Revolution Fall, 2-1, to Philadelphia Union
CHESTER, Pa. - The New England Revolution (3-3-5, 14 pts.) fell to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, at Subaru Park on Saturday night. Philadelphia's Anthony Fontana scored twice, including the game-winning goal in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time. Fontana also opened the scoring in the 71st minute, but New England - which played the final 34 minutes of the match with 10 men after midfielder Matt Polster was issued a red card - equalized the match in the 81st minute through Tajon Buchanan's first career goal.
Buchanan, whom the Revolution selected with the ninth-overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, opened his professional account 13 minutes after entering the match as a substitute. His goal was assisted by Gustavo Bou, who also entered the match as a substitute and now owns two assists on the season - matching his total from 2019. Buchanan's goal was the latest by a Revs player this season.
Also seeing action off the bench in the second half was midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was re-acquired by New England in a trade with Inter Miami CF on Tuesday. He recorded 12 touches, one chance created, and completed all 11 of his pass attempts in 14 minutes.
In the 39th minute of tonight's match, defender Andrew Farrell became the fourth player in Revolution history to eclipse 20,000 minutes played with the club. Farrell joins Matt Reis, Shalrie Joseph, and Jay Heaps as the only Revs players to reach the milestone.
New England returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 19, when the club hosts New York City FC at Gillette Stadium. The match will kick off at a time to be announced later, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution 1
September 12, 2020 - Subaru Park (Chester, Penn.)
Revolution Fall to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, at Subaru Park
- The Revolution (3-3-5, 14 pts.) fell to the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on Saturday night at Subaru Park.
- Forward Tajon Buchanan scored New England's goal on a right-footed strike with in the 81st minute with an assist from forward Gustavo Bou. Both Buchanan and Bou entered tonight's match as substitutes in the second half.
- New England played the final 34 minutes of tonight's match with 10 men, as midfielder Matt Polster was issued a red card due to yellow card accumulation in the 56th minute. Polster will miss next Saturday's match against New York City FC.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena's all-time record shifts to 213-127-102, which includes a 6-2-4 mark in 12 matches against Philadelphia.
Tajon Buchanan Scores First Career Goal with 81st-minute Equalizer
- Forward Tajon Buchanan's equalizer in the 81st minute was the first goal of his MLS career.
- Buchanan logged 31 minutes of action in tonight's match and registered in a team-high in shots on target (2).
- The second-year forward from Brampton, Ontario and ninth-overall selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft has appeared in all 11 league matches this season, including four starts.
- Buchanan's right-footed shot was assisted by forward Gustavo Bou, who's now tied for the team lead in assists this season (2).
Andrew Farrell Eclipses 20,000 Career Minutes Played
- Defender Andrew Farrell became the fourth player in club history to surpass the 20,000 career minutes played milestone in tonight's match.
- Farrell, who played the full 90 minutes in his eighth start of the season, entered tonight's match 39 minutes shy of eclipsing the milestone.
- Farrell (20,051) ranks fourth on the club's all-time minutes played list, behind Shalrie Joseph (22,867), Matt Reis (22,699) and Jay Heaps (21,619).
- Since joining the club in 2013, Farrell ranks second in MLS among active players in games started (225) and minutes played (20,051) behind Inter Miami goalkeeper Luis Robles.
- Farrell recorded a team-high five clearances in tonight's match and successfully completed 21 of his 23 pass attempts.
Lee Nguyen Makes First Club Appearance Since 2017
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was acquired via trade with Inter Miami on Monday, made his first appearance in a Revolution uniform since 2017.
- Nguyen entered the match as a substitution for Kelyn Rowe in the 76th minute.
- Nguyen successfully completed all 11 of his pass attempts and registered one chance created in 14 minutes of action.
- Nguyen's appearance was the 192nd of his Revolution career, which ranks 10th on the club's all-time games played list.
Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting Lineup
The Revolution made three changes to the Starting XI as Henry Kessler, Kelyn Rowe and Cristian Penilla started in place of Antonio Delamea, Diego Fagundez and Gustavo Bou.
Kessler, who has appeared in every match of his rookie campaign, recorded four clearances and one interception in his eighth start of the season.
With his 22-minute shift off the bench, Fagundez registered his 252nd career appearance. Fagundez is two appearances shy of matching Matt Reis (254) for second on the club's all-time games played list.
