The New England Revolution (14-3-4; 46 pts.) defeated D.C. United (8-9-3, 27 pts.), 3-2, in the second of three meetings between the two sides this season. New England came from behind after trailing by a goal at halftime and held on for the win despite going down to 10 men in the 72nd minute.
New England, now 8-1-1 at Gillette Stadium this season, has won seven of the last eight games. Against D.C. United, the Revs extended their winning streak to five games and are unbeaten in eight games in the series (5-0-3). The Revolution, whose 46 points, 14 wins, and 40 goals all lead MLS, have outscored opponents 18-7 during the eight-game unbeaten streak.
The visitors jumped out to an early lead as D.C.’s Paul Arriola took advantage of a New England turnover and finished past Matt Turner in the 10th minute. A strong, two-handed stop from Turner – one of seven saves on the night — prevented D.C. from doubling the lead in the 16th minute. New England generated six shots in the first half, putting two on frame, but went into the halftime break trailing by a goal.
The Revolution took control of the match in the second half after Bruce Arena deployed three substitutes at the intermission. Tommy McNamara equalized in the 49th minute with a right-footed shot into the upper corner past D.C. goalkeeper Jon Kempin for his tally goal of the year. Arnór Traustason registered his fifth assist of the year, second most on the team, while A.J. DeLaGarza also earned an assist on the play.
Minutes later, Tajon Buchanan put the Revolution ahead, 2-1, as he volleyed home a cross from Emmanuel Boateng in the 53rd minute. The goal was Buchanan’s fifth of the season and his third in the last five games. The Canadian international has now scored in consecutive games for the first time in his MLS career.
Traustason was ejected off by referee Ted Unkel in the 72nd minute as he picked up his second yellow card. Despite the dismissal, the Revolution added a third goal through DeJuan Jones to secure the team’s eighth home win of the season. Ramón Ábila added a second goal for D.C. United late in second-half stoppage time.
New England will remain at home to host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The match can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.