FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (4-2-2; 14 pts.) defeated Sporting Kansas City (5-2-2; 17 pts), 1-0, before a crowd of 17,015 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. Teal Bunbury scored the game's lone goal in the 44th minute, marking the Revolution forward's team-leading fourth of the season and the 40th of his MLS career. Goalkeeper Matt Turner registered four saves as he backstopped the club to its third clean sheet of the season, which is tied for the most by an MLS team in 2018.
With a goal in tonight's contest, Bunbury has now found the back of the net in four of New England's last five games. His three game-winning goals are tied with Orlando's Dom Dwyer and Kansas City's Felipe Gutierrez for the most in MLS, while his four total tallies are good for third most among all MLS players.
Turner's four saves bring his total on the season to 29, tying him with New York City's Sean Johnson and Kansas City's Tim Melia for second most in the league. The third-year pro trails only Montreal's Evan Bush, who has 43 saves this year. As a team, the Revolution’s eight goals conceded remain tied for the second fewest in MLS.
New England returns to action next Saturday, May 5, when the club visits the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. The match kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on NBC Sports Boston. 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 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
April 28, 2018 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Defeat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0
- The Revolution defeated Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Saturday, improving the club’s record to 4-2-2 (14 pts.) through eight matches of the 2018 regular season. New England currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference table.
- New England's all-time record against Kansas City improves to 18-25-11, including a 11-11-6 mark at home.
New England Defense Posts Third Shutout, Tied for MLS Best
- The 1-0 victory marked New England’s third clean sheet of the season, tying the Revs for the most in MLS thus far in 2018.
- New England is joined at the top of the list by Atlanta United FC, FC Dallas, New York City FC, and Sporting Kansas City.
Bunbury Notches 40th Career MLS Goal, Third Game Winner of 2018
- Forward Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal of the season in the 44th minute to take the lead for the most goals among Revolution players this season. Bunbury has now scored in four of the club’s last five matches.
- The goal is Bunbury’s third game-winning tally of the season, tied for the most in MLS with Orlando’s Dom Dwyer and Kansas City’s Felipe Gutierrez. He previously scored game-winning goals on April 6 vs. Montreal and March 31 at Houston. New England is 3-0-1 when Teal scores this season.
- Bunbury now has scored four goals against his former team, the most among current Revs players.
- He now has 40 career MLS goals, becoming the fourth member of this Revolution squad with 40 career MLS goals. He joins Lee Nguyen (51), Diego Fagundez (44), and Juan Agudelo (41).
Turner Makes Four Saves in Third Shutout Performance
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner recorded four saves en route to his third shutout of the 2018 MLS regular season. His 29 saves are currently tied for the second most in MLS.
- Turner, who has started all eight of New England's matches to open the season, boasts a goals against average of 1.00, tied for third best among players with at least three starts this season.
- The Park Ridge, N.J. native is now tied with four other goalkeepers for the most shutout performances in 2018 with three.
Revolution Make No Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Brad Friedel made no changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on April 21 at Columbus.
Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referees: Phillippe Briere (AR1), Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (AR2)
Fourth Official: Drew Fischer
VAR: Geoff Gamble
Weather: 63 Degrees and Clear
NE – Teal Bunbury 4 (Unassisted) 44'
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 45'+3'
SKC – Khiry Shelton (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 76'
NE – Gabriel Somi (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 77'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Gabriel Somi, Claude Dielna ©, Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell; Wilfried Zahibo, Luis Caicedo; Cristian Penilla, Diego Fagundez (Scott Caldwell 83'), Juan Agudelo (Krisztián Németh 72'); Teal Bunbury (Brandon Bye 90')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Antonio Delamea, Chris Tierney, Zachary Herivaux
Sporting Kansas City: Tim Melia; Jimmy Medranda (Kharlton Belmar 77'), Matt Besler ©, Ike Opara, Graham Zusi; Yohan Croizet (Seth Sinovic 63'), Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza; Daniel Salloi (Diego Rubio 82'), Khiry Shelton, Johnny Russell
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Dick, Emiliano Amor, Colton Storm, Cristian Lobato