HARRISON, N.J. – The New England Revolution (9-10-11; 38 pts.) fell to the New York Red Bulls (14-9-8; 50 pts.), 2-1, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Midfielder Tommy McNamara netted his fourth goal of the season in the 53rd minute, on assists from forward Gustavo Bou and defender DeJuan Jones. The Red Bulls knotted the score in the 58th minute, snapping a Revolution streak of 312 minutes without conceding a goal, before netting the game winner from the penalty spot in the 78th minute.
After a scoreless first half, McNamara propelled the Revolution to a 1-0 lead with a right-footed shot from the center of the box. The New York native has now scored in consecutive matches for the second time in his MLS career and the first since joining the Revolution in August 2020. McNamara has reached the scoresheet in six of the last eight games, with three goals and four assists since Aug. 6. The midfielder’s four goals this season are one shy of matching his career high of five.
Bou and Jones distributed assists on McNamara’s goal, with Jones picking up his seventh helper on the season. That total is second most on the team and sets a new single-season mark for most assists by a Revolution defender. Jones, who surpassed 7,500 MLS minutes played tonight, ranks tied for third among defenders in assists this season.
Midfielder Nacho Gil, the club’s newest addition, registered his Revolution debut with a seven-minute performance off the bench. Tonight’s match also featured the return of forward Giacomo Vrioni, as the Designated Player made his first appearance since July 3, playing 10 minutes.
Defender Andrew Farrell reached a club milestone tonight, becoming the first Revolution player to appear in 300 MLS regular season games for New England. Fellow center back Henry Kessler led the backline with a game-high nine clearances, while goalkeeper Djordje Petrović made three saves.
New England concludes the two-game road trip on Tuesday night, when the Revolution visit Houston Dynamo FC at PNC Stadium. Tuesday’s match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET and airs on WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), Cozi TV (Western Mass.), 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
- Bruce Arena made one change to his Starting XI from Sunday’s 3-0 win over NYCFC, as defender Brandon Bye started in place of midfielder Carles Gil. Gil was unavailable tonight as he remained in Boston with his wife, Maria, who gave birth to the couple’s first child on Saturday.
- Andrew Farrell became first player in club history to appear in 300 MLS regular season games for New England with his 28th appearance of the season.
- Noel Buck collected his third consecutive start for New England.
- Tommy McNamara provided the opening goal for the Revolution and has now appeared on the scoresheet in six of the last eight games, with three goals and four assists during that span.
- Gustavo Bou provided the assist on McNamara’s goal, his second of the season, and finished the night with two chances created.
- DeJuan Jones recorded his seventh assist of the campaign to set a new single-season record for most assists by a defender.
- Nacho Gil made his Revolution debut with an eight-minute shift off the bench, completing all seven of his passes.
- Giacomo Vrioni made his first appearance since July 30. Vrioni played 10 minutes as a substitute and won his only duel.
- Wilfrid Kaptoum returned from injury to make his first appearance since August 17, winning three of his five duels in midfield.