By Jonathan Burgos –
It was a snowy Wednesday night as the Revolution hosted Puma MX at home for the Concacaf Champions League Leg One match. The last time the Revolution and Puma competed against each other was back in 2010. Revolution went on to win the game 1-0. New England Is coming off a win against FC Dallas Saturday March 5th.
First half of action was scoreless, with a few chances from both oppositions. Gustavo Bou was close to opening up the score but was wide short of the goal. Sebastian Lletget #17 opened up the scoreboard with a strike assisted by Carles Gil to make it 1-0 Revolution in the 19th min. Adam Buska tried to chip it in but it deflected off the arm of defense. Save made by Carl Edwards Jr. attempted by Puma MX. Goal attempt by #7 Gustavo Bou save made by #1 Alfredo Talavera of Puma. That concluded the first half.
With the second half of play kicking off the score was Revolution 1, PumaMX 0. Gustavo Bou had a break for a goal but was called back with an offsides score 1-0. First substitution for puma in the 63rd min. The first Yellow card was issued to pumas #10 Favio Alvarez in the 67th min. Puma went on the attack and Save was made by #36 Goalkeeper Carl Edwards Jr. With 72 min left in the second half. Adam Buska #7 collected the rebound shot (Unassisted) to give the Revs the lead in the 72 min, Revolution lead 2-0. Adam Buska tries to extend the lead with a late goal but is denied by the Goalkeeper. Revolution substitute #17 Sebastian Lletget, for #14 Jozy Altidore. In the 88 min Pumas made a last min substitution to try and get on the board. In the 90 min with two min of added time, Adam Buska strikes with another goal which is assisted by Midfielder, Captain Carles Gil, that makes two for him tonight. Carl Edwards makes his third consecutive start to begin the season in net for the injured Matt Turner who will be out for a few weeks. He recorded three saves to pick up his second straight clean sheet.
New England went on to beat PumaMx with a final score of 2-0. It’s the second time the Revs have beat Puma since their last meeting in 2010. They go on to advance into the second Leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals next Wednesday, March 16, at Estadio Olimpico, in Mexico City. The Revolution improved to 8-1-1 all-time against Liga MX opponents and are now 2-0-0 in two meetings with Pumas UNAM.
Carl Edwards made his third consecutive start to begin the season in net for the injured Matt Turner who will be out for a few weeks. He recorded three saves to pick up his second straight clean sheet. When asked about Edwards performance Head Coach Bruce Arena replied “ He’s done very well. He had to make one – I remember one big save, and then I thought his distribution was very good tonight.”
Andrew Farrell made his 300th appearance for the Revolution across all competitions, third in club history.
Before New England goes to Mexico their Continuing Their 2022 campaign against Real Salt Lake, March 12, at Gillette.