Revolution Top Montreal Impact, 3-1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (4-3-6, 18 pts.) defeated the Montreal Impact, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday evening behind goals from Henry Kessler, Gustavo Bou, and Diego Fagundez. Kessler opened his MLS account in first-half stoppage time, before Bou and Fagundez tripled the host's lead on the other side of the break. Montreal's Lassi Lappalainen pulled one back for the Impact in the 86th minute, snapping the Revolution's bid for a second-consecutive clean sheet.
Kessler, selected by New England with the sixth-overall pick in January's SuperDraft, scored his first career goal by collecting a rebound off a corner kick and slotting a right-footed shot inside the near post. The center back, who leads all MLS rookies in minutes played this season, has appeared in all 13 matches this season.
Bou doubled the Revolution's lead with the eventual-game winning goal - his third tally of the season - in the 49th minute, when he beat Impact goalkeeper Clement Diop to the far post with a right-footed shot from the center of the box. New England's third and final goal came from Fagundez, who entered the match as a substitute two minutes prior. His goal is the 53rd of his MLS and Revolution career, and his first of the season. Forward Tajon Buchanan was credited with his first assist of the season on Fagundez's finish.
In net, goalkeeper Matt Turner made three saves, which moves him past Adin Brown and Jeff Causey and into sole possession of third-place among New England's all-time saves leaders.
New England returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 27, when the club visits D.C. United at Audi Field. The match will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.
New England Revolution 3, Montreal Impact 1
September 23, 2020 - Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Earn First Home Win of 2020, 3-1, over Montreal Impact
- The Revolution (4-3-6, 18 pts.) snapped a two-match winless run on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium with a 3-1 win over Montreal Impact.
- It was the first time this season New England had won at home and the first victory for the club at Gillette Stadium since Sept. 29, 2019.
- Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena's all-time record shifts to 214-127-103, which includes a 3-2-3 mark in eight matches against Montreal Impact.
Kessler Scores His First Professional Goal
- Rookie defender Henry Kessler scored his first professional goal in first-half stoppage time, slotting home a loose ball off a New England corner to give the Revolution a lead heading into halftime.
- Kessler, who scored only once during his three years at the University of Virginia, finished the contest with two shots, matching a season-high set on Aug. 25 at D.C. United.
- On the defensive end, Kessler pitched in with two clearances and five possessions gained.
Bou Adds Third Goal of the Season
- Forward Gustavo Bou netted his third goal of the season in the 49th minute and second against Montreal this season. The goal was his first since Aug. 25 at D.C. United.
- Bou leads MLS this season in shots this season with 48, including three on Wednesday.
Diego Fagundez Scores First Goal in Over a Year
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez opened his goal-scoring account for the season in the 65th minute - just two minutes after coming onto the field as a substitute - with an assist from Tajon Buchanan.
- The goal was the 53rd of Fagundez's career and his first since July 27, 2019 at Gillette Stadium against Orlando City SC.
- Fagundez now has made 253 regular season appearances in his career, only one behind Matt Reis (254) for the second most games played in Revolution history.
Matt Turner Now Third in Career Saves in Club History
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner stopped three shots, moving his career saves total with New England to 209 and passing both Adin Brown and Jeff Causey for sole possession of third place among Revolution goalkeepers all-time. Turner now has 39 saves on the season, fourth most in MLS.
- The win was Turner's 20th in MLS play, moving his regular season record to 20-17-21.
Revolution Make One Changes to Starting Lineup
The Revolution made a single change to the Starting XI as Kelyn Rowe replaced Tommy McNamara in the New England midfield.
Rowe returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 12 at Philadelphia.
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referee: Ian McKay (AR1), Gjovalin Bori (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
Weather: 75 degrees and clear
NE - Henry Kessler 1 (Unassisted) 45'+2
NE - Gustavo Bou 3 (Unassisted) 49'
NE - Diego Fagundez 1 (Tajon Buchanan 1) 65'
MTL - Lassi Lappalainen 2 (Unassisted) 86'
NE - Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 41'
MTL - Luis Binks (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 53'
New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Alexander Büttner (DeJuan Jones 30'); Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe (Matt Polster 63'), Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 63'); Teal Bunbury (Cristian Penilla 69'), Tajon Buchanan, Gustavo Bou (Adam Buksa 69').
