HARRISON, N.J. – The New England Revolution (11-3-3; 36 pts.) defeated the New York Red Bulls (5-7-3; 18 pts.), 3-2, to earn their fourth straight victory, including their third consecutive away win. New England scored twice late in the second half to complete the comeback, with Brandon Bye equalizing in the 84th minute and Adam Buksa scoring the game winner in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. Gustavo Bou also got on the board with his 10th goal of the season in the 60th minute. With the result, New England extends its advantage in the Eastern Conference to eight points, and its lead in the Supporters’ Shield race to four points at the season’s halfway mark.
Carles Gil registered yet another assist in tonight’s match, when he set up Bye’s equalizer. Gil raises his league-leading total to 14 assists, still double that of any other player in MLS this season. The Revolution’s captain continues to close in on the club’s single-season assists record of 19. Bye’s equalizer was his second goal of the season, while Buksa’s game-winning goal marked his eighth tally of the year. Buksa has scored four times in the Revolution’s last five games.
Bou’s goal is his ninth across his last 10 appearances. His career-high 10 goals are tied for second most in MLS, as only Seattle’s Raúl Ruidíaz (11) has outscored the Argentine. Registering the assists on Bou’s goal were Arnór Traustason and DeJuan Jones. Traustason has recorded a goal or an assist in each of New England’s last three games, and now owns two goals and four assists in his debut MLS campaign. Jones, making his return from a two-game injury-related absence, picked up his third assist of the season.
Paired with A.J. DeLaGarza in central defense, Andrew Farrell logged 13 clearances in the win, the third most by any MLS player in a game this season. Farrell continued climbing the Revolution’s record book as well, tying Matt Reis for the second-most games started in club history with 253. Farrell will tie Shalrie Joseph for the Revolution’s all-time record of 254 regular season starts with his next selection to the starting lineup. He is also six appearances away from leaping Joseph to set a new club mark for most games played.
In net, Brad Knighton improved his record as the Revolution’s starter to 4-1-0 this season with his career-best fourth straight win.
New England will go for five consecutive wins when the club returns to action on Wednesday, Aug. 4 against Nashville SC at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will air locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 3, New York Red Bulls 2
July 31, 2021 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
- The New England Revolution defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena to improve to 11-3-3 (36 points) on the season with the club’s fourth straight victory.
- The Revolution’s road record this season improves to 5-2-3, one win shy of matching the club’s all-time record for away wins (6), which has been met seven times in Revs history and most recently in 2020.
- New England extends its winning streak to four consecutive matches, including three on the road. The Revolution have outscored opponents 11-3 during the four-game stretch.
- Tonight’s victory was the team’s MLS-best 16th on the road (regular season and playoffs) since Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena took the helm in New England in June 2019.
- With tonight’s win, New England sweeps the season series with New York, taking nine points from the three encounters. The Revs last defeated New York three times in a season in 2006 (3-0-1).
- The Revolution’s record in the all-time series against the Red Bulls moves to 34-28-17, including a 9-22-9 away mark with tonight’s result. The win is New England’s first against the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in regular season play.
- New England’s attack raises its MLS-best total to 33 goals with tallies. The Revolution have produced three or more goals in five contests this season, including two of the last three games. With 17 games remaining on the season, the Revs are on pace to surpass the club record for goals scored (55) - set in 2003 and repeated in 2005.
- New England’s Designated Players - Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa and Carles Gil – featured in the Starting XI for the seventh time this season. The trio has factored into all three goals tonight and has played a role in 28 of the team’s MLS-best 33 goals scored this season.
- Gustavo Bou netted his career-high and team-leading 10th goal of the season with his 60th-minute strike. Bou, who has scored in nine of his last 10 games played, owns five goals and one assist over five career appearances against the Red Bulls.
- The Argentinian striker, who recorded his 40th start in MLS tonight, is one goal behind Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz (11) in the MLS Golden Boot race.
- Brandon Bye scored his second goal of the season, knotting the score at 2-2 in the 84th minute. Bye’s goal was his second of the season, matching his career high set in 2019 and one behind Seattle’s Brad Smith for the MLS lead among defenders.
- Adam Buksa’s game winner in stoppage time marked the latest goal scored by the Revs this season. Buksa, who made his 40th MLS appearance and surpassed 2,500 minutes played, owns eight goals this season – two behind Bou for the team lead. The 25-year-old tallied seven shots tonight.
- Carles Gil was credited with one assist to raise his MLS-best total to 14 helpers at the midway point of the season. Gil is the eighth Revolution player to record 30 assists in a Revs uniform. Gil also added four key passes to his MLS-leading total.
- DeJuan Jones and Arnór Traustason each collected an assist on Bou’s tally. Traustason logged his fourth assist of the season and reached the scoresheet for the third consecutive match. Jones’ helper was his third of the season.
- Andrew Farrell matched Matt Reis (253) for the second-most MLS starts in Revs history. Farrell, who posted a full 90-minute shift to hold his position as the only Revs player to play every minute this season, will tie Shalrie Joseph (254) for first on the club’s all-time list with his next start. Farrell logged a team-best 13 clearances in addition to eight possessions gained and two interceptions.
- Goalkeeper Brad Knighton collected his fifth consecutive start, his 80th MLS appearance and his career-best fourth straight win. Knighton will surpass 7,000 career minutes played with his next 90-minute outing.
- A.J. DeLaGarza made his second start in a Revolution uniform and his third straight appearance. DeLaGarza, who played all 90 minutes for the second time this season, registered his 270th appearance and his 260th start in MLS tonight.
- DeJuan Jones returned to New England’s Starting XI after missing the last two games with a muscle injury. Jones finished with nine possessions gained, three clearances, three interceptions, and one assist over 90 minutes.
- Justin Rennicks, Damian Rivera, and Collin Verfurth – all regular starters for Revolution II in USL League One – appeared on the first team’s matchday roster for the first time this season.
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Swartzel (AR1), Ian McKay (AR2)
4th: Tori Penso
Video Assistant Referee: Alan Kelly
Weather: 78 degrees and sunny
NY- Wikelman Carmona 1 (Kyle Duncan 1) 8’
NE- Gustavo Bou 10 (DeJuan Jones 3, Arnór Traustason 4) 60’
NY- Fabio 3 (Caden Clark 3) 63’
NE- Brandon Bye 2 (Carles Gil 14) 84’
NE- Adam Buksa 8 (Unassisted) 90+1’
NY- Cristian Casseres Jr. (Yellow Card- Hard Foul) 34’
NE- Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card- Dissent) 39’
NE- Arnór Traustason (Yellow Card- Hard Foul) 45+1’
NY- Caden Clark (Yellow Card- Hard Foul) 70’
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, A.J. DeLaGarza, DeJuan Jones; Tommy McNamara (Teal Bunbury 75’), Matt Polster, Arnór Traustason (Wilfrid Kaptoum 75’) , Carles Gil © (Scott Caldwell 90+3’); Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., Christian Mafla, Collin Verfurth, Emmanuel Boateng, Damian Rivera, Justin Rennicks
New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Amro Tarek, Kyle Duncan, Thomas Edwards, John Tolkin; Wikelman Carmona (Dru Yearwood 61’), Cristian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis ©, Caden Clark (Florian Valot 78); Fabio Gomes, Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow 58’)
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Gutman, Frankie Amaya, Cameron Harper, Ryan Meara, Omir Fernandez, Jason Pendant
Full statistics available HERE.