MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 2, DC United 1 — Bou, Bunbury gives Revolution first win in DC in seven years

WHO: Revolution at DC United
WHERE: Audi Field, Washington, DC
WHEN: 7 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: The Revolution head to the Navy Yard to take on United, a team they have already drawn, 1-1, during last month’s tournament. It also happens to be the game where the Revs last scored a goal, and take a 309-minute scoreless streak into this one. How long does the streak go?

We are underway from the National Capital. Your starting lineups and benches are available, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.

1′ Quickie attack by DC, but too much under the ball by Paredes.

3′ Decent attack by the Revs as Bou takes it away from Pines and gives to Penilla, he moves left and shoots wide…. other way, BIG SAVE by Turner on Kamara. I want another look at that…. and we get it, Farrell with a flub, but Turner comes up HUGE.

4′ Flores’ shot wide.

5′ Free kick to DC…. offside. Maybe a foul. Foul.

8′ Late offside as DC gets through… and Kessler with a sliding stop just in case.

9′ Kessler with a block after Rowe turns it over.

14′ Penilla goes down a tad too easily on the counter. Counters started by a dispossession by Polster.

15′ Canouse is down, holding the back of his leg in the hammy area. Revs have had difficulty in penetrating the attacking third. Revs need to find space in a three-man back line.

16′ Canouse is back up, but he’s coming off. Early sub for DC, Brilliant coming on when he does.

18′ Bou knows defense? He grabs a loose ball from Hamid… loses it.

19′ Revs offside. Brilliant now on.

20′ Bunbury was taken down, defender gets a talking to. Teal’s OK.

21′ Kessler with a block on Kamara, but the offside flag is up again. Late. Loving what Kessler was brought to the table, especially tonight. Really standing out.

22′ Bou with a shot, deflected, right to Hamid. That’s one shot on-target.

25′ Bou with a couple of defensive moves…. I really like defensive-playing Bou.

25′ BOU. Incredibly play between Rowe and Bou, the Argentine with the shot, forces Hamid to make the diving save. Corner to the Revs.

26′ GOAL REVOLUTION and it’s Gustavo Bou with a cannon blast from somewhere near Capitol Hill. Bou with the loose ball off the head, and he fires it in from 19 yards, and it’s 1-0 to New England.

29′ Corner to the Revs…. Büttner’s shot swirled in the upper atmosphere.

30′ Hydration break is here…. hell, just open your mouth and let nature hydrate you. It’s pouring in DC.

32′ Looks like we’re in a delay.

8:12 p.m. — Brad Feldman reports they are looking at a restart shortly after 8:30.

8:14 p.m. — MLS tweets that the restart is at 8:25.

8:26 — back underway in the 32nd minute.

34′ Near steal by Bou on the press. We didn’t see these types of mistakes by the opposition when Friedel employed the press.

36′ Corner to the Revs. Third corner for New England.

37′ ALMOST FOR KELYN ROWE. A ricochet from Bunbury goes through the 18 to Kelyn, who drives it goalward. Hamid parries, and it’s a corner.

38′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Teal Bunbury! Off the corner, and he cracks it in, and it’s 2-nil to the Revs.

44′ Rowe gets a telling off for a foul.

45′ Farrell clears it out inside the 6. Corner to DC. Good vision by Farrell…. four minutes minimum added on here at the end of the extended first half.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts:

Give the Revs credit for getting their feet. The start was sloppy, but the way that things developed saw New England control things and exposed space. Two goals is no joke.

51.2 percent possession by the Revs.

7 shots, 5 on target. Big, big change.

Second Half Underway.

46′ Impressive IQ by Kessler.

47′ Solid hold-up by Buksa — which is what I wanted Thursday — and Bye with a drive, wide.

48′ Turner with a save on Felipe.

52′ Free kick by Gressel, foul on Birnbaum.

55′ A little tete-a-tete between Flores and Büttner….

56′ Büttner’s up, and Flores is still down. He grimaced hard. Hope he’s OK.

57′ Segura going to come on for Flores, it looks. Flores getting help leaving the pitch.

62′ Good counter by the Revs, but Buksa needs to pull the trigger faster. Corner to the Revs. Sixth.

