New England Revolution Clinch an MLS Playoff Spot After a 2-0 Win Over NYCFC
The New England Revolution are heading to the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2015. On Sunday the Revolution defeated NYCFC 2-0 to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
With the win the Revolution move to 11-10-12 with 45 points on the season and close the 2019 home slate with a 8-5-4 record.
“I am not ready to dance in the woods or have a parade since we made the playoffs,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena. “I think the goal here is to get this club in a better position to be one of the top clubs in the league and one day win an MLS cup. We are not there yet.”
Witnessing the Revolution clinch an MLS playoff spot was a season high 28,602 fans. In 17 home games this season New England drew 284,536 fans and averaged 16,737 per game.
“There has been a belief in this group for the entirety of it,” said Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner. “From when we were in last place in May until now.”
Revolution Starting XI Sees Six Changes
Given three-matches in eight days Bruce Arena had plenty of rotation in his squad in the past week. Arena made a total of six changes to the starting XI from Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at the Portland Timbers.
Matt Turner, Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell, Jalil Anibaba, Wilfred Zahibo, Carles Gil, Luis Caicedo, Teal Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, Cristian Penilla
On the bench the Revolution had DeJuan Jones, Juan Agudelo, Juan Fernando Caicedo, Michael Mancienne, Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Brad Knighton
The Play By Play, Turner Saves Multiple Goals While Bou Chips the Keeper
After a scoreless first half the Revolution were able to break the stalemate in the 66th minute when Teal Bunbury was able to score his sixth goal of the season.
For good measure the Revolution tacked on one more goal with Gustavo Bou chipping Sean Johnson in the 89th minute to make it 2-nil. Bou has now scored 9 goals in his first 13 MLS matches.
In net was Matt Turner who provided New England its second clean sheet in the last eight days with a six save performance.
Carles Gil Named Team MVP, Farrell Defender of the Year, and Caldwell Humanitarian of the Year
Prior to Sundays match the Revolution named team captain Carles Gil the JetBlue Team MVP, defender Andrew Farrell the Defender of the Year, and midfield Scott Caldwell the Humanitarian of the Year.
Gil who is in the midst of his first season for New England has been sensational appearing in 33 straight matches to open the 2019 season and only missing eight minutes of action in that timeframe. Gil who transferred into New England this offseason from Deportivo de La Coruna is one of three MLS players with double-digit goals and assists. The 26-year-old’s 10 goals and 14 assists leads the Revolution.
As for Farrell, he was voted in for the second consecutive season by the local media and has really thrived this season after moving to the center back position.
Jun 3, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell (6) controls the ball during the first half against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Caldwell was selected by the community relations department for his work off the field including his appearance as the first professional athlete to march in the Boston Pride Parade. The Braintree native has also worked with Boston Children’s Hospital, Special Olympic, and many more of the clubs off the field efforts in the community.
On To Atlanta For Final Game Of Regular Season For Revolution
With the Revolution can now head into their final match of the season having secured a playoff spot. Atlanta is also firmly in the playoff structure as well but given the hostile environment it will prove to be a good precursor to the playoffs for New England.
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“I think the game in Atlanta is a terrific game to play in preparation of the playoffs,” said Arena on getting players prepared.
New England and Atlanta face-off on Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 pm est..
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