FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (22-4-7; 73 pts.) defeated the Colorado Rapids (15-7-10; 55 pts.), 1-0, on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. With the result, the Revolution set a new MLS record for points in a season (73), surpassing LAFC’s mark of 72 set in 2019. In addition, the club’s 22nd win of the season ties the MLS record for non-shootout victories, while the team’s 2.21 points per game are now guaranteed to set a new league mark.
Midfielder Tajon Buchanan delivered the game-winning goal in the 74th minute, converting on assists from Adam Buksa and Emmanuel Boateng. Revolution captain Carles Gil logged seven chances created to give him 126 on the year – the most in any MLS campaign since 2011 (per Opta). Meanwhile, New England’s defense registered its eighth clean sheet as goalkeeper Matt Turner made four saves en route to his 17th win of the season, a new Revolution record.
Wednesday’s result extends the Revs’ unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive games, one shy of equaling the team’s all-time high. New England completes the months of September and October without a loss, going 7-0-3 during that span. With homefield advantage secured throughout the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs and one home game remaining on the regular-season docket, the Revolution tied a team record with their 12th home win tonight, improving to 12-1-3 in Foxborough this year.
Tonight’s win also sees Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena tie Sigi Schmid for the most regular season victories in MLS history (240). Arena, who owns an MLS-record four Supporters’ Shield titles, coached his 75th league match with the Revolution tonight. Arena’s record with New England improves to 38-14-23.
Buchanan’s tally, his eighth of the season, gives New England three scorers with eight goals or more for the fourth time in club history. The Canadian international owns three-game winning goals this season. Buksa’s fourth assist of the season, all game winners, gives the Polish striker eight goals and three assists over his last 10 appearances. Boateng collected his fourth assist of the season in a 25-minute shift off the bench.
Next Sunday, November 7, the Revolution will look to become the first MLS team to win 23 games in regulation as they conclude the historic campaign at home against Inter Miami CF. Immediately following the match, the Revolution will be presented the 2021 Supporters’ Shield in an on-field ceremony at Gillette Stadium. The MLS Decision Day match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 1, Colorado Rapids 0
October 27, 2021 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- The New England Revolution defeated the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, improving their record to 22-4-7 (73 points).
- The Revs’ 73 points set a new record for points in an MLS season, surpassing the previous record of 72 set by Los Angeles FC in 2019.
- New England’s 22 victories match the MLS record for wins in a season (not including shootouts). The official MLS record for wins in a season is 24, set in 1998 by the LA Galaxy and Bruce Arena’s D.C. United during the league’s shootout era (1996-99).
- With tonight’s victory, New England will also set a new MLS record for points per game. The club’s current pace of 2.21 points per game is guaranteed to overtake the LA Galaxy’s 2.13 points per game in 1998.
- The Revs’ lead in the Eastern Conference now stands at 21 points, which would be the largest margin of victory atop an MLS conference. The Revs’ 15-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield standings would also be the largest margin in league history.
- With a win or tie next Sunday, the Revolution will match the MLS record for fewest losses in an MLS season (4).
- The Revs matched their club record for home wins in a season (12 - 2017). New England’s 2021 home record improves to 12-1-3 (39 points), best in MLS.
- New England’s unbeaten streak now stands at 10 games (7-0-3) since the club’s last loss on Aug. 28. A result next Sunday would see New England tie the club’s longest stretch without a loss (11 games – 2005 and 2019).
- The Revs’ 65 goals and 31 first-half tallies both lead the league. New England’s 65 goals and 70 assists are both club records, while the team’s +28 goal differential would also be a new team record.
- The Revolution have three players with eight-or-more goals scored for the fourth time in team history: Adam Buksa (16), Gustavo Bou (15), and Tajon Buchanan (8).
- Bruce Arena’s Starting XI features nine changes from New England’s 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC on Sunday night. Goalkeeper Matt Turner and defender Andrew Farrell are the only two Revolution starters who also featured in the lineup on Sunday.
- Bruce Arena tied Sigi Schmid for the most regular season wins in MLS history (240). Arena’s record with New England through 75 league games with the club stands at 38-14-23 (.660).
- Carles Gil recorded a team-high seven chances created on the night to reach 126 for the season – now the most in a single season since Opta began tracking the statistic in 2011.
- Tajon Buchanan scored the lone goal of the match for New England, his career-high eighth tally of the year.
- Reigning MLS Player of the Week Adam Buksa provided the game-winning assist while adding a team-high six shots. All four of Buksa’s assists this season have been game winners. The Polish striker has now found the scoresheet in six of his last seven games.
- Emmanuel Boateng made his 11th appearance of the season coming off the bench in the second half, providing a secondary assist on Buchanan’s strike and completing all 15 of his passes.
- Matt Turner earned his 17th victory of the year, setting a new club record for wins by a goalkeeper in a single season. His record at Gillette Stadium also improves to 11-0-3 this year.
- Turner made four saves to preserve his fifth clean sheet of the season and first since Aug. 4 vs. Nashville.
- Henry Kessler eclipsed 4,000 minutes played in his MLS career, posting his 18th consecutive 90-minute outing. Kessler marked the occasion by winning nine of his 11 duels and recording team highs in tackles (7) and interceptions (2).
- Brandon Bye recorded his 90th MLS start on Wednesday, registering a team-high three clearances and adding one key pass.
- Andrew Farrell posted team highs in recoveries (9) and interceptions (2), reaching 32 appearances in a season for the fifth time in his career.
- Matt Polster won a team-high nine duels and added four tackles.
- Gustavo Bou had a team-best six shots and three on target in Wednesday’s win, adding two key passes as well as a defensive clearance.
Referee: Victor Rivas.
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins (AR1); Ian McKay (AR2).
Fourth Official: J.C. Griggs.
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Weather: 47 degrees and cloudy.
NE – Tajon Buchanan 8 (Adam Buksa 4, Emmanuel Boateng 4) 74’
COL – Lalas Abubakar (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 15’
COL – Diego Rubio (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 53’
COL – Lucas Esteves (Yellow Card – Dissent) 90’+2
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster, Tommy McNamara (Emmanuel Boateng 65’), Tajon Buchanan, Carles Gil © (Arnór Traustason 88’); Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou (Maciel 88’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Jon Bell, Scott Caldwell, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Teal Bunbury.
Colorado Rapids: William Yarbrough; Steven Beitashour (Braian Galván 78’), Drew Moor, Lalas Abubakar, Auston Trusty, Lucas Esteves; Cole Bassett (Dominique Badji 78’), Nicolás Mezquida (Mark-Anthony Kaye 58’), Collen Warner; Andre Shinyashiki (Jonathan Lewis 58’), Diego Rubio (Michael Barrios 69’)
Substitutes Not Used: Clint Irwin, Danny Wilson, Jeremy Kelly, Jack Price.
Full statistics available HERE.