MLS New England Revolution

Final: Nashville 2, Revolution 0 — New England tastes defeat for first time in 2021

THE TEAMS: Revolution at Nashville SC
THE SITE: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
THE TIME: 1:30 p.m.
THE SKINNY: Matinee soccer rocks everyone’s socks! The Revs will look to improve on a three-match unbeaten run when they invade the Music City to taken a team they haven’t beaten yet, that being 2020 newboys Nashville SC.

We’re underway in Nashville. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the main feed. Updates are periodic.

1′ Andrew Farrell with a stop after the Revs turn it over in the midfield.

2′ Badji gets in on Turner and the former BU Terrier gets a boot into Turner’s gut. Badji got past Farrell pretty easily.

3′ Almost for Traustason after a takeaway by Buksa. He gets it to Maciel first, the Brazilian finds Traustason. Corner.

4′ Nice curler by Gil off a delicious first touch to get by McCarty. Willis gets a mitt on it and Nashville sends it the other way.

6′ DeJuan with a takeaway after a Maciel turnover.

9′ Corner to Nashville.

10′ Good defending by Tajon and Carles to force a goal kick.

11′ Tajon with a block on Badji. Corner.

13′ Free kick to Nashville.

15′ Traustason takes the ball in the side of the head. Ouch.

17′ Now Muyl is down. Whatever for.

18′ Farrell with a sliding stop in the box, and it’s a corner.

22′ Tajon with a tactical foul on Badji.

24′ Corner to Nashville.

25′ GOAL NASHVILLE, and it’s CJ Sapong off the deep volley from midfield. Lovitz had the second assist as Zimmerman headed it right onto a platter for Sapong, the Revs killer. 1-0

27′ Lovitz gets booked for a foul from behind on Gil. Tactical foul.

29′ Big save Matt Turner on Godoy, he parries over the bar for a corner. Two saves to 250.

32′ Badji offside as he heads over the crossbar.

34′ A little better by the Revs as Buksa heads very wide. I didn’t say it was good. It was better. That’s just how poorly the midfield and strikers are playing at the mo.

39′ Romney with a block on Buksa, who fired that on the run.

42′ Badji fires wide…. next sequence, a late flag on Badji as Kessler runs back. Badji was offside in Omaha.

43′ Bou’s shot is blocked… and now a corner for the Revolution after Tajon’s cross is headed over.

45′ Three minutes minimum added on.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

The Revs offense is ghastly today. The defending is working hard, but will it be enough?

Revs with 54.1 percent of the ball, but doing nothing with it.

5 shots, 1 on-target. Three of those five have been blocked. Two on-target for Nashville on seven.

83.3 percent passing accuracy, however.

Second Half Underway

47′ Save Turner, No. 249, after Jones’ turnover in the defending third. Going from bad to worse.

48′ GO–Nope. Offside on the Revolution, and it was Traustason offside. He had crossed to Buksa, who had scored.

51′ Save Turner, that’s No. 250… but Nashville gets the ball back off a turnover by Maciel, and Leal fires wide.

54′ Revs turning the ball over more than I turn my steak on the grill.

55′ Badji shot blocked… “blocked”… by Farrell.

57′ DeJuan Jones is booked.

58′ Badji with the shot, save Turner. Good move by Badji to break away from Polster.

60′ Free kick Revolution.

63′ BUKSA OFF THE POST. Good movement by DeJuan, he passes to Gil, he lofts it to Buksa. I’m awake now.

64′ Cádiz on for Badji, while Kaptoum on for Maciel, Bunbury for Traustason, and Bye on for Jones.

69′ SAVE MATT TURNER…. no, offside on Cádiz. That was practically on the line.

70′ Willis with the stop on Buchanan’s sharp cross. Charlie just said no one made a near post run to re-direct.

71′ Tajon with a floater into Buksa, he heads it over.

72′ Sapong coming off, Washington in.

73′ Cádiz hits the wrong side of the woodwork.

75′ GOAL NASHVILLE. Alex Muyl off the turnover and he scores from distance. Absolutely horrid. Polster with the giveaway. It’s 2-0 Nashville, and it looks like the unbeaten streak is over.

76′ Bou off in favor of Kizza. McNamara on for Polster.

81′ Bunbury with a shot, right to Willis.

82′ Jalil Anibaba on, along with Lagrassa, for Nashville. McCarty off, Lovitz off.

85′ Buksa is taken down after he made an attempt on the service from Bunbury. And then Jones put the loose ball into the side netting.

86′ They’re looking at this.

88′ Goal kick.

90′ Three minutes minimum.

90+3′ Godoy into the book.

90+4′ Save Willis at point blank range, follow-up deflected for a corner.

Full Time

For the Revs, who will be in the home Navy Blue kit today:

Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Buchanan; Traustason, Maciel, Polster, Gil; Bou, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Bell, Bunbury, Bye, Caldwell, De La Garza, Kaptoum, Kizza, McNamara

For Nashville:

Willis; Lovitz, Romney, Johnston, Zimmerman; McCarty, Muyl, Leal, Godoy; Badji, Sapong
Bench: Anibaba, Maher, Pineiro, Nealis, Lagrassa, Washington, Haakenson, Meredith, Cádiz

Collin Verfurth and Luis Caicedo are both listed as OUT with lower body injuries, while Christian Mafla and Ema Boateng are QUESTIONABLE with lower body injuries. On the OUT list for Nashville includes Tah Brian Anunga (left quad and knee), Abu Danladi (left hammy), and Daniel Rios (right foot).

We’re expecting Gustavo Bou to reclaim his starting place today.

Should the Revs pick up a win today, it would be their third straight victory and would match the best four-game start in club history with 10 points through four, which last happened in 2005. Any positive result will keep New England unbeaten through four for the first time since 2011, with the Revs went 1-0-3 in two matches at home and two on the road. A win today would be the first against Nashville, but also the first time since the second half of the 2019 season when the Revs last won three straight in the regular season.

Carles Gil’s next goal from the penalty spot will be his sixth in the regular season, which will equal Joe-Max Moore for fourth most in club history.

Matt Turner needs three saves to reach 250 in his MLS career.

Andrew Farrell will more than likely tie Jay Heaps for fifth-most games played in Revs history. An appearance will put him at 243, 18 games behind Shalrie Joseph and Diego Fagundez, who are tied for first at 261 apiece.

Henry Kessler currently among the league leaders in head clearances (tie for first with 12), clearances (second, 23), and blocks (tied for fourth with 4).

No one is on Yellow Card Watch.

Leading goal scorer for the Revs against Nashville? That would be Adam Buksa. Leading scorer for Nashville against the Revs? That would be Walker Zimmerman. Both scored three minutes apart in their second match back in October.

Jhonder Cádiz leads Nashville with two goals scored this season. Randall Leal and Hany Muhktar each have a goal apiece.

Leading the Revs are a quartet: Gil, Buksa, Brandon Bye, and Bou.

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