COLUMBUS, Ohio – The New England Revolution (3-2-2; 11 pts.) played Columbus Crew SC (3-3-2; 11 pts) to a 2-2 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday evening. Teal Bunbury and Cristian Penilla were the goal scorers for the Revolution in the 14th and 45th minutes, respectively, helping the club record a second consecutive away result after its 2-0 win at Houston on March 31.
Penilla continues to impress in his debut MLS campaign, as he registered an assist on Bunbury's goal before finding the back of the net with a spectacular volley in first-half stoppage time. With four primary assists on the season, the Ecuadorian newcomer is tied with four other players for most in MLS. Bunbury's goal was his 20th as a member of the Revolution and his third of the season, moving him into a tie with Diego Fagundez for the team lead.
Forward Juan Agudelo registered his 100th career MLS start and made his milestone appearance count with an acrobatic assist on Penilla's goal. Midfielder Wilfried Zahibo was credited with his fourth assist of the season on Bunbury's goal, which keeps him level with Penilla for most helpers among Revolution players and second most among all MLS players.
New England returns to action next Saturday, April 28, when the club hosts Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium. 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 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 2, Columbus Crew SC 2
April 21, 2018 – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Revolution Play Columbus Crew SC to 2-2 Draw
- The Revolution drew Columbus Crew SC, 2-2, on Saturday, bringing the club’s record to 3-2-2 (11 pts.) through seven matches of the 2018 regular season.
- New England's all-time record against Columbus improves to 23-35-13, including an 8-20-6 mark on the road.
Penilla Maintains Hot Start with Goal and Assist
- Midfielder Cristian Penilla contributed a goal and assist in tonight's contest, including a spectacular volley in first-half stoppage time, which secured the Revolution a point.
- Penilla now has four primary assists on the season, which has him tied with San Jose's Marco Urena, Atlanta's Miguel Almiron, Kansas City's Roger Espinoza, and Kansas City's Daniel Salloi for most in MLS.
- This marks the second time this season Penilla has registered a goal and an assist in a match, having previously done so on March 31 at Houston.
Bunbury Ties Fagundez for Team Lead in Goals Scored
- Forward Teal Bunbury scored his third goal of the season with a tight-angled, right-footed equalizer in the 14th minute, moving into a tie with Diego Fagundez for most goals among Revolution players.
- Bunbury previously scored on April 6 vs. Montreal and March 31 at Houston – with both tallies proving to be game winners.
- He now has 20 goals for his Revolution career and 39 for his MLS career.
Agudelo Registers Assist in 100th MLS Start
- Forward Juan Agudelo made his 100th career MLS start in tonight's match and picked up his second assist of the season on Cristian Penilla's first-half goal.
- Agudelo, who began his MLS career as a 17-year-old Homegrown Player with the New York Red Bulls in 2010, owns 164 career appearances including 105 with New England.
Zahibo Records Fourth Assist of 2018
- Midfielder Wilfried Zahibo distributed his fourth assist of the season on Teal Bunbury's goal in the 14th minute.
- The French newcomer now has four assists on the season, tied with Cristian Penilla for the team lead.
- Zahibo's four assists are also good for second most among all MLS players.
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 April 14 vs. Dallas, as Juan Agudelo replaced Scott Caldwell.
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking (AR1), Jeremy Kieso (AR2)
Fourth Official: Marcos de Oliveira
VAR: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: 55 Degrees and Cloudy
CLB – Own Goal (Andrew Farrell) 9'
NE – Teal Bunbury 3 (Cristian Penilla 4, Wilfried Zahibo 4) 14'
CLB – Gyasi Zardes 5 (Federico Higuain 3, Pedro Santos 2) 43'
NE – Cristian Penilla 2 (Juan Agudelo 2) 45'+1'
NE – Claude Dielna (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 11'
NE – Wilfried Zahibo (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 36'
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 60
CLB – Federico Higuain (Yellow Card – Dissent) 66'
NE – Gabriel Somi (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 67'
NE – Matt Turner (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 88'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Gabriel Somi (Brandon Bye 90'+2'), Claude Dielna ©, Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell; Wilfried Zahibo (Krisztián Németh 78'), Luis Caicedo; Cristian Penilla, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo (Scott Caldwell 55'); Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Antonio Delamea, Chris Tierney, Zachary Herivaux
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Milton Valenzuela, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Pedro Santos (Adam Jahn 86'); Gyasi Zardes
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Lalas Abubakar, Ricardo Clark, Hector Jimenez, Mohammed Abu, Cristian Martinez