Brandon Bye vs. Philadelphia Union (2020, Colonial)
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Recap | Revs close regular season with 2-0 loss to Philadelphia Union

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (8-7-8, 32 pts., 1.39 PPG) concluded the regular season with a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union (14-4-5, 47 pts., 2.04 PPG) at Subaru Park on Sunday. Philadelphia’s Sergio Santos opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, and Cory Burke doubled the host’s lead in the 69th minute to secure the Supporters’ Shield for the Union.

With the result, the Revolution finish the regular season in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and advance to the Play-In Round of Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they will host the Montreal Impact on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The Revolution have registered a 3-1-0 record in four meetings against the Impact this season, including three straight victories. The Revs are 12-10-3 against Montreal in the all-time series, though the Nov. 20 Play-In Round matchup will mark the teams’ first postseason meeting.

Today’s contest in Philadelphia marked the fourth time this season all three of the Revolution’s Designated Players – Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa, and Carles Gil – appeared in a match together. Gil made his second consecutive start and fourth consecutive appearance since returning from injury in October, while Bou made his second straight appearance since returning from a hamstring injury. Buksa, who played all 90 minutes today, finished the season as one of two Revolution players – along with Tajon Buchanan – to appear in every game this season. Buchanan’s 23 MLS appearances this season are the most among Canadian players.

Forward Teal Bunbury finished the regular season as the club’s leading scorer with eight tallies, along with one assist, to claim the Revolution’s Golden Boot.

POSTGAME NOTES
New England Revolution 0, Philadelphia Union 2
November 8, 2020 – Subaru Park (Chester, Penn.)

Revolution Finish Eighth in Eastern Conference with 2-0 Loss

  • The Revolution (8-7-8, 32 pts., 1.39 PPG) closed the 2020 regular season with a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Sunday afternoon. The win clinched the Supporters’ Shield for the Union.
  • New England finishes the MLS regular season in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Revolution will host the Montreal Impact, the No. 9 seed, in the Play-In Round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Deportes).
  • New England concludes the 2020 campaign with a 6-5-3 record away from Foxborough, matching a club record for wins away form home and tied with Toronto FC for the most away wins in MLS.
  • Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record moves to 218-131-105, and 16-10-16 with the Revolution. Arena, the winningest coach in MLS Cup Playoff history, has brought the Revolution to back-to-back playoff appearances after a three-year drought.

New England’s Designated Player Triumvirate Makes Second Consecutive Appearance

  • Revolution Designated Players Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa, and Carles Gil appeared together in New England’s attack for the second consecutive match and the fourth time this season. All three appeared in the Starting XI for the third time in 2020.
  • Gil wore the captain’s armband for the second straight game and fourth time this season. The second-year midfielder logged a 90-minute shift and finished with 89 touches, six fouls won, three key passes, and one interception, while successfully completing 48 of 59 pass attempts.
  • Buksa finished the season second behind Teal Bunbury for the team’s Golden Boot award with six goals.
  • Buksa and forward Tajon Buchanan both played in all 23 games this season, with Buchanan’s 23 games played leading all Canadian players in MLS.

Bunbury Claims Revs’ Golden Boot

  • Forward Teal Bunbury captured the team’s Golden Boot as the team’s leading scorer with eight goals this season.
  • This marks the first time Bunbury has claimed the Revolution’s Golden Boot.
  • He surged in New England’s Golden Boot race over the team’s last seven games, scoring four times – including a brace on Nov. 1 vs. D.C. United.
  • Bunbury is likely to finish the regular season with the most away goals (6) of any player in MLS this season.

Fagundez Finishes on 261 Games Played, Tied for Appearances Record

  • Midfielder Diego Fagundez was an unused substitute tonight and will conclude his season with 261 career regular season games played, tied with Shalrie Joseph for the Revolution’s club record.
  • The 10-year Revolution veteran and first-ever Homegrown Player signing has registered 261 games played, 53 goals and 45 assists in his Revs career, all top-three in club history.

Revolution Make Two Changes to Starting Lineup

  • New England made two changes to the Starting XI from its most recent match on Nov. 1 vs. D.C. United, with Brandon Bye and Gustavo Bou starting in place of DeJuan Jones and Tommy McNamara.
  • Bye, who appeared in all but one match this season with 18 starts, recorded six clearances, five possessions gained, two interceptions and two shots over 77 minutes of action.
  • Defender Andrew Farrell registered his 19th full 90-minute shift of the season. Farrell finished with team highs in possessions gained (8) and clearances (7), along with two interceptions and one block.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt (AR1), Brian Dunn (AR2)
Fourth Official: Adam Kilpatrick
Video Assistant Referee: Drew Fischer
Weather: 77 and sunny
Attendance: 3,000

Scoring Summary:
PHI-
Sergio Santos (Unassisted) 42’
PHI- Cory Burke (Jose Martinez) 69’

Misconduct Summary:
NE- Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 31’
NE- Teal Bunbury (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 55’
PHI- Jose Martinez (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 86’
NE- Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 90+6’

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Alexander Büttner (Matt Polster HT), Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye (Seth Sinovic 77’); Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 57’), Tajon Buchanan (Lee Nguyen HT), Carles Gil ©; Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou (Kekuta Manneh 77’)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Diego Fagundez, Tommy McNamara

Philadelphia: Matt Freese; Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner, Raymon Gaddis; Jose Martinez, Jamiro Monteiro (Jack Elliot 90’), Alejandro Bedoya © (Anthony Fontana 90+6’), Brenden Aaronson; Sergio Santos (Cory Burke 63’), Kacper Przybylko (Ilson Jr. 90’)

Substitutes Not Used: Warren Creavalle, Andrew Wooten, Joe Bendik, Olivier Mbaizo, Aurelien Collin

New England Revolution

Team Statistics

Philadelphia

9(1)

Shots (on Target)

18(5)

4

Blocked Shots

7

3

Saves

1

6

Corner Kicks

3

3

Offsides

2

11

Fouls

14

428 (78%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

321 (67%)

57.3%

Possession

42.7%

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