FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (9-12-5; 32 pts.) defeated Orlando City SC (8-12-7; 31 pts.), 4-0, before a crowd of 17,865 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. Forward Kei Kamara registered the first hat trick of his MLS career and midfielder Lee Nguyen added four assists as New England picked up its third consecutive home shutout and three critical points.
Kamara's first goal of the match was the 100th overall tally of his MLS career including the postseason. He is only the 12th player in league history to join the triple-digit club. Kamara's regular season career total now stands at 97, which ranks 10th in MLS regular season history. Kamara's hat trick is the 10th in club history and the first since Zack Schilawski on April 10, 2010 against Toronto FC.
Nguyen was credited with assists on all four Revolution goals tonight, tying a MLS record and setting the new club mark for assists in a single game. The midfielder moves into a tie with Toronto FC's Victor Vazquez for the MLS lead in assists with 14, which is also a new career high. Since the beginning of 2015, Nguyen ranks third in MLS with 34 helpers.
In second-half stoppage time, forward Teal Bunbury scored his sixth goal in New England's last seven games. Bunbury's goal was assisted by the Revs' newest signing Krisztián Németh, who entered the match – and made his Revolution debut – one minute earlier.
New England returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 9, when it will host the Montreal Impact 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 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 4, Orlando City SC 0
September 2, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Earn Third Straight Home Shutout with 4-0 Win vs. Orlando City SC
- The Revolution defeated Orlando City SC, 4-0, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 9-12-5 (32 pts.) through the first 26 matches of the season. New England now sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
- The win marks New England's third straight home shutout, marking the club's longest streak since four straight clean sheets at home from March 22 – May 11, 2014.
- New England's all-time record against Orlando improves to 2-1-3, including a 1-1-2 mark at Gillette Stadium.
Kamara's First Career Hat Trick Powers Revs to Victory
- Forward Kei Kamara scored three goals in tonight's contest, completing his first career hat trick in the 89th minute of tonight's contest. Kamara registered his first goal in the 26th minute and added a second in the 75th minute.
- Kamara now has 16 multi-goal games in his regular season career. He had 15 career braces coming into tonight's match, most recently on July 29 vs. the Philadelphia Union.
- The Sierra Leone native now leads all Revolution players with 11 goals on the season.
Nguyen Shares MLS Assists Lead; Four Helpers Equal MLS Single-Game Mark
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen recorded four assists in tonight's contest, giving him 14 assists on the year to tie him with Toronto FC's Victor Vázquez for the league lead.
- Nguyen's four-assist game ties the MLS record and sets a new club mark for helpers in a single game. He is only the fifth player in league history to have four assists in a game and the first since Landon Donovan on Aug. 12, 2012 vs. Chivas USA.
- Nguyen remains the only player in Revolution history to notch at least three assists in a single match, also doing so against Orlando City SC on Sept. 5, 2015.
- Nguyen's 14 assists also set a career high, surpassing his previous high of 10 helpers recorded in 2015 and 2016. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, Nguyen owns the third most assists in MLS with 34.
Kamara Becomes 12th Member of MLS' Triple-Digit Club
- Forward Kei Kamara found the back of the net for the 100th time in his career including the postseason in the 26th minute of tonight's match. The goal proved to the game winner for New England.
- Kamara finished the match with 102 career goals, 97 of them coming in the regular season. He remains 10th on the all-time regular season scoring list and is three goals shy of matching Edson Buddle (100) for ninth place in the MLS record books.
Cropper Posts Seventh Shutout of Season
- Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded three saves en route to his seventh shutout of the season. The second year netminder has now registered three consecutive home shutouts, the longest streak of his career and the club's longest streak since the 2014 season (March 22 – May 11).
- Cropper now has eight career shutouts, tying Walter Zenga for the fourth most in club history.
Bunbury Continues Torrid Pace with Sixth Goal
- Forward Teal Bunbury posted his sixth goal of the season in second-half stoppage time, giving a new Revolution-career high. The total is his most since scoring nine goals for Sporting Kansas City in 2011.
- All of Bunbury's goals have come since the beginning of July, as the forward now has six goals in the club's last eight matches.
Németh Makes Revs Debut, Notches First Assist
- Forward Krisztián Németh made his Revolution debut and recorded his first assist with New England on forward Teal Bunbury's stoppage time goal. Németh entered the match as a substitute in stoppage time only one minute prior to the goal.
Revolution Make Four Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made four changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on Aug. 26 at D.C. United, as midfielder Scott Caldwell, midfielder Lee Nguyen, defender Chris Tierney, and defender Benjamin Angoua replaced defender Antonio Delamea, midfielder Diego Fagundez, midfielder Xavier Kouassi, and defender Je-Vaughn Watson.
- Delamea and Watson missed tonight's match while on international duty with their respective national teams. Delamea is with Slovenia for its pair of World Cup Qualifiers, while Watson played 56 minutes for Jamaica in a friendly against Canada on Saturday night.
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Gjovalin Bori (AR2)
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
VAR: Mark Geiger
Weather: 64 Degrees and Clear
NE – Kei Kamara 9 (Scott Caldwell 5, Lee Nguyen 11) 26'
NE – Kei Kamara 10 (Lee Nguyen 12) 75'
NE – Kei Kamara 11 (Lee Nguyen 13) 89'
NE – Teal Bunbury 6 (Krisztián Németh 1, Lee Nguyen 14) 90'+2'
ORL – Léo Pereira (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 56'
ORL – José Aja (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 66'
NE – Juan Agudelo (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 68'
ORL – José Aja (Red Card – Unsporting Behavior) 80'
ORL – Tony Rocha (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 86'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney ©, Claude Dielna, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell; Juan Agudelo (Xavier Kouassi 71'), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury; Kei Kamara (Krisztián Németh 90'+1')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Donnie Smith, Daigo Kobayashi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Donny Toia (Victor Giro 72'), Léo Pereira, José Aja, Scott Sutter; Giles Barnes, Antonio Nocerino (Will Johnson 64'), Dillon Powers; Kaká; Carlos Rivas (Tony Rocha 85'), Dom Dwyer
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., Tommy Redding, Servando Carrasco, Hadji Barry