The New England Revolution hosted the New York Red Bulls on a very rainy night at Gillette Stadium on April 20, beating the visitors 1-0.
With both teams struggling so far this season and sitting in the bottom of the eastern conference, both New England and New York were looking for a win. The reigning supporters shield winners were looking to win away while New England were looking to win another home game and make the fans happy after a home loss against Atlanta United. Both teams debuted their new Adidas x Parley jerseys as well.
The game started off relatively quiet, with New England keeping possession and controlling the ball. The first real chance of the game came in the 14th minute when New York were rewarded a free kick. Midfielder Daniel Royer sent a screamer of a shot towards Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper, but he caught the shot with ease. New England registered their first shot on target when Carles Gil attempted a strike in the 16th minute, only for it to go wide of the net. New York nearly scored in the 38th minute, after a throw in that eventually met midfielder Mark Rzatkowski controlled a pass and vollied it straight at Cropper, which he comfortably saved. The first half ended 0-0.
In the second half, the Revolution nearly made it 1-0 after a corner kick delivered by Diego Fagundez met the head of striker Teal Bunbury who headed it down, only for New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to catch it with no hesitation. Nearly two minutes later, the Revolution caught a break, with striker Juan Agudelo setting up attacking midfielder Diego Fagundez, who took a few extra touches before curving his shot over the net. Fagundez would later be subbed off in the 70th minute by eventual goalscorer, Cristian Penilla.
Manager Brad Friedel would be rewarded with his decision as two minutes after coming on, Penilla scored the game winning goal. The New York Red Bulls turned over the ball in the 72nd minute, which caused midfielder Juan Fernando Caicedo to set up Penilla on a run. Penilla slotted the ball past Luis Robles with ease. The Revolution defense managed to contain the Red Bull attack for the rest of the game, sealing the win for New England.
Despite the miserable weather, the win was a refreshing one for Revolution fans. New England moved up two places in the Eastern conference with this win, currently sitting in 10th place above the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United. Along with the win, various Revolution players reached their own accolades: Cristian Penilla scoring his first MLS goal, Diego Fagundez becoming Homegrown player in the MLS to reach 15,000 minutes played and defender Andrew Farrell becoming the 5th Revolution player to reach 17,000 regular season minutes exclusively with New England.
The Revolution play Montreal Impact on Wednesday, April 24, and fans are hoping this momentum will reward them with another win and more good momentum going into a 3 game stretch on the road.
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