By Tiffany Williams –
Saturday night, the New England Revolution defeated Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium, 3-0. Midfielders Matt Polster and Wilfrid Kaptoum and defender Henry Kessler provided New England’s goals in the 20th, 51st, and 75th minutes for the Revolution to record their third consecutive shutout for the first time since 2015.
Top five takeaways tonight include, first, tonight’s 3-0 shutout win marks the club’s third consecutive clean sheet and extends the Revolution’s streak to 368 minutes without conceding a goal from open play. Second, The Revolution have now posted three clean sheets in a row for the first time since a three-game stretch from August 15 – September 5, 2015. Third, Djordje Petrović made three saves tonight as he earned his fourth shutout through 10 MLS starts. The 22-year-old goalkeeper improved his record to 3-2-5, having now earned points in eight of 10 league games. Four, Gil, who now heads to Minnesota to participate in this week’s MLS All-Star Skills Challenge on Tuesday and the 2022 MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, finished tonight’s match with a game-high four chances to raise his league-leading total to 83 on the season. And five, Wilfrid Kaptoum opened his 2022 account in the 51st minute, converting on McNamara’s cross with a right-footed strike. New England’s record when the Cameroonian midfielder plays in a match improves to 20-4-11.
After tonight’s match, Bruce Arena Was asked about what he expected from the team tonight with multiple injuries and he said, “We’ve had the oddest year. We haven’t had a break all year. Today, we caught a couple and it turned into three points. It’s been a rough year with a lot of odd things happening and a depleted roster, but we again have a team with a great attitude, great approach to things. When that happens, good things can happen. They certainly deserved to be rewarded for their performance tonight.” The Revolution will return home to Gillette Stadium for a meeting with D.C. United next Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. and it will be Arena’s 100th MLS game with the Revolution.