Tajon Buchanan vs. New York Red Bulls (2020, Colonial)
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Recap | Revs clinch spot in Audi MLS Cup Playoffs despite 1-0 loss to Red Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (7-6-8, 29 pts.) fell to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night. New York’s Aaron Long scored the game’s lone goal in the 89th minute, when he got on the end of a Red Bulls corner kick that was headed down into the penalty area. Despite the result, the Revolution clinched a spot in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs tonight due to FC Dallas’ win over Inter Miami CF.

Midfielder Diego Fagundez made club history in tonight’s contest by tying Shalrie Joseph for most games played in Revolution history (261). Fagundez, 25, can become New England’s all-time service leader by appearing in either of the team’s last two regular season games. The first Homegrown Player signing in team history and native of Leominster, Mass., Fagundez made his professional debut in 2011 and is among the club’s all-time leaders in virtually every statistical category, including goals (2nd) and assists (3rd). Fagundez is also the holder of several age-related MLS records as the youngest player to record 200 appearances and 50 goals in league history.

Reigning MLS Newcomer of the Year Carles Gil, who made his return from an August heel surgery in last Friday’s draw against Nashville, saw another 27 minutes of action as a substitute at Red Bull Arena tonight.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Revolution are currently in seventh place on the Eastern Conference table – level with the Red Bulls on points. The team will look to climb back above New York into sixth place in order to advance directly to Round 1 of the MLS Cup Playoffs and avoid a single-elimination play-in round. 

New England returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 1, when the club hosts D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.

POSTGAME NOTES
New York Red Bulls 1, New England Revolution 0
October 28, 2020 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)

Revolution Clinch Playoff Spot Despite 1-0 Loss to Red Bulls

  • The Revolution (7-6-8, 28 pts.) fell to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.
  • New England will compete in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year and for the 15th time in 25 MLS seasons.
  • New England’s away record moves to 5-3-1, excluding the MLS is Back Tournament, with one away match remaining in the 2020 regular season. Tonight’s defeat snapped the team’s four-game road unbeaten streak.
  • Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record moves to 217-130-105, and 15-9-16 with the Revolution.

Diego Fagundez Matches Shalrie Joseph For Club’s All-Time Games Played Record

  • Forward Diego Fagundez made his 261st MLS regular season appearance tonight, tying Shalrie Joseph’s club record for most regular season games played in Revolution history.
  • Joseph played in his 261st game at age 34, while Fagundez equals that number at only 25. The Homegrown Player from Leominster, Mass. can claim sole possession of the record on Sunday, Nov. 1 vs. D.C. United.
  • The 10th-year forward has scored 53 goals with 45 assists and played over 16,000 minutes over his 261 appearances, including 186 starts.

Carles Gil Makes Second Consecutive Appearance in Return from Injury

  • Midfielder Carles Gil registered his second straight appearance since re-joining the team after returning ahead of schedule from surgery to debride his Achilles tendon on Aug. 4.
  • Gil, the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year, played 27 minutes in his second career shift off the bench and finished tonight’s contest with 22 touches, three fouls won, two possessions gained, one chance created and one shot, while completing 12 of his 14 pass attempts.

Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting Lineup

  • New England’s Starting XI features three changes from its most recent match on Oct. 23 at Nashville SC, with Kekuta MannehKelyn Rowe and Adam Buksa starting in place of Lee NguyenTajon Buchanan and Teal Bunbury.
  • Buchanan and Buksa are the two remaining Revolution players to appear in all 21 league matches this season. Buchanan logged a 26-minute shift off the bench, while Buksa registered his eighth 90-minute performance of the season.
  • Nguyen recorded his 10th appearance since re-joining the club via trade with Inter Miami CF on Sept. 8 and completed 15 of 17 pass attempts over a 27-minute shift.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referee: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Brian Dunn (AR2)
Fourth Official: Luis Arroyo
Video Assistant Referee: Chris Penso
Weather: 57 degrees and cloudy
Attendance:

Scoring Summary:
NY- Aaron Long (Tim Parker, Alejandro Romero Gamarra) 89’

Misconduct Summary:
NE- Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 44’
NE- Adam Buksa (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 48’
NE- Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 57’
NE- Tajon Buchanan (Yellow Card-Simulation) 75’
NE- Lee Nguyen (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 85’

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Alexander Büttner, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones (Brandon Bye 85’); Scott Caldwell © (Matt Polster HT), Tommy McNamara; Kekuta Manneh (Lee Nguyen 63’), Diego Fagundez (Carles Gil 63’), Kelyn Rowe (Tajon Buchanan 64’); Adam Buksa

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Teal Bunbury

New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kyle Duncan, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Jason Pendant; Sean Davis (Cristian Cásseres Jr 59’), Marc Rzatkowski (Alejandro Romero Gamarra 59’), Caden Clark (Daniel Royer 59’), Florian Valot, Jared Stroud (Samuel Tetteh 74’); Brian White (Tom Barlow 79’)

Substitutes Not Used: David Jensen, Mandela Egbo, Amro Tarek, Dru Yearwood

New England Revolution

Team Statistics

New York Red Bulls

13 (2)

Shots (on Target)

13 (3)

5

Blocked Shots

2

2

Saves

2

7

Corner Kicks

6

1

Offsides

1

16

Fouls

16

432 (76%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

339 (67%)

56.4%

Possession

43.6%

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