KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The New England Revolution (10-14-5; 35 pts.) fell to Sporting Kansas City (11-6-11; 44 pts.), 3-1, at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday evening. Revolution forward Teal Bunbury put the visiting side on the board quickly, tallying in the fourth minute of the match. Minutes later, following video review, forward Krisztián Németh was issued a red card for a foul on Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi, forcing the Revs to finish the match with 10 men. Goals scored by Sporting Kansas City's Gerso Fernandes and Diego Rubio put the home side on the front foot heading into the half. Rubio completed his brace in the second half to give Kansas City their third and final goal of the match.
A few Revolution players achieved milestones in tonight's match. Forward Teal Bunbury made his 200th career MLS appearance, while forward Krisztián Németh made his first start as a Revolution player. In addition, defender Chris Tierney recorded his 457th career corner kick, surpassing Steve Ralston for most corner kicks taken in club history.
New England returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 23, when it will return to Gillette Stadium to play Toronto FC. The match kicks off at 5:00 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 3, Sporting Kansas City 1
September 16, 2017 – Children's Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kan.)
Revolution Fall to Sporting Kansas City, 3-1
- The Revolution fell to Sporting Kansas City, 3-1, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 10-14-5 (35 pts.) through 29 matches this season.
- New England's all-time record against Sporting Kansas City moves to 17-25-11, including a 7-13-5 mark in away contests.
Bunbury Notches Seventh Goal of 2017
- Forward Teal Bunbury registered his seventh goal of the season in the fourth minute of tonight's contest. Bunbury has recorded seven goals and one assist in 23 matches this season.
- Bunbury and teammate Kei Kamara have each recorded seven goals since the beginning of July, which places the pair of forwards tied for fifth most among all MLS players in that span.
Bunbury Makes 200th Career MLS Appearance
- Forward Teal Bunbury earned his 200th career MLS appearance in tonight's contest. The Revolution forward has played a significant role for the Revolution since the beginning of July, appearing in all 12 matches, including nine starts. During that time, Bunbury has recorded seven goals and one assist for the Revs.
- In his 200 appearances, Bunbury has scored 36 goals and has recorded 21 assists with Kansas City (2010-13) and New England (2014-present).
Tierney Sets Club Record for Most Career Corner Kicks
- Defender Chris Tierney registered his 457th career corner kick in the ninth minute of tonight's match. Tierney surpassed midfielder Steve Ralston, whose 456 corners now rank second in the club's all-time ranks.
- Tierney ranks highly in a number of club all-time categories including: games played (4th), games started (4th), minutes played (4th), and assists (T-3rd).
Németh Makes First Start as Revolution Player
- Forward Krisztián Németh made his first start for the Revolution in tonight's match. Németh, who was acquired by the Revs on Aug. 10, made his debut on Sept. 2 vs. Orlando, and recorded an assist.
Revolution Make Six Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made six changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on Sept. 13 at Atlanta United FC, as Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, Kei Kamara, Brad Knighton, Krisztián Németh, and Chris Tierney replaced Juan Agudelo, Cody Cropper, Antonio Delamea, Diego Fagundez, Xavier Kouassi, and Je-Vaughn Watson.
- Defender Antonio Delamea and midfielder Xavier Kouassi were unavailable for selection due to red card suspensions.
- Defender Donnie Smith was unavailable for selection as he remains on loan with the Charlotte Independence (USL).
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva (AR1), Ian Anderson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
VAR: Jon Freemon
Weather: 79 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Teal Bunbury 7 (Unassisted) 4'
SKC – Gerso Fernandes 8 (Unassisted) 16'
SKC – Diego Rubio 3 (Gerso Fernandes 2, Graham Zusi 6) 45'
SKC – Diego Rubio 4 (Unassisted) 57'
NE – Krisztián Németh (Red Card – Violent Conduct) 11'
SKC – Diego Rubio (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 23'
SKC – Jimmy Medranda (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 26'
NE – Claude Dielna (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 86'
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 90'+2'
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Chris Tierney © (Daigo Kobayashi HT), Claude Dielna, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen (Juan Agudelo 79'), Gershon Koffie; Krisztián Németh, Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury (Diego Fagundez 62')
Substitutes Not Used: Cody Cropper, Je-Vaughn Watson, London Woodberry, Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler ©, Ike Opara, Graham Zusi; Ilie Sánchez, Jimmy Medranda (Soony Saad 83'), Benny Feilhaber; Latif Blessing, Diego Rubio (Cristian Lobato 65'), Gerso Fernandes (Kévin Oliveira 79')
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Dykstra, Erik Palmer-Brown, Saad Abdul-Salaam, James Musa