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Revolution Fall, 1-0, to New York Red Bulls

October 28, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (7-6-8, 29 pts.) fell to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night. New York's Aaron Long scored the game's lone goal in the 89th minute, when he got on the end of a Red Bulls corner kick that was headed down into the penalty area. Despite the result, the Revolution clinched a spot in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs tonight due to FC Dallas' win over Inter Miami CF.

Midfielder Diego Fagundez made club history in tonight's contest by tying Shalrie Joseph for most games played in Revolution history (261). Fagundez, 25, can become New England's all-time service leader by appearing in either of the team's last two regular season games. The first Homegrown Player signing in team history and native of Leominster, Mass., Fagundez made his professional debut in 2011 and is among the club's all-time leaders in virtually every statistical category, including goals (2nd) and assists (3rd). Fagundez is also the holder of several age-related MLS records as the youngest player to record 200 appearances and 50 goals in league history.

Reigning MLS Newcomer of the Year Carles Gil, who made his return from an August heel surgery in last Friday's draw against Nashville, saw another 27 minutes of action as a substitute at Red Bull Arena tonight.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Revolution are currently in seventh place on the Eastern Conference table - level with the Red Bulls on points. The team will look to climb back above New York into sixth place in order to advance directly to Round 1 of the MLS Cup Playoffs and avoid a single-elimination play-in round.

New England returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 1, when the club hosts D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.

POSTGAME NOTES

New York Red Bulls 1, New England Revolution 0

October 28, 2020 - Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)

Revolution Clinch Playoff Spot Despite 1-0 Loss to Red Bulls

The Revolution (7-6-8, 28 pts.) fell to the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

New England will compete in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year and for the 15th time in 25 MLS seasons.

New England's away record moves to 5-3-1, excluding the MLS is Back Tournament, with one away match remaining in the 2020 regular season. Tonight's defeat snapped the team's four-game road unbeaten streak.

Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena's all-time record moves to 217-130-105, and 15-9-16 with the Revolution.

Diego Fagundez Matches Shalrie Joseph For Club's All-Time Games Played Record

Forward Diego Fagundez made his 261st MLS regular season appearance tonight, tying Shalrie Joseph's club record for most regular season games played in Revolution history.

Joseph played in his 261st game at age 34, while Fagundez equals that number at only 25. The Homegrown Player from Leominster, Mass. can claim sole possession of the record on Sunday, Nov. 1 vs. D.C. United.

The 10th-year forward has scored 53 goals with 45 assists and played over 16,000 minutes over his 261 appearances, including 186 starts.

Carles Gil Makes Second Consecutive Appearance in Return from Injury

Midfielder Carles Gil registered his second straight appearance since re-joining the team after returning ahead of schedule from surgery to debride his Achilles tendon on Aug. 4.

Gil, the 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year, played 27 minutes in his second career shift off the bench and finished tonight's contest with 22 touches, three fouls won, two possessions gained, one chance created and one shot, while completing 12 of his 14 pass attempts.

Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting Lineup

New England's Starting XI features three changes from its most recent match on Oct. 23 at Nashville SC, with Kekuta Manneh, Kelyn Rowe and Adam Buksa starting in place of Lee Nguyen, Tajon Buchanan and Teal Bunbury.

Buchanan and Buksa are the two remaining Revolution players to appear in all 21 league matches this season. Buchanan logged a 26-minute shift off the bench, while Buksa registered his eighth 90-minute performance of the season.

Nguyen recorded his 10th appearance since re-joining the club via trade with Inter Miami CF on Sept. 8 and completed 15 of 17 pass attempts over a 27-minute shift.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Alan Kelly

Assistant Referee: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Brian Dunn (AR2)

Fourth Official: Luis Arroyo

Video Assistant Referee: Chris Penso

Weather: 57 degrees and cloudy

Attendance:

Scoring Summary:

NY- Aaron Long (Tim Parker, Alejandro Romero Gamarra) 89'

Misconduct Summary:

NE- Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 44'

NE- Adam Buksa (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 48'

NE- Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 57'

NE- Tajon Buchanan (Yellow Card-Simulation) 75'

NE- Lee Nguyen (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 85'

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Alexander Büttner, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones (Brandon Bye 85'); Scott Caldwell © (Matt Polster HT), Tommy McNamara; Kekuta Manneh (Lee Nguyen 63'), Diego Fagundez (Carles Gil 63'), Kelyn Rowe (Tajon Buchanan 64'); Adam Buksa

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Teal Bunbury

New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kyle Duncan, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Jason Pendant; Sean Davis (Cristian Cásseres Jr 59'), Marc Rzatkowski (Alejandro Romero Gamarra 59'), Caden Clark (Daniel Royer 59'), Florian Valot, Jared Stroud (Samuel Tetteh 74'); Brian White (Tom Barlow 79')

