ORLANDO, Fla. – The New England Revolution (1-1-3, 6 pts. in regular season; 1-2-3 overall) were defeated by the Philadelphia Union (2-1-2, 8 pts. in regular season; 3-1-2 overall), 1-0, in the MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Stage at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday night. Philadelphia’s Sergio Santos scored the lone goal of the match with a left-footed strike on Jamiro Monteiro’s assist in the 63rd minute. The loss ends the Revolution’s run in the MLS is Back Tournament and snaps the club’s four-match unbeaten streak.
New England exits the tournament in the Round of 16 despite conceding only two goals in four games. Forward Adam Buksa, making his sixth consecutive start, logged a full 90 minutes and registered game highs in shots (5) and shots on goal (2) to pace New England’s attack. In his second consecutive start, midfielder Tajon Buchanan logged three shots and one shot on goal. Forward Gustavo Bou, wearing the captain’s armband for the third time in six games this season, registered three shots and two shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded four saves in the match, as defenders Alexander Büttner and Antonio Delamea, two of Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena’s five changes to the starting lineup, played a full 90 minutes in the back. Defender Brandon Bye again featured at right back and has played every minute of the Revolution’s 2020 season.
New England Revolution 0, Philadelphia Union 1
July 25, 2020 – ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Fla.)
Revolution Exit MLS is Back Tournament in Round of 16 with 1-0 Loss
The New England Revolution fell to the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, in the MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Stage on Saturday night. The club’s record moves to 1-2-3 in 2020 across all competitions.
- The Revolution exit the tournament despite conceding only two goals in four games. New England recorded two shutouts in the group stage and finished the competition with a 1-1-2 record.
- With Bruce Arena on the sidelines, New England has now lost only seven times in 28 games across all competitions (9-4-11 in the regular season).
Turner Records Four Saves
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner started all four games for New England in the MLS is Back Tournament and finished the competition with two shutouts.
- He notched four saves in tonight’s match, after recording five stops in Tuesday’s shutout performance against Toronto FC.
Buksa Makes Sixth Start
- Forward Adam Buksa made his sixth Revolution start in tonight’s match and paced the team with five shots, while his two shots on target were level with Gustavo Bou for the team lead. The Polish striker has a team-leading two goals on the season.
- Buksa’s attacking counterpart, Gustavo Bou, notched a game-high six chances created, according to Opta. Bou entered the game tied for the MLS lead in chances created with 18.
Starting Lineup Sees Five Changes
- Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena made five changes to the starting lineup, rotating nearly half the squad from Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Toronto F.C.
- Alexander Büttner, Antonio Delamea, Wilfried Zahibo, Gustavo Bou, and Cristian Penilla replaced DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury, and Diego Fagundez in the Starting XI.
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins (AR1), Chris Wattam (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Video Referee: Drew Fischer
Weather: 80 degrees and clear
PHI – Sergio Santos (Jamiro Monteiro) 63’
NE – Bruce Arena (Red Card) FT
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Alexander Büttner, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Kelyn Rowe, Wilfried Zahibo (DeJuan Jones 83’), Cristian Penilla, Gustavo Bou ©, Tajon Buchanan (Teal Bunbury 66’), Adam Buksa
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jeff Caldwell, Scott Caldwell, Michael Mancienne, Seth Sinovic, Diego Fagundez, Justin Rennicks, Isaac Angking, Henry Kessler, Damian Rivera
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Mark McKenzie, Jack Elliot, Raymon Gaddis; Jamiro Monteiro, Jose Martinez, Alejandro Bedoya ©, Brenden Aaronson (Warren Creavalle 83’), Sergio Santos (Ilsinho 64’), Kacper Przybylko (Andrew Wooten 88’)
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Bendik, Aurélien Collin, Andrew Wooten, Jakob Glesnes, Matej Oravec, Olivier Mbaizo, Matthew Real, Anthony Fontana, Michee Ngalina, Jack de Vries