New England Revolution Prevail With Teal Bunbury Leading The Charge
In their only home game in the month of August, the New England Revolution took on the Vancouver WhiteCaps under the lights at Gillette Stadium. This match happens to be the first Revolution home game where MLS Video Review was in use. New England’s first game with it in play was last weekend against the Chicago Fire in Toyota Park.
Saturday’s match with the WhiteCaps featured a back-and-forth game where the New England Revolution prevailed 1-0.
The match started with a back-and-forth with both sides trading opportunities. There was no clear scoring opportunity though for either side in the first 10+ minutes of action.
The first real shot for the New England Revolution was a wide miss by Kei Kamara in the 16′. The impressive thing about the drive from Kamara was his ability to hold onto the ball over a great distance without losing possession.
New England’s next opportunity came in the 20′ with Teal Bunbury streaking towards the net but WhiteCaps goalkeeper, Stefan Marinovic was right there to snatch it up at the last second. Bunbury was active early for the Revolution and had another opportunity a minute later that turned into a routine save after a give-and-go.
In the 41′, a yellow card was handed out to Andrew Jacobson after he slide tackled Gershon Koffie. Koffie was able to stay on the field after being looked at by the Rev’s training staff.
With all the injury stoppages in the first half, there were 4 minutes of stoppage time awarded before the end of the half.
In stoppage time, Lee Nguyen was handed a yellow card after sliding into a Whitecaps player. The first half ended in a 0-0 score.
2nd Half Push Lead By Bunbury
In the 53′ the stalemate was broken by Bunbury who slammed home a ball up the middle with the assist coming from Kelyn Rowe to make it 1-0 in favor of the Revolution. Bunbury’s effectiveness and playmaking for New England was stellar throughout the entire match.
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The WhiteCaps in an attempt to net the equalizer picked up the pressure. Vancouver for several minutes put up high pressure and had multiple shots on net including a few close calls.
Kamara received a 63′ yellow card after a slide tackle. This match was filled with players rolling around on the turf and at points created some tense moments between the two teams.
Vancouver was the prime suspect for diving.
In the 65′, Coach Jay Heaps sent in his first substitution, Juan Agudelo, who came in for Bunbury. Fans were clamoring to see Agudelo with the match being Juan Agudelo Bobble head night at Gillette.
The draw contact and roll around on the ground continued for Vancouver. This time it came in the 69′ with Je-Vaughn Watson being handed a yellow card.
On the penalty kick, Cody Cropper made a layout save but hit his head hard on the post. He was run through the concussion protocol but was ruled eligible to play.
New England pressured a few more times as New England slowed their game down to maintain possession to chew some clock. Vancouver in an effort to stay relevant continued to try and draw contact by flopping around. To New England’s credit, they were able to preserve despite the flopping that took place.
You could visibly see the frustration in the faces of the Revolution players as the officials continued to bite on Vancouver’s blatant flopping.
There was a 6 minute stoppage time to end the game with Vancouver applying immense pressure. New England’s defense stood strong and was able to hold and maintain their 1-0 win.
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Impact game, overall thoughts, and what is up next for the New England Revolution
New England wins a vitally important game and continue their home winning streak with their last home loss coming on July 5th. Their record at Gillette now moves to 8-2-2 on the MLS season.
Up next, the New England Revolution will head to Yankee Stadium on August 20th to take on NYC FC.