By DJ Harding –
The New Revolution faced New York City FC on Saturday Night at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution came into tonight 4-1-1 with 13 points scored. New York going into tonight posted a 2-2-2 record with 8 points.
The Game would end in a 1-1 draw with Charles Gil notching his first goal of the season for the Revolution while Talles Magno would score the only goal for New York on the night.
There would be no scores throughout the first half with the tie almost broken in the 63rd minute when midfielder Dylan Borrero kicked a ball that deflected off of New York City’s Mitja Illenic into the net. But the goal would get reversed for an offsides call.
The Charles Gil goal which was assisted by Bobby Wood would occur seven minutes after the offsides call. In the 80th minute New York would tie it back up at one goal a piece.
The Revolution remain unbeaten at home (2-0-1) and against Eastern Conference foes in 2023 (3-0-1).
New England moved to 10-7-5 in the all-time series against New York City FC, including a 6-2-3 mark at Gillette Stadium.
Jack Panayotou, an 18-year-old Homegrown product from Cambridge, Mass., made his home MLS debut with his second straight start, logging 45 minutes.
Bobby Wood made the 25th start of his MLS career, marking the occasion with his second assist of the season – matching his total from the previous two seasons with Real Salt Lake.
DeJuan Jones won a team-high nine duels on the night, also adding two tackles.
Noel Buck earned his sixth start in as many games to open the year. Buck will turn 18 this week on April 5th with 57 professional appearances between the Revolution (13) and Revolution II (44).
Carles Gil made his third start of the season and first since March 4, tallying New England’s lone goal on the night and finishing the match with five shots tied for the highest single-game total by a Revolution player this year.
During Postgame Revolution Defender Dave Romney spoke on what he thought about the game and if he thought it was a winnable match to which he said “Yeah, it was definitely winnable. We had a lot of chances to go ahead, more than just 1-0. We got unfortunate with the offside call (in the 63rd minute). I don’t really know the explanation behind it, but we still went up 1-0 so there’s no real excuses there. Then I think once we were up 1-0, I think taking less chances, maybe pressing, or playing the channel a little bit more than trying to play out of the back could be the play, but it has to be better from all of us. Once we go up 1-0, we can’t let in a goal that late.”
Romney would also be asked if he felt if tonight’s draw was a loss “100 percent definitely feels like a loss. I mean, we want to keep our position in first place. I don’t think we do anymore, I think Atlanta won [1-0 over New York Red Bulls]. I don’t know where we are on the table, but yeah we can’t be up 1-0 that late in the game at home and especially the way we were playing most of the game and give up a goal like that. I don’t think they had a shot on goal for a while, so it’s tough to give it away on a set piece, but we have to be better.”
Revolution Coach Bruce Arena would also speak to the media and unlike Romney said that the match didn’t feel like a loss.
New England remains at home next weekend for a meeting with CF Montréal on Saturday, April 8, at Gillette Stadium.