MLS New England Revolution

Match Report: Revolution 3, Red Bulls 2 — ‘We sure made a mess of this game’

Everything you need to know about the Revolution’s 3-2 win over New York Red Bulls Wednesday night, in quickie form:

THE SKINNY

And then it was five: It got tight a touch at the end, but New England’s soccer sons came up with a critical three points thanks to three goals as the Revs downed the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night. Goals by Tajon Buchanan, DeJuan Jones, and Gustavo Bou were enough to give the Revolution their fifth consecutive win on the bounce. New England is now 7-1-2 on the season with 23 points accrued out of 30 on offer in 2021. It is also the first time The Boys In Blue have won five straight since the 2015 season. Wednesday was also New England’s 25th win against the Red Bulls in Foxborough.

Bou makes it three early in the second, but Red Bulls cut it close: New England already had a 2-0 lead at the half, but six minutes after the re-start, a Buchanan clearance led to a flick by Carles Gil right to Bou, who raced behind the New York defense with neat, deft touches. He then calmly finished to give New England a 3-0 lead. But shortly afterward, New York pulled one back as Patryk Klimala scored to make it 3-1. With just over 15 minutes of the normal 90 left, Andres Reyes, off the corner kick, swung his right peg from 16 yards away and scored in his second consecutive appearance at Gillette and made it 3-2.

New England overcomes slow start: Even though Andrew Farrell and Jones had to be called in to interfere with New York’s early offensive forays, the Revolution opened this one at the end of the 26th minute as Gil connected with Buchanan, and the Canadian international had a brilliant, smooth finish to put New England ahead, 1-0. It came after a Revs corner set-up after great hold-up play by Teal Bunbury in the sequence before. That goal was Buchanan’s second of 2021, and Gil’s league-leading eighth helper. Six minutes later, Jones made it 2-nil after a Matt Polster-to-Gil pass saw Gil thread it into the box, and Jones scored his first of the year. New England had 49.8 percent of the ball, five shots — four on-target — and had 76.4 percent passing accuracy in the first 45 minutes.

Bunbury back in XI: Bruce Arena made — and stop me if you’ve heard this before — three changes from the weekend. Henry Kessler returned to the XI at left center back in place on Jon Bell, while Buchanan replaced Arnór Traustason. But the eye-widening move saw Bunbury enter the XI for the first time since May 16. He replaced Maciel in the lineup, with Tommy McNamara moving back to the defensive midfield alongside Polster.

WHO’S HOT

Carles Gil: Another game, another two assists — and he almost had a third in the first half, and early in the second half; he got that third assist. He’s at 10 helpers on the season, and has assists in five straight matches.

WHO’S NOT

Second-half defending: Two goals allowed at home needs to be considered inexcusable, especially after having such a good start where the Revs’ defending remained resolute despite New York pouring forth the pressure. It was a moment of hesitation where Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler were both flat-footed on Klimala’s goal. They can and have done better. Just spoiled the clean sheet for Mr. Matt Turner. And then Reyes’ goal off the corner, New England needed to be better.

LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY

49.7 percent possession

10 shots, six on-target

72.1 percent passing accuracy

64 duels won to 61 for New York

23 clearances

Henry Kessler had an 83.3 percent passing accuracy.

WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW

Carles Gil for Player of the Week.

While I’m not too pleased with the defending — and to be fair, I wasn’t too pleased with the offense after Bou’s goal — they managed to avert catastrophe and kept the Red Bulls out of the goal for a third time.

I’ll let Bruce sum it up for me:

THEY SAID IT

“We sure made a mess out of that game. That game could have been an easy three points and we turned it into difficult three points. Some plays we’ve got to get better on. (If) we can get a fourth goal to make things a little easier; defensively, we had a few breakdowns. So having said all that, we’ve got another three points which is good, now we got to regroup and have our team ready for Sunday in Dallas.” — Bruce Arena on the Revolution Postgame Show

WHAT’S ON TAP

The Revs return to the road this weekend, and it will be the first match against Western Conference opposition as New England plays FC Dallas on Sunday night. Kickoff is slated for 9 p.m., 8 p.m. in the Central Time Zone.