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Cristian Penilla, Teal Bunbury score as Revolution beat Galaxy 2-1

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Cristian Penilla, Teal Bunbury score as Revolution beat Galaxy 2-1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury scored to help the New England Revolution beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Sunday night.

Carles Gil had two assists for New England (4-8-4), which won for just the second time since beating the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on April 20.

Gil, on the left side, flicked it to Penilla on the edge of the box where he took a dribble before rifling a low right-footer that was nearly stopped by goalkeeper David Bingham before trickling into the back of the net to open the scoring in the 45th minute.

After a turnover by the Galaxy near midfield, Gil's through ball led Bunbury toward the top of the box, where he side-footed it past the charging Bingham and just inside the post to make it 2-0 in the 60th. It was Bunbury's first goal since Aug. 4.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic capped the scoring with a bicycle kick from the center of the area in the 84th minute.

L.A. midfielder Sebastian Lletget injured his left hamstring and was replaced in the 10th by Chris Pontius.

The Galaxy (9-6-1) had the two-game win streak snapped and have lost five of their last seven.

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Revolution's Matt Turner excited about first career MLS playoff game

Revolution's Matt Turner excited about first career MLS playoff game

New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner will be playing in his first-ever MLS Playoff game on Saturday, and he's pretty excited about it. 

Turner was signed by New England as an undrafted college player out of Fairfield University in 2016 and has been with the Revs since. His first playoff game will be an experience he says he'll never forget.

"I'm really excited. As I've alluded to a few times, this will be my first time on a team that's made it to the playoffs," Turner said Tuesday, according to revolutionsoccer.net. "So, obviously I'm really excited to be taking part in a really meaningful game and I'm excited to represent New England and hopefully make the fans proud."

With excitement also comes the desire to win, and New England is hungry for a deep playoff run after a long hiatus from the postseason.

"Yeah, we're hungry. We've believed in ourselves all year," Turner said. "We're here now and we want to succeed. We want to do more than just be taking part in it. We want to try to win."

Although they're hungry, the Revs are pegged as underdogs, but they're confident in themselves entering the franchise's first playoff game since 2015. 

"We know what we have in the locker room," Turner said. "We know the quality that we have in the locker room. So we're confident in ourselves, and whatever the people want to portray this game as an underdog story, if they want to that's fine. We see ourselves, we expect a lot out of ourselves and we expect to win this game." 

Confidence can only go so far, especially when Julian Gressel is on the opposite side of the ball. Gressel punished New England with a goal and two assists in Atlanta United's 3-1 victory in early October to close out the regular season. Turner noted that it's extremely important everyone on the field knows where the midfielder is on Saturday.

"We just got to do a better job," Turner said. "We knew going into that game that he provides really good service into the box and he punishes for it and also he scored a really nice goal. So, we just need to be aware of where he is on the field and when he's on the ball. We know what we have to do to keep the ball in front of us and not allow those dangerous chances in behind."

Will New England pull off a shocker and take down the defending MLS Cup Champions? Turner had a strong opinion on the matter. 

"I think it's likely, you know. I think people want to write us off, but I think we have a better chance than they realize," Turner said. "It's nice having had that dress rehearsal [in the regular-season finale] and we're really excited. I think this team is built to make a little run in the playoffs."

A New England victory in the Saturday 1 p.m. matchup could be hard to come by if history is any indicator. The Revs are 0-4-2 all-time against Atlanta and 0-3-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Carles Gil named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Carles Gil named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Back in January, the Revs decided to make Carles Gil their first seven-figure acquisition when they shelled out a club-record transfer fee of $2 million to bring him to New England.

Well, that investment has paid off — in a big way.

On Wednesday morning, Gil was honored as MLS Newcomer of the Year, an award given annually to the player with previous professional experience who had an outstanding debut season in MLS. He beat out finalists Heber (New York City FC) and Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC) in a vote decided by media, MLS players, and club technical staff.  He's the first Revolution player to win the award and the second player in club history to be named a finalist, joining Jermaine Jones (2014).

Gil has been a consistent force all season long for the Revs.  He led the team in both goals (10) and assists (14) while wearing the captain's arm band for the final 23 matches of the season en route to the team's first playoff berth since 2015.

The midfielder is just the second Revolution player to reach double-digit totals in goals and assists in a single season, following in the footsteps of Lee Nguyen, who accomplished the feat in 2017. Gil's combined totals in goals and assists ranked first among newcomers and fifth in the league overall.  He also became the second player in club history to start all 34 matches and was substituted only once, missing eight minutes of league play.

Gil's teammate Gustavo Bou finished fifth in the voting. Here's the breakdown for the top five finishers. 

  Player % Club % Media % Final %
Carles Gil (NE) 12.16% 21.43% 25.10% 19.56%
Heber (NYC) 8.78% 15.31% 28.57% 17.55%
Alejandro Pozuelo (TOR) 18.58% 5.10% 12.36% 12.01%
Alexandru Mitrita (NYC) 11.15% 15.31% 1.54% 9.33%
Gustavo Bou (NE) 6.76% 9.18% 4.63% 6.86%

The next challenge for Gil is leading his team to a postseason victory. The Revs face Atlanta United FC in the first round of the MLS Playoffs this Saturday at 1 p.m. in a game that can be seen on NBC Sports Boston.

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