FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (6-9-5; 23 pts.) defeated the LA Galaxy (6-10-4; 22 pts.), 4-3, before a crowd of 27,441 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. Forward Teal Bunbury scored twice in a four-minute span after entering the match as a substitute in the 66th minute, including the game-winning tally in the 73rd minute. Midfielder Diego Fagundez doled out two assists, while Kelyn Rowe also contributed an assist in his first game back with the Revolution from international duty with the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Lee Nguyen tallied the Revolution's first goal in the 16th minute with his eighth goal of the season, taking sole possession of the team lead in goals scored. Forward Kei Kamara also tallied in the first half with his fifth goal of the year. Bunbury, who entered tonight's match with one league goal on the season, registered his fourth career brace, his first with New England, four minutes later. Rowe, Andrew Farrell, and Kei Kamara were credited with the assists on Bunbury's goals.
New England returns to action next Saturday, July 29 when it hosts the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 4, LA Galaxy 3
July 22, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Score Twice in Each Half to Top Galaxy, 4-3
- The Revolution defeated the LA Galaxy, 4-3, on Saturday night, bringing New England's record to 6-9-5 (23 pts.) through the first 20 matches of the season.
- The Revs are now 6-2-2 in matches at Gillette Stadium this season and are 4-0-1 in home matches against Western Conference opposition.
Bunbury Bags Brace off the Bench
- Revolution forward Teal Bunbury scored two goals in a four-minute span in tonight's contest, giving him three goals in his last two MLS matches. The four-minute difference between goals marks the club's shortest interval between tallies this season.
- Bunbury has now scored in back-to-back matches seven times in his career. Prior to tonight, Teal's most recent back to back goal scoring performances were on Aug. 30, 2014 at Toronto FC and Sept. 3, 2014 vs. Sporting Kansas City.
- The brace is the forward's fourth of his career and his first as a Revolution player. Prior to tonight, Bunbury's most recent brace came with Sporting Kansas City on May 19, 2012 at the Colorado Rapids.
- Bunbury's second goal was assisted by defender Andrew Farrell and forward Kei Kamara. The assist was Farrell's first of the 2017 season and the second of his career. Meanwhile, Kamara now has four assists during the current campaign.
Nguyen Regains Team Lead with Eighth Goal of 2017
- Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen put the Revs on the board in the 16th minute of tonight's match. The goal is Nguyen's eighth of 2017, his second most in a single season behind his career-high 18 goals scored in 2014.
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez recorded his sixth assist of the 2017 season on Nguyen's goal. With the assist, Fagundez became the fifth player in club history to record at least 30 goals and 30 assists as a Revolution player, joining Lee Nguyen, Steve Ralston, Joe-Max Moore, and Shalrie Joseph. He finished the match with 38 goals and 31 assists for his MLS career.
Fagundez Adds Two Assists to Career-Equaling Total
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez recorded two assists on the night, both coming on the club's first-half goals. The Leominster, Mass. native now has five career multi-assist performances, including one earlier this year when he recorded two assists on March 25, 2017 vs. Minnesota United FC.
- Fagundez's two assists saw him tie his single-season high of seven assists, which he recorded in 2013.
Rowe Hits Five-Assist Mark for Sixth Time
- Midfielder Kelyn Rowe recorded his fifth assist of the 2017 season on Bunbury's first goal. Rowe has now recorded at least five assists in each of his first six seasons and is three shy of his single-season career high of eight assists registered in 2013.
- Rowe joins Steve Ralston as the only two Revolution players with at least five assists in six different MLS seasons. Ralston had five-plus helpers in each of his eight seasons in New England.
Nguyen, Fagundez Reach MLS Milestones
- Revolution midfielders Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez each reached milestones for games started in tonight's mach.
- Nguyen made his 175th regular season start, all with New England, and became the sixth player in club history to reach the milestone.
- Fagundez started his 125th regular season match and is now one of five active Revs players with as many Starting XI selections.
Revolution Make Two Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on July 5 vs. New York Red Bulls. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton replaced Cody Cropper in net, while Kelyn Rowe replaced forward Teal Bunbury.
- Forward Juan Agudelo (United States) and defender Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica) were both unavailable for tonight's match as they compete in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner was unavailable for selection as he is currently on loan with the Richmond Kickers (USL).
- 10th minute (CHANCE) – Forward Kei Kamara catches Brian Rowe off his line and tries to chip the Galaxy goalkeeper from the center field circle, but sails the shot just narrowly above the crossbar (WATCH).
- 16th minute (GOAL) – Midfielder Lee Nguyen opens scoring for New England, reeling in a long ball from Diego Fagundez and slotting it inside of the far post (WATCH).
- 22nd minute (GOAL) – Galaxy defender Daniel Steres equalizes for the visitors (WATCH).
- 34th minute (GOAL) – Kei Kamara puts New England back in front, reeling in a ball from Diego Fagundez – who earns his second assist of the night – and beating Brian Rowe at the near post (WATCH).
- 53rd minute (GOAL) – Galaxy defender Daniel Steres completes his brace to equalize a second time (WATCH).
- 70th minute (GOAL) – Forward Teal Bunbury heads home a cross sent in by Kelyn Rowe to put the Revs back in front (WATCH).
- 73rd minute (GOAL) – Just four minutes after his initial goal, forward Teal Bunbury scores from inside the 18-yard box to double the Revolution's lead (WATCH).
- 78th minute (GOAL) – Galaxy forward Ariel Lassiter scores to pull the Galaxy within one (WATCH).
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referees: Andrew Bigelow (AR1), Eric Weisbrod (AR2)
Fourth Official: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Weather: 79 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Lee Nguyen 8 (Diego Fagundez 6) 16'
LA – Daniel Steres 2 (Romain Alessandrini 8, Rafael Garcia 1) 22'
NE – Kei Kamara 5 (Diego Fagundez 7) 34'
LA – Daniel Steres 3(Unassisted) 53'
NE – Teal Bunbury 2 (Kelyn Rowe 5) 70'
NE – Teal Bunbury 3 (Andrew Farrell 1, Kei Kamara 4) 73'
LA – Ariel Lassiter 1 (Unassisted) 79'
LA – Jermaine Jones (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 24'
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 38'
LA – Bradley Diallo (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 42'
LA – Jack McBean (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 44'
NE – Antonio Delamea (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 56'
NE – Chris Tierney (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 66'
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 69'
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Chris Tierney (Xavier Kouassi 84'), Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie; Scott Caldwell (Teal Bunbury 66'), Diego Fagundez (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 90'+2'); Kelyn Rowe; Lee Nguyen ©, Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Cody Cropper, Donnie Smith, London Woodberry, Zach Herivaux
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; Ashley Cole, Jelle Van Damme ©, Daniel Steres, Bradley Diallo; Jermaine Jones (Dave Romney HT), Rafael Garcia; Emmanuel Baoteng (Bradford Jamieson 79'), Giovani dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini; Jack McBean (Ariel Lassiter 71')
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Pele van Anholt, Raul Mendiola, Jaime Villarreal