MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 1, Montreal Impact 0 — New England claims first win of year in tourney opener

WHO: Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
WHAT: MLS IS BACK Tournament, Matchday 1, Group C
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
TV/RADIO: TUDN (Spanish)/Twitter (English)/WBZ-FM 98.5
WHAT’S UP: The Boys are back, and so is MLS as the league opened its return to play tournament Wednesday night, with Orlando City toppling Inter Miami, 2-1, in the opener. The Revs are in action for the first time since March 7 and the home opener at Gillette Stadium 124 days ago, the opponent rather familiar in Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact.

We’ll have your starting lineups at just about 7:30 p.m. Until then, your match notes are below.

We’re underway in Orlando… the Revs are back! Revs in the home navy blues, Montreal in gray. New England gets us started.

1′ Heavy pass gets away from Caldwell, and Büttner tracks back to dispossess Montreal.

3′ First corner of the game by Montreal, and the Revs clear it out. Montreal taking advantage of some space out on the flank.

6′ Wanyama with a double forearm foul on Gil.

7′ Kelyn Rowe has a go with the right on a loose ball, just over the bar.

10′ Gil with a left footer blocked by Montreal after a nice move by Buksa. Corner… headed over by Buksa.

12′ Solid stop by Delamea on Urruti.

18′ Gil not patient on that pass in the attacking third. Montreal looks comfortable sitting back, Revs with plenty of possession.

19′ ALMOST for Gil. Bou with a great run on the ball, he’s dispossessed, but the ball goes to Gil whose shot is saved by Diop.

20′ Revs corner, headed for a second. Büttner with the half volley on the second, deflected over for corner No. 3 in a row.

23′ Sixth corner for the Revs. Pitch tilting toward Diop’s goal.

26′ Piette’s shot, with Toni closing down, goes askew.

27′ Second corner of the match for Montreal.

28′ That counter was good until Bye had no idea what to do with the ball.

30′ Bou whistled for a foul… don’t see it, he got the ball first.

34′ Solid run by Cristian, and his left footer is barely wide of the far post. 56 percent possession for the Revs in the first half an hour.

37′ Rowe, to Buksa, to Gil…. too many touches by Gil, and Raitala knocks it away.

38′ Corner to Montreal.

40′ Almost for Bou, the angle difficult even as Diop comes out as the Revs were on the break. Revs are owning this match. They’d love a goal before the half.

41′ Bou has a go, wide to the near post.

42′ Bou with the left, saved.

44′ Okwonkwo with a heavy foul on Büttner.

45′ Two minutes minimum added on.

45+1′ Bou, chips Diop… just wide.

HALFTIME

Sweens’ thoughts:

Wow… is that what we’ve missed without having three DPs on the roster?! I’ll take that. 10 shots, two on target… just lacking that finish right now. Revs with 51.2 percent of the ball.

Second half underway

46′ Corner to Montreal. Brault-Guillard on for Okwonkwo at the half. Nothing happened.

50′ Bad giveaway by Rowe, and Turner has to make his first saves of the game on Urruti. That could have been bad.

54′ Obviously the Revs are on the back foot in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, a touch sloppy. Corner to the Revs…. Caldwell has a try, cleared, and then the Revs try to go deep into the area, Diop takes care of it.

56′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and there it is, Gustavo Bou’s opener of the season. Credit to Cristian Penilla to track back to dispossess, and Caldwell to find Gil with acres of space to work. He gets it into Bou, he makes a move around Fanni, and he buries it with the left. 1-0 to New England.

58′ MEG! MEG! MEG!

59′ Revs now getting that foothold back, with Gil’s try cut short for a corner… headed by Buksa over the bar.

61′ Corner to Montreal, just over the hour.

62′ Mancienne goes into the book. Quioto is in the game.

63′ ALMOST a second, but Buksa’s far to the far post is off-line. Great cross by Penilla.

66′ Henry Kessler coming in for Mancienne. Mancienne has played fairly well tonight. He looks like he has a touch of cramp.

69′ Bou tries for a second, and it’s solid, but Diop made a nice save.

70′ ALMOST for Kelyn Rowe as he tried to elevate for Bou’s cross.

72′ Binks gets booked for a foul on Bou. Free kick for the Revs.

73′ Over the bar,off Buksa’s head.

75′ Tabla on for Urruti.

77′ Hydration break.

80′ Corner to Montreal after Delamea comes up with a block.

81′ DeJuan Jones on for Büttner. A good debut for him.

83′ ALMOST another second as Gil finds Bou, and he crosses. Buksa wasn’t close for that.

85′ Bunbury for Buksa. Big time fresh legs here. May not be fair to criticize Buksa given the time off, but he was a smidge off, I think. Buchanan on for Penilla. Bou moves up to the No. 9.

89′ Revs playing a lot of D right now, not clearing long enough.

90′ Bou has a go after he launched Gil… it’s wide, but that’s smart. Little breather. … Six minutes minimum added on.

90+6′ Matt Turner with a big save… too bad no one watching on the TUDN stream saw it.

FULL TIME

Revs starting XI:

Turner; Büttner, Delamea, Mancienne, Bye; Scott Caldwell, Rowe; Penilla, Gil, Bou; Buksa
Bench: Jeff Caldwell, Knighton, Angking, Buchanan, Bunbury, Fagundez, Jones, Kessler, Rennicks, Rivera, Sinovic, Zahibo

For the most part, a first-choice lineup with the center back pairing switching up from the match against Chicago, with Antonio Delamea and Michael Mancienne making their first starts in 2020.

Montreal:

Diop; Binks, Fanny, Camacho; Raitala, Wanyama, Piette, Taïder; Okwonkwo, Urruti; Bojan
Bench: Bush, Corrales, Brault-Guillard, Yao, Lappalainen, Shome, Tabla, Sejdic, Choiniere, Maciel, Quioto, Jackson-Hamel

***

Center back Andrew Farrell is listed as questionable ahead of Thursday’s game with a left quadriceps injury, but Bruce Arena did note that he trained with the club this week. If he doesn’t go, expect Antonio Delamea to get the start alongside Henry Kessler, their first pairing.

While the match will be streaming in English on Twitter, Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies will broadcast the match for Revs supporters on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Of course, this is the second meeting between the Revs and Montreal this season, with L’Impact taking the season opener, 2-1. You can re-read our recap of that one right here.

A reminder: Teal Bunbury and Adam Buksa are the lone Revs to make the onion bag burp so far in 2020. Gustavo Bou, Brandon Bye, and Cristian Penilla have assists.

We’re expecting Carles Gil and Alexander Büttner to make their 2020 debuts Thursday; it would be Büttner’s MLS debut should Bruce Arena slide him into his favored left back slot.

Should Braintree native Scott Caldwell make an appearance tonight, it would be his 200th appearance in an MLS contest, and would be the ninth Revolution player to hit that mark.

Should Kelyn Rowe make an appearance, it would be No. 225 of his MLS career. He is also one goal shy of 30 for his career.

Penilla is two goals shy of 20.

Steeven Saba is out for Montreal with a foot injury.

Impact striker Anthony Jackson-Hamel is a Revs killer, having scored four goals in eight appearances against New England. So, too, is Montreal’s Maxi Urruti (three goals, one assist).

Evan Bush has five clean sheets against the Revs in his career. Tonight would be his 225th appearance.

If Romell Quioto starts for Montreal, it would be his 50th start in MLS.

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