By Jonathan Burgos –
The New England Revolution kicked off their home opener Saturday March, 5th at 1:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium against FC Dallas for their second match of the season. After winning the 2021 Supporters Shield they look to continue where they left off.
There were a bunch of new faces out on the pitch for the home team. Sebastian Lletget made his first start in a Revs uniform, along with newcomers Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore.
New England Goalkeeper Carl Edwards made his second consecutive start for the injured Goalkeeper Matt Turner. The reigning MLS MVP Midfielder,
Carles Gil strikes first after drawing a penalty in the first half. While celebrating Gil announced he and his wife will be having a baby. It will be the only goal scored for the rest of the game.
In the second half of regulation Omar and Altidore made their Revs debut. Gonzalez substituted for the injured Henry Kessler while Altidore subbed in for Tommy McNamara. Altidore drew a yellow card in the 70 min while Matt Polster drew a yellow card in the 78 min.
Revolution will go on to win the game with a score of Revolution 1, FC Dallas 0.
Carl Edwards Jr. notched his first save, and picked up his first career clean sheet. Injured Goalkeeper Turner and his wife Ashley surprised fans and his teammates with a gender reveal in front of the goal post.
New England is now 1-1-0, 4 points, making them 5th in the MLS. This game will also notch Head Coach Bruce Arena 241 win, making him the all-time winningest coach in the MLS.
During the post game interview Bruce gave his thoughts on breaking the record and passing Sigi Schmid “Its an honor to be associated with him. The record is nice and again, if I had a bunch of lousy teams, I don’t think I’d have the record. Having it, getting it today is nice, to have it at home. I thought, at some point in 2022, we’d get another win.”
With the first win out of the way The Revolution look to continue there team success by competing in the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals against Puma UNAM, this Wednesday at 8pm ET at Gillette Stadium.