FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (12-15-6; 42 pts.) defeated New York City FC (16-9-8; 56 pts.), 2-1, before a crowd of 33,767 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening. Midfielder Diego Fagundez scored both of New England's goals for his third career brace, giving him 40 tallies in his MLS career. The win was New England's 12th at Gillette Stadium this season, which sets a new club record for the most home wins in a single season.
Fagundez is now the fifth Revolution player with 40 regular season goals in his MLS career. Defender Andrew Farrell assisted his first goal, giving him a career-high three helpers on the season. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton made one save in his second consecutive home start, having previously backstopped the Revolution to a clean sheet on Sept. 30 vs. Atlanta.
Prior to the match, the Revolution announced the club's 2017 team award winners. Defender Antonio Delamea took home both JetBlue Team MVP and Defender of the Year honors, while midfielder Kelyn Rowe was awarded his fourth consecutive Humanitarian of the Year award. Teal Bunbury was voted Players' Player of the Year by his teammates, and Joe Brito was named the 2016-17 UnitedHealthcare Academy Player of the Year.
New England will close out the 2017 MLS season on Sunday, Oct. 22, when it travels north of the border to play the Montreal Impact. The match kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on NBC Sports Boston, 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 HD2 and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 2, New York City FC 1
October 15, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Defeat New York City FC, 2-1
·The Revolution defeated New York City FC, 2-1, on Sunday to improve the club’s record to 12-15-6 (42 pts.) through 33 matches this season.
- With the win, New England concludes its home portion of the 2017 MLS regular season going unbeaten in eight consecutive home games, having recorded a 7-0-1 record at Gillette Stadium dating back to July, 22. The Revs also began the 2017 season with a seven-game unbeaten streak from March 25 through June 3.
- New England's all-time record against New York City improves to 4-3-2, including a 3-1-0 mark in matches played at Gillette Stadium.
Revolution Set Single-Season Record with 12th Home Win
·Tonight's victory was the Revolution 12th of the season at Gillette Stadium, setting a new regular season record for home wins. The club finishes the 2017 home slate with a 12-2-3 record.
·Prior to this season, the Revs' won 11 home wins in both 2014 and 1997.
Fagundez's Brace Propels Revolution to Victory
·Midfielder Diego Fagundez registered a pair of goals in tonight's match. Fagundez has made 31 starts, including 26 appearances, on the season and has registered six goals with seven assists.
·With his second goal, Fagundez became the fifth player in club history to cross the 40-goal threshold, joining Taylor Twellman, Lee Nguyen, Steve Ralston, and Joe-Max Moore.
·Fagundez has now recorded three braces in his MLS career. Prior to tonight, his most recent two-goal performance came on May 21, 2017 vs. Columbus Crew SC.
Fagundez Hits Five-Goal Mark for Fifth Straight Season
·Midfielder Diego Fagundez's first goal was his fifth of the season, giving him at least five tallies in each of the last five MLS seasons.
·With the first goal, Fagundez joined midfielder Lee Nguyen as the only Revolution players this season to register at least five goals and five assists.
·Defender Andrew Farrell recorded the assist on Fagundez's 51st minute strike. The defender has now set a career high with three assists on the season.
Dielna Registers Best Revolution Passing Performance of 2017
·Defender Claude Dielna posted the best passing performance of any Revolution player this season, completing 55 of his 57 passes for a mark of 96.5 percent.
·Dielna has started each of New England's last ten matches since joining the club on July 28, 2017.
Revs Announce 2017 Team Awards
·JetBlue Most Valuable Player and Defender of the Year: Defender Antonio Delamea was selected by fans as the club's 2017 JetBlue MVP. He was also voted Defender of the Year by media. Delamea joined the Revolution prior to the season and immediately became a key fixture on the backline. The Slovenian international ranks second on the Revs in both games started (29) and minutes played (2,547) this season.
·UnitedHealthcare Academy Player of the Year: Revolution Academy alum Joe Brito was named the UnitedHealthcare Academy Player of the Year after leading the Academy with 16 goals during the 2016-17 season. The Bolton, Connecticut native also trained with the Revolution first team during the 2017 MLS preseason in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently a freshman on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's men's soccer team.
·Players' Player of the Year: Forward Teal Bunbury was voted the Revolution Players' Player of the Year by his teammates. The award is given annually to the individual who best exemplifies what it means to be a Revolution player both on and off the field. Bunbury has set a Revolution career high with seven goals on the season through 27 league games.
·Humanitarian of the Year: Midfielder Kelyn Rowe received his fourth straight Humanitarian of the Year honor. Rowe is actively involved in the New England community through both his own and the club’s philanthropic endeavors, as he continues to devote his time to working with the Jessie Rees Foundation and Kelyn’s NEGU Crew, through which he hosts young cancer patients and their families at home and away matches throughout the season.
Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Interim Head Coach Tom Soehn made three changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on Sept. 30 vs. Atlanta United FC. Benjamin Angoua, Teal Bunbury, and Krisztián Németh, replaced Juan Agudelo, Antonio Delamea, and Kei Kamara.
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Claudiu Badea (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez
VAR: David Barrie
Weather: 73 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Diego Fagundez 5 (Andrew Farrell 3) 51'
NE – Diego Fagundez 6 (Unassisted) 90'+2'
NYC – Khiry Shelton 1 (Alexander Ring 4) 90'+3'
NYC – Jack Harrison (Red Card – Serious Foul) 26'
NYC – Yangel Herrera (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 44'
NE – Claude Dielna (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 49'
NYC – Ronald Matarrita (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 76'
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 78'
NE – Juan Agudelo (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 90'+4'
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Chris Tierney ©, Claude Dielna, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell (Xavier Kouassi 69'); Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Krisztián Németh (Kei Kamara 70'); Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 79')
Substitutes Not Used: Cody Cropper, Antonio Delamea, Je-Vaughn Watson, Kelyn Rowe
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat, Alexander Callens, Frederic Brillant, Andraz Struna (Ronald Matarrita 70'); Thomas McNamara (Kwame Awuah 79'), Alexander Ring, Yangel Herrera; Rodney Wallace (Khiry Shelton 60'), David Villa ©, Jack Harrison
Substitutes Not Used: Eirik Johnson, Ethan White, Andrea Pirlo, Mikey Lopez