FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (14-3-4; 46 pts.) defeated D.C. United (8-9-3, 27 pts.), 3-2, in the second of three meetings between the two sides this season. New England came from behind after trailing by a goal at halftime and held on for the win despite going down to 10 men in the 72nd minute.
New England, now 8-1-1 at Gillette Stadium this season, has won seven of the last eight games. Against D.C. United, the Revs extended their winning streak to five games and are unbeaten in eight games in the series (5-0-3). The Revolution, whose 46 points, 14 wins, and 40 goals all lead MLS, have outscored opponents 18-7 during the eight-game unbeaten streak.
The visitors jumped out to an early lead as D.C.’s Paul Arriola took advantage of a New England turnover and finished past Matt Turner in the 10th minute. A strong, two-handed stop from Turner – one of seven saves on the night -- prevented D.C. from doubling the lead in the 16th minute. New England generated six shots in the first half, putting two on frame, but went into the halftime break trailing by a goal.
The Revolution took control of the match in the second half after Bruce Arena deployed three substitutes at the intermission. Tommy McNamara equalized in the 49th minute with a right-footed shot into the upper corner past D.C. goalkeeper Jon Kempin for his tally goal of the year. Arnór Traustason registered his fifth assist of the year, second most on the team, while A.J. DeLaGarza also earned an assist on the play.
Minutes later, Tajon Buchanan put the Revolution ahead, 2-1, as he volleyed home a cross from Emmanuel Boateng in the 53rd minute. The goal was Buchanan’s fifth of the season and his third in the last five games. The Canadian international has now scored in consecutive games for the first time in his MLS career.
Traustason was ejected off by referee Ted Unkel in the 72nd minute as he picked up his second yellow card. Despite the dismissal, the Revolution added a third goal through DeJuan Jones to secure the team’s eighth home win of the season. Ramón Ábila added a second goal for D.C. United late in second-half stoppage time.
New England will remain at home to host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on WBZ-TV with “Revolution Kickoff”. The match then airs locally on WBZ, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 3, D.C. United 2
August 18, 2021 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- The first-place New England Revolution improved to 14-3-4 (46 points) on the season with today’s 3-2 comeback win over D.C. United.
- The Revolution extend their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1), claiming 22 of 24 available points and outscoring opponents 18-7 during that stretch.
- The Revs need only four more wins over the club’s final 13 games to set a new club record for victories in a season.
- The Revs have won five straight games against D.C. United and are an unbeaten 5-0-3 in the last eight meetings.
- New England’s league-best home-winning percentage improves to .850 (8-1-1). The Revs also had the best away-winning percentage (.682) in the Eastern Conference entering the day.
- With three more goals tonight, the Revs upped their scoring total to a league-best 40 goals.
- The Revolution have now won 10 points from losing position this season, fourth most in MLS.
- Tonight’s red card ejection was New England’s second of the season and first since the season opener, April 17 at Chicago Fire FC (DeJuan Jones).
- Andrew Farrell (22,932) became the Revolution’s all-time leader in MLS minutes played, passing Shalrie Joseph for sole possession of fist place in the record books. Farrell recorded a team high six clearances on the night.
- Matt Turner recorded seven saves in his 10th win of the season – a career high. Turner is now 10-2-4 on the season and 6-1-2 in his career against D.C.
- Tommy McNamara scored the Revolution’s first goal in the 49th minute, his second as a member of the Revolution and his 18th in MLS.
- Tajon Buchanan tallied his fifth goal of the season in the 53rd minute, giving him goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his MLS career. Buchanan now owns three goals in his last five starts.
- DeJuan Jones recorded the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute, his second goal of the year and the third of his career. Jones’ six combined goals and assists are tied for second most among MLS defenders in 2021.
- Arnór Traustason ranks second on the Revs with five assists on the season, along with two goals. He has played in all 20 games since joining the club in April, but will miss the next match as he serves a one-game suspension for his red card tonight.
- A.J. DeLaGarza’s assist was his first with New England and the ninth of his MLS career. His last assist came on June 1, 2019 with the Houston Dynamo.
- Emmanuel Boateng, who made his 125th MLS appearance as a halftime substitute, recorded his second assist with the Revs and the 16th of his career on Tajon Buchanan’s goal and had a pair of key passes on the night.
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: C.J. Morgante (AR1); Adam Wienckowski (AR2)
4th Official: Mark Allatin
Video Assistant Referee: Sorin Stoica
Weather: 75 degrees and cloudy
DC – Paul Arriola 3 (Edison Flores 2) 10‘
NE – Tommy McNamara 2 (Arnor Traustason 5, A.J. DeLaGarza 1) 49’
NE – Tajon Buchanan 5 (Emmanuel Boateng 2) 53’
NE – DeJuan Jones 2 (Unassisted) 85’
DC – Ramón Ábila 3 (Ola Kamara 3) 90’+6’
DC – Yamil Asad (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 32’
NE – Arnór Traustason (Yellow Card – Dissent) 33’
NE – Wilfrid Kaptoum (Yellow Card – Foul) 43’
NE – A.J. DeLaGarza (Yellow Card – Foul) 61’
NE – Arnór Traustason (Red Card – Second Yellow Card - Foul) 72’
DC – Steve Birnbaum (Yellow Card – Foul) 78’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, A.J. DeLaGarza; Maciel (Tajon Buchanan HT), Wilfrid Kaptoum (Emmanuel Boateng HT; Christian Mafla 90’); Tommy McNamara, Arnór Traustason; Teal Bunbury (Adam Buksa HT), Gustavo Bou © (Scott Caldwell 75’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Earl Edwards Jr., Collin Verfurth, Damian Rivera
D.C. United: Jon Kempin; Chris Odoi-Atsem, Frederic Brillant ©, Steven Birnbaum, Joseph Mora; Felipe, Yamil Asad (Ola Kamara 75’), Drew Skundrich, Paul Arriola (Yordy Reyna 14’), Griffin Yow (Julian Gressel 67’), Edison Flores (Ramon Abila 67’)
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Junior Moreno, Jovanny Bolivar, Moses Nyeman, Tony Alfaro
Full statistics available HERE.