FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (10-10-11, 41 pts.) played Real Salt Lake to a 0-0 draw before a crowd of 24,270 at Gillette Stadium on #KickChildhoodCancer Night on Saturday. Goalkeeper Matt Turner backstopped New England to its fifth shutout of the season, as the point keeps New England above the playoff line in seventh place through the weekend, with three games remaining in the regular season.
Despite peppering Real Salt Lake with 23 shots to the visitor’s nine, neither side could find the breakthrough goal as the Revolution picked up the team’s first clean sheet since July 21. Midfielder Carles Gil, making the 31st start of his debut MLS campaign, recorded a game-high seven chances created in the match to raise his debut-season total to 91, third-most in MLS and most among newcomers. Forward Teal Bunbury made his first start since suffering a hamstring injury in his first start, while Gustavo Bou paced the Revs with six shots in his 45-minute effort.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when the club travels to Portland for a meeting with the Timbers. The match at Providence Park 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 0, Real Salt Lake 0
September 21, 2019 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Play Real Salt Lake to 0-0 Draw
- The Revolution (10-10-11, 41 pts.) played to a 0-0 draw in Saturday night’s contest at Gillette Stadium in front of a crowd of 24,270.
- New England’s home record moves to 7-5-4 on the year with one home game remaining, Sept. 29 vs. New York City FC.
- The result gives the Revolution points in 17 of the last 19 league games dating back to May 11, with an 8-2-9 record during that span.
Revolution Continue Strong Form against Western Conference
- After earning a point tonight against Western Conference side Real Salt Lake, the Revolution are now 6-1-4 against teams from the West in 2019.
- New England has one game remaining against the Western Conference, Wednesday evening’s trip to face the Portland Timbers. In that match, the Revolution will aim for a 10th straight result in the Pacific Time Zone. The team’s last loss on the West Coast came on May 8, 2016 at LA Galaxy.
Turner Posts Fourth Shutout of the Season, the Revs’ Fifth
·Goalkeeper Matt Turner made three saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season. The clean sheet was New England’s fifth this year, and the club’s first since July 21 at FC Cincinnati.
·Turner’s save rate this season now stands at 75.51 percent, which is third-best in MLS among all goalkeepers with at least 15 saves.
·Turner’s 2019 record moves to 7-3-7, and his overall record now stands at 15-13-16. The New Jersey native is now 3-1-3 against Western Conference opponents this season.
Bou and Gil Continue to Create
·Midfielder Carles Gil started his 31st game of the season and recorded a game-high seven chances created. His season total now stands at 91 chances created, third most in MLS and the highest total among newcomers.
·Forward Gustavo Bou made a 45-minute appearance off the bench, his 11th game played in MLS, and added a game-high six shots to his total. Bou’s 48 shots since his debut on July 17 currently rank fourth in MLS, according to Opta.
Arena One Point Away From 700
- With tonight’s draw, Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena (699 points) is now one point away from hitting the 700-point milestone, which would see him become the second coach in MLS history to reach the mark after Sigi Schmid (843).
- With a draw or win on Wednesday night against Portland, Arena will surpass the 700-point milestone and improve his career record that currently stands at 209-123-96.
Revolution Starting XI Sees Two Changes
·The Revolution's starting lineup saw two changes from the club’s last match on Sept. 14 at Orlando City SC, with Teal Bunbury replacing Gustavo Bou and Wilfried Zahibo replacing Diego Fagundez.
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Greeson (AR1), Claudiu Badea (AR2)
Fourth Official: David Barrie
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 74° and Clear
NE – Antonio Delamea (Yellow Card) 46’
RSL – Andrew Putna (Yellow Card) 87’
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Brandon Bye; Luis Caicedo (Juan Agudelo 66’), Wilfried Zahibo, Carles Gil ©, Cristian Penilla (Diego Fagundez 77’); Teal Bunbury, Juan Fernando Caicedo (Gustavo Bou HT)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Jalil Anibaba, Scott Caldwell
Real Salt Lake: Andrew Putna; Marcelo Silva, Brooks Lennon, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt; Justin Portillo (Luke Mulholland 71’), Corey Baird, Kelyn Rowe, Damir Kreilach ©, Sebastián Saucedo (Tate Schmitt 81’); Sam Johnson (Everton Luiz 85’)
Substitutes Not Used: Joao Plata, Justen Glad, Donny Toia, David Ochoa