The New England Revolution fell to Inter Miami CF, 1-0, on MLS Decision Day this Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in the team’s regular season finale. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi netted the game-winning goal for the visitors in the 58th minute, on assists from Rodolfo Pizzaro and Lewis Morgan.
New England finishes the regular season with league records in points (73) and points per game (2.15), while tying the league’s all-time best winning percentage (.750). The Revolution’s five defeats this season are a new club low and only one more than the fewest in MLS history. New England completes the home schedule with a 12-2-3 mark in Foxborough, tying the Revolution’s best home season.
Forward Gustavo Bou led New England’s attack with a game-high eight shots on the night. The Argentinian forward added three key passes to his 90-minute performance and finishes the season ranked second on the team in both goals (15) and assists (9). Adam Buksa finishes the year as New England’s leader scorer with 16 goals on the year.
Midfielder Matt Polster completed 72 of 75 pass attempts, in addition to a team-high 11 possessions gained. Defender DeJuan Jones led New England with 108 touches on the night, in addition to six tackles. Meanwhile, Henry Kessler logged his 50th MLS appearance and Tommy McNamara earned his 175th MLS appearance. Goalkeeper Matt Turner registered three saves and finishes the year with a club-record 17 wins.
After Sunday’s match, the Revolution celebrated the club’s first-ever Supporters’ Shield title by lifting the shield in front of fans at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution will enjoy a bye through Round One of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs before facing the winner of New York City FC and Atlanta United FC, the fourth and fifth seeds in the Eastern Conference, respectively, in the Eastern Conference Semifinal round. The official date and time of the Revolution’s first playoff game will be announced Sunday night.