THE TEAMS: Revolution at DC United
THE SITE: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
THE TIME: 7 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: NECN/WBZ-FM 98.5 HD2/1260 AM (Portuguese)
THE SKINNY: Another trip to the Navy Yard with the Revolution looking for their third straight win and second win over the Black and Red in 2020. Getting those will help New England separate itself from the lower half of the Eastern Conference.
We’re underway from the banks of the Anacostia. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
1′ Free kick to the Revs in an optimal area…. close as Tajon heads wide.
7′ Good ideas by Lee to try and find an overlapping DeJuan with a volley.
8′ Bou has a go from distance, puts it over the bar.
10′ Shot by Yow, right to Turner. Good move by Polster at first to loosen the ball from DC’s possession, but it gets it right back.
12′ Kamara with the shot, Kessler tracks back and forces him to shoot wide.
13′ Nyeman with a go, over the bar.
17′ Corner to the Revs.
18′ Corner to the Revs.
22′ Shot by Reyna, save Turner. He was wide open, but Polster came tracking back to help.
24′ Asad with the foul on Brandon Bye will set up a nice free kick opportunity for New England.
25′ Kessler with the header, over the bar.
27′ Polster has a go and sends one to the Jefferson Memorial.
28′ Farrell with a block on Kamara, Reyna gets the rebound and sends it to the stands.
34′ Birnbaum with the foul on Tajon in the attacking third.
35′ Nguyen with the one-timer on the pass from Jones, at Hamid, saved. First shot on target for New England.
42′ Polster is down and this is not looking good. He went in for a sliding tackle and Reyna’s back foot whacked him in the head. Incredibly accidental.
45′ Polster is sitting up. Five minutes minimum added on here, might have more.
45+2′ McNamara coming on as Polster comes off under assistance.
45+5′ Brilliant is booked for a rash challenge on Bou.
45+6′ Corner to the Revs won by Tajon.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Our hearts go out to Matt Polster, who is in the concussion protocols now.
61 percent of the ball for New England, but only have one shot on target to show for it. Eight shots total, need more on frame. 83 percent passing accuracy.
Second Half Underway
47′ Mora with a hard challenge on Tajon, free kick.
48′ Bye with the header off Bou’s flick, over the bar.
50′ Mora is now shown the yellow card for a foul on Tajon again.
52′ Corner to the Revs after Tajon takes Mora to school.
53′ Tajon with a volley, right to Hamid.
55′ McNamara’s shot blocked…. Bou with a volley, too long.
56′ Free kick by Reyna, easily handled by Turner.
57′ HUGE defensive slide by Farrell to stop DC and Kamara. Well-timed.
61′ ALMOST for Teal on that volley from McNamara. Over the bar.
63′ WIDE. Almost for Teal again. Excellent dummy by Bou. Should be 1-nil.
65′ A handle on Tajon after he is pushed down in the box by Brilliant, playing on a yellow.
67′ Fagundez on for Nguyen and appearance No. 254, Penilla for Buchanan. Higuain coming in for Reyna, Sorga for Kamara.
73′ Gressel comes on for Yow.
74′ Fagundez blocked.
75′ Bou takes Brilliant to school! But his pass to Diego is offline.
78′ Easy shot by Higuain, handled by Turner.
79′ Corner to the Revs, Buksa on for Bunbury.
81′ Moreno into the book for a poor foul on Buksa…. Mora coming off, Fisher on. Rivas on, Asad off.
84′ Another Bou to Fagundez pass offline, Fagundez mistiming the run.
85′ Buksa with a rocket over the bar off the Fagundez takeaway.
86′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou off the pass from Cristian Penilla! 1-nil to New England. McNamara with the feed to Penilla, he crosses through the top of the box, Bou cuts and curls, sends Hamid left, puts it where he isn’t.
87′ Now Bou is down… now up. Birnbaum ran right into his back.
90′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and OH MY GOD IT’S ADAM BUKSA! The monkey is off his back! A great counter as Penilla finds Buksa, and with Hamid coming off his line, he chips him and scores his third. 2-nil.
90′ Three minutes minimum added on.
For the Revs:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; S. Caldwell, Polster; Bunbury, Nguyen, Buchanan; Bou
Bench: Knighton, Buksa, Delamea, Fagundez, Mancienne, Manneh, McNamara, Penilla, Rowe
For DC United:
Hamid; Mora, Birnbaum, Brilliant, Odoi-Atsem; Asad, Moreno, Nyeman, Yow; Reyna, Kamara
Bench: Edwards Jr, Fisher, Gressel, Higuain, Pines, Rivas, Seitz, Sjoberg, Sorga
Tonight’s game is on New England Cable News as the Celtics play game six of the Eastern Conference Finals on NBC Sports Boston. The radio cll has also been shifted to WBZ-FM’s HD2 station. No Brad Feldman on the call, either: Ross Dyer has the play-by-play duties alongside Charlie Davies.
Alexander Büttner joins the not medically cleared list for the Revolution; he tweaked his hammy against Montreal.
New England enters tonight in sixth place in the East following NYCFC’s 4-nil win over FC Cincinnati last night. A win is necessary to reclaim fifth, as the Revolution are two points in arrears to the Pigeons.
Revs team lead for goals is now tied at four each between Gustavo Bou and Teal Bunbury.
New England picked up their tenth win in the District last month and are now 10-24-5 away from Foxborough against DC United. The Revs are 28-34-15 against them historically.
Should New England win tonight, it will be the fourth win away from Gillette Stadium, the first time the Revs have done so since 2015, when they won five games away from Route 1. It would be only the first time the Revs have beaten DC twice since 2013.
Should Matt Turner post the clean sheet tonight, it would be his fifth of the season, matching his career highs set in the last two seasons.
Should Diego Fagundez make an appearance tonight, he would tie Matt Reis for second all-time in appearances for the Revolution with 254.
If Tommy McNamara is healthy and goes 63 minutes tonight, he will eclipse 8,000 minutes played in the league for his career.
Russell Canouse is suspended for DC United tonight.
Frederic Brilliant is on YELLOW CARD WATCH and will be suspended on their next two yellows.
Brilliant, Federico Higuain, and Ola Kamara have two goals apiece for DC this season to lead the Black and Red.
DC’s Not Medically Cleared list is long: Paula Arriola, Edison Flores, Felipe Martins, Ulises Segura, Kevin Paredes, and Mohammed Abu are all sidelined.