MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 3, Montreal Impact 1 — Almost perfect as the Revs snap out of home funk with solid W

THE TEAMS: Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 5 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
THE SKINNY: The Revolution begin the second half of 2020 and the final 6 1/2 weeks of the season this afternoon when they take on Montreal for the third time. It’s the first time, however, at The Razor.

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

2′ First corner goes to the Revolution after a beautiful volley from the defensive third by Farrell.

3′ Shot by Kessler, into the Banner End…. nice takeaway from Büttner after the re-start.

9′ Another corner after Nguyen’s volley to Buchanan is booted out… Diop with the save on Rowe’s header. It’ll be another one.

10′ Another one by Rowe, no chance for a save that time.

12′ Montreal offside.

18′ Save by Turner on Okwonkwo, puts Turner into a dive. That’s Turner’s 207th career save, he’s tied with Jeff Causey now…. other way, Bunbury with a shot that’s off-line. Added degree of difficulty with a flippy, too.

20′ Bunbury with a cross, but it’s right to Diop.

21′ SCOTTY! Caldwell with a takeaway, he plays 1-2 with Tajon, he dribbles in, crosses to Bou, Montreal closes down, and any attack is thwarted….

22′ Other way, Bojan with a shot that Turner tips over for a corner.

24′ Okwonkwo is offside, and now he’s clutching that left hammy.

25′ His afternoon is done, Thierry Henry has to go to his bench.

26′ Cross by Rowe, blocked and sent into the Banner End, so it will be a corner to the Revs. Lappalainen in for Montreal. First sub of the afternoon.

28′ Nguyen with a nice track back after a turnover, corner to L’Impact. Büttner holding his left hammy…. punch by Turner right to Piette, he one-times it wide…

29′ Büttner is down. Jones getting ready to come in. Hellooooo, pace!

30′ He’s on. Both teams with four subs remaining.

32′ Rowe is fouled. Wanyama plows through him.

35′ Free kick after Raitala fouls Tajon. Dangerous area.

36′ Nice delivery by Nguyen, Rowe’s header goes to the far post, but just wide.

37′ Corner to the Revs after Kelyn feeds DeJuan… Diop off his line and plops it over the end line.

38′ Bou puts it into the Optum Lounge.

40′ Raitala with a tactical foul, and the referee gives him a telling off.

41′ Andrew Farrell goes into the book for that foul. Without a warning, FYI.

43′ Save by Turner…. Bou is released by Jones, he puts on the brakes with Diop coming off, Teal dummies, Nguyen takes a touch and flops in the box.

44′ Corner to the Revs. Bou tried to feed Buchanan, Montreal pounces.

45′ Rowe with the header, wide…. three minutes minimum added on.

45+1′ Corner. Seventh of the half for New England.

45+2′ Another one. Eight.

45+2′ GOAL REVOLUTION, AND OMG IT’S HENRY KESSLER! He gets his right foot on it after it hits his chest, and the rook gets his first. 1-nil to The Boys In Blue.

45+3′ Half

Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

This offense needs to be more cutthroat than they have been. There’s too much hesitation… Kessler had no hesitation, and he pounded it in.

9 shots, 2 on-target for New England

61.4 percent of the ball. 85 percent passing accuracy. 72 percent in the attacking half.

Second Half Underway

46′ Offside on the Revs’ counter.

49′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou bouncing off the defending and slotting home! Good stuff on that takeaway by Lee Nguyen and Brandon Bye. Fourth goal of the year for Bou. 2-nil. Third time the Revs have scored twice in a game this season.

52′ Corner to Montreal, near goal by Montreal.

53′ Binks is shown a yellow…. they are going to VAR for this. Oh, dear.

54′ Play on.

60′ Late flag. Montreal offside. Brault-Guillard with the shot and a parry by Turner, which won’t count.

63′ Fagundez on for Nguyen, appearance No. 253. Polster for Rowe. Urruti on for Raitala.

65′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Diego Fagundez! Wonderful football as he nods the ball away and goes on the counter. He finds Buchanan, who gives it back to DF14… he’s all alone. He takes a touch, the second touch is so much better as he slots home. 3-nil.

69′ Buksa and Penilla on, Bou and Bunbury coming off. That’s all the subs for New England.

75′ SHOT BY PENILLA ON TARGET. Holy crap. Corner to the Revs.

76′ Corner to the Revs.

79′ Bojan off for Montreal, Sejdic on.

79′ What was that. Center back for Montreal kicks it out for a Revs throw-in in the Revs attacking third.

81′ Buchanan’s shot blocked and sent out for a corner… Penilla’s shot saved and deflected for a corner.

85′ Another Revs corner.

86′ GOAL MONTREAL. Lappalainen slots home after having a lot of space out on that right side. 3-1.

90′ Corner to the Revs. Headed down by Buksa to Diop. Three minutes minimum.

90+3′ Buksa skies one. Too eager.


For the Revolution:

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

For Montreal:

Diop; Corrales, Raitala, Binks, Yao, Brault-Guillard; Maciel, Wanyama, Piette; Bojan, Okwonkwo
Bench: Bush, Fanni, Camacho, Waterman, Lappalainen, Shome, Sejdic, Urruti, Bayiha

The big news of the day is that Montreal’s Romell Quioto is to miss this midweek clash via suspension. He was shown a red card on Sunday night.

No new injuries announced for the Revs. Steevan Saba (left foot), Mathieu Choiniere (ankle), and Ballou Tabla (adductor) are not expected to compete for L’Impact tonight.

Matt Polster is expected to regain his spot in the XI today after missing Saturday’s scoreless draw with NYCFC through suspension.

Quioto leads Montreal with six goals. Next up is Saphir Taider with four.

Today is the 24th meeting with Montreal, and it’s level at 10-10-3. The Revs do have the edge at Gillette, with a 5-4-1 mark. Montreal’s last visit, however, was a nightmare: a midweek clash where L’Impact had a late flight from Dorval and beat the Revs, 3-0, on April 24 of last year, the beginning of the end for the Brad Friedel Era.

Should the Revs win, it’ll mark the first time since 2017 that they have beaten Montreal twice in the same season.

Should Diego Fagundez make an appearance today, it will be appearance No. 253.

Matt Turner’s first save today will move him into a tie for third in the Revolution’s record books with Jeff Causey, who made 207 saves.

Teal Bunbury is now three goals away from tying Joe-Max Moore for fifth in club history. He is one shot away from tying Shalrie Joseph for fifth in that category.

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