By DJ Harding –
At Gillette Stadium on Saturday Night the New England Revolution (5-1-1 16 pts) defeated CF Montreal (1-5-0 3 pts). The score was four to zero as Dylan Borrero, Carles Gil, Bobby Wood, and Giacomo Vrioni all scored goals.
Djordje Petrović made three saves, and recorded an assist, to help secure the club’s fifth win and fourth clean sheet of the season through seven games.
Dylan Borrero started the scoring in the 21st minute with a curling right-footed shot into the top-right corner, with Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil earning the assists.
In nine games against Montreal, Bou has amassed six goals and three assists. For Gil, it was his 51st regular season assist for New England, moving him past Lee Nguyen into second place on the club’s all-time list.
Gil would score a goal of his own on a penalty kick. The penalty came from Montreal’s Gabriele Corbo who was whistled for handling inside the box.
It was his 10th penalty kick conversion in 12 MLS attempts, making him just the third Revolution player to convert double-digit penalties for the club.
Bobby Wood notched his second goal of the season in the 50th minute, giving him two goals and two assists in seven games.
Wood was replaced by Giacomo Vrioni in the 62nd minute, who capped off the scoring with an individual effort to create a long-distance shot, which he tucked inside the post.
Goalkeeper Djordje Petrović, who now has the fourth most shutouts in team annals, recorded the assist on Vrioni’s goal.
It was the first assist by a Revolution goalkeeper since Matt Turner on Sept. 22, 2021 at Chicago Fire FC.
New England has won five of its first seven games for the second time in club history (6-0-1 in 2005). The team’s 16 points after seven games are their most since 2005 (19 pts.).
The Revolution are averaging 2.5 points per home game as they improve to 3-0-1 through four matches at Gillette Stadium. New England has outscored opponents 9-1 at home this season.
New England is now unbeaten in five straight games (4-0-1) against Eastern Conference opponents to begin the 2023 campaign.
Bruce Arena’s regular season record with the Revolution improves to 53-28-35, including a 28-10-18 mark at home.
Latif Blessing returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with a left leg injury. Blessing had team highs in chances created (3), successful dribbles (3), and duels won (7).
Revolution Defender DeJuan Jones would speak to the media after the game speaking on his team’s success at home saying “Yeah, it’s always great to win your home games in this league. It’s mainly super important to make our home a fortress. It’s just about communication, we’re really just working hard for each other for all 90 minutes and it’s been great to see so we have to continue to keep it up, especially at home.”
Coach Arena would also speak with the media and also talked about their success at home mainly on the defensive side of the ball saying “I think we worked very well collectively tonight. I think probably their best chances early in the game in the opening minutes. I think on the night we did very well. We limited their chances, whenever we had to defend set pieces we did a good job, so overall obviously a good performance.”
The Revolution will return to action next Saturday April 15th.
The match will take place at the Columbus Crew and is set to kickoff at 7:30 pm.