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Revolution Recap: Revs draw even with Timbers in FIFA 20 simulated match

Revolution Recap: Revs draw even with Timbers in FIFA 20 simulated match

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Timbers in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus. 

The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on the Portland Timbers in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20. 

Unfortunately for the Revs, they once again failed to get in the win column after a 4-4 draw with the Timbers at Gillette Stadium in their second home match of the season. However, they came back from a two-goal deficit proving they are a resilient group of guys.  

Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in today's simulated match:

  • Brad Knighton
  • Brandon Bye
  • Andrew Farrell
  • Henry Kessler
  • DeJuan Jones
  • Wilfried Zahibo
  • Diego Fagundez
  • Cristian Penilla
  • Teal Bunbury
  • Gustavo Bou
  • Adam Buksa

The substitutes were as follows:

  • Carles Gil
  • Tajon Buchanan
  • Scott Caldwell
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Justin Rennicks
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Jeff Caldwell

While they failed to get the win, they did get some quality goal-scoring from their attack with Cristian Penilla picking his spot on a free kick 20 yards out to give the Revs a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.

The Revs defense faltered following the club's opening goal, allowing Diego Valeri to score on a two-on-one opportunity in the 40th minute. Brandon Bye and Andrew Farrell allowed Valeri to break through their back line, thus leaving no chance for Brad Knighton to make a stop in goal.

That wasn't the only time the Timbers penetrated the defense either, as Sebastian Blanco carved up the Revs to put Portland up 2-1 ahead of the half. 

The second half was a better one for the defense as they backed the attack allowing Adam Buksa to notch his second goal of the season -- an eerily similar goal to his first one, a left-footed strike to tie the game at two a side in the 54th minute. 

The next goal came courtesy of Felipe Mora in the 60th minute as he was left wide open in the 18 -- leaving Knighton with no chance at a stop once again -- giving Portland a 3-2 lead. 

Carles Gil made his first appearance of the season, and as predicted, came on as a sub in the 71st minute -- getting his first taste of MLS action this season. Gil failed to notch a goal, but he still is working his way back from a foot injury that saw him miss the first two games of the season.

Later in the match, Darion Asprilla notched a goal in the 86th minute, making things seem like the Revolution were headed for yet another loss as the Timbers made it a 4-2 game in the final minutes. 

When things seemed like they were over, who else but Buksa to notch his second of the game to put the Revolution within one during stoppage time. 

And another gorgeous strike from Teal Bunbury tied the game in the 94th minute, allowing the Revolution to tie the Timbers 4-4 and move to 0-1-2 on the season. 

Honestly, what was weird about this simulated match was that the defense was unbelievably bad for the Revolution. FIFA 20 made them look like swiss cheese. There has been nothing in the first two real matches of the season we've seen that would make us think the defense would be this bad. 

 In real action, the Revs would never have allowed the Timbers to penetrate their back line so easily. Especially because youngster Henry Kessler has held his own on the back line as a rookie. 

Regardless, though, New England avoided the loss and a two-goal performance from Buksa proved promising in the 4-4 draw. 

You can watch the full game below:

And here's a highlights package the Revolution put together:

 

Revolution Classics: Bruce Arena beats Galaxy in Revs head coaching debut

Revolution Classics: Bruce Arena beats Galaxy in Revs head coaching debut

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at Bruce Arena's first game as Revolution head coach vs. his former team, the L.A. Galaxy, in 2019.

Arena's Revolution head coaching debut was a success as he led his new group to a 2-1 road victory over an L.A. Galaxy team he coached for nine years. Cristian Penilla scored the Revs' first goal, and then it was Teal Bunbury who tallied the difference-maker.

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After a sluggish start to the season with Brad Friedel as head coach, Arena rallied the Revs to a 6-0-2 record in the first eight games of his tenure in New England. The changing of the guard helped propel the Revolution to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

You'll have the chance to relive the action on Saturday at 7 p.m, right here on NBC Sports Boston.

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.

Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at the 2002 MLS Cup Finals between the Revs and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Unfortunately, many know how this game ended for the Revolution -- a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy in double overtime -- but it's still one of the greatest games in New England's history. However, it was really cool that Gillette Stadium was chosen as the neutral site to host the match... it was basically a home game for the Revs. 

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Although Carlos Ruiz scored the game-winning goal, this match was probably the closest New England has ever been to a championship title. 

The Revolution and Galaxy ended the regular season at the top of their respective conferences, and it felt like