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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (15-4-4; 46 pts.) saw their nine-game unbeaten run snapped on Saturday night with a 2-0 loss to New York City FC (10-6-4) at Yankee Stadium. New York City forward Valentín Castellanos scored both goals for the hosts on the night. Despite the result, New England’s first loss since July 7, the Revolution remain 14 points ahead of the competition in the Eastern Conference.

New England defender Andrew Farrell, who captained the first-place Revolution in tonight’s match, made his 262nd MLS regular season appearance to become the club’s all-time leader in the games played, passing Shalrie Joseph and Diego Fagundez. Farrell, the MLS leader in minutes played this season, submitted another 90-minute shift in his 23rd start of the season. The ninth-year defender has seen more regular season action than any MLS player since he entered the league in 2013.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner and forward Gustavo Bou both saw action following their appearances in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night. Turner, who was named the All-Star Game MVP, made three saves on the night. The result ended Turner’s stretch of 12 straight games without a loss across his time with New England and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Bou played the entire second half after coming on as a substitute, recording one shot.

New England will return to action on Friday night, Sept. 3 against the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park. The 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff airs locally on myTV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

POSTGAME NOTES
New England Revolution 0, New York City FC 2
August 28, 2021 – Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.)

Team Notes:

  • The first-place New England Revolution suffered their first loss since July 7, falling on the road to New York City FC on Saturday night, 2-0.
  • The Revolution’s unbeaten streak ends at nine games, tied for the third longest in club history and its longest since an 11-game run in 2019. 
  • New England remains 14 points ahead of second-place Orlando City SC (35 pts.) in the Eastern Conference standings. The 14-point gap between first and second place is nearly equal to the 13-point distance between second and 12th place in the conference. 
  • Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena made three changes to the Starting XI from last Saturday’s 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati as Maciel, Arnór Traustason, and Teal Bunbury all started in place of Scott Caldwell, Tajon Buchanan, and Gustavo Bou.

Individual Notes:

  • Andrew Farrell (262) passed Shalrie Joseph and Diego Fagundez for the most regular season appearances in club history. Farrell, who leads MLS in starts, appearances, and minutes played since he entered the league in 2013, is now New England’s all-time leader in all three of those categories with 262 games played, 259 starts, and 23,112 minutes played.
  • Farrell marked the occasion with team highs in clearances (7) and interceptions (3).
  • Adam Buksa recorded four shots on the night in a 90-minute effort, drawing a team-high five fouls and winning eight duels. 
  • Matt Polster saw his first action since Aug. 14, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for two matches. Polster played 33 minutes and completed 26 of his 27 passes. 
  • Emmanuel Boateng started for the second straight contest, playing 45 minutes and registering a team-high three chances created. 
  • Gustavo Bou, who replaced Boateng at halftime, played the final 45 minutes after starting in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Bou recorded one shot on the night. 
  • Christian Mafla made his second straight start and fifth of the season, playing 75 minutes. The Colombian defender won all five of his duels and had six recoveries.
  • Maciel made his 14th MLS start, playing 90 minutes for the fifth time this season. The Brazilian set a new career high as a pro with his 17th appearance, passing his 16 games played with Revolution II in 2021. 
  • Edward Kizza made his first appearance for New England since July 7. The rookie forward has scored four goals in seven games with Revolution II this season.

GAME CAPSULE
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt (AR1); Gianni Facchini (AR2)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Video Assistant Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: 69 degrees and cloudy 

Scoring Summary:
NYC – Valentín Castellanos 9 (Maxi Moralez 7) 31’
NYC – Valentín Castellanos 10 (Maxi Moralez 8, Keaton Parks 2) 55’

Misconduct Summary:
NYC – Santiago Rodriguez (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 37’
NYC – James Sands (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 40’
NYC – Maxime Chanot (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 45’+1
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 45’+3
NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 86’
NYC – Gudmundur Thórarinsson (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 87’
NYC – Andres Jasson (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 90’+3

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones (A.J. DeLaGarza 58’), Andrew Farrell ©, Henry Kessler, Christian Mafla (Wilfrid Kaptoum 75’); Emmanuel Boateng (Gustavo Bou 46’), Maciel, Tommy McNamara, Arnór Traustason (Matt Polster 57’); Teal Bunbury (Edward Kizza 75’), Adam Buksa.     

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Collin Verfurth, Scott Caldwell, Justin Rennicks.

New York City FC: Sean Johnson ©; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, James Sands; Santiago Rodriguez (Andres Jasson 69’), Keaton Parks (Alfredo Morales 78’), Gudmundur Thórarinsson (Malte Amundsen 87’), Jesús Medina (Nicolás Acevedo 78’), Maxi Moralez, Valentín Castellanos (Talles Magno 87’).

Substitutes Not Used: Luis Barraza, Chris Gloster, Tayvon Gray, Tony Rocha.

Full statistics available HERE.

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