THE TEAMS: No. 8 Revolution vs. No. 9 Montreal Impact
THE SITCH: MLS Cup Playoffs, Play-In Round
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 6:30 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: FS1/WBZ-FM 98.5/WPKZ-FM 105.3/WPKZ-AM 1280
THE SKINNY: It’s time for the playoffs, and the Revolution will host for the first time in six years tonight. The opponent, of course, is Montreal, a team New England has already played four times against in 2020, with three wins under its belt.
We are underway from Gillette. Your starting lineups, benches, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
1′ Tommy Mac with a turnover in the middle of the park.
3′ Bojan with a go, saved by Turner, and that ends two straight minutes of possession by Montreal.
5′ Handling on Bou on that… a great switch to Buchanan, who sent it toward Bou… he got his left hand up and deflected the ball into the goal. No goal. And Bou is cautioned.
7′ Farrell clears the ball away from Bojan in the center channel.
9′ Buchanan with the shot, saved by Diop. Nice give and go between Buchanan and Bou….
10′ Other way, Quioto with the shot, saved by Turner… other way, corner to the Revs.
11′ Buksa saved by Diop, and another corner.
13′ Gil blocked by Binks.
15′ Gil’s switch toward Jones is too long and Jones can’t handle it.
20′ Free kick to Montreal as McNamara is cautioned for a clip on Bojan.
21′ Bojan with a go, just wide of the near post.
23′ Corner to the Revs after Bou is blocked. Buksa is down. Fanni whacked him off the back of the noggin.
24′ Buchanan going down a touch too easily.
25′ Gil with a light volley, but it doesn’t meet anything but Diop’s gloves.
26′ Corner to Montreal…. good read by Polster on the short corner, he puts it out of play for a throw.
27′ ALMOST for Bou off the pass from Buchanan. Buchanan wins the ball, he’s off to the races, switches to Bou, he shoots from 16 yards and it’s just wide.
29′ Buchanan with a curler, Diop makes the save and deflects it over for a corner.
30′ Bou’s shot is blocked.
35′ Bunbury with a touch, deflected out for a corner… Kessler puts a rebound on a Bunbury shot and save into the Banner End.
38′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Carles Gil with the side foot effort! Great movement as Bou picks out Gil. And Gil one-times the volley in. 1-nil to the Revolution.
40′ Revs on the counter, but Tajon mishits the ball.
41′ ALMOST for Buksa, who heads that volley from Bou, right at Diop. Good attempt.
42′ Bojan with another go, Turner with a save.
43′ Corrales is cautioned for that cynical take down of Tajon. Andrew Farrell not happy with that, and he gets into Jair Marrufo’s face.
45′ One minute minimum added on here in Foxborough.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Tajon is purely defecating on Corrales. Speed kills.
Excellent connection between Bou and Gil, Bou playing more of the No. 10 on the goal, sinking back.
Turner doing what he does.
10 shots, 5 on-target for the Revs
60.5 percent possession, 87 percent accurate
Second half underway. Revs get us started and head toward The Fort
46′ Montreal with a change. Corrales out, Kizza in.
49′ Buchanan is down, and they are checking on his right knee. He walks off under his own power.
50′ Caldwell on for Buchanan.
53′ Bunbury with a nice move, his shot is blocked…. corner to the Revs, and two men are down for Montreal.
57′ Maciel off for Okwonkwo, Jackson-Hamel on for Toye.
59′ Okwonkwo with a go, Turner with the leap.
61′ GOAL MONTREAL, and that’s Romell Quioto with the header. Free kick from deep, Camacho heads it back into the mixer, and Quioto drives it in. 1-1
63′ Nguyen on for McNamara.
65′ Bunbury with a drive from the side. Stopped by Diop.
67′ Turner with a save.
71′ Bou is wide.
72′ Solid defending by L’Impact on Bou and Buksa…. other way, Kessler with the kick over the end line for a Montreal corner.
73′ Camacho sends it into the Banner End.
74′ Binks pops that up into the air, and Diop collects it to slow New England down.
75′ OMG. Bunbury measures the show, Diop is well off his line, and he puts it over the bar. Such a missed opportunity for New England.
77′ Corner to the Revs.
78′ Bou scuffs it, Nguyen shoots, deflected… corner.
84′ Good save by Turner on Quioto after Farrell pushes him wide.
85′ Bou blocked…… OMG, almost for ou with a toe poke.
86′ Rennicks on for Bunbury.
87′ Gil saved by Diop. Corner.
90′ Corner to Montreal…. five minutes minimum added on.
90+1′ OMG. Almost an own goal by Polster, but Turner grabs it.
90+2′ OMG. Almost for Buksa. Woodwork.
90+3′ Gil with a side-footer, right to Diop.
90+5′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou with the match winner at the death! He hits a thunder strike from deep that finds the back of the net! It curls and has Diop frozen! 2-1 to the Revolution!
For the Revs:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Buchanan; Polster, McNamara; Bunbury, Gil, Bou; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Sinovic, Delamea, S. Caldwell, Rowe, Nguyen, Manneh, Rennicks
Diop; Brault-Guillard, Binks, Camacho, Fanni; Corrales, Sejdic, Maciel; Jackson-Hamel, Bojan, Quioto
Bench: Pantemis, Sirois, Okwonkwo, Saba, Giraldo, Kizza, Yao, Nahiya, Toye
A new radio station joins the fray of broadcasting the Revs tonight, and that station, believe it or not, is my very hometown radio station, WPKZ in Fitchburg. I made an appearance on PKZ Thursday morning with host Sherman Whitman to discuss the Revs, and as usual, I didn’t pull any punches. They’ll have Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies‘ call.
Montreal is expected to be without Samuel Piette through suspension. Mathieu Choiniere and Lassi Lappalainen are out with injuries.
L’Impact came up with a 3-2 win over DC United on Decision Day to sneak into playoffs, while the Revs lost to Philadelphia.
No new injuries for New England, outside of the fact the club announced Tuesday that one first team player contracted COVID-19.
The Revs carry a three-match winning streak against Montreal into this evening’s contest, with the last loss coming in the season opener.
The Revs are 17-17-9 in the postseason, with a 12-2-6 mark here at Gillette. The Revs are unbeaten in their last 12 playoff contests (9-0-3) on Route 1. The last loss here in the postseason was the 2002 MLS Cup Final against the Galaxy.
It’s well documented, but the last Revolution W in the postseason was six years ago against the Red Bulls in the first leg at Red Bull Arena.
This will be Bruce Arena’s 51st match in the postseason, surpassing Sigi Schmid for the most postseason matches coached in MLS history.
Teal Bunbury is three minutes away from surpassing 1,000 postseason minutes played in his career. He has four goals in the postseason.
An assist for Lee Nguyen would move him into first all-time in playoff helpers, moving him above Steve Ralston and Jose Cancela.
Only three current Revolution players have scored goals in the MLS Cup Playoffs as Revs players: Nguyen (2), Bunbury (2), and Kelyn Rowe (1)