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THE TEAMS: Revolution vs. Atlanta United
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 7 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: WSBK myTV38, myRITV/WBZ-FM 98.5
THE SKINNY: A massive challenge is on tap as the Revolution kick off a stretch against some of the top competition in the Eastern Conference as The Boys In Blue host the Five Stripes of Atlanta United.
We’re underway from Gillette, and thanks for spending your Saturday here on the Soccer Sentinel. Your starting lineups and benches are available, and your match notes are below the main feed. Updates are periodic.
1′ Revs come out pressing and Bye has a takeaway in the midfield.
7′ Close for Atlanta after a turnover by DeJuan, great movement and Moreno motors past Maciel. Earns a corner.
8′ Corner to the Revs after neat passing down the left. Traustason gets the ball to Jones in the box, but Atlanta gets back.
9′ Guzan corrals the header.
11′ Revs try to target Buksa, but the pass is too long…. other end, Moreno’s shot is blocked.
13′ Lennon to take a free kick… Torres’ shot is scuffed into The Fort.
15′ ALMOST for Tajon on the header after a massive cross by Buksa. You have to love to see it. But you also want those in the net.
17′ Buchanan is dragged down on the counter, Mulraney is cautioned.
18′ ALMOST as Kessler thumps Gil’s free kick off the woodwork, Buksa’s follow-up is deflected…
19′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Brandon Bye punching in the opener! Gil with the neat feed after the Revs switch the point of the attack, and Bye heads it in. 1-nil to New England.
21′ Fans shout for a pen as Jones goes down in the box. Revs go on with it. Now Damm is down.
22′ Looks like his night is done. He’s grabbing at that right hammy.
24′ Polster has a go, right to Guzan.
25′ Polster with a dispossession after Gil lost the ball…. Gil shoots, wide. He’s not happy. Bello enters the game for Damm.
28′ Corner to the Revs.
29′ Yellow card on Franco for that foul on Gil.
33′ Another yellow after beautiful football between Gil and Buchanan. Sosa gets his name taken into the book.
34′ Free kick misses everyone but Buksa, and Guzan taps it over the bar. Corner Revs.
37′ Revs have a 3-on-2 break. Buksa’s shot is weak.
39′ Another free kick into the mixer gets cleared by AU.
41′ PENALTY TO ATLANTA. Brandon Bye drops the attacker in the box.
43′ GOAL ATLANTA. Matt Turner guessed rightly and went to his right, and he got a hand on the ball, but Marcelino Moreno scores from the penalty spot. 1-1
45′ Three minutes minimum added on.
45+2′ Free kick out on the flank for the Revs.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Not a bad first half as the Revs pour the offense forward. Need to challenge Guzan more in the second half.
Revs with 45.8 percent of the ball
10 shots, 5 on goal with only one in.
Four corners taken to one for Atlanta
Second Half Underway
46′ Barco and Robinson in.
48′ Corner to the Revs… they have to reset in the midfield… Polster gets free, shoots….. just wide.
50′ Foul on Atlanta just outside the box on Tajon. Oh boy, so close to a pen.
51′ Barco is laying on the ground to prevent the low free kick…. but it’s going to VAR.
52′ PENALTY TO NEW ENGLAND.
53′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and Carles Gil with the stutter step to fake Guzan out, and he slips it in. 2-1
57′ Another shout for a penalty as Tajon goes down again.
58′ Huuuuge block Henry Kessler…. seconds later, Mulraney with a shot, Turner with the save.
61′ Traustason taken down in the area… no pen called.
69′ Easy save for Turner on Hyndmann.
71′ Another save Turner…. other way, Tajon puts it into the seats.
72′ Subs for Atlanta, Josef Martinez on, and Lopez. Subs for the Revs, Teal Bunbury and Tommy McNamara on for Traustason and Tajon Buchanan.
75′ Brandon Bye goes into the book.
76′ And now Gabriel Heinze is cautioned in the technical area.
80′ Barco hobbles off the pitch and Atlanta is down a man… Tommy mac with a sliding stop on an Atlanta counter…. Jones with a take of Hyndmann, and the Revs go the other way.
81′ Sosa takes Gil down, and he’s on a yellow… and he gets a telling off.
88′ Corner to Atlanta… comes to nothing
90′ Four minutes minimum added on.
90+1′ Lennon with the stop on Bunbury’s shot after Maciel’s great ball. Corner to the Revs.
90+2′ Another corner.
90+3′ Polster is booked.
For the Revolution:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Traustason, Maciel, Polster, Buchanan; Gil, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Bell, Bunbury, De La Garza, Caldwell, Kaptoum, Mafla, McNamara, Kizza
For the Five Stripes:
Guzan; Walkes, Franco, Lennon, Ibarra; Sosa, Hyndman, Damm, Mulraney; Moreno, Torres
Bench: Martinez, Barco, Robinson, Lopez, Lundgaard, Bello, Gurr, Conway
No one is on Yellow Card Watch.
Collin Verfurth is listed as OUT on the Revs injury report. Luis Caicedo is QUESTIONABLE for the second consecutive week. OUT for Atlanta: Mo Adams, Alec Kann, Machop Chol; QUESTIONABLE is Brooks Lennon and Lisandro Lopez.
Both teams come in at 1-0-1, +4, with three goals credited: both have two goals, plus an own goal to their credit. Goals for the Revs are by Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou, while the Five Stripes have goals by Emerson Hyndman and Ezequiel Barco.
Atlanta’s last trip to Foxborough came a little more than two years ago, and it was a 2-0 win for the tourists on April 13, 2019.
The Revs have scored three times against Atlanta, with only Teal Bunbury the remaining goal-scorer of the three: Juan Agudelo and Cristian Penilla are the other two.
Josef Martinez, who is back from his ACL injury, has scored five times against New England. Barco has scored twice; Barco’s two came in the Five Stripes’ last visit after coming on in the 18th minute.
If the Revs can get a win tonight, it will be the first time since 2017 that they have won their first two home games in a season. A clean sheet tonight would be the first time the Revs have recorded clean sheets in the first two home games since 2016.
The Revs have not been unbeaten through three matches since 2011. A draw or a win tonight would achieve that.
The Revs defense is at 169 minutes without a goal dating back to week one and the 11th minute.
I don’t think it needs to be mentioned: New England is 0-4-2 against Atlanta in the regular season. There were no matches with Atlanta last year.
Possible milestones today: It would be Matt Polster’s 100th MLS appearance and Gustavo Bou’s 30th start. Andrew Farrell can surpass Jay Heaps for third with his 239th start. Matt Turner is also six saves from his 250th save — and Atlanta may get him there, given its shot selection against Philadelphia at midweek.
Atlanta’s second-round draft choice from January, Josh Bauer, is from Bedford, NH and is listed on the first-team roster, wearing No. 24. He has not made a match day squad entering Saturday. Miles Robinson of Arlington is a regular starter.