FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (8-7-9; 33 pts.) defeated D.C. United (6-14-4; 22 pts.), 1-0, on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium as the club recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to tie a club record. Djordje Petrović recorded three saves while midfielder Carles Gil, fresh off his appearance in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game, scored his fifth goal of the season with assists from Brandon Bye and Tommy McNamara. Homegrown Player Noel Buck, a 17-year-old from Arlington, Mass., also made his MLS debut in the match.
New England got on the board early as McNamara sent a pass in behind the D.C. defense for Bye, who chased the ball to the endline and cut a pass back into the box for Carles Gil to meet with a left-footed finish. The reigning MLS MVP raised his total to 17 combined goals and assists, which ranks among the top 10 in MLS. Gil finished the night with a game-high nine shots, also a personal single-game high. With Bye’s sixth assist, the right back ties a Revolution club record for assists by a defender in a single season. Bye made his 125th regular season appearance and eclipsed 10,000 career minutes played in the match.
Buck entered the contest in the 63rd minute, replacing fellow Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera. The Boston-area native logged 27 minutes in his first MLS appearance, recording one shot and one chance created. Defender Christian Makoun, acquired from Charlotte FC earlier this month, also made his Revolution debut in the match, entering the game in the 78th minute for forward Justin Rennicks.
Tonight’s game also marked Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena’s 100th regular season match with the Revolution since taking the helm in 2019. Arena’s regular season record in New England improves to 46-22-32. His .620 winning percentage with the Revolution is the best in club history and even better than his career mark of .603, which is the highest winning percentage in MLS history (min. 100 games).
The Revolution travel north the border next week for a pair of Eastern Conference clashes, beginning Wednesday night, August 17 at Toronto FC. The match at BMO Field kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
- New England’s 1-0 shutout win marks the club’s fourth consecutive clean sheet, tying a club record, and extends the Revolution’s shutout streak to 371 minutes, the longest active run in MLS.
- The Revolution have now posted four clean sheets in a row for the first time since a four-game stretch from May 18 – June 18, 2013. The Revolution have never recorded five consecutive shutouts.
- New England has now won six straight games when leading at halftime, posting a 7-1-1 record when ahead at the intermission this season.
- The Revs are unbeaten in 12 straight home matches against D.C. United (7-0-5), dating back to 2013, their second longest home unbeaten run against any MLS opponent in club history (RBNY – 20 games).
- Carles Gil returned from the MLS All-Star Game and tallied his fifth goal of the season, the game winner, in the 18th minute. Gil finished Saturday with a game-high nine shots, also his single-game high in MLS, and four on target.
- Gil’s nine shots on Saturday are the most by a Revolution player in any game this season.
- Brandon Bye notched his sixth assist of the season, matching the single-season club record for most assists by a defender, first set in 2002 by Jay Heaps and matched in 2015 by Chris Tierney.
- Bye made his 125th MLS appearance tonight, eclipsing 10,000 minutes in MLS regular season play. Bye won all 10 of his duels, won two tackles, and added four chances created on the night.
- Tommy McNamara was credited with a secondary assist on Gil’s opening goal, his fourth assist of the season and his third in the last two games.
- Noel Buck became the seventh Revolution Homegrown Player to make his MLS debut with New England. The midfielder from Arlington, Mass. played 27 minutes off the bench, recording one key pass.
- Djordje Petrović became the first Revolution goalkeeper to collect four consecutive shutouts since Bobby Shuttleworth in 2013, also the last time the club accomplished the feat. Petrović, who has earned back-to-back MLS Team of the Week honors, now owns five clean sheets and a 4-2-5 record through his first 11 MLS starts.
- DeJuan Jones notched a new career high with five chances created on the night. The left back also added a team-high three interceptions.
- Bruce Arena, who coached his 100th MLS regular season match with the New England Revolution, deployed two changes to his Starting XI from last Saturday’s win at Orlando City SC with Emmanuel Boateng and Damian Rivera starting in place of Matt Polster and Maciel.
New England Revolution 1, D.C. United 0
August 13, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Kieso (AR1), Ian McKay (AR2)
Fourth Official: Marcos De Oliveira
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Nick Uranga
Weather: 71 degrees and mostly cloudy
NE – Carles Gil 5 (Brandon Bye 6, Tommy McNamara 4) 18’
DC – Victor Palsson (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 81’
DC – Jackson Hopkins (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 84’
New England Revolution: Djordje Petrović; DeJuan Jones, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye; Wilfrid Kaptoum, Tommy McNamara, Emmanuel Boateng (Omar Gonzalez 88’), Carles Gil ©, Damian Rivera (Noel Buck 63’); Justin Rennicks (Christian Makoun 79’).
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., Esmir Bajraktarevic, Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza, Ben Reveno, Ryan Spaulding.
D.C. United: Rafael Romo; Andy Najar (Ted Ku-DiPietro 82’), Steve Birnbaum ©, Tony Alfaro, Sami Guediri (Kimarni Smith 45’); Chris Durkin, Victor Palsson, Ravel Morrison; Miguel Berry (Sofiane Djeffal 72’), Martin Rodriguez (Jackson Hopkins 72’), Ola Kamara (Taxiarchis Fountas 59’).
Substitutes Not Used: David Ochoa, Russell Canouse, Drew Skundrich, Donovan Pines.
Full statistics available HERE.