FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (8-10-5; 29 pts.) defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9-9-4; 31 pts.), 1-0, before a crowd of 19,911 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. Forward Teal Bunbury scored the game's lone goal in the 53rd minute, deftly volleying a cross from Kelyn Rowe inside the far post. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper also contributed a pair of saves, including a clutch stop on a chance from Vancouver forward Fredy Montero in the second-half stoppage time, to register his sixth shutout of the season.
Bunbury now has four goals in New England's last five games. Rowe continued his strong run of form as well, tallying an assist for the third consecutive home game. The midfielder brought his career assists total to 38, which ties Chris Tierney for third most in club history. With seven assists on the season, Rowe is now one helper shy of matching his previous season high of eight, which he set in 2013.
New England returns to action next Sunday, August 20, when it travels to play New York City FC at Yankee Stadium for the clubs' second of three meetings this season. The match kicks off at 6:00 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 may also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
August 12, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Defeat Whitecaps FC, 1-0
- The Revolution defeated Vancouver, 1-0, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 8-10-5 (29 pts.) through the first 23 matches of the season.
- Tonight's match marks the Revolution's first 1-0 victory since April 1, 2016 vs. the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium.
- New England's all-time record against Vancouver improves to 4-2-2, including a 3-1-1 mark at Gillette Stadium.
- New England concluded its home portion of the 2017 schedule against Western Conference opposition, posting a 5-0-1 home record against teams from the opposite conference.
Bunbury Scores Fourth Goal of Season in Game-Winning Fashion
- After a scoreless first half, forward Teal Bunbury recorded his fourth goal of the season in the 53rd minute of tonight's contest. The goal is Bunbury's fourth in New England's last five games.
- Bunbury now has two game-winning goals this season, tying him with forward Kei Kamara for the most among Revs players this season.
Rowe Records Seventh Assist
- Midfielder Kelyn Rowe registered the assist on Bunbury's goal, his seventh assist of the season. He is now one assist shy of his career high of eight assists recorded in 2013.
- Rowe now has 38 career assists and is tied with teammate Chris Tierney for third place on the club's all-time assist list. Lee Nguyen currently occupies second place in the Revs' record books with 44 assists.
Cropper Posts Sixth Shutout of Season
- Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded two saves en route to his sixth shutout of the season. Cropper provided a critical save on Fredy Montero's strike in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to preserve the clean sheet for the Revs.
- Cropper now has seven career shutouts, one shy of Walter Zenga's mark of eight shutouts, which currently ranks fourth on New England's all-time list.
Farrell Makes 150th Career MLS Start
- Defender Andrew Farrell made the 150th start of his MLS career in tonight's match, becoming the eighth player in club history to reach that mark.
- Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season – Farrell's first professional season – he leads all MLS players in minutes played with 13,315.
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 August 5 at Chicago, as forward Teal Bunbury and defender Je-Vaughn Watson replaced forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Scott Caldwell.
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner, defender Donnie Smith, and forward Brian Wright were all unavailable for selection as they complete loan stints with the Richmond Kickers (USL), Charlotte Independence (USL), and Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) respectively.
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry (AR1), Nick Uranga (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Weiner
VAR: Jon Freemon
Weather: 71 Degrees and Clear
NE – Teal Bunbury 4 (Kelyn Rowe 7) 53'
VAN – Andrew Jacobson (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 41'
NE – Lee Nguyen (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 45'+3'
NE – Kei Kamara (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 63'
NE – Je-Vaughn Watson (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 69'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Je-Vaughn Watson, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie; Diego Fagundez (Xavier Kouassi 74'), Kelyn Rowe; Lee Nguyen © (Scott Caldwell 85'); Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 65'), Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry, Daigo Kobayashi
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Stefan Marinovic; Marcel de Jong, Tim Parker, Kendall Waston, Jakob Nerwinski; Tony Tchani, Matías Laba (Andrew Jacboson 29'); Brek Shea (Alphonso Davies 79'), Cristian Techera, Nicolás Mezquida (Yordy Reyna 64'); Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: David Ousted, Sheanon Williams, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Erik Hurtado