By Tiffany Williams –
Saturday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium, the New England Revolution defeated Sporting KC 2-1.
Giacomo Vrioni completed the first goal of the match for New England in the 31st minute with a left footed shot from the center of the box to the high center of the goal assisted by Emmanuel Boateng following a fast break.
Giacomo Vrioni completed the second goal of the match for New England Revolution in the 35th minute with a left footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner of the goal.
Tonight’s win keeps the Revolution in first place in the Eastern Conference, level on points with next week’s opponent, second-place FC Cincinnati.
New England has reached the 20-point mark after nine games for the third time in club history, last achieved in 2021 when the club also started 6-1-2 en route to an MLS-record 73 points.
The Revolution improve to 4-0-1 at home and are outscoring opponents 11-2 in Foxborough.
Also with tonight’s win, the Revolution became the first team to win six consecutive home matches against Sporting Kansas City.
On tonight’s performance, Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said “Good first half. Crappy second half. Played very poorly in the second half. Give Sporting [Kansas City] credit.”
When asked about Giacomo Vrioni’s performance tonight, Arena said “He [Vrioni] did score two goals. Yes. Good effort by Giacomo.”
When asked about the comparisons between last year’s start to the season and this year’s start, Arena said “Every year is different, believe me. I think getting three points, we’re missing a number of players. So, it’s nice to be able to get three points and get some guys opportunities to play. But we have to play better than we did tonight.”
On the team’s resiliency, Arena says “They’ve done a good job to date, but we can’t walk off the field tonight feeling good about that performance.
New England Revolution will be back at Gillette Stadium next Saturday night when they host FC Cincinnati.