FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (3-1-1; 10 pts.) extended the club's unbeaten run to four games with a decisive 4-0 win against the Montreal Impact (2-3-0; 6 pts) at Gillette Stadium on Friday evening. Teal Bunbury opened the scoring for a second consecutive match six minutes after Montreal's Saphir Taïder was issued a red card for violent conduct. Defender Andrew Farrell delivered an insurance goal in first-half stoppage time – the first of his MLS career in 164 appearances – while Diego Fagundez and Wilfried Zahibo tallied on the other side of halftime to secure all three points for the home side.
Zahibo, an MLS newcomer, opened his MLS account in the 80th minute and recorded his third assist of the season on Teal Bunbury's opening goal. Four other Revolution players – Gabriel Somi, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kelyn Rowe – also contributed assists in tonight's contest. Somi's assist was his second in as many games, while Rowe recorded two helpers after entering the match as a substitute in the 65th minute. Rowe's second assist was the 40th of his career and moves him into a tie with Chris Tierney for third most in club history.
The Revolution benefitted from an early red card for the second straight game, the first time that has happened since 2014, and capitalized with a second consecutive clean sheet. Goalkeeper Matt Turner, whose 18 saves are fourth most in MLS, is currently riding a 195-minute shutout streak.
New England returns to action next Saturday, April 14, when the club hosts FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium for the only meeting between the two sides this season. The match kicks off at 7:30 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.
New England Revolution 4, Montreal Impact 0
April 6, 2018 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Defeat Montreal Impact, 4-0
- The Revolution defeated Montreal, 4-0, on Friday, bringing the club’s record to 3-1-1 (10 pts.) through five matches of the 2018 regular season.
- New England is now unbeaten in its last four matches (3-0-1) and its last 11 matches at home. The Revs have posted a 9-0-2 mark at Gillette Stadium since July 22, 2017.
- The Revolution reached the 10-point threshold through five games for the second time in club history (13 points through five games in 2005).
- New England's all-time record against Montreal moves to 8-7-2, including a 4-3-1 mark at home. The Revs’ winning streak against the Impact now stands at five games dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
Revolution Benefit From Opposing Red Card in Second Consecutive Contest
- The Revolution finished tonight's match up a man due to an opponent red card for a second consecutive match. Montreal's Saphir Taïder was sent off for a challenge on midfielder Luis Caicedo in the 12th minute of tonight's match.
- Prior to tonight, the last time New England saw consecutive opponents receive red cards was July 30, 2014 vs. Colorado (Thomas Piermayr) and Aug. 2, 2014 at New York (Matt Miazga).
Turner, Revs Post Second Consecutive Clean Sheet
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded two saves en route to his second consecutive shutout, also the second of his MLS career.
- Turner, who has started all five of New England's matches to open the season, boasts a goal s against average of 1.00 and 18 saves to date. His 18 saves are currently fourth best in MLS.
- Tonight's result marks the first time the Revs have recorded consecutive clean sheets since they posted two consecutive shutouts on Sept. 2, 2017 against Orlando City SC and on Sept. 9, 2017 against the Montreal Impact.
Bunbury Opens 2018 Scoring Account
- Forward Teal Bunbury recorded a goal for a second consecutive match in tonight's contest. Bunbury now has 38 goals in his career, including 19 with the Revolution.
- Bunbury becomes the second Revolution player this season to tally in consecutive matches, joining midfielder Diego Fagundez, who accomplished the feat on March 10 vs. Colorado and March 24 vs. New York City FC.
- Bunbury most recently scored goals in back-to-back matches on Aug.12, 2017 vs. Vancouver and Aug. 20, 2017 at D.C. He has now accomplished the feat nine times in his career.
Farrell Records First Career Goal in Milestone Match
- Defender Andrew Farrell recorded his first career goal in first-half stoppage time in tonight's contest. The goal is Farrell's first in his 164th career match.
- Prior to tonight's contest, Farrell ranked fifth in MLS history among field players in career regular season matches played without a goal trailing Jason Hernandez (283), Brandon Prideaux (252), Danny O'Rourke (200), and Chris Leitch (196).
- Tonight's match marked Andrew Farrell's 163rd career start, tying him with Taylor Twellman for seventh most in club history.
Zahibo Opens MLS Account
- Midfielder Wilfried Zahibo scored his first MLS and Revolution goal in the 80th minute of tonight's contest.
- The 24-year-old Frenchman becomes the third Revolution player to open his MLS account this season, joining forward/midfielder Cristian Penilla and defender Andrew Farrell, who also scored his first career goal in the match.
- Zahibo recorded the assist on Teal Bunbury's goal for his third helper of the season, tying him with Cristian Penilla for the most among Revolution players.
Fagundez Scores Team-Leading Third Goal; Picks Up First Assist of 2018
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez scored in the 71st minute of tonight's contest. The goal is Fagundez's third of the season, leading all Revolution players, and the 44th of his career.
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez recorded the primary assist on defender Andrew Farrell's goal, his first assist of 2018.
Rowe Tallies Two Helpers to Reach 40 Career Assists
- Midfielder Kelyn Rowe assisted a pair of second-half goals for his first two assists of the season.
- Rowe now has 40 career assists, becoming the fourth player in club history to reach that mark. Steve Ralston (73), Lee Nguyen (49), and Chris Tierney (40) are the other players to eclipse 40 career assists.
Somi Registers Assist for Second Consecutive Contest
- Defender Gabriel Somi recorded the secondary assist on defender Andrew Farrell's first-half stoppage time goal, marking the second consecutive match the Syrian international has recorded an assist.
- Somi is the second Revolution player to record an assist in consecutive matches, as forward/midfielder Cristian Penilla's streak of three matches with an assist came to an end this evening.
Revolution Make No Changes to Starting XI
- For the first time this season, Revolution Head Coach Brad Friedel made no changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on March 31 at Houston.
Referee: José Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel (AR1), Gianni Facchini (AR2)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Fotis Bazakos
Weather: 40 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Teal Bunbury 2 (Wilfried Zahibo 3) 20'
NE – Andrew Farrell 1 (Diego Fagundez 1, Gabriel Somi 2) 45'+6'
NE – Diego Fagundez 3 (Kelyn Rowe 1, Juan Agudelo 1) 71'
NE – Wilfried Zahibo 1 (Kelyn Rowe 2) 80'
MTL – Saphir Taïder (Red Card – Violent Conduct) 14'
NE – Luis Caicedo (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 85'
MTL – Jukka Raitala (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 89'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Gabriel Somi, Claude Dielna ©, Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell; Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell (Kelyn Rowe 65'); Cristian Penilla, Diego Fagundez (Krisztián Németh 78'), Luis Caicedo; Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 70')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Antonio Delamea, Chris Tierney, Brandon Bye
Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Daniel Lovitz (Raheem Edwards 73') , Jukka Raitala, Rod Fanni, Victor Cabrera, Alejandro Silva; Saphir Taïder, Samuel Piette ©, Ken Krolicki; Jeisson Vargas (Dominic Oduro 86'), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Louis Béland-Goyette 55')
Substitutes Not Used: Clément Diop, Rudy Camacho, Chris Duvall, Shamit Shome