Revolution and New York City FC Play to 0-0 Draw
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (3-3-6, 15 pts.) played to a scoreless draw with New York City FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Goalkeeper Matt Turner registered four saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season.
Midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was re-acquired by New England on Sept. 8 and played 14 minutes at Philadelphia last Saturday, started and played 89 minutes in today's contest. Nguyen registered 62 touches and one shot in his first appearance at Gillette Stadium as a member of the Revolution since Oct. 15, 2017.
Forward Tajon Buchanan started today's match after he opened his MLS account last Saturday at Philadelphia. Buchanan paced New England with four shots and three shots on target in his second start of the season.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when the club hosts the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium. The match will kick off at 5:00 p.m. ET, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
New England Revolution 0, New York City FC 0
September 19, 2020 - Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Draw New York City FC, 0-0
- The Revolution (3-3-6, 15 pts.) played to a scoreless draw with New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena's all-time record shifts to 213-127-103, which includes a 2-3-1 mark in six matches against New York City FC.
Lee Nguyen Makes First Home Appearance at Gillette Stadium in Three Years
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was acquired via trade with Inter Miami on Sept. 8, made his first appearance in a Revolution uniform at Gillette Stadium since October 2017.
- Nguyen's appearance was the 193rd of his Revolution career, which ranks 10th on the club's all-time games played list.
- Nguyen previously played for New England from 2012-18, and was traded to LAFC in May 2018. He spent two seasons with LAFC and part of this season with Inter Miami CF before his return to New England earlier this month.
Buchanan Shines in Second Start of 2020
- Forward Tajon Buchanan made his second start of the season and first since July 21, logging 78 minutes on the day.
- Buchanan led the team with four shots on the afternoon, including three on target and completed 76 percent of his passes.
Turner Moves Up the Career Saves Leaderboard
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner made four stops en route to his fourth clean sheet of the season.
- Turner now has 206 saves in his Revolution career, tied for fourth-most in club history with Adin Brown. Turner is one save shy of Jeff Causey for third on the club's all-time saves list.
- With one more shutout, Turner will match his previous single-season career high of five, which he set in 2018 and matched in 2019.
Farrell Leads Defensive Effort
- Defender Andrew Farrell played a big part in New England's fourth clean sheet of the season, recording a team-high seven clearances, nine possessions gained, and a blocked shot.
- Farrell, who eclipsed 20,000 minutes played in his Revolution career on Sept. 12 at Philadelphia, completed 34 of his 38 passes out of the back in a 90-minute effort.
Revolution Make Four Changes to Starting Lineup
The Revolution made four changes to the Starting XI as Gustavo Bou, Tajon Buchanan, Scott Caldwell, and Lee Nguyen started in place of Adam Buksa, Cristian Penilla, Matt Polster, and Keyln Rowe.
Lee Nguyen made his first appearance at Gillette Stadium since Aug. 3, 2019 with LAFC, and his first home appearance with the Revolution since Oct. 15, 2017 vs. New York City FC, a 2-1 win.
Tajon Buchanan earned his second start of the season, and sixth in MLS, after scoring his first career MLS goal in the club's last match on Sept. 12 at Philadelphia. His last start came on July 21 vs. Toronto.
Midfielder Tommy McNamara made his fifth consecutive appearance, which includes four straight starts, since joining the club on Aug. 17.
Midfielder Matt Polster, who was issued a red card in the team's last match at Philadelphia on Sept. 12, served his one-game suspension today.
Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel (AR1), Jeremy Kieso (AR2)
Fourth Official: Luis Arroyo
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 60 degrees and clear
NYC - Alexander Ring (Yellow Card- Dissent) 22'
NYC - Joe Scally (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 47'
NYC - Keaton Parks (Yellow Card- Persistent Infringement) 54'
NYC - Gudmundur ThÃ³rarinsson (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 64'
NYC - Alexander Callens (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 67'
NYC - ValentÃn Castellanos (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 80'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye, Alexander Büttner; Scott Caldwell, Tommy McNamara (Kelyn Rowe 66'), Lee Nguyen (Adam Buksa 89'); Teal Bunbury (Kekuta Manneh 66'), Tajon Buchanan (Cristian Penilla 78'), Gustavo Bou ©.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, DeJuan Jones, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Diego Fagundez.
