FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (1-1-0; 3 pts.) defeated the Colorado Rapids (0-1-0; 0 pts.), 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon thanks to a game-winning from defender Chris Tierney in second-half stoppage time. Tierney beat Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard with a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 93rd minute to secure all three points for the home side. Midfielder Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for New England with the 42nd goal of his career, which propels him past Joe-Max Moore and into fourth place on the Revolution's all-time scoring list.
Midfielder Cristian Penilla, who made his second start for New England in today's contest, registered the first assist of his MLS career on Fagundez's goal. In net, goalkeeper Matt Turner earned the first win of his MLS career, highlighted by a penalty kick save in the 60th minute. Turner, a former unsigned college player, made his Revolution and MLS debut in last weekend's match against Philadelphia.
With both Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna serving one-match red card suspensions, defenders Jalil Anibaba and Brandon Bye made their first starts as members of the Revolution at center back and right back, respectively, and played all 90 minutes. Defender Andrew Farrell also shifted to center back, where he played 90 minutes, from his usual starting position at right back.
New England will remain in Foxborough through the bye week and will host New York City FC on Saturday, March 24. The match kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on NBC Sports Boston, where Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio or stream the match live on NBCSportsBoston.com and via the NBC Sports app for tablets and mobile devices.
New England Revolution 2, Colorado Rapids 1
March 10, 2018 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Defeat Colorado Rapids, 2-1
- The Revolution defeated the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Saturday, bringing the club’s record to 1-1-0 (3 pts.) through two matches of the 2018 regular season.
- New England's all-time record against Colorado improves to to 16-10-9, including a 12-6-5 mark at home.
- The win extends New England's unbeaten run in home openers to 12 matches, giving the Revs an 8-0-4 record in home openers dating back to 2007. New England has now gone unbeaten in its last nine regular season home games dating back to July 22, 2017.
Tierney Matches Revs Record, Secures Three Points with Dramatic Stoppage-Time Goal
- Defender Chris Tierney provided the game-winning goal for the Revolution in the third minute of stoppage time after coming on as a first-half substitute. Tierney has now recorded 13 goals and four game-winning goals in his MLS career.
- With his appearance in the match, Tierney became the first field player in Revolution history to feature in 11 different MLS seasons (2008-18). He is matched only by goalkeeper Matt Reis, who played in 11 seasons from 2003-13. Tierney surpasses Shalrie Joseph (2003-12) for the most seasons played as a field player.
- The goal is New England’s second latest game-winning goal dating back to 2014, trailing only Kelyn Rowe's game-winning goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2017 regular season finale at Montreal on Oct. 22, 2017.
Fagundez Notches First Revolution Goal of 2018 Season; Moves up Revs All-Time List
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez recorded his 42nd career MLS goal, the first Revolution goal of the season, in the 48th minute of today's contest. With the goal, Fagundez moved into a tie with Steve Ralston, passing Joe Max-Moore (41), for the third most goals all-time in a Revolution jersey.
- Forward Cristian Penilla recorded the assist on Fagundez's goal, marking his first career MLS and Revolution assist.
Turner Saves Colorado Penalty Attempt
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner registered his first career penalty save in as many attempts in today's match. Following a foul in the box committed by defender Jalil Anibaba in the 53rd minute, Turner made the save on Colorado's Jack Price's penalty attempt. Prices’ follow-up shot then sailed over the bar.
- The penalty save was the first recorded by a Revolution goalkeeper since Bobby Shuttleworth made two penalty saves at Philadelphia on March 20, 2016.
Agudelo Notches 100th Career Revolution Appearance
- Forward Juan Agudelo reached another career milestone in tonight’s match when he came on for Cristian Penilla in the 84th minute. The appearances was Agudelo’s 100th career Revolution game played (regular season).
- Agudelo’s next selection in the Starting XI will mark his 100th career MLS start.
Bye Makes First Revolution, MLS Start at Right Back
- Midfielder/Defender Brandon Bye made his first Revolution and MLS start in today's match. The rookie made his debut last weekend against Philadelphia, logging 35 minutes as a second-half substitute.
- Bye was drafted by the Revolution with the eighth overall selection in the 2018 SuperDraft from Western Michigan University.
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski (AR1), Matthew Nelson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Alan Kelly
Weather: 39 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Diego Fagundez 1 (Cristian Penilla 1) 48'
COL – Niki Jackson 1 (Johan Blomberg 1) 66'
NE – Chris Tierney 1 (Free Kick) 90'+3'
COL – Jack McBean (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 17
NE – Brandon Bye (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 24'
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Yellow Card – Dissent) 63'
COL – Enzo Martinez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 74'
NE – Teal Bunbury (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 86'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Gabriel Somi (Chris Tierney 17'), Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell ©; Cristian Penilla (Juan Agudelo 84'), Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe (Krisztián Németh 70'); Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Nicolás Samayoa, Zachary Herivaux, Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Colorado Rapids: Tim Howard ©; Deklan Wynne, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smtih; Édgar Castillo, Johan Blomberg, Jack Price, Enzo Martinez, Marlon Hairston; Dominique Badji, Jack McBean (Niki Jackson 65')
Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Micheal Azira, Joe Mason, Dillon Serna, Bismark Boateng, Eric Miller