63′ Another one.

65′ Gressel’s shot blocked…. Birnbaum is booked for a foul on the Ecuadorian Delorean.

68′ Bad giveaway by Rowe leads to a corner for DC. That’s his last touch, Scott Caldwell comes in…. corner service, Turner with the save

69′ Looks like they are going to go to VAR for a possible handle in the box on Büttner.


72′ GOAL DC UNITED. Ola Kamara with the stutter step to send Turner the wrong way, and he slipped it through. His sixth career goal against the Revs. 2-1, and game on.

75′ Corner to DC. And another.

76′ Bou looks for Buksa after amazing distribution by Turner. Corner to the Revs.

80′ Felipe and Caldwell clash shins, ow.

82′ Going to VAR….

83′ STRAIGHT RED. Scott Caldwell is sent off for a studs up challenge, and Scotty is beside himself. Revs down to 10 men.

85′ Diego Fagundez coming on for Gustavo Bou. I liked his performance tonight, except a number of giveaways.

88′ Turner off his line for the stop.

89′ Revs shout for a pen as Penilla charges into the penalty area and is taken down. Higuain coming on for Brilliant.

90′ 10 minutes minimum. WHAT?!?

90+1′ MATT TURNER WITH THE SAVE ON OLA KAMARA. OMG. OMG. OMG. And that came off Kamara’s shoulder.

90+2′ Tajon Buchanan for Penilla, DeJuan Jones for Büttner.

90+5′ Buksa goes into the book.

90+8′ Birnbaum tries to reel in a long switch in the point of the attack and the ball is long.

90+9′ Tajon with a stinger after Buksa’s solid run. Big save by Hamid.

90+10′ Birnbaum goes into the book for a foul on Buchanan…. other way, handle on Segura.

90+11′ FULL TIME

For the Revs:

Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Polster, Rowe, Penilla, Bunbury; Bou, Buksa
Bench: J. Caldwell, Knighton, Buchanan, S. Caldwell, Fagundez, Jones, Mancienne, Rennicks, Sinovic

For DC United:

Hamid; Birnbaum, Pines, Canouse; Paredes, Moreno, Felipe; Mora, Flores, Kamara, Gressel
Bench: Abu, Asad, Brilliant, Higuain, Segura, Sietz, Sjöberg, Sorga, Yow

DC’s Junior Moreno and Russell Canouse are both on YELLOW CARD WATCH. Two more yellows for both, and they receive a one-game suspension.

Federico Higuain and Frederic Brilliant each have two goals for United. Higuain has scored seven goals against New England in his MLS career.

DC coming in are 1-2-3, coming off a scoreless draw against FC Cincinnati. The Revs are coming off a scoreless draw against Philadelphia on Thursday. There were four scoreless draws in the first weekend since the tournament.

We just mentioned Higuain with seven goals against the Revs, but that’s not the only big crooked number for DC: Ola Kamara has scored five times against New England, Yamil Asad three, and Julian Gressel twice.

Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury have three goals each against DC.

Paul Arriola is not medically cleared to play, according to DC United’s game notes. No new injuries listed for the Revolution.

DC went with a three-man back line against Cincinnati, with Moreno and Canouse in holding roles and allowed for five attackers. Call it a 3-5-2 or a 3-2-3-2, whichevs.

The Revs are 9-24-5 when playing at DC United. This will be the Revolution’s third trip to Audi, where they are 0-1-1. New England’s last W in DC? You have to go back to July 27, 2013, when the Revs beat DC, 2-1, on Fagundez’s seventh goal of the season in the 63rd minute. DC had gone up, 1-0, when the Revs came back to win. Dmitri Imbongo got the Revs started with a 54th minute goal thanks to Chris Tierney’s helper, and Fagundez won it nine minutes later.

While the Revs have had difficulty scoring this year, the opponents du jour have had just as much trouble as the New England back line and Matt Turner have been thoroughly outstanding. New England has only allowed four goals in 2020. Only Columbus (2) and Dallas (3) have allowed fewer.

Brandon Bye has created four chances that Opta, the MLS stat service, considers “big” chances. He’s tied for second in the league in that category.

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