Henry Kessler vs. Philadelphia Union (2020, Colonial)
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Recap | 10-man Revs drop heartbreaker in Philadelphia, fall 2-1 to Union

CHESTER, Pa. – The New England Revolution (3-3-5, 14 pts.) fell to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, at Subaru Park on Saturday night. Philadelphia’s Anthony Fontana scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time. Fontana also opened the scoring in the 71st minute, but New England – which played the final 34 minutes of the match with 10 men after midfielder Matt Polster was issued a red card – equalized the match in the 81st minute through Tajon Buchanan’s first career goal.

Buchanan, whom the Revolution selected with the ninth-overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, opened his professional account 13 minutes after entering the match as a substitute. His goal was assisted by Gustavo Bou, who also entered the match as a substitute and now owns two assists on the season – matching his total from 2019. Buchanan’s goal was the latest by a Revs player this season.

Also seeing action off the bench in the second half was midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was re-acquired by New England in a trade with Inter Miami CF on Tuesday. He recorded 12 touches, one chance created, and completed all 11 of his pass attempts in 14 minutes.

In the 39th minute of tonight’s match, defender Andrew Farrell became the fourth player in Revolution history to eclipse 20,000 minutes played with the club. Farrell joins Matt Reis, Shalrie Joseph, and Jay Heaps as the only Revs players to reach the milestone.

New England returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 19, when the club hosts New York City FC at Gillette Stadium. The match will kick off at a time to be announced later, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.

POSTGAME NOTES
Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution 1
September 12, 2020 – Subaru Park (Chester, Penn.)

Revolution Fall to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, at Subaru Park

  • The Revolution (3-3-5, 14 pts.) fell to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on Saturday night at Subaru Park.
  • Forward Tajon Buchanan scored New England’s goal on a right-footed strike with in the 81st minute with an assist from forward Gustavo Bou. Both Buchanan and Bou entered tonight’s match as substitutes in the second half.
  • New England played the final 34 minutes of tonight’s match with 10 men, as midfielder Matt Polster was issued a red card due to yellow card accumulation in the 56th minute. Polster will miss next Saturday’s match against New York City FC.
  • Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record shifts to 213-127-102, which includes a 6-2-4 mark in 12 matches against Philadelphia.

Tajon Buchanan Scores First Career Goal with 81st-minute Equalizer

  • Forward Tajon Buchanan’s equalizer in the 81st minute was the first goal of his MLS career.
  • Buchanan logged 31 minutes of action in tonight’s match and registered in a team-high in shots on target (2).
  • The second-year forward from Brampton, Ontario and ninth-overall selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft has appeared in all 11 league matches this season, including four starts.
  • Buchanan’s right-footed shot was assisted by forward Gustavo Bou, who’s now tied for the team lead in assists this season (2).

Andrew Farrell Eclipses 20,000 Career Minutes Played

  • Defender Andrew Farrell became the fourth player in club history to surpass the 20,000 career minutes played milestone in tonight’s match.
  • Farrell, who played the full 90 minutes in his eighth start of the season, entered tonight’s match 39 minutes shy of eclipsing the milestone.
  • Farrell (20,051) ranks fourth on the club’s all-time minutes played list, behind Shalrie Joseph (22,867), Matt Reis (22,699) and Jay Heaps (21,619).
  • Since joining the club in 2013, Farrell ranks second in MLS among active players in games started (225) and minutes played (20,051) behind Inter Miami goalkeeper Luis Robles.
  • Farrell recorded a team-high five clearances in tonight’s match and successfully completed 21 of his 23 pass attempts.

Lee Nguyen Makes First Club Appearance Since 2017

  • Midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was acquired via trade with Inter Miami on Monday, made his first appearance in a Revolution uniform since 2017.
  • Nguyen entered the match as a substitution for Kelyn Rowe in the 76th minute.
  • Nguyen successfully completed all 11 of his pass attempts and registered one chance created in 14 minutes of action.
  • Nguyen’s appearance was the 192nd of his Revolution career, which ranks 10th on the club’s all-time games played list.

Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting Lineup

  • The Revolution made three changes to the Starting XI as Henry Kessler, Kelyn Rowe and Cristian Penilla started in place of Antonio Delamea, Diego Fagundez and Gustavo Bou.
  • Kessler, who has appeared in every match of his rookie campaign, recorded four clearances and one interception in his eighth start of the season.
  • With his 22-minute shift off the bench, Fagundez registered his 252nd career appearance. Fagundez is two appearances shy of matching Matt Reis (254) for second on the club’s all-time games played list.
  • Midfielder Tommy McNamara made his fourth consecutive appearance, which includes three straight starts, since joining the club on Aug. 17. McNamara logged team-highs in possession gained (7) and interceptions (3), while successfully completing 29 of 33 pass attempts.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Assistant Referee: Claudiu Badea
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Video Assistant Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: 68 degrees and clear
Attendance: N/A

Scoring Summary:
PHI- Anthony Fontana 1 (Kacper Przybylko 2) 74’
NE- Tajon Buchanan 1 (Gustavo Bou 2) 81’
PHI- Anthony Fontana 2 (Unassisted) 90+5’

Misconduct Summary:
NE- Matt Polster (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 8’
PHI- Jose Martinez (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 20’
PHI- Raymon Gaddis (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 36’
PHI- Alejandro Bedoya (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 50’
NE- Matt Polster (Red Card- Unsporting Behavior) 56’
PHI- Anthony Fontana (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 65’

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye, Alexander Büttner; Matt Polster, Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen 76’), Tommy McNamara (Tajon Buchanan 68’), Cristian Penilla (Diego Fagundez 68’), Adam Buksa (Scott Caldwell 59’), Teal Bunbury © (Gustavo Bou 76’)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, DeJuan Jones, Michael Mancienne, Kekuta Manneh

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo (Matthew Real 65’), Raymon Gaddis; Jose Martinez (Jack De Vries 90+1’), Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya ©, Brenden Aaronson, Andrew Wooten (Anthony Fontana 65’), Kacper Przybylko

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Bendik, Michee Ngalina, Cole Turner

New England Revolution

Team Statistics

Philadelphia Union

9 (2)

Shots (on Target)

15 (5)

3

Saves

1

5

Corner Kicks

3

1

Offsides

1

8

Fouls

16

376 (79%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

466 (82%)

45%

Possession

55%

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