WHO: Philadelphia at Revolution
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/98.5 WBZ-FM/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: For the first time since March 7, the Revolution are playing in front of… well, they’re playing at home. And the first opponent of the first wave of six games is, well, the last opponent they played in Orlando, that being the Philadelphia Union.
We’re live from The New Farm, and underway at Gillette. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your game notes are available underneath the running tally. Updates are periodic. Thanks for joining us here on the Bay State Soccer Sentinel.
3′ Santos is down for Philadelphia, and and looks like he had a tete a tete with Kessler.
4′ Offside by Philly.
6′ Solid dispossession by Kelyn Rowe, but a weak try by Penilla goes to Elliot… now Polster comes in hard, and Monteiro gets whacked. Polster’s going to have to dial that back…. ohhh, VAR looking at this. Oh dear, that would be unfortunate.
8′ No red card. Charlie Davies thought it would be harsh.
9′ BOU. He takes Bye’s lay-off and drills it, but Blake makes the parry.
10′ McKenzie with a sliding stop on Penilla after Polster won in the midfield. It’s a corner, but DOOP clear it.
12′ Bunbury taken down by Real, will be a free kick for the Revs.
13′ BUKSA OFF THE WOODWORK. That was great one-touch football on that attack…. Revs earn a corner.
15′ WHAT THE HELL IS THIS. Rowe looks like he takes off from a trampoline… so much just happened there, Penilla had a cut back, Bou tried to break Gaddis’ ankles not once but twice. Corner.
19′ Ricochet shot goes right to Matt Turner.
20′ Bou tries to feed Penilla, it’s slightly long and right to a charging Blake. I love what I see out of the Revs in the first 20 minutes here.
21′ Interesting 3-on-2 by the Revs, the Union defense stymies Buksa. And Rowe coming up to try to make something happen.
24′ Bou draws a foul in the channel…. Büttner’s free kick is too long.
25′ Brandon Bye goes into the book for a tackle.
26′ Now VAR is looking for red card infringement again.
27′ Handle by Philly.
28′ Revs with 54 percent possession so far, five shots, one on-target so far. The aggressiveness has tailed off a bit.
29′ Spoke too soon. Penilla with a burst, tries to get it to Bou…. other way, Turner with a save.
34′ Aaronson tries to get it in, but it’s wide.
35′ Corner for the Revs as Bye’s cross is deflected…. Union countering.
36′ Pryzbylko with a shot, Turner stops it, and it’s a corner for Philly.
37′ Bou’s high boot in front of Blake forces a turnover.
38′ Büttner to Buksa, goes over for a corner. Philly’s D is right on Buksa, tight.
40′ Bou has a near chance, but he takes too long to try to bury Rowe’s volley. Corner to the Revs…. shot by Bou, blocked.
44′ Büttner with a long volley to Bunbury, and it’s too long…. Polster now goes into the book.
45′ One minute minimum added on here. Free kick for the Revs out on the flank. Might be the last kick of the half.
That was amazing, the creation. No Gil, no problem. Love the intensity, the relentlessness in the offense. But yes, there’s no goals for the Revolution so far.
48 percent possession for New England. Seven shots, one on-target, the Bou shot from earlier.
Second Half Underway. Revs headed toward The Fort for the first time in five and a half months.
47′ Bou with an interception and starts a counter, he tries to find Buksa, looks off-target.
49′ Save Turner.
50′ McKenzie goes into the book for the professional foul… ok, bear hug.
52′ Turner with the stop on Farrell’s deflection.
53′ And now Elliot is booked. Both Union CB’s are on yellows.
54′ Big hand by Turner to stop Aaronson. Corner to Philly.
56′ Real with a drive… MATT TURNER LAUNCHES HIMSELF TO MAKE THE PARRY.
58′ Good defending by Bye.
59′ Buksa with a shot, deflected for a corner.
62′ Corner to the Union…. and Santos comes off, replaced by Ilsinho.
64′ Corner to the Revs. Corner practice in this second half…. Bou sends it to Walpole…. Jones on for Bye, Buchanan on for Bunbury. SPEED KILLS, Y’ALL.
66′ Corner to Philly.
