FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (2-1-1; 7 pts.) defeated the Houston Dynamo (1-2-1; 4 pts.), 2-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening. Forward Teal Bunbury opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Cristian Penilla delivered an insurance goal – the first of his MLS career – in the 71st minute to secure New England its first away win of the season. Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley was issued a red card in the 35th minute, which gave the Revolution a one-man advantage for the remaining 55 minutes of the match.
Penilla recorded an assist for a third consecutive match in addition to his 71st minute goal, leaving the newcomer only one behind LAFC's Diego Rossi for the league lead in assists. Midfielder Luis Caicedo, another newcomer who joined the Revolution last week, played all 90 minutes in his first career MLS start and contributed the secondary assist on Teal Bunbury's game-winning goal.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner made a career-high six saves en route to his first career shutout and the Revolution's first clean sheet of the season.
New England returns to action next Friday, April 6, when the club hosts the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium for the first of three meetings this season. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on myTV38 (WSBK-TV), 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 HD2 and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 2, Houston Dynamo 0
March 31, 2018 – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Revolution Defeat Houston Dynamo, 2-0
- The Revolution defeated Houston, 2-0, on Saturday, bringing the club’s record to 2-1-1 (7 pts.) through four matches of the 2018 regular season.
- New England's all-time record against Houston moves to 12-5-7, including a 7-3-2 mark on the road.
Penilla Registers Scores First MLS Goal, Assist for Third Consecutive Match
- Midfielder Cristian Penilla scored the first goal of his MLS career and tallied an assist for the third consecutive game in tonight's match.
- Penilla delivered the grounded cross that Teal Bunbury slotted away in the 15th minute, and later scored a highlight reel-worthy goal with a powerful right-footed finish in the 71st minute.
- The Ecuadorian is currently one assist behind LAFC's Diego Rossi for the league lead, but is tied for first in MLS with three primary assists
Caicedo Makes First MLS/Revolution Start, Tallies First Assist
- Midfielder Luis Caicedo made his first career MLS/Revolution start in tonight's match and submitted an assist on Teal Bunbury's 15th-minute goal.
- Last week, the Colombian made his debut when he replaced Teal Bunbury in the 88th minute of the March 24 match vs. New York City FC.
- Caicedo was acquired on loan from Colombian side Cortuluá for the 2018 season with a transfer option for the 2019 season on March 8, 2018.
Bunbury Opens 2018 Scoring Account
- Forward Teal Bunbury scored his first goal of the season in the 15th minute, finishing a grounded cross from Cristian Penilla.
- The goal was Bunbury's 18th as a member of the Revolution and the 37th of his MLS career.
- Last season, Bunbury scored seven goals – two shy of his single-season career high of nine.
Turner Sets Career High in Saves, Revs Secure First Clean Sheet of 2018
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded a career-high six saves en route to the first shutout of his MLS career.
- Turner, who has started all four of New England's matches to open the season, boasts a 1.25 goals against average and 16 saves to date.
- Tonight's result was the Revolution's first clean sheet of the 2018 season, and the club's first in an away match since Aug. 24, 2016 at San Jose.
Revolution Make One Change to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Brad Friedel made one change to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on March 24 vs. New York City FC, as midfielder Luis Caicedo replaced midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner (AR1), Jason White (AR2)
Fourth Official: Guido Gonzales Jr.
VAR: Ricardo Salazar
Weather: 71 Degrees and Clear
NE – Teal Bunbury 1 (Cristian Penilla 3, Luis Caicedo 1) 15'
NE – Cristian Penilla 1 (Gabriel Somi 1) 71'
HOU – DaMarcus Beasley (Red Card – Denial of Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity) 35'
NE – Gabriel Somi (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 52'
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 64'
HOU – Adolfo Machado (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 69'
HOU – Alejandro Fuenmayor (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 86'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Gabriel Somi (Chris Tierney 87'), Claude Dielna ©, Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell; Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell (Kelyn Rowe 68'); Cristian Penilla, Diego Fagundez, Luis Caicedo; Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 54')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Antonio Delamea, Zachary Herivaux, Brandon Bye
Houston Dynamo: Chris Seitz; DaMarcus Beasley ©, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado, Alejandro Fuenmayor; Eric Alexander (Memo Rodríguez 78'), Tomás Martínez (Romell Quioto 66'), Darwin Cerén; Andrew Wenger, Alberth Elis (Mac Steeves 78'), Mauro Manotas
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Arturo Álvarez, Óscar Boniek García, Jared Watts