BSJ Match Report: Revolution 3, DC United 2 — Penilla’s brace lifts New England to home win

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FOXBOROUGH — All you need to know about the Revolution’s 3-2 win over DC United Saturday night, complete with BSJ quickie analysis and insight.


Revs score two in the first half: New England held 48 percent of the possession but didn’t have its first shot on goal until Cristian Penilla, unmarked in the penalty area, slotted home in the 18th minute on a cross from Diego Fagundez and tapped by Krisztian Nemeth. And after a 43rd minute goal by DC's Yamil Asad put the match at level terms, Teal Bunbury scored his 10th goal of the season -- a new career-high -- in the first minute of first-half stoppage time, as Claude Dielna’s deep volley saw Bunbury get by the DC defense and he tapped it past goalkeeper David Ousted to give the Revs a 2-1 lead at the half.

DC possession, defending stymie New England at times: The Revs had difficulty in breaking down United’s defense at times. While holding a good deal of the possession, as stated above, The Boys In Blue turned off for a chunk of that half. Not only that, United would double-team out on the flank and dispossess. In the end, it was a tough three points earned against a team that didn’t play like it is dead last in the Eastern Conference.

Dielna’s heavy hands strike again: It’s been Dielna’s Achilles heel all season: his heavy-handed defending, running into attackers like he’s a cement truck. And in the 72nd minute, he pushed Darren Mattocks down from behind in the penalty area. Referee Allen Chapman had no choice but to point to the spot. Yamil Asad scored the equalizer on the pen in the 73rd.