Substitutes Not Used: David Jensen, Mandela Egbo, Amro Tarek, Dru Yearwood

New England Revolution Team Statistics New York Red Bulls

13 (2) Shots (on Target) 13 (3)

5 Blocked Shots 2

2 Saves 2

7 Corner Kicks 6

1 Offsides 1

16 Fouls 16

432 (76%) Passes Attempted (% Completed) 339 (67%)

56.4% Possession 43.6%

POSTGAME QUOTES

New England Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena

On his takeaways from tonight's match:

Arena: "It's a disappointing loss. Once again, we see I think absolutely inefficient use of the VAR. Our player [Tommy McNamara] was fouled on the play. Was it a bad foul? No, but [Aaron Long] pushes him aside and scores a goal. I don't understand why we have VAR. We had the same kind of play in the Toronto game. It's cost us two games. There's no point in having VAR if they can't make a judgement like that that it's a foul. So, that's disappointing. Were we good enough to get a win tonight? No. I think a fair result is a draw. And that's that. The foul on [Tajon] Buchanan for a yellow card in the box. It's remarkable. I'm very disappointed in that, and I don't think we should even use VAR. It's so inefficient, it really is. Anyway, on the night, the kind of game we expected. It was going to go down to the last minute, and it certainly did."

On his disappointment with the result:

Arena: "Yeah, we should've had a draw in the game. Disappointed. That's what I said a minute ago. I'm disappointed in the result. We can complain about VAR all we want, but we got to then be strong enough and defend better on a corner kick."

On making a triple substitution in the 63rd minute:

Arena: "You have three moments in the game [to make substitutions]. You want to hold one at the end so if you use one of them you have, in theory - we only had one left anyway because we changed at halftime with [Matt] Polster because of the yellow card on [Scott] Caldwell. We thought those three players could bring us energy. Red Bull did the same thing I think right before us. Can it be two players? Who knows what's right. This is new territory for us playing with five substitutions."

On DeJuan Jones starting over Brandon Bye at right back:

Arena: "I don't know the answer. DeJuan [Jones] has played very well. That's why he's playing there. I don't think this is the time to analyze both players. DeJuan has played very well. That's why he's starting."

On if he anticipates Carles Gil will start either of the team's last two regular season games:

Arena: "We're building him back. There's only a week and half left in the season, so I don't know if it's likely that he'll get a start. We'll see how we move him along."

Revolution Midfielder Tommy McNamara

On whether he felt he was fouled on New York's goal in the 89th minute:

McNamara: "It felt like it was a foul. He had two hands on me and threw me to the side to then get free. I spoke to the referee about it, complained about it. He said the VAR was checking it, no problem. But he didn't go and look at himself, and he just said 'no foul.'"

On whether the team can celebrate potentially clinching a postseason berth if FC Dallas defeats or draws against Inter Miami CF:

McNamara: "To be honest, I don't think we're going to celebrate it too much. I mean, we just lost a game tonight and even if the results go our way and we get into the playoffs that's well and good but we want to finish as high a seed as possible and not be dropping points before the end of the season, before we go into the playoffs. That's a bigger concern about us, picking up points in these last couple games now and making sure that our form is in a good place before, hopefully, we clinch and go into the playoffs."

On the importance of the next two games as the team finds its form heading into the playoffs:

McNamara: "It's very important. Like you said, we want to finish as high as possible on the table to put ourselves in the best position possible going into the playoffs. On top of that, we want to build some momentum going into it. I think our performances have been pretty well in the past few weeks. But we just haven't quite been able to figure out how to get three points, whether it's something defensively or something offensively. We really need to get ourselves over the line in these next two games. That'll be important for us."

Revolution Defender Alexander Büttner

On the disappointing result:

Büttner: "First of all, every game we lose we are disappointed. We know we cannot give away corners a lot. They can score against us with a corner ball, we need to do that better. Yeah, of course we are disappointed because we wanted to win the game."

On the New York Red Bulls' scoring play:

Büttner: "I think the first guy headed it to another one. I have to see it back, I don't know exactly how it was going but we know we have to be stronger with corners against us and that cannot happen that [opponents] score all the time on corners against us. So we need to do better there as a team."

On having Carles Gil back:

Büttner: "He's a very important player for the team. He's really good and everybody is happy that Carles [Gil] is back. First of all, we need to go easy with him because he came from a long injury and we're all happy that Carles is back in the team."

On what needs to improve in the attacking third:

Büttner: "I think we played some good football in the [attacking] third of the pitch. We had some crosses today that I think [New York Red Bulls] defended well. We were a bit unlucky so I don't know. Sometimes you need to have a little bit more luck if you cross the ball if you can score on the first ball or second ball. I think it's just unlucky but we played some good soccer today as well, some good attacking things. It's just unlucky I think."


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