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Joe Scally (Anton Tinnerholm 65'), Gudmundur ThÃ³rarinsson, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chaot; Keaton Parks, Gary Mackay-Steven (Sebastien Ibeagha 85'), NicolÃ¡s Acevedo (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 74'), Alexander Ring ©, Alexandru Mitrita; Heber (ValentÃn Castellanos 65').
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Stuver, Luis Barraza, Juan Torres, Tony Rocha.
New England Revolution Team Statistics New York City FC
14 (7) Shots (on Target) 8 (4)
4 Saves 7
5 Corner Kicks 3
5 Offsides 1
16 Fouls 19
444 (81.3%) Passes Attempted (% Completed) 383 (74.6%)
54.0% Possession 46.0%
POSTGAME QUOTES: New England Revolution 0 vs. New York City FC 0
New England Revolution Head Coach Bruce Arena
On the possession and offensive flow created by Lee Nguyen in the midfield:
Arena: "I agree with your comments there. I thought Lee [Nguyen] played well and he's a good addition to the team. Obviously, that's a game that can go either way. Both teams had some chances. Obviously, we weren't able to capitalize on ours. We tried to push the game at the end and get a goal. I think we made one or two mistakes that resulted in some counterattacks for New York City FC as well. But I think, overall, this was a much improved performance for our team than I've seen over the last three weeks or so."
On the performance of Tajon Buchanan and whether or not his goal last match, allowed him to play with more confidence against NYCFC:
Arena: "Well, sure. He's a relatively young professional player. Getting a goal certainly is a boost for your confidence. He played well in his short run last week in Philadelphia. And then tonight, I think he played about 75 minutes. I don't remember exactly, but I thought he played very well. He had a couple of looks at the goal today. He created a few chances as well. Overall, he had a very good performance."
On the decision to start Adam Buksa on the bench:
Arena: "Well, obviously we wanted to get Lee [Nguyen] on the field and play with a single striker. We felt that Gustavo [Bou] was the best choice to place up there, with the team we had."
On Henry Kessler leading the team in passes to night and what he adds to the team's possession:
Arena: "What do you mean by 'he led the team in passes'? That happens every game, generally, with the guys on the back line."
On how comfortable Henry Kessler has become with the ball:
Arena: "Well, he's getting better. It's not been one of his strengths. We've been working on him with it. Tonight, it was better. He made some mistakes in the first half turning the ball over and one towards the end of the game. But overall, he's improving. Defensively, he's consistently been our best defender this year."
On the job Lee Nguyen has done since his arrival:
Arena: "Yeah. I think it's the same answer I gave two questions ago. He's composed on the ball. Obviously, he is a good passer. It allows our players to get forward. He's a good player, good experienced player. He allows us to have a little bit of a rhythm in the attack."
On the performance of both goalkeepers, Matt Turner and Sean Johnson tonight:
Arena: "Well, I thought Sean Johnson made a couple of good saves in the game. He had the one on Teal [Bunbury], I think in the first half. And another one in the second half. That's what good goalkeepers do. I think Matt [Turner] wasn't particularly tested to make a great save tonight, but his composure, his positioning, was good. And obviously, it was another clean sheet. Those are two good goalkeepers that played tonight."
On the quick turnaround before the next match on Wednesday, and whether or not he expects Lee Nguyen to feature again in the starting lineup:
Arena: "I can't answer that question now. Again, over the next couple days, we'll see how our players recover and then make some decisions based on that."
Revolution Midfielder Lee Nguyen
On how he fits into the team:
Nguyen: "I felt great. The staff have done a great job in trying to manage my load throughout this week and trying to be ready for this game. I felt better than what we expected going into it so it was good to get those minutes underneath me. It was great to play with the guys again, lots of familiar faces so it wasn't too bad picking up right where I left off. We got a lot of great guys on this team and when you've got great footballers around you it's easy to play."
On what New York City FC did defensively to frustrate the attack:
Nguyen: "I wouldn't say they frustrated us, it was more we couldn't finish our chances. We did well to create great goal-scoring opportunities in the first half and just couldn't convert and that made it obviously harder in the second half. The longer you keep teams in the game, the more confidence they'll get. If we did a better job scoring those goals in the first half the game would have gone a lot easier in the second half."