68′ Bou with a cross but it looks on net… Blake with the stop, luckily, I think.
69′ Buchanan with a cross, Bou can’t get to it. Not a bad cross.
70′ Elliot fouls Buksa with that leg… he’s lucky that Sebiga doesn’t go to the pocket. Free kick Revs… right to Blake.
75′ Diego Fagundez coming on for Penilla. Penilla goes over 5,000 minutes in the league. Fagundez moves into third all-time in Revs appearances, slides past Chris Tierney. Philly also making subs, Mbaizo for Real, Wooten for Pryzbylko.
78′ Shot by Jones to Blake.
80′ Turner with a save on Monteiro.
81′ Bou with a shot that goes out for a thrown-in…. Tajon spins Martinez, didn’t see him. 81st minute gone, that’s now 300 minutes without a goal for the Revs since Buska’s goal against DC.
83′ Long range blast by Philly, Wide. Really wide.
85′ Bou is offside by about 20 miles.
86′ Rennicks coming in for Rowe. Big spot for JR12.
88′ Whoa. Elliot slides and stops Bou at close range. Great feed by Polster. Goal saving move.
89′ Aaronson coming on, Creavalle coming on. Kessler has a great stop on Ilsinho before the change… Jones blazes into the Fort.
90′ Buksa, off-target on Rennicks’ cross. He hasn’t had many chances tonight, he shook Creavalle to get that…. three minutes minimum added on.
90+2′ ANDREW FARRELL YOU BEAUTY. Tackle in the box to slow Philadelphia after a lazy touch by Tajon.
90+3′ Büttner down after he and Farrell close down and deny Ilsinho.
90+4′ FULL TIME
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Rowe, Polster; Penilla, Bou, Bunbury; Buksa
Bench: J. Caldwell, Knighton, Buchanan, S. Caldwell, Fagundez, Jones, Mancienne, Rennicks, Sinovic
For the Union:
Blake; Real, McKenzie, Elliot, Gaddis; Martinez, Monteiro, Bedoya, Aaronson; Santos, Pryzbylko
Bench: Creavalle, Glesnes, Wooten, Bendik, Ilsinho, de Vries, Mbaizo, Turner, Fontana
New acquisitions Kekuta Manneh and Tommy McNamara will not be available for selection tonight, as they have to undergo a 10-day quarantine for COVID. Both have been tested repeatedly as part of the FC Cincinnati and Houston Dynamo sides, and there should be no issues when they emerge from the quarantine next Thursday.
June acquisition Matt Polster is expected to make his Revolution debut as he did not take part in the MLS IS BACK Tournament last month.
A reminder that Bruce Arena is suspended for tonight’s match due to his red card at the end of the loss to the Union in the knockouts.
With the knockout loss to Philly, that’s not technically a loss in the regular season. That being said, the Revs have not technically lost since the season opener in Montreal. Don’t take this away from me.
Following the win over the Revs, DOOP went on to beat Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Portland in the semifinals. That’s an additional 180 minutes on the legs.
Andre Blake was the MLS IS BACK Tournament’s Golden Glove winner and made the tourney’s Best XI.
Gustavo Bou is currently tied for first in the league with 18 chances created, according to Opta.
Teal Bunbury’s next appearance will be his 275th in Major League Soccer.
Diego Fagundez’s next appearance will move him ahead of Chris Tierney for third all-time in Revolution history at 246.
Andrew Farrell’s next start in the New England back line will surpass Tierney for fourth-most regular season starts at 220.
Cristian Penilla is 19 minutes away from his 5,000th minute played in MLS.
Philadelphia’s Jacob Glesnes and Jose Martinez are both on YELLOW CARD WATCH and will serve a one-match suspension on their next two yellows.
Seven Union players have a goal each this season. Spreading the goals around in the City of Brotherly Love.
Fagundez has scored four times against DOOP. Kelyn Rowe has scored twice, and Farrell and Brandon Bye once apiece. Bunbury has scored once against Philadelphia, and that was with Sporting Kansas City.
Kai Wagner is questionable for the Union with a lower leg contusion.
Cory Burke is also expected to be unavailable for selection tonight after manager Jim Curtin said earlier this week that he had travel trouble.