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Revolution Prevail With Teal Bunbury Leading The Charge

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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 Play-By-Play

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.

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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Scoring Summary

Time of Game Player Play Score
 53′  Teal Bunbury  Assisted by Kelyn Rowe  1-0

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.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Revolution Send Fans Home Happy In Record Breaking Win

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With any hopes of making the playoffs diminished thanks to a New York Red Bulls win last week, it may have seemed like there was nothing left to play for in the Revolution’s season. But in fact the Revs had an opportunity to do something that had not been done in the club’s history. Win 12 games at home in a single season. They have had 11 home wins twice before including the magical MLS Cup run in 2014. The Revs were also looking to play spoiler to an New York City FC team who would clinch a playoff bye with a win. So in the final home match of the season, the Revolution wanted to give the faithful at Gillette one last time to celebrate this year.

After a quiet first 25 minutes the Revolution encountered a game changer they had seen four times in the past five games, a red card. This time though, the call went in the Revolution’s favor after 2nd year player Jack Harrison slid studs up into Teal Bunbury. The Revolution were a man up with plenty of time left.

The Revs failed to capitalize in the first half entering halftime in a scoreless draw. Then in the 51st minute, Diego Fagundez took a shot from just outside the box on an assist from Andrew Ferrall for his first goal since June 3rd. Later in the second minute of stoppage time, Fagundez found the back of the net again on his own rebound off NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

The Revolution were minutes away from a shutout when only seconds after Fagundez’s second goal, NYCFC sent the ball up field and it fell to Khiry Shelton who headed it over Brad Knighton who was visibly upset that he had lost his clean sheet on such a freak play.

Despite that scare, the Revolution ended the game on top 2-1. The win was a bizarre, bittersweet moment for the team. They had broken a club record for home wins despite not making the playoffs. The Revolution have one more match on Sunday in Montreal before they say goodbye to the 2017 season.

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Delamea, Bunbury and Rowe Among Winners In Annual Revolution Team Awards

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Before Sunday’s final home match of the season, the Revolution kicked off Fan Appreciation Night by announcing the recipients of the Revolution team awards. The awards are handed out each year to players from both the senior team and the Revolution Academy.

Antonio Delamea won both Defender of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Delamea has proven to be one of the Revolutions best signings when he transferred from Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, becoming the first Slovenian to play in Major League Soccer. He scored one goal and one assist and played 2,547 minutes in 29 matches for the Revs this season. He was also added to a shortlist for both MLS defender and newcomer of the year. With the MVP win, Delamea joins a list of Revolution legends that include Shalrie Joseph, Matt Reis, and Taylor Twellman.

The Player’s Player of the Year which is voted on by the clubs players was awarded to Teal Bunbury. His season had a frustrating start. After spending most of the season on the bench, Bunbury made his first start on July 2nd against the Philadelphia Union. Since then he has scored 7 goals in 14 games becoming one of the most in-form players in Major League Soccer. In an interview on this week’s Far Post Podcast, Teal Bunbury was asked about the ups and downs of the season. “I’m always a guy who wants to work hard in training, wants to work hard in the games but just want’s a fair shot” he said. “If I’m out there I’m playing for my teammates”.

For the fourth straight year, the Humanitarian of the Year went to Kelyn Rowe. Rowe’s presence off the field has been as important as his contributions on the field. He’s worked with several charities including the Jessie Rees Foundation and Kelyn’s NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) Crew. The latter was started in 2015 and gives children with cancer a chance to experience a Revolution game and walk around the Gillette Stadium pitch. This year was also a highlight year for Rowe on the field. He was called up to the United States National Team for the first time to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in which he scored a goal against Nicaragua and helped the US win the tournament.

The award for Academy Player of the Year went to Joe Britto. The 18-year-old midfielder from Connecticut has been called up to youth national team camps since 2013. He supports the Revolution, Benfica, Portugal, and the US Men’s National Team, and his favorite players are Neymar, Pablo Aimar and Christiano Ronaldo. Britto is attending UNC Charlotte who was the Conference USA regular season champions in 2016.

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Revolution Officially Eliminated From Playoff Contention

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The New England Revolution’s playoff hopes are now a mathematical impossibility. This is thanks to the New York Red Bulls beating the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday, securing the 6th and final playoff spot in the eastern conference. New York won decisively 3-0 having 56.8% possession and 18 total shots to Vancouver’s 3.

The Revolution’s chances of making the playoffs were slim and relied on a lot of scoreboard watching for both the team and the fans. They needed to win both their final two games and New York would have to get less than three points in their final three games. Before Saturday, the Red Bulls were on an eight-game winless streak. That streak did not include a loss in the US Open Cup Final against Sporting Kansas City.

New England still has two matches remaining this season. Their final home match is on Sunday, October 15th. That match will be fan appreciation night at Gillette Stadium and all week leading up to the match. The last match of the season will see them travel to Montreal to take on the Impact.

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