Midfielder Tommy McNamara made his fourth consecutive appearance, which includes three straight starts, since joining the club on Aug. 17. McNamara logged team-highs in possession gained (7) and interceptions (3), while successfully completing 29 of 33 pass attempts.
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Assistant Referee: Claudiu Badea
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Video Assistant Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: 68 degrees and clear
PHI- Anthony Fontana 1 (Kacper Przybylko 2) 74'
NE- Tajon Buchanan 1 (Gustavo Bou 2) 81'
PHI- Anthony Fontana 2 (Unassisted) 90+5'
NE- Matt Polster (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 8'
PHI- Jose Martinez (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 20'
PHI- Raymon Gaddis (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 36'
PHI- Alejandro Bedoya (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 50'
NE- Matt Polster (Red Card- Unsporting Behavior) 56'
PHI- Anthony Fontana (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 65'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye, Alexander Büttner; Matt Polster, Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen 76'), Tommy McNamara (Tajon Buchanan 68'), Cristian Penilla (Diego Fagundez 68'), Adam Buksa (Scott Caldwell 59'), Teal Bunbury © (Gustavo Bou 76')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, DeJuan Jones, Michael Mancienne, Kekuta Manneh
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo (Matthew Real 65'), Raymon Gaddis; Jose Martinez (Jack De Vries 90+1'), Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya ©, Brenden Aaronson, Andrew Wooten (Anthony Fontana 65'), Kacper Przybylko
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Bendik, Michee Ngalina, Cole Turner
New England Revolution Team Statistics Philadelphia Union
9 (2) Shots (on Target) 15 (5)
3 Saves 1
5 Corner Kicks 3
1 Offsides 1
8 Fouls 16
376 (79%) Passes Attempted (% Completed) 466 (82%)
45% Possession 55%
Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena
On Matt Polster's red card and how it changed the complexion of the game:
Arena: "Certainly, [the red card] changes the complexion of the game. I think an experienced referee knows not to send a player off on a foul like that. If that's the case, he probably would've sent off two players from Philadelphia with similar type of fouls playing with yellow cards. Really not a smart play by [Matt] Polster, a player playing with a yellow card. In that game, they know the kind of referee that's doing the game. You could be sent off because of the lack of experience that referee has. No excuses. I think Polster made a foolish play - losing the ball and then a foul - despite the fact that I think the referee was absolutely incorrect. I think our guys gave a great effort, and then at the end of the game in the 94th minute or so, we've got to suck it up and do a better job in not conceding a corner. And when we do, we've got to defend it correctly. Give [Anthony Fontana] credit. It was a heck of a shot to beat Matt Turner."
On Tajon Buchanan scoring after missing a potential equalizer late in the season opener:
Arena: "That was in February. We could care less about that at this point. He came in and did his job. We needed a good 20, 25 minutes out of him, and he did a real good job in a game that's difficult, obviously, playing with 10 players. I think the combination play with him and [Gustavo] Bou is outstanding to get the goal. It's just a shame that we don't walk off the field with a point."
On Adam Buksa getting subbed off and what the team needs to do to get him scoring more goals:
Arena: "When you go down to 10 players, you take a striker out. It's not what the team needs to do, it's what Adam [Buksa] needs to do. He just needs to hang in there, do a better job of getting in front of the goal, and we need to do a better job servicing him."
On conceding the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time:
Arena: "We conceded a corner that we didn't need to concede. That ball could've been sent over the touchline for a throw-in. Having said that, we had an opportunity to clear the ball better on the corner, and then get to the shooter better. I think we could've done a better job defending that corner. As I said, give [Anthony Fontana] credit. That was a heck of a shot to beat Matt Turner."
On Lee Nguyen's performance:
Arena: "I thought he played very well. You could see his experience and his quality on the field. We only played him 20, 25 minutes. We need to be smart about his minutes right now, but he looks like he's going to be a good addition to our team."
Revolution Forward Tajon Buchanan
On how rewarding scoring his first career goal was and how disappointing the result is:
Buchanan: "I think coming over here in Philly, we came to get a result whether that was a point or three points. And it's nice to score your first goal in MLS, but we came up short today and we gave up a tough goal in the last minute of the game. It was kind of unlucky but we just got to regroup and keep moving forward. But I'm really happy to score my first goal, it was a relief."
