Revolution

BSJ Match Report: Revolution 2, Minnesota United FC 1 – Revs get off the schnide with solid performance

(Tim Bouwer/RevolutionSoccer.net)

FOXBOROUGH — All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday afternoon, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Bye’s goal gives Revolution first win of the season: The goal had been coming, with the pitch tilting toward The Fort through the first quarter hour of the second half. But the Revolution would finally capitalize on all of that possession — all of that pure dominance — in the 62nd minute, as Brandon Bye, from a rather obtuse angle, punched in a Teal Bunbury “pass” to put New England ahead for the final half an hour. DeJuan Jones was also credited with an assist for playing Bunbury into space. The win puts The Boys In Blue up to 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 4 points.

Anibaba gets Revs’ first home goal of season, but Quintero levels from the spot: New England jumped on top, 1-nil, after 10 minutes thanks to Jalil Anibaba’s diving header. Scott Caldwell had laid the ball off to Carles Gil, who took a touch to the left and fired a nifty volley that Anibaba had called for. Anibaba dove at far post and drove it in with the ol' noggin, and New England had a deserved 1-0 lead. But just before the half-hour mark, referee Allen Chapman went to VAR for a Michael Mancienne handle in the penalty area. He pointed to the spot after quickly checking the monitor, and Minnesota's Darwin Quintero buried the pen to put the match at level terms.

Six changes to the XI: After the Cincinnati debacle, Brad Friedel said he would consider making 4 or 5 changes Saturday, and ohhhh, did he. Cody Cropper, who has been in goalkeeper purgatory since the end of 2017, got the start in front of the onion bag. Andrew Farrell returned to the XI in a higher role, while Scott Caldwell returned as the lone defensive midfielder. Anibaba made his first XI since the emergency start in Dallas, and DeJuan Jones made his first MLS start. Juan Agudelo also returned to the XI for the first time in a few weeks. Notable by his absence in the squad? Cristian Penilla. Wilfried Zahibo, Antonio Delamea, Diego Fagundez, and Luis Caicedo were sent to the bench. Matt Turner made his first squad in place of Brad Knighton.

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