ATLANTA, GA. – The New England Revolution (10-13-5; 35 pts.) fell to Atlanta United FC (12-8-6; 42 pts.), 7-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday night in the clubs' first ever meeting. Atlanta scored four goals in the first half and added three more on the other side of halftime to secure the win.
The Revolution finished the match with nine men as two players, midfielder Xavier Kouassi and defender Antonio Delamea, were issued red cards following two separate video review incidents in the first half.
New England returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 16, when it will remain on the road to play Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. The match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner 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 0, Atlanta United FC 7
September 13, 2017 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
Revolution Fall to Atlanta United FC, 7-0
- The Revolution fell to Atlanta United FC, 7-0, on Wednesday night to bring the club’s record to 10-13-5 (35 pts.) through the first 28 matches of the season.
- New England and Atlanta will play for the second and final time this season on Sept. 30 at Gillette Stadium.
Revolution Play Atlanta United FC for First Time in Club History
- Tonight's match marked New England's first against expansion side Atlanta United FC, which joined MLS ahead of the 2017 season.
- The Revolution's record in first meetings against expansion clubs drops to 6-5-4 with the loss.
- New England won its first meeting against this year's other expansion side – Minnesota United FC – by a score of 5-2 on March 25.
Delamea, Kouassi Issued Red Cards in First Half via VAR
- Midfielder Xavier Kouassi and defender Antonio Delamea were issued red cards in the first half after two video review incidents.
- Kouassi was issued a red card for a serious foul on Atlanta midfielder Yamil Asad in the 16th minute, while Delamea was issued a red card for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 38th minute.
- This marks the seventh time in club history the Revolution have had two players sent off in a single game, the last coming on May 23, 2015, against D.C. United.
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 Sept. 9 vs. the Montreal Impact, as Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Xavier Kouassi, and Je-Vaughn Watson replaced Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury, and Kei Kamara.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Gianni Facchini (AR1), Jeff Muschik (AR2)
Fourth Official: Marcos DeOliveira
VAR: Ted Unkel
ATL – Josef Martínez 11 (Miguel Almirón 12) 2'
ATL – Josef Martínez 12 (Penalty Kick) 31'
ATL – Josef Martínez 13 (Penalty Kick) 39'
ATL – Anton Walkes 2 (Greg Garza 5) 45'+2'
ATL – Kevin Kratz 1 (Free Kick) 70'
ATL – Yamil Asad 4 (Chris McCann 1) 73'
ATL – Héctor Villalba 11 (Unassisted) 90'
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 6'
NE – Gershon Koffie (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 8'
NE – Xavier Kouassi (Red Card – Serious Foul) 16'
ATL – Leandro González Pirez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 23'
NE – Antonio Delamea (Red Card – Denial of Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity / Handling) 38'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell, Claude Dielna (Scott Caldwell HT), Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua; Diego Fagundez, Gershon Koffie (Teal Bunbury 64'), Xavier Kouassi ©, Je-Vaughn Watson; Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi HT); Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, Kei Kamara, Krisztián Németh
Atlanta United FC: Brad Guzan; Greg Garza (Chris McCann HT), Leandro González Pirez (Tyrone Mears 76'), Michael Parkhurst ©, Anton Walkes; Carlos Carmona, Jeff Larentowicz (Kevin Kratz 61'); Yamil Asad, Miguel Almirón, Héctor Villalba; Josef Martínez
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Julian Gressel, Jacob Peterson, Brandon Vazquez