MLS New England Revolution

Final: NYCFC 2, Revolution 0 — Revs look sluggish against the Pigeons

WHO: Revolution vs. New York City FC
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: We’re into Match Day Nine of the 2020 season, and as we open September and with the Revolution still looking for that first win at home this year, they welcome the last team they beat on the Plastic Pasture. Yup, NYCFC has come.

We’re underway from a foggy, wet Gillette Stadium. Revs headed toward the Banner End. Your starting lineups and benches are available, and your match notes are below the running feed. Updates are periodic.

1′ Early free kick to the Revs as they press practically into the Optum Lounge.

2′ McNamara has a bazooka into the box, and it’s a corner to the Revs.

3′ Heber with a dispossession.

4′ Bunbury goes down in the box, he gets his foot caught in the turf and a foul is called on him.

7′ Couple of through balls by the Revs haven’t connected. Need to connect those.

8′ Teal’s not having a good night. He just got sent head over tails, was fouled earlier…

10′ Shot by Tinnerholm deflected, corner to the Pigeons.

12′ Corner to NYC. Kessler with the concession.

13′ Another one. Revs back line under strain. Bye concedes that one to slow NYC a bit.

14′ BIG SAVE MATT TURNER. Mataritta shakes his mark and has a free header, but Turner makes the save. Sloppy by the Revs.


17′ Sands comes in and levels Penilla.

18′ Sands again with a foul on Penilla. Horse collar this time.

19′ Good ideas by Brandon Bye to try and find Bunbury, but that cross is right to Sean Johnson.

21′ Free kick to the Revs. Dangerous area, about 26 yards away…. into the wall, he gets the rebound, and puts it into the Optum Lounge.

24′ Easy grab for Turner on that volley by Mataritta.

30′ Big header by Kessler to win the goal kick, he gets it to Bunbury, his shot is blocked and it goes over for a corner.

31′ Penilla skies it and can’t finish that gorgeous build-up.33’ Parks takes out Penilla, and he gets his name taken down.

34’ Penilla’s shot is blocked.

35’ Heber gets in off Mancienne, Turner makes a stop for a corner.

40′ Bunbury is booked. I don’t see a foul.

43′ Corner to NYC.

45′ No stoppage time. It’s halftime.

Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

Sloppy early, but they came through a little better in the middle of the half. Shooting, not crisp. They are creative in the attacking third, but not connecting. Matt Turner keeping the Revs in this game.

32.7 percent possession. 69 percent passing accuracy.

5 shots, none on-target, three blocked, one skied to Wrentham.

Second Half underway.

46′ Fagundez on for Polster, Büttner on for Jones.

47′ Corner to the Revs.

52′ Holy… Mataritta dispossesses McNamara, he drives in, flicks it… over the bar.

55′ Corner to the Pigeons after a turnover by Büttner.

56′ Tinnerholm kicks it into the Banner End. Buchanan coming on for McNamara. Third sub for the Revs.

59′ Shot deflected by Heber, Revs goal kick.

60′ GOAL NEW YORK CITY, as the Pigeons break the deadlock at the hour. Tinnerholm with a move around Büttner, Heber with a run off the ball, NYC is crashing, Mancienne is with him, and it’s possible this is an own goal. 1-nil. Deserved.

64′ Turner with a save.

66′ Buchanan’s cross is deflected into Johnson’s hands.

67′ Manneh in for Bye. His Revs debut. Buchanan to right back.

70′ Corner to the Revs…. BOU! His left footer almost catches Johnson unawares, but he parries for a corner.

71′ Counter by NYC, Mackay-Stevens crosses, Mancienne boots it for a corner… Bunbury off, Buksa on. That’s all the subs for the Revolution.

72′ Corner No. 11 for NYC…. GOAL NEW YORK CITY, and it’s Heber with the header, he caroms it off the far post and in on the near post run. 2-nil. And Heber comes off. Castellanos on. Mitrita on, as well.

76′ Kelyn Rowe’s name is taken down.

79′ Stop me if you’ve heard this: Corner to NYC. Turner with the save.

80′ Bou puts his cross into The Fort.

82′ Corner to the Revs as Rowe’s chip is deflected.

84′ Callens into the book for that forearm shiver to Manneh. Free kick to the Revs… Buksa’s shot is blocked

85′ Corner to the Revs…. Penilla’s half volley blocked, Revs get it back, Buchanan nods it low.

87′ Bou’s shot blocked.

88′ Buksa’s header over the bar.

89′ Buksa with a shot on the run, right at Johnson….. Bou shoots wide of the far post.

90′ Five minutes minimum.

90+1′ Bou with the shot, save by Johnson, corner to the Revs.

90+2′ Another corner to the Revs.

90+3′ Scally’s shot right to Turner.

90+5′ Corner to NYC… nope, that’s full time.

For the Revs:

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

And for the Pigeons of NYCFC:

Johnson; Tinnerholm, Chanot, Callens, Mataritta; Sands, Parks, Ring; Moralez, Mackay-Steven, Heber
Bench: Stuver, Scally, Rocha, Thorarinsson, Medina, Acevedo, Castellanos, Mitrita, Tajouri-Schradi

As we mentioned in Mid-Week Kick, we’re expecting heavy rotation in the XI for New England tonight.

Four out of the last five meetings with NYCFC have seen a positive result, with two wins and two draws. Overall, the Revs have a 6-4-3 advantage against the Pigeons, with a 4-1-1 record at The Razor.

James Sands for NYCFC is on YELLOW CARD WATCH. A yellow card tonight will see Sands sit out the next match.

NYCFC is allowing a goal a game minimum, so we’re expecting at least one from the Revs tonight.

Diego Fagundez may make his 250th appearance of his 10-year professional career tonight.

Kekuta Manneh may make his Revs debut. His next appearance is appearance No. 150 of his MLS career.

If Kelyn Rowe starts, it will be start No. 175 of his MLS career.

Sebastian Ibeagha and Gedion Zelalem are not medically cleared to play for NYCFC.

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