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Michael Mancienne, Antonio Delamea, Kekuta Manneh.
Montreal Impact: Clément Diop, Jukka Raitala ©, Luis Binks, Karifa Yao, Jorge Corrales (Maxi Urruti 64'), Zachary Brault-Guillard, Emmanuel Maciel, Victor Wanyama, Samuel Piette, Bojan (Amar Sejdic 79'), Orji Okwonkwo (Lassi Lappalainen 26').
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Shamit Shome, Rod Fanni, Rudy Camacho, Joel Waterman, Clément Bayiha.
New England Revolution Team Statistics Montreal Impact
20 (7) Shots (on Target) 7 (4)
3 Saves 4
14 Corner Kicks 4
4 Offsides 5
6 Fouls 9
469 (85.3%) Passes Attempted (% Completed) 338 (77.5%)
58.4% Possession 41.6%
New England Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena
On if the Henry Kessler goal was a long time coming for him:
Arena: "It's maybe the tenth game of his professional career, so if he can do that on a consistent basis, that'd be pretty good. It was a good goal off the corner kick, certainly. And he played a good game tonight. He really did."
On if this is the game that opens up the flood gates, offensively, for the Revolution:
Arena: "Yeah, I think it's important for players' confidence. We had chances maybe to score a few more goals tonight. I think we're fortunate we ran into a tired team in Montreal. And they had a couple of injuries, but that's all part of the game right now. I think in the league, it's very challenging with all the games that are being pieced together in a short period of time. You see that there's increased injuries. It looked like tonight two players had hamstring injuries. So, it's been challenging on everyone physically. We were fortunate tonight to catch Montreal on a bit of an off day, but overall, I'm obviously pleased with the win and the goals are going to help our confidence."
On the substitution of Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez coming up with the third goal:
Arena: "We've pushed Lee [Nguyen] pretty hard. These extended minutes in the early going of him coming back and not having played a whole lot this year, is challenging. So, the goal going into this game was obviously try to win the game and try to get him off at a time where he could get a little bit of rest and hopefully have him ready for Sunday. And that was the reason for changing Gustavo [Bou] and Teal [Bunbury] as well. Because they've logged a lot of minutes. In the case of Lee, it's just that he's been probably extended a bit in coming here over the last couple of weeks. So, we wanted to make sure we could get him off the field."
On Gustavo Bou scoring after a bit of a drought and what he has to do to be a more consistent goal scorer:
Arena: "He's a goal scorer. He'll score goals. I think he's been a little hesitant. We're playing him in a little bit of a new position. But if Gustavo [Bou] gets chances, he'll finish. The last couple of games, I think he's backed off from a couple chances. So tonight's goal, I think will give him a little confidence. And if he can be a little bit more aggressive, he should score goals."
On owner Robert Kraft being over by the bench area towards the end of the match:
Arena: "I'm sure that's not going to happen again and I hope that wasn't disrespectful to anybody. It's great to see Mr. Kraft. I haven't seen him in a while, so it was nice that he was able to come down at the end of the game. Certainly, I wanted to acknowledge him being there and saying hello. He's been a good supporter of this club since I've been here. The Krafts have simply been great owners and they want badly for this franchise to improve. And I think we're making progress and hopefully, we're going to position this club to one day win an MLS Cup. I know that's their dream."
On the offensive distribution of the goal scoring and if anything was particularly different tonight:
Arena: "You know, I think every coach in the league would tell you, this has been a real awkward season and trying to get teams to find a rhythm has been difficult by the way the season's been staged and all of that. And it seems to me that we've never had really a period of time where we felt comfortable as a team. I think we've looked at different personnel. We've looked at different alignments. We haven't been consistent with that as a coaching staff, for a variety of reasons. But, I think we're beginning to get a group of players on the field that really understand each other and have a good feel for how they need to play. So, that's been a positive. I've seen it over the last three games or so. I'm pleased with the progress we're making and we certainly realize that it's not going to be easy over, I think we have ten more games left. It's going to really be challenging and we're probably going to need to get 20 points or so to be in a good position for the playoffs."
