Revolution Fall to Montreal CF 1-0 in The Clubs Return to League Play in The MLS
MONTREAL (August 26, 2023) – The New England Revolution (12-5-7; 43 pts. – 3rd in East) were defeated by CF Montréal (11-12-2; 35 pts. – 8th in East), 1-0, on Saturday night at Stade Saputo in the club’s return to MLS regular season play. Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. collected a two-save effort in net as New England nearly held on for the clean sheet, though Montréal’s George Campbell broke the deadlock in the 86th minute with the deciding goal.
New England dueled Montréal to a scoreless first half in a tightly contested battle. Midfielder and captain Carles Gil had the best chance of the half for either side when his long-range shot from near the halfway line bounced off the crossbar. Montreal came out with the edge in the second half and applied pressure late in the game. Despite an impressive defensive stand, Campbell eventually put the hosts in front with the late winner. The loss is New England’s only regulation defeat in its last seven games in all competitions.
Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye logged his first MLS appearance in a Revolution uniform, while Argentinian attacker Tomás Chancalay, also acquired in the summer window, made his Revolution club debut with a 28-minute shift off the bench. Nacho Gil, who made three appearances in Leagues Cup, saw his first MLS appearance of the season.
With multiple injuries impacting the backline, Omar Gonzalez stepped into central defense for his second start of 2023 campaign and logged a game-high six clearances. Meanwhile, Ryan Spaulding earned the start at left back and Matt Polster made his first start at right back since 2020.
The Revolution return home for two matches next week at Gillette Stadium, beginning on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Conference rivals New York Red Bulls (FREE on Apple TV). New England will then close the week on Saturday, September 2 with a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff in its first meeting with Austin FC (MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).