Revs strike quickly, hold on to beat NYCFC

Teal Bunbury scored in the third minute and Lee Nguyen added a goal and an assist as the visiting New England Revolution beat New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

New England (6-4-7, 25 points) moved to within one point of fifth-place NYCFC and finished the season series at 1-1-1. NYCFC (8-8-2, 26 points) remained four points in back of fourth-place Orlando City, who it visits Wednesday.

Bunbury scored his fifth goal and first since getting two on Sept. 6 in New England’s 2-1 win at Chicago.

The veteran midfielder scored after his teammates capitalized on some sloppiness by NYCFC.

Revs defender DeJuan Jones started the play on the other end of the field by breaking up a New York pass through the box and kicked the ball to Nguyen at midfield. Nguyen quickly passed to Bunbury, who sped past defenders Alexander Callens and Maxim Chanot before lifting a soft shot by goalkeeper Sean Johnson

Nguyen added what turned out to be the game-winner by converting a penalty kick in the 80th minute. It was his first goal of the season and first since Sept. 1, 2018 when he played for Los Angeles FC.

Callens scored on a header in the third minute of stoppage time in the second half for NYCFC.

Matt Turner tallied seven saves and nearly posted his seventh shutout of the season and 17th of his career. He withstood a late flurry in the final minutes of the first half and then made a lunging stop against Castellanos during stoppage time before being out of position for Callens’ header.

NYCFC saw a three-game winning streak stopped and fell to 7-2-2 in its last 11 games. NYCFC lost despite holding possession for nearly 67 percent of the match in its second game at Yankee Stadium after playing home games at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., due to coronavirus protocols.

Johnson stopped three shots for New York.

–Field Level Media

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NYCFC plays Revs to scoreless draw behind Johnson’s mastery

Sean Johnson had seven saves while picking up fifth shutout of the season and New York City FC extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass.

It was the 65th career shutout for Johnson as NYCFC (5-5-2, 17 points) improved to 4-0-2 over its last six matches.

Matt Turner had four saves for New England (3-3-6, 15 points), which has yet to win a home match at Gillette Stadium (0-1-4) in the 2020 season.

Johnson had four saves during the first half when New England garnered four offsides, three of which wiped out goals, including two by Gustavo Bou.

Johnson also came up with a diving two-handed stop of a Teal Bunbury right-footed shot outside the left side of the box for the far post in the 13th minute to thwart New England’s best scoring try of the half. He also stopped Tajon Buchanan’s close-in header attempt from the middle of the box in the 25th minute.

New York City had a chance to take the lead in the 70th minute when Alexander Ring found Alexandru Mitrita cutting in on the right side of the box, but Mitrita’s right-footed shot was deflected over the goal off the leg of a sliding Andrew Farrell.

Bou had another good scoring chance in the first minute of stoppage time but his right-footed shot from outside the left corner of the box was knocked away by Johnson.

Lee Nguyen, acquired in a trade from Inter Miami on Sept. 8, made his first home start for the Revolution since Oct. 15, 2017, and played 89 minutes and set up several scoring chances.

Defender Joe Scally, at 17 years, eight months and 20 days, became the youngest player in NYCFC history to start a game. Scally, who picked up a yellow card for unsporting behavior in the 47th minute, was subbed out in the 65th minute.

–Field Level Media

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