KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The New England Revolution (5-5-4; 19 pts.) defeated Sporting Kansas City (3-8-6; 14 pts.), 2-1, in 87-degree heat on Sunday afternoon at Children’s Mercy Park. The victory, the Revolution’s second straight triumph on the road, extends New England’s unbeaten streak to six matches in league play. Forward Gustavo Bou delivered the opening goal, converting on midfielder Dylan Borrero’s first MLS assist in the 30th minute. New England played with a man advantage for the majority of the second half, after Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell received his second yellow card of the afternoon in the 48th minute. Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winning goal in the 87th minute.
Borrero registered his first MLS start after logging appearances off the bench in his first two matches. The 20-year-old Colombian winger, acquired by New England in April under the MLS U-22 initiative, posted a 73-minute shift with his first MLS assist on Bou’s goal with a clever chipped ball behind Kansas City’s back line. Bou, who has now scored in consecutive matches, led New England’s attack with four shots, including three on target. Boateng’s goal, scored after Bou’s initial shot was spilled by Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, marked the midfielder’s second tally of the season. Boateng now owns five career game-winning goals, including two in a Revolution uniform.
Sunday’s match featured the MLS debut of 22-year-old Serbian goalkeeper Djordje Petrović. Acquired in April from Serbian club FK Čukarički, Petrović tallied one save in the content, a point-blank denial on Russell’s right-footed shot in the 67th minute to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
New England returns to action on Wednesday night, when the Revolution host Orlando City SC at Gillette Stadium on the club’s annual Pride Night. The Revolution’s first midweek MLS match of the season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and airs locally on TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), and Cozi TV (Western Mass.). The match also airs on the radio via 98.5 The Sports Hub and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
New England Revolution 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
June 12, 2022 – Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kansas)
- The Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) dating back to April 30.
- New England collected its 20th road victory since the start of 2020 across both the regular season and playoffs, most in MLS during that span.
- New England’s 14 road goals this season are tied for the most in MLS.
- New England is now 6-2-1 against Kansas City since the start of 2014 while the victory is New England’s first at Children’s Mercy Park since Sept. 26, 2014 (3-2).
- The victory also marked New England’s first road win against a Western Conference foe since July 4, 2019 at Colorado (2-1).
- New England has now scored in each of its last nine matches, tallying 18 goals over that span (2.0 GPG).
- Bruce Arena deployed three changes to his Starting XI from New England’s most recent match against the Philadelphia Union on May 28, as goalkeeper Djordje Petrović and midfielders Matt Polster and Dylan Borrero started in place of Matt Turner, Arnór Traustason, and Sebastian Lletget.
- Djordje Petrović made one save in his MLS debut as he collected his first MLS victory.
- Gustavo Bou scored for the second straight game since returning from injury. Bou led the team with four shots, with three on target, and added one chance created on the day.
- Dylan Borrero registered his first MLS start in his third league appearance on Sunday, and tallied his first Revolution assist on Bou’s opening goal.
- Emmanuel Boateng tallied his second goal of the season, the game winner, and led New England with a team-high three chances created in only 18 minutes played.
- Carles Gil made his 75th MLS regular season start on Sunday, marking the occasion by winning a team-best five duels.
- Gil and Tommy McNamara remain the only two Revolution players to appear in every match this season, with the latter making his 13th start of the year.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum featured in the starting lineup for the third consecutive match.
- Matt Polster returned to the starting lineup in MLS play for the first time since May 15 and completed 94-of-97 passes (92 percent) for the game.
- Brandon Bye also won five duels, including both of his aerials, and added two chances created.
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Mike Rottersman (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jon Freeman
Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Radford
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Mike Kampmeinert
Weather: 85 degrees and partly cloudy.
NE – Gustavo Bou 2 (Dylan Borrero 1) 30’
SKC – Johnny Russell 5 (Free Kick) 52’
NE – Emmanuel Boateng 2 (Unassisted) 87’
NE – Gustavo Bou (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 7’
NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 24’
SKC – Korte Ford (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 34’
SKC – Uri Rosell (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 45’+2
SKC – Uri Rosell (Second Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 48’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 50’
NE – DeJuan Jones (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 56’
New England Revolution: Djordje Petrović; DeJuan Jones, Andrew Farrell, Omar Gonzalez (Jon Bell 55’), Brandon Bye; Wilfrid Kaptoum (Jozy Altidore 64’), Matt Polster; Dylan Borrero (Emmanuel Boateng 72’), Carles Gil ©, Tommy McNamara (Arnór Traustason 72’); Gustavo Bou (Maciel 89’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Justin Rennicks, Damian Rivera.
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Logan Ndenbe, Robert Voloder (Andreu Fontàs 46’), Kortne Ford (Nicolas Isimat-Mirin 46’), Graham Zusi (Kayden Pierre 90’); Roger Espinoza, Uri Rosell (Red Card 48’); Rémi Walter (Khiry Shelton 33’), Felipe Hernández, Cam Duke; Johnny Russell ©.
Substitutes Not Used: Kendall McIntosh, Ben Sweat, Julian Vazquez, Kaveh Rad.
Full statistics available HERE.