FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (October 4, 2023) – The New England Revolution (14-7-10; 52 pts. – 5th in East) fell to the Columbus Crew (15-8-9; 53 pts – 4th in Eastern Conference), 2-1, on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. Forward Tomás Chancalay tallied his fourth goal for New England, with assists from DeJuan Jones and Carles Gil, in what marked New England’s first home loss of the 2023 MLS regular season.
Columbus opened the scoring in the 20th minute, with Diego Rossi placing a shot into the bottom-right corner. Rossi later assisted on the game winner in the 86th minute, sending in a cross to defender Malte Amundsen, who poked a shot off the bottom of the bar and in for the decisive score.
Trailing 1-0 in the 48th minute, Carles Gil sent a through ball up the right side of the field to Jones, who sent a cross into the middle of the box to meet a streaking Chancalay. The Argentinian forward rocketed a half volley into the net to level the match, his fourth tally in eight league appearances. With a secondary assist on the play, Gil became the second player in MLS history to record 14 or more assists in four different seasons, joining Carlos Valderrama. The captain’s team-high four chances created on the night also move him within striking distance of the MLS lead in key passes.
Chancalay led the team with eight shots – the highest single-game total for a Revolution player this season. The Argentine nearly gave the hosts the lead in the 57th minute, hitting the crossbar with a curling right-footed effort. Fellow countryman Gustavo Bou logged his second straight appearance off the bench, a 20-minute shift as he builds fitness following a six-match injury absence.
The result ends New England’s home unbeaten streak at 16 games dating back to October 2022, the second longest run in club history and one of shy of the all-time best mark. The Revolution, now 11-1-4 at home in league play, can still set a new single-season record for home points and match the mark for most home wins when they host the Philadelphia Union for the regular season finale on MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T on Saturday, Oct. 21.
New England hits the road this weekend to face Orlando City SC (15-7-9; 54 pts. – 2nd in East) on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the match free on Apple TV in English and Spanish, or listen to the Revolution’s local radio calls on 98.5 The Hub (WBZ-FM) and 1260 AM Nossa Radio in Portuguese.
- New England is the last team in MLS to suffer a defeat at home in 2023, as the record at Gillette Stadium moves to 11-1-4.
- The 16-game home undefeated streak goes into the history books as the second longest in team annals, one short of the club record.
- Carles Gil recorded a secondary assist, his 14th of the campaign – tied for second most in MLS. Gil joins MLS legend Carlos Valderrama as the only players in league history to record 14 or more assists in four or more seasons.
- According to Opta, Gil now has 92 chances created on the season, only three behind the league lead as he attempts to pace MLS in that category for the third consecutive year.
- Tomás Chancalay tallied his fourth goal in his eighth appearance with the club, including seven consecutive starts.
- Chancalay’s eight shots were the most in a game by any Revolution player this season.
- DeJuan Jones notched his sixth assist of the season – one shy of his career high – on Chancalay’s goal. Jones now has 20 assists across all competitions in his Revolution career.
- Dave Romney pitched in a team-high five clearances along with two tackles won and three aerials won.
- Gustavo Bou added another substitute appearance in his return from injury, a 20-minute outing.
- Emir Bajraktarević made his first appearance since September 16, entering as a substitute in the 75th minute. The Homegrown Player scored a brace in Revolution II’s victory in the MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs on Sunday.
New England Revolution 1, Columbus Crew 2
October 4, 2023 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Referee: Alexis Da Silva
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins (AR1), Jason White (AR2)
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos
Video Assistant Referee: Michael Radchuk
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jonathan Johnson
Weather: 67 degrees and clear
CLB – Diego Rossi 3 (Alexandru Matăn 11) 20’
NE – Tomás Chancalay 4 (DeJuan Jones 6, Carles Gil 14) 47’
CLB – Malte Amundsen 5 (Diego Rossi 3) 86’
NE – Matt Polster (Yellow Card – Hard Foul)
CLB – Malte Amundsen (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 58’
CLB – Darlington Nagbe (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 61’
CLB – Sean Zawadzki (Yellow Card – Tactical Foul) 70’
CLB – Christian Ramírez (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 90’
New England Revolution: Earl Edwards Jr.; Matt Polster, Dave Romney, Andrew Farrell, DeJuan Jones; Mark-Anthony Kaye (Ben Sweat 70’), Noel Buck (Bobby Wood 90+3’); Emmanuel Boateng (Esmir Bajraktarević 75’), Carles Gil ©, Tomás Chancalay; Giacomo Vrioni (Gustavo Bou 70’).
Substitutes Not Used: Jacob Jackson; Omar Gonzalez, Christian Makoun, Tommy McNamara, Justin Rennicks.
Columbus Crew: Patrick Schulte; Malte Amundsen, Sean Zawadzki, Steven Moreira; Yaw Yeboah (Rudy Camacho 57’), Aidan Morris, Darlington Nagbe ©, Mohamed Farsi (Julian Gressel 86’) ; Diego Rossi, Alexandru Matăn (Christian Ramírez 69’); Chucho Hernandez.
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Max Arftsen, Yevhen Cherberko, Jimmy Medranda, Kevino Molino, Jacen Russell-Rowe.