Teal Bunbury goal celebration (2021)
Steve Hamlin

Recap | Bunbury scores late as Revs battle Union to 1-1 draw at Subaru Park

CHESTER, Pa. – The New England Revolution (2-1-2; 8 pts.) battled the Philadelphia Union (1-2-2; 5 pts.) to a 1-1 draw at Subaru Park on Wednesday night. Forward Teal Bunbury opened his 2021 account with a go-ahead goal in the 85th minute, assisted by DeJuan Jones and Gustavo Bou. Philadelphia’s Kacper Przybylko netted the equalizer on an unassisted header in the 88th minute to send both sides home with one point apiece.

Bunbury’s goal, his 43rd in a Revolution uniform, gives the 12th-year forward sole possession of fourth place on the club’s all-time goals scored list. The 85th-minute strike was latest goal scored by the Revolution this season. New England’s away record shifts to 0-1-2 this season with tonight’s result.

Tonight’s match featured the MLS debut of 23-year-old defender Jon Bell, who logged a 90-minute performance in central defense alongside Andrew Farrell. Bell, the second Revolution II graduate to start and appear in a first-team match, finished tonight’s game with team-highs in possessions gained (11) and clearances (5), in addition to two tackles and two interceptions. Meanwhile, Farrell collected his 244th regular season appearance for the Revs, surpassing Jay Heaps for fifth-most games played in club history. Fellow Revolution II product Maciel made his third consecutive start in the midfield and completed a game-high 49 passes in his first career 90-minute outing.

New England concludes a stretch of three matches in nine days on Sunday, May 16 when the Revolution host defending MLS Cup champions Columbus SC for a rematch of the 2020 Eastern Conference Final. Sunday’s nationally televised match will kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.

POSTGAME NOTES
New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1
May 12, 2021 – Subaru Park (Chester, Pa.)

  • The New England Revolution battled the Philadelphia Union to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night on the road at Subaru Park.
  • Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena made three changes in the Starting XI from last Saturday’s match at Nashville SC. Jon Bell, Brandon Bye, and Tommy McNamara started in place of Henry Kessler, Gustavo Bou, and Matt Polster.
  • New England’s all-time record against Philadelphia shifts to 6-17-7 with tonight’s draw, including a 3-11-3 mark in the regular season at Subaru Park.
  • Arena’s away record with New England shifts to 8-7-8, while his regular season mark with the club moves to 18-11-18. Arena is now 6-4-5 all-time against the Union.
  • Forward Teal Bunbury came on as a second-half substitute and netted his first goal of the 2021 season in the 85th minute. Bunbury’s goal was the 43rd of his Revolution career, surpassing Steve Ralston for sole possession of fourth on the club’s all-time goals scored list. The 12th-year MLS veteran owns 62 regular season goals in 295 MLS appearances.
  • Defender DeJuan Jones registered his first assist of the season on Bunbury’s goal. The assist was Jones’ first since March 30, 2019, when the third-year defender made his first career MLS start in a 2-1 win over Minnesota.
  • For the second straight game, Carles Gil (6) collected twice as many key passes as any other player on the pitch for either side. His four fouls won on the night were also twice the total of the next-highest player.
  • Defender Jon Bell made his MLS and Revolution debuts tonight with a 90-minute performance in central defense. The 23-year-old became the second Revolution II graduate to start and appear in a first-team game. Bell finished with team-highs in possessions gained (11) and clearances (5), while adding two tackles and two interceptions.
  • Defender Andrew Farrell made his 244th regular season appearance for the club, surpassing his former coach Jay Heaps for fifth all time in Revs regular season annals.
  • Midfielder Maciel collected his third consecutive start in tonight’s contest. The 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder successfully completed 49 of 55 pass attempts. His 49 successful passes were a game high.  
  • Midfielder Tajon Buchanan paced the Revolution with a team-best three shots in his 68-minute shift.
  • Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, Matt Polster, Edward Kizza, and Henry Kessler were the substitutes in tonight’s match as Bruce Arena made five substitutes for the second time this season.

GAME CAPSULE

REFEREE: Tori Penso
AR1: Corey Rockwell AR2: Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
Video Assistant Referee: Tim Ford
Attendance: 5,000
Weather: 65 Degrees and Clear

Scoring Summary:
NE – Teal Bunbury 1 (DeJuan Jones 1, Gustavo Bou 1) 85'
PHI – Kacper Przybylko 1 (Unassisted) 88’

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Kai Wagner (Yellow Card) 34’
PHI – Jamiro Monteiro (Yellow Card) 53’
PHI – Kacper Przybylko (Yellow Card) 71’
NE – Brandon Bye (Yellow Card) 90+1’

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones (Henry Kessler 90’), Andrew Farrell, Jon Bell, Brandon Bye; Tommy McNamara (Matt Polster 79’), Maciel; Tajon Buchanan (Teal Bunbury 68’), Carles Gil ©, Arnór Traustason (Edward Kizza 79’); Adam Buksa (Gustavo Bou 68’)    

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Scott Caldwell

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Jack Elliot, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo, Kai Wagner; Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya ©, Jack McGlynn (Anthony Fontana 59’), Leon Flach; Sergio Santos (Cory Burke 58’), Kacper Przybylko

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Freese, Matthew Real, Cole Turner, Nathan Harriel, Paxten Aaronson, Quinn Sullivan, Aurelien Collin

Philadelphia Union

Team Statistics

New England Revolution

14 (3)

Shots (on Target)

15 (5)

4

Blocked Shots

2

4

Saves

2

3

Corner Kicks

5

4

Offsides

1

13

Fouls

6

393 (75.1%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

398 (80.4%)

49.3%

Possession

50.7%

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