Carles Gil vs. Philadelphia Union
David Silverman

Recap | Revolution extend unbeaten run with 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (4-8-5, 17 pts.) played the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union (9-4-5, 32 pts.) to a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday evening. Brandon Bye opened the scoring for New England in the 31st minute, when he volleyed a corner kick from Carles Gil inside of the near post, but Philadelphia's Kacper Przybylko equalized for the visitors with a late goal in the 84th minute.

In Bruce Arena's Gillette Stadium debut as head coach, New England's unbeaten run in league play reached five games. The club has accrued a 2-0-3 mark and conceded only four goals during the run. It marks the Revolution's longest undefeated streak since a seven-game stretch in 2018, when the team went 2-0-5 between May and July.

Bye's goal was his second of the season, while Gil contributed his fifth assist with his service on the corner kick. Gil's five assists lead all Revolution players, and his nine combined goals and assists are tied for third among all MLS newcomers. In net, goalkeeper Brad Knighton made a second consecutive start and recorded three saves.

New England returns to action on Saturday, June 29 when it hosts the Houston Dynamo. The match marks the club’s annual Pride Night at Gillette Stadium, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1
June 26, 2019 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Revs and Philadelphia Union Play to 1-1 Draw

·The Revolution and the Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening, setting the club’s record at 4-8-5 (17 pts.) at the halfway point of the 2019 MLS season.

  • New England's all-time record against Philadelphia moves to 6-14-5, including a 3-5-3 mark in regular season played in Foxborough. 

Bruce Arena Makes Gillette Stadium Debut as Revs Head Coach

·Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena made his Gillette Stadium debut on the sidelines in tonight’s draw. Across all competitions, Arena is 2-1-1 with the Revolution through four games.

·In his MLS career, Arena owns a record of 203-121-90 with 675 points earned. He is now the second MLS head coach to have earned at least 675 regular season points, joining Sigi Schmid.

·Arena coached the Revolution to a 2-1 away win in his coaching debut with New England on June 2 at LA Galaxy. He also manned the sidelines in the team's 3-2 win in the U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round against the New York Red Bulls, as well as its 2-1 loss to Orlando City SC in the Round of 16.

Revs' Unbeaten Streak Reaches Five Games

·New England extended its unbeaten run in MLS play to five games with tonight's draw (2-0-3).

·The club's five-game undefeated streak is its longest since a seven-game run in 2018, when it posted a 2-0-5 mark from May 26 to July 7.

·The Revolution's five-game run is tied with Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the third-longest active unbeaten streak in MLS, behind only Colorado (six games) and LAFC (eight games).

Carles Gil Registers Fifth Assist of Debut Season

·Midfielder Carles Gil recorded the assist on Brandon Bye's goal in the 31st minute, giving him five helpers in his debut MLS campaign.

·Gil, who has also scored four goals, is tied for third with New York City FC's Héber for the most combined goals and assists among MLS newcomers with nine. He trails only Orlando City SC's Nani (8G, 2A) and Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo (5G, 8A).

·Gil added five chances created on the night, raising his season total to a team-high 44. That total ranks tied for fifth in MLS this season.

Revolution Starting XI Sees Two Changes from June 2

·The Revolution's starting lineup saw two changes from the club's last league match on June 2 at LA Galaxy, as Edgar Castillo replaced DeJuan Jones, and Wilfried Zahibo replaced Diego Fagundez.

·Goalkeeper Matt Turner served the second leg of his two-game suspension from serious foul play on May 25 vs. D.C. United. He will be eligible to return Saturday, June 29 vs. Houston.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: C.J. Morgante (AR1), Cory Richardson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic
Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Tom Felice
Weather: 81° and Clear
Attendance: 11,571

Scoring Summary:
NE – Brandon Bye 2 (Carles Gil 5) 31'
PHI – Kacper Przybylko (Unassisted) 84'

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Brenden Aaronson (Yellow Card – Not Retreating) 11'
PHI – Auston Trusty (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 28'
NE – Carles Gil (Yellow Card – Not Retreating) 33'
PHI – Haris Medunjanin (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 45'
NE – Teal Bunbury (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 61'
PHI – Kai Wagner (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 65'

New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Edgar Castillo, Andrew Farrell, Jalil Anibaba, Brandon Bye; Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo (Diego Fagundez 87'); Cristian Penilla (Juan Fernando Caicedo 67'), Juan Agudelo; Carles Gil ©; Teal Bunbury

Substitutes Not Used: Cody Cropper, Antonio Delamea, Scott Caldwell, DeJuan Jones, Justin Rennicks

Philadelphia Union: Matt Freese; Kai Wagner, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis; Jamior Monteiro, Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Brenden Aaronson (Ilsinho HT); Sergio Santos (Fabrice-Jean Picault 62'), Kacper Przybylko

Substitutes Not Used: Carlos, Aurelien Collin, Fabinho, Mark McKenzie, Anthony Fontana

New England Revolution

Team Statistics

Philadelphia Union

13 (4)

Shots (on Target)

10 (4)

3

Saves

2

7

Corner Kicks

3

4

Offsides

3

12

Fouls

19

295 (73%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

487 (84%)

38.8%

Possession

61.2%