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BSJ Match Report: Revolution 2, LA Galaxy 1 – Gil lifts Revs with two assists on Penilla, Bunbury goals

All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-1 win over LA Galaxy late Sunday night in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis:

HEADLINES

New England earns first road win of 2019, first win at Galaxy since 2012: What a time to get the first road win of the season. With New England starting to get out of the neutral gear thanks to three straight results, the Revolution earned their fourth consecutive match without a loss courtesy a 2-1 win over Los Angeles, a team the Revs haven’t defeated here in SoCal since March 31, 2012, when The Boys In Blue won, 3-1. The win brings the Revs to 4-8-4 (16 points) on the season — but thanks to Orlando City’s 3-0 win over Montreal on Saturday, New England is still in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Bunbury gets on the scoreboard, but Zlatan cuts lead in half: Looking like he’s been playing without confidence, Teal Bunbury finally broke his scoreless skid of 27 matches — last 12 of 2018, first 15 of 2019 — without a goal. Thanks to an absolutely well-weighted pass into space by Carles Gil, Bunbury drove home the eventual match-winner at the hour mark, doubling the Revs’ advantage. But Los Angeles — particularly Zlatan Ibrahimovic — still had a say in the score line, as the big Swede came up with an 84th-minute bicycle kick goal to set up a nervy last quarter of an hour. The Revs held on, though, thanks to some big plays out of the defensive corps and a Joe Corona shot off the crossbar seconds before the full time whistle blew.

Penilla scores third of the year to give Revs a deserved 1-0 lead at the half: With 42.4 percent of the ball, and with five — holy moly, five! — shots on-frame in the first 45 minutes, it would have been unfair for the Revolution to go into the locker room level — and they made sure that they didn’t do that. Thanks to a Gil flick to Cristian Penilla and a shot full of power and pace behind it, Penilla beat LA goalkeeper David Bingham just before the halftime interval. New England had quite a few chances in those first 45 minutes, with DeJuan Jones trying to sneak it by Bingham, and Bunbury missing on the rebound and blazing over the bar from close range, eight yards away.

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