his first appearance since July 17 against D.C. United in the M\LS is Back Tournament.\
- Gil, who returned to full-team training earlier this week after recovering from Achilles tendon surgery on August 4, entered the match as a 63rd-minute substitution for midfielder Tommy McNamara.
- Gil registered 22 touches and successfully completed 12 of 17 pass attempts over 27 minutes of action.
Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen Reach Club Milestones
- Forward Teal Bunbury and midfielder Lee Nguyen became the 10th and 11th players in club history to register 200 regular season appearances with the Revolution. Bunbury’s start in tonight’s match was the 200th of his MLS career.
- Bunbury who leads MLS with six away goals this season, registered his third straight full 90-minute performance.
- Nguyen also played the full 90 minutes and finished tonight’s contest with 90 touches, two interceptions and one clearance, while completing 71 of 78 pass attempts. Nguyen’s next start will be the 225th of his MLS career.
Revolution Make One Change to Starting Lineup
- The New England Revolution made one change to the starting lineup from Monday’s match against Philadelphia, with Diego Fagundez starting in place of Adam Buksa.
- Fagundez made the 260th appearance of his career, bringing the Leominster, Mass. native within one appearance of matching Shalrie Joseph (261) for the club’s all-time regular season games played record. Fagundez successfully completed 26 of 34 pass attempts and logged two shots in a 62-minute shift.
- Midfielder Scott Caldwell eclipsed 15,000 minutes played for his regular season career with his 83-minute performance. The Braintree, Mass. native is the club’s second Homegrown Player to reach the milestone after Fagundez.
- Defender Andrew Farrell logged his 15th complete 90-minute shift of the season. Farrell recorded team-highs in possession gained (12), tackles (5) and clearances (3), along with two interceptions.
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee: Brian Poeschel (AR1), Brooke Mayo (AR2)
Fourth Official: Tori Penso
Video Assistant Referee: Dave Gantar
Weather: 71 degrees and raining
NSH- Walker Zimmerman 3 (Randall Leal 3) 74’
NE- Adam Buksa 5 (Kekuta Manneh 1) 77’
NSH- Dax McCarty (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior) 62’
NSH- Brian Anunga (Yellow Card - Unsporting Behavior) 66’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Alexander Büttner (Brandon Bye 76’), Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Tommy McNamara (Carles Gil 63’), Scott Caldwell © (Matt Polster 83’); Diego Fagundez (Adam Buksa 63’), Lee Nguyen, Tajon Buchanan (Kekuta Manneh 76’); Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Kelyn Rowe
Nashville SC: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Jalil Anibaba, Dave Romey, Eric Miller (Derrick Jones HT), Walker Zimmerman; Anibal Godoy © (Dax McCarty 59’), Brian Anunga, Alex Muyl (Jhonder Cadiz 69’); Abu Danladi (Eric Rios HT), Randall Leal (Taylor Washington 83’)
Substitutes Not Used: Alistair Johnston, Jack Maher, Matt LaGrassa, Elliot Panicco