By Jonathan Burgos –
It was a beautiful Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro with 21,517 fans and what better way to celebrate kids going back to school than some New England Revolution Soccer.
Unfortunately, the New England Revolution (8-9-10; 34 pts.) were defeated by the LA Galaxy (11-11-4; 37 pts.), 2-1. The Galaxy came out with an early two-goal lead in the first 15 minutes before midfielder Carles Gil scored his sixth goal of the season, assisted by Tommy McNamara.
Before Sunday night’s match, Bruce Arena made three changes to the starting lineup, adding Henry Kessler, Christian Makoun and Emmanuel Boateng who replaced Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza and Esmir Bajraktarevic. New England Revolution Midfielder Matt Poster made his eighteenth start of the season, his first since signing a contract extension through 2025 making him a valuable asset to the organization.
In the fourth minute Daniel Aguirre, LA Galaxy right footed a shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner. assisted by Chicharito with a through ball to put the LA Galaxy on top 0-1 In the fifthteenth minute Chicharito, left footed a shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riqui Puig with a through ball to put the LA Galaxy on top 0-2. Referee issued a yellow card to New England Henry Kessler in the 38 minute. As the first half ended New England was struggling in both the attack zone and defense formation. Revolution still had key players on the bench including Gustavo Bou who hadn’t seen the field yet. It might have been a good time to have one of their other best strikers as they were down 0-2 in the first half.
The second half of this match started with LA Galaxy 2 and New England 0. New England made their first substitution of the game with Gustavo “La Pantera” Bou making his first appearance since July 16, entering the match tonight as a substitute at halftime for Justin Rennicks, a homegrown player from South Hamilton, Mass., who posted his career-high sixth consecutive start tonight. Bou, the Argentinian striker, logged two shots, including one on target. A yellow card was issued to L.A. Galaxy Gaston Brugman in the 50th minute. Another yellow card was issued to Galaxy Chase Gasper in the 57th minute. In the 82nd minute Carles Gil, New England Revolution left footed a shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tommy McNamara to make this a 1-2 LA Galaxy match.
The Revolution continue their homestand on Wednesday, August 31, hosting Chicago Fire FC in a pivotal Eastern Conference clash on Carles Gil Bobblehead Night. The match at Gillette Stadium kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Tiffany Williams contributed to this article.