NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New England Revolution (8-10-9, 33 points) defeated New York City FC (14-8-6, 48 points), 1-0, at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening. Second-year forward Brian Wright, making his first MLS start, delivered the game-winning goal in the 71st minute to snap New England’s nine-game winless streak. The win moves the Revs within three points of a playoff position with seven games remaining in the regular season.
Goalkeeper Brad Knighton made his 2018 MLS debut in net and preserved the Revs’ first shutout since July 7 with five saves, including a stop one-on-one against Valentin Castellanos in the ninth minute. The defense withstood a barrage of chances from the hosts, parrying 28 shots and 14 corner kicks, to maintain the clean sheet. Wright finally put New England in front in the second half when the University of Vermont graduate pounced on a rebound from goalkeeper Sean Johnson to score his first MLS goal.
Homegrown midfielder Isaac Angking also made his debut in the contest, playing his first 18 professional minutes as a second-half substitute. The 18-year-old from Providence, R.I., who became the fourth Revolution Academy product to sign with the first team in January 2018, recorded his first shot in the 80th minute, rattling an attempt off the post. Angking will depart for international duty with the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team in Bradenton, Fla. on Thursday.
New England returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 15, when the club travels west for its inaugural meeting with MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC. The contest kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 1, New York City FC 0
September 5, 2018 – Yankee Stadium (New York, N.Y.)
Revolution Defeat New York City FC 1-0
- The Revolution defeated New York City FC, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening to move to 8-10-9 (33 points) on the season.
- The win moves the club into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.
- New England moves to 5-3-3 all-time against NYCFC and 2-2-2 at Yankee Stadium. The Revs’ last win in the Bronx came on Oct.25, 2015, a 3-1 win in the season finale.
Wright Makes First MLS Start, Scores First Goal
- Forward Brian Wright made his first career MLS start on Wednesday in his ninth career MLS appearance, and sixth in 2018.
- The Revolution’s 2017 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick out of the University of Vermont scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, sending a rebound from Sean Johnson into the back of the net.
Knighton Keeps Shutout in 2018 MLS Debut
- Goalkeeper Brad Knighton made his 2018 MLS debut in net on Wednesday, recording five stops en route to the 1-0 victory. The shutout marked the 12th of Knighton’s MLS career, New England’s fifth of the year, and the club’s first since July 7 vs. Seattle.
- Knighton now owns 60 MLS career appearances, including 31 with New England. He saw his first action this season in the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round loss at Louisville on June 5.
Homegrown Angking Makes Profesional Debut
- Midfielder Isaac Angking, a Homegrown Player from Providence, R.I., made his professional debut as a substitute in the 72nd minute. The 18-year-old recorded one shot and one chance created in his first 18 minutes of MLS action.
- The highlight of Angking’s debut came in the 80th minute, when he collected a rebound from Sean Johnson and fired a shot off the post.
- Angking became the club’s fourth Homegrown Player signing on Jan. 2, 2018 after more than four years in the Revolution Academy. He will leave for international duty with the United States Under-19 Men’s National Team on Thursday for a four-team invitation tournament in Bradenton, Fla.
Farrell Makes 185th Career Start
- Defender Andrew Farrell registered the 185th start of his MLS regular season career in tonight’s match, moving him into a tie with Lee Ngyuen for the sixth-most starts in club history. He has started all 27 games this season.
- Since he entered the league as the first-overall MLS SuperDraft pick in 2013, Farrell leads all MLS field players in games started (185) and minutes played (16,437).
Revolution Make Four Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Brad Friedel made four changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent match vs. Portland on Sept. 1. Brian Wright, Wilfried Zahibo, Cristhian Machado, and Brad Knighton replace Teal Bunbury, Diego Fagundez, Luis Caicedo, and Matt Turner.
- Midfielder Zachary Herivaux (Haiti) and defender Gabriel Somi (Syria) were both unavailable for selection due to international duty. Forward Teal Bunbury did not play due to a minor knee irritation.
- Midfielder/defender Mark Segbers made his first appearance in an MLS 18-man matchday roster. Segbers has spent most of his rookie campaign on loan with USL side Orange County SC.
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Logan Brown (AR1), Corey Parker (AR2)
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 81 Degrees and Clear
NE – Brian Wright (Unassisted) 71'
NE – Cristhian Machado (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 15'
NYC – Valentin Castellanos (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 48'
NYC – Alexander Ring (Yellow Card – Persistent Infringement) 89'
NE – Cristian Penilla (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 89'
NE – Brandon Bye (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 90'
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Brandon Bye, Michael Mancienne, Jalil Anibaba, Andrew Farrell ©; Wilfried Zahibo (Juan Agudelo 58'), Scott Caldwell, Cristhian Machado (Diego Fagundez HT); Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Penilla, Brian Wright (Isaac Angking 72')
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Turner, Antonio Delamea, Mark Segbers, Femi Hollinger-Janzen
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Sebastien Ibeagha, Alexander Callens, Ben Sweat, Ronald Matarrita, James Sands (Jonathan Lewis 75'); Alexander Ring, Maximiliano Moralez; Valentin Castellanos (Eloi Amagat 68'), David Villa ©
Substitutes Not Used: Kwame Awuah, Daniel Bedoya, Tommy McNamara, Joe Scally, Brad Stuver