The New England Revolution (19-4-5; 62 pts.) defeated Orlando City SC (10-8-8; 38 pts.), 2-1, on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Forward Adam Buksa netted the opening goal of the night on a right-footed strike in the ninth minute. Orlando’s Darryl Dike delivered an equalizer for the visitors nine minutes later, before the Revolution reclaimed the lead via an own goal in the 35th minute. Goalkeeper Matt Turner denied Nani’s penalty-kick attempt in the 75th minute to preserve the 2-1 victory.
With tonight’s club-record 19th win of the season, the Revolution have eclipsed the 60-point threshold for the first time. The result guarantees the Revs a top-four finish in the Eastern Conference, ensuring they will open the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs at home. New England remains the winningest home team in MLS at 11-1-2 this season, moving within one home victory of the club’s all-time mark. Through the end of Saturday’s MLS action, the Revolution hold an 18-point lead atop the Eastern Conference table, with a 16-point edge in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Buksa scored his 12th goal of the season to move into a tie with Gustavo Bou for the Revolution team lead. The Polish international has scored eight goals in his last 14 MLS appearances. Bou contributed the primary assist on Buksa’s opening goal, delivering a pinpoint cross to the Pole’s left foot after a streaking run from near midfield. Bou’s six assists are third most on the squad, while Tommy McNamara also provided a helper on the play.
Turner recorded his 25th career win at Gillette Stadium and remains an unbeaten 10-0-2 in Foxborough this season. The sixth-year goalkeeper made two saves tonight, including his 75th-minute penalty-kick denial. Since 2018, Turner has saved four of 10 penalty kick attempts in the regular season or playoffs, giving him the league’s second-best save percentage on penalties during that span. Turner now owns a career-high 14 wins on the year.
Meanwhile, defender Brandon Bye submitted his 100th MLS appearance. The fourth-year pro led New England with team highs in possession gained (9), tackles (4), and interceptions (3). New England’s defense has conceded one goal or fewer in four of the last five matches.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena improved his career record to 237-135-110, including a 35-14-21 (.650) mark through 70 games with New England. With six games remaining, Arena is now three wins away from matching Sigi Schmid (240) for the most regular season victories in MLS history.
New England will visit CF Montreal on Wednesday, September 29. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on 98.5 The Sports Hub.