On whether his missed chance against Montreal has weighed heavily on him:
Buchanan: "Honestly, that happens in games sometimes, you miss chances. Back in Montreal, it was unlucky and it hurt for a few weeks but that was in the back of my head but I just brushed that to the side, keep moving forward, and when you score that first goal then all that is put behind you."
On the impact of Lee Nguyen and Gustavo Bou
Buchanan: "Lee [Nguyen] and Gustavo [Bou] are both excellent players. Their passing and moving off the ball is tops in this league and it makes things a lot easier when I'm making those runs forward. I was able to link up with Gustavo on my goal and he laid an excellent ball through and I was able to finish so I'm happy."
On the importance of having a full week between games:
Buchanan: "I think it's going to be huge. We've been playing a lot of games in a short amount of time so it's going to be good to get our better players rested and just get back on training fields when the time comes and get ready to play [New York City FC] this upcoming weekend."
On feedback from coaches on his play this season:
Buchanan: "It's been good. I've been working hard in training and I've been working hard to get my chances to come in the game. It's been a little tough, a little bumpy road along the way this season but just having support from my coaches and them giving me the confidence to keep going at players has helped a lot. And today I finally was happy to reward the team by getting a goal but we came up short and dropped points so that's a bummer."
Revolution Defender Andrew Farrell
On Matt Polster's red card in the 56th minute and the disappointing finish during tonight's match:
Farrell: "Yeah I would say we can be a little bit smarter and better on that play, knowing you're on a yellow card. But at the same time, I mean, it seemed like there were calls that seemed like they weren't necessarily both ways. Similar plays were happening and there weren't calls made so it was a little frustrating on that note, about the red card. The second yellow, obviously we have to be smarter and better. We have guys back on that one and you have to understand about that situation. Obviously we're proud about the effort but it's just not good enough. You know, 20 seconds left in the game, we have to be better on getting back and marking up on the crosses. And then if we give up a corner, we have to clear the ball. We clear that ball and we're away with one point even though we didn't play our best game. Down a man we got a goal and tied it up. But no, it just kind of seems like a waste. Again, proud of the effort from everybody. We just have to be smarter at the end of the game."
On becoming the fourth player in club history to eclipse 20,000 career minutes played:
Farrell: "I think it definitely did creep up. I just saw it on a Tweet the other day so I was like 'Oh my gosh, that's a lot of minutes.' It's been a blessing to play for this great club. Obviously there's been ups and downs but I've been very fortunate and blessed, like I said, to be here. All the different coaches, different players and a lot of people contributed to my success. My family, my friends, the trainers and every coach I've had. Obviously I wish it was on a win or even getting a point there at the end, but it's a great milestone and I hope to play a lot more minutes. Obviously I'm disappointed with the result but, again, very proud to hit that goal, that milestone."
On Lee Nguyen's performance tonight and what he'll bring to the team moving forward:
Farrell: "I think Lee came in and did really well. As you can see, he's really good on the ball. We know that. What he's done, an MVP-type run that he had in 2014. When he came in he just facilitates the play, can find the passes, he's getting the ball combined really well and he's somebody that can create chances for us. I think that's something that we've been lacking a little bit. He's another player that can step in there and fill out that role. If we're in a game where we have 11 guys I think we'd be even more dangerous with him on the field. But, again, we know Lee really well. When he's on, he's a really, really good player in this league. He's had that MVP-type season. Adding a player like that to a team that, I think, is really well-balanced but competitive. We need to keep on trying to get better and better. I think he adds a lot to our team."
On how the team can use the upcoming week to prepare for next Saturday's match against NYCFC and the following slate of matches:
Farrell: "I think it's important. I think every team, games are coming every three, four days. So we have to try to do some rotations here where we got guys who are injured, who now with this week will be able to get back and healthy, and get back in the fold of things. Things are really competitive, so keep everyone challenging for those starting spots and adding guys like Lee, Tommy [McNamara] and Matt Polster, who are going to help compete for those spots. I think we have the next day or two off to recover and rest, and get our guys healthy and refreshed and ready. Practices between those games were just a recovery re-gen and just try to work on the little things here and there. It was very tough to get the legs under you for games every three days or so. We wish we would've done better to go into this little break with a better mentality, better result but we know we're going to come out against New York City FC who we have next at home. We have to be ready for them. They beat us last time so we're excited for that matchup again."
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