MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 2, New York City FC 1 — New England re-establishes winning ways with Nguyen assist, penalty goal

THE TEAMS: Revolution at New York City FC
THE SITE: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York
THE TIME: 4:30 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
THE SKINNY: The Revolution look to get back onto the winning side of the ledger following the midweek defeat to Toronto and get back into the conversation for the Top Four as they take a day trip to East 161st Street.

We’re underway from East 161st Street. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.

1′ Tinnerholm with the foul on Tajon, free kick to the Revs, it’s a quick restart and Tajon shoots just wide.

2′ Tajon with a cross into the 6, it’s cleared… after a nice meg by Tajon… other way, Kessler stops Tajouri-Shradi.

3′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Teal Bunbury! He tucks it in at the far post after he gets well behind the defending. Nguyen had the feed… we’ll see if they give him the assist. UPDATE: They did. That’s assist No. 50.

8′ Tajon’s blocked, and it’ll be a corner. Good pressure by Tajon and DeJuan to force the turnover.

10′ Tajouri-Shradi has a go with the left, wide.

11′ McNamara with a blast into the left field seats.

12′ Shot in traffic, right at Turner.

14′ Medina puts it into the first base seats.

16′ Free kick, Bunbury gets the free header, but wide.

17′ Penilla goes down under a challenge by Medina.

18′ Shot by Bye, right on target to Johnson. Saved.

19′ Corner to the Pigeons.

21′ Andrew Farrell getting a telling off after he is whistled for a foul on Castellanos…. and now Farrell is thrown to the ground by Castellanos. And he gets a telling off.

23′ No corner to the Revs after Callens deflects Penilla… great feed from the midfield to free Penilla.

25′ Header by NYC, Turner makes the stop at the far post.

26′ TURNER. Castellanos gets behind both Kessler and Farrell and Turner makes the well timed stop. He doesn’t, this game is tied.

28′ WTF. Caldwell gets elbowed in the throat, and Villareal has swallowed his (expletive) whistle.

34′ Good defending by Kessler to get back, he blocks the cross into the first base seats. Corner to NYC.

35′ Scotty with a handle after he slips… Penilla is down.

37′ Fagundez is coming in for Penilla, who is limping. Appearance No. 257 for DF14…. free kick by NYC, it goes wide, but Callens is offside.

43′ Scotty with a track back to dispossess Tajouri-Shradi and concede the corner…. which is blazed over on the header.

44′ Corner to NYCFC off the counter. Farrell denied the ball.

45′ Lee Nguyen is cautioned… the corner occurs, and Turner makes a save… three minutes minimum added on.

45+2′ Castellanos gets in, but Turner makes the deflection. Corner….

HALF TIME

Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

What do the Revs have to do to see the opposition carded?

NYC’s defending slipped early, but it has done better since. Revs offense needs to get more cohesiveness in the attacking third.

6 shots, 2 on-target… been that way for a while.

32.2 percent of the ball

Second Half Underway

49′ Revs with a nice offensive sequence.

50′ Corner to NYC.

53′ Big slide by Brandon Bye as NYC counters hard, he deflects the shot. It’s a corner.

54′ Parks with the stop on Tajon. He needed to be unselfish with Teal and Diego coming hard.

58′ Buksa, Rowe, Polster coming on. Caldwell is booked, he comes off for Polster. Bunbury off, Rowe on for McNamara. One sub left. NYCFC has all five remaining.

61′ Buksa’s shot is incredibly, incredibly weak. It goes wide.

66′ Corner to the Revs.

67′ DIEGO. Johnson has a late reaction, and DF tried to five-hole it. A little more pace and it would have been 2-nil.

69′ Bye has a go, blazes into the first base seats.

70′ Mataritta is in, Thororannsin out.

73′ Buksa with a shot, saved, Matarritta clears.

74′ NYC offside.

75′ Corner to the Revs.

76′ Kelyn Rowe is cautioned.

77′ Revs have a three on one, Polster taken down before putting a shot on goal.

79′ PENALTY TO NEW ENGLAND. Polster brought down, and Villareal finds his whistle.

80′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and Lee Nguyen buries the penalty. 2-nil. His 17th successful penalty for the Revs.

83′ Yellow to DeJuan Jones.

84′ Corner to the Revs… Rowe has a go, wide.

86′ Couple of subs for NYCFC. And Toni Delamea replaces Lee Nguyen to lock the win down.

89′ Corner to the Pigeons…. Turner corrals it.

90′ Four minutes minimum added on.

90+1′ Castellanos with a shot, save… but offside.

90+2′ A couple of tries by NYC inside the box, including a save by Turner… corner.

90+3′ GOAL NYCFC, and its off the post and in. Credited to Callens. 2-1

90+4′ Polster is carded.

FULL TIME

For the Revs:

Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; McNamara, S. Caldwell; Penilla, Nguyen, Buchanan; Bunbury
Bench: Knighton, Buksa, Büttner, Delamea, Fagundez, Mancienne, Manneh, Polster, Rowe

For the Pigeons:

Johnson; Sands, Callens, Chanot, Tinnerholm; Parks, Thorarinsson; Medina, Ring, Tajouri-Shradi; Castellanos
Bench: Stuver, Barazza, Ibeagha, Mataritta, Scally, Mackay-Steven, Rocha, Torres, Acevedo

Last time out against these same Pigeons, it was a scoreless draw at Gillette on Sept. 19, which kicked off the most recent four-game unbeaten streak. The last win against these Pigeon here at Yankee Stadium came in Sept. 2018, where the Revs won, 1-0, to break a winless skid that had lasted two months.

Matt Polster is no longer on the Not Medically Cleared list. But Gustavo Bou is. For NYCFC, Heber, Tayvon Gray, Maxi Moralez, and Gedion Zelalem are on its NMC list.

YELLOW CARD WATCH is in high alert today, as NYCFC’s Valentin Castellanos and Maxime Chanot are a yellow away from a one-game suspension. James Sands and Anton Tinnerholm are two yellows away.

No Alexandru Mitrita for NYCFC as he is now loaned out to Al-Ahli.

The Revs are currently seventh thanks to the Red Bulls’ 1-0 win over Atlanta United last night. They are nine points adrift of a home playoff game.

New England is 2-3-2 in this particular venue, but has four wins and two draws on the road this year.

Both New England and New York City have conceded 13 goals each. Doesn’t hurt that both Matt Turner and Sean Johnson are near the top of certain goalkeeper stat categories, such as save percentage (Johnson 81.1 percent, first; Turner 80.4 percent, second) and goals against average (Turner 0.80, second; Johnson 0.81 tied for third with Andre Blake).

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