On his longest outing in almost a year:
Nguyen: "This is why we train, this is why we have preseason. This is why we run after games and in the days that the guys that don't play on game day train a little bit extra to keep that good foundation. I'm fortunate to have a great [training] staff being able to help manage my load so I can be ready. Just going out there and knowing your responsibilities and executing."
On return to Gillette Stadium with no fans:
Nguyen: "It was great to be back, I just wish obviously I was able to be back in front of the fans. That's the best part about playing football here, being at Gillette Stadium and playing in front of the fans and in front of The Fort. It was a little sucky not to have our fans there supporting us but we know they're out there watching us and supporting from afar. I just wish we could have gotten the three points."
On connecting with Gustavo Bou:
Nguyen: "We've been able to click when we play together and he's got good soccer IQ so he knows how to combine, he knows the runs to make and the timing and so it's been easy to play with him. He's got great feet and obviously he can finish from multiple areas on the pitch so it's great to have someone like that on the pitch."
On impressions of Bruce Arena:
Nguyen: "One of the main reasons why I wanted to come back to the Revs was because he was here. He's not only a great coach but he's a great player manager. A lot of guys who have played under him always have great things to say about him. He knows how to manage players and I think he's also a tactical genius. Obviously he's been able to fix multiple formations and try to figure out which formation works best to get the best out of his guys. So it's been a pleasure so far working under him."
Revolution Defender Henry Kessler
On feeling frustrated with the result but encouraged by the performance:
Kessler: "I think both. At home, we still want to grab the three points. In conference standings, we know it was a really important game. I believe they're still two points above us, so it's getting competitive and we're starting to get toward the end of the season. We definitely wanted the three points, but having said that, much improved performance from last time. I thought we were better in pretty much every facet of the game."
On keeping a clean sheet:
Kessler: "As a defender, you're right - our primary responsibility is to keep the ball out of the net. Having said that, we still want to be able to build out and we have other parts to our job. We're a part of the process of scoring as well. I thought today we actually built decently and worked the ball pretty well, so that was better from Andrew and I think. Myself especially, it's something I wanted to get better at. Not scoring is something obviously we don't want to happen, but our primary responsibility is a clean sheet, so we're happy about that."
On Bruce Arena calling him one of the team's best defenders:
Kessler: "I actually haven't heard that. That's the first time I'm hearing it now. It's very good to hear. It means a lot to me to hear that. It's very kind of him to say. I try to do my best to keep the opponent off the score sheet, but that's only part of the job. There's still plenty I have to work on like on the ball and what not, building, there's still other things I need to improve on."
On Lee Nguyen:
Kessler: "Lee [Nguyen] is great. He came in just recently. We actually got breakfast together recently. Being one of the new guys myself, being a rookie, so still a new guy I though it good to kind of pick his brain a little bit. He's been a great addition to our team so far. I think when he came on against Philly, he was quality. He completed I think all of his passes. I think he finds good spots, he's always looking to play forward, keeps the ball really well, so I think he's been a good addition for the squad."
On the overall mood in the locker room:
Kessler: "I think the vibe in the locker room is slightly negative after a result like this - not in general - where we feel at home we should be grabbing three points. It's something we haven't done, so we're certainly not happy just walking away with a point. I thought we were pretty good today. Certainly better than last time we played NYCFC. It's a bit mixed. Obviously, we're happy to get the clean sheet and have a zero on the board, but we really feel like we left points on the table today. It wasn't really a game where we see it as one point earned, but rather two points lost."
On his breakfast with Lee Nguyen:
Kessler: "He hadn't seen me play much, I don't think, but just continue to try to go forward, finding other midfielders. We didn't talk about soccer too much. Just talked about off-the-field stuff as well. He's been in the Boston area a lot, so just asking him about that stuff. Not too much about soccer, but some off-the-field stuff as well."
On his partnership with Andrew Farrell:
Kessler: "Andrew is excellent. Can't speak highly of him enough. I thought he was really, really good today. I don't know who was awarded Man of the Match, but certainly he was in the running for it. I thought he was really solid, had a great block in the second half - great sliding challenge. I think hjis communication is really good. That's something for a young guy like myself, that's really beneficial. That's helpful. He's generally positive, so he's always encouraging guys, always trying to lift guys up which I think is really important. Not only a great player, but a great leader. That's really important for me. We've had a lot of minutes together starting in preseason, so we've been able to form that partnership pretty well. I love playing with him."
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