FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (11-15-6; 39 pts.) played Atlanta United FC (15-8-8; 53 pts.) to a scoreless draw before a crowd of 21,925 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. By securing a point in tonight's match, New England gains ground on the New York Red Bulls and sits four points out of the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with two games remaining in the regular season.
Goalkeeper Brad Knighton started and submitted two saves in his first shutout of the season, helping the Revolution extend their home unbeaten streak to seven matches. During that unbeaten run at Gillette Stadium, New England has outscored opponents 15-4 and posted a 6-0-1 record. The six-game winning streak entering tonight's matched the club's longest home-winning stretch contained within a single season.
On the other side of the pitch, the Revolution applied pressure by out-possessing Atlanta by a 21.8 percent margin. New England nearly equalized with a flurry of late chances and outshot Atlanta, 14-12, in the match. However, the Revs' attack could not best goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who registered five saves.
New England returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 15, when it hosts New York City FC for the regular season home finale at Gillette Stadium. 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 0, Atlanta United FC 0
September 30, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Play Atlanta United FC to Scoreless Draw
·The Revolution battled Atlanta United FC to a draw, 0-0, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 11-15-6 (39 pts.) through 32 matches this season.
- New England's all-time record against Atlanta moves to 0-1-1, while the club's home record moves to 11-2-3 on the season.
Home Unbeaten Streak Moves to Seven Games
·New England has now gone unbeaten in seven consecutive home games, having recorded a 6-0-1 record at Gillette Stadium dating back to July 22, 2017.
·Entering tonight's contest, the Revolution had claimed all three points in six straight home games, which matched the team's longest stretch within a single season. The club also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 1996.
·During the seven-game stretch, the Revs have outscored opponents 15-4.
Knighton Makes Two Saves in First Shutout of 2017
·Goalkeeper Brad Knighton made his fourth start of the season and made two saves en route to his first MLS shutout in 2017.
·The shutout is the 11th of Knighton's MLS career and his fourth with the Revolution.
·New England has recorded at least one point in three of Knighton's four starts with a 1-1-2 mark.
Caldwell Leads All Players in Passing
·Midfielder Scott Caldwell completed 63-of-68 passes, posting single-game highs in both successful passes as well as passing accuracy by completing 92.6 percent of his passes.
·Caldwell leads all Revs this season with a passing accuracy rate of 86.4 percent. The Braintree, Mass. native also leads all Revolution players in total number of successful passes at 883.
Kamara Makes 50th Career Revolution Appearance
·Forward Kei Kamara appeared in his 50th match as a Revolution player in tonight's contest. Since joining the Revs in May 2016, Kamara has recorded 19 goals and six assists, while starting 48 matches.
·Kamara leads all Revolution players with 12 goals on the season and has registered eight goals since the beginning of July, which is fourth most among all MLS players in that span.
Revolution Make Five Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Interim Head Coach Tom Soehn made five changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on Sept. 27 at Orlando City SC. Brad Knighton, Andrew Farrell, Gershon Koffie, Juan Agudelo, and Diego Fagundezreplaced Cody Cropper, Benjamin Angoua, Xavier Kouassi, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Teal Bunbury.
Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referees: Eric Weisbrod (AR1), Anthony Vasoli (AR2)
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
VAR: Fotis Bazakos
Weather: 50 Degrees and Cloudy
ATL – Leandro González Pirez (Yellow Card – Delaying the restart of play) 25'
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Chris Tierney © (Krisztián Németh 76'), Claude Dielna, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell; Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury 66'), Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo; Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Cody Cropper, Benjamin Angoua, Xavier Kouassi, Je-Vaughn Watson, Daigo Kobayashi
Atlanta United FC: Brad Guzan; Greg Garza (Yamil Asad 27'), Leandro González Pirez, Michael Parkhurst ©, Anton Walkes; Carlos Carmona, Jeff Larentowicz; Chris McCann, Julian Gressel, Héctor Villalba (Jacob Peterson 79'); Josef Martínez (Kenwyne Jones 79')
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Tyrone Mears, Bobby Boswell, Kevin Kratz