On if tonight's starting eleven was similar to last match's starting eleven, in an attempt to get them more time together:
Arena: "Yes. And Tommy McNamara was going to start and he had a little bit of an issue with a back spasm before the game, so we had to take him off the lineup. We felt that the team that played on Saturday against New York City, did a good job and we wanted to get them back together again."
Revolution Forward Gustavo Bou (Translated from Spanish)
On scoring his first goal since Aug. 25:
Bou: "I'm happy with the team's effort, first and foremost, and with the win at home. We played like a team. We tried to play our game. We got a goal at the end of the first half that was a little bit lucky and we got a second goal that was also a little bit lucky but we calmed down after that second goal and we got the third one. We couldn't finish the shutout, Montreal scored theirs but overall I'm happy with the performance and the win tonight."
On how he viewed tonight's game and his connection with Cristian Penilla:
Bou: "I'm happy. We did what we wanted to do tonight - we pressured the opponent, we played well, we earned a win - and I think this will help us moving forward with an away game next. Now it's time to recover for the next game on the road. And in terms Penilla, I know him well. I know his strengths, he knows my strengths, and I think that helps me and it helps the entire team. As a team, I think we all try to know one another and try to have that connection to build chemistry on the field."
On scoring three goals and what the team needs to do score more goals:
Bou: "I'm happy with the win. Obviously we need to convert and we need to score goals and the few chances that we've had lately haven't come through for us. This helps us gain confidence to continue creating chances and generating opportunities. I think we created about five or six solid chances tonight and scored three. So as a forward and as an attacker I'm really happy with that and I think this is really going to help us moving forward."
Revolution Defender Henry Kessler
On scoring his first career goal:
Kessler: "[Bruce Arena] actually makes fun of me quite a bit. He wants me to score three or four goals a year. He says that's a goal center backs should have, to score around there. I think some of it is just getting our timing down on set pieces. I thought Kelyn [Rowe] was really good on the set pieces. Lee [Nguyen] served him good balls. Just being ready for the seconds, and today we did well on those."
On anticipating a rebound from Kelyn Rowe's header prior to the goal:
Kessler: "To a certain extent. We work on things in practice, some of them being set pieces in areas that might be preferred. But like I said, Kelyn did a really good job getting on balls and made it difficult for them. We certainly do work on stuff like that."
On the transition from college to the professional level:
Kessler: "I tried to come in as ready as I could in preseason in January expecting that it would be tough. I don't really know - I guess I prepared myself well. Certainly, there's a difference between college and professional. This past college season, I think we kept 15 clean sheets out of 24 games. I don't see that happening at the pro level. I think it's more difficult in all phases of the game, including defending. Certainly, clean sheets is something we take pride in and today we would've liked one. Everything is just a little more difficult, and some things are a lot more difficult."
On his teammates' reaction to his goal:
Kessler: "It meant a lot, thank you. I was obviously very excited [to score] my first goal, but my teammates, they also support me and I'm so thankful for that. They were excited for me, too, so that made the moment all the better."
On the team finding its identity:
Kessler: "I think you're right, we are starting to really form a team identity. I think we're all getting more comfortable with each other. I think the additions we've made via trade have been great. Those guys have come in and been really helpful. So yeah, I think you're right, we are starting to really discover who we are and I think we're hitting a stride at the right time."
On improving his skill on the ball and scoring his first professional goal:
Kessler: "It certainly is very rewarding, thank you. It's something I want to continue to work on. Not just being aggressive offensively but in build up, too. On the ball can be many different things, not just scoring or attacking the ball in the box, but building out of the back as well. Certainly, there's plenty of room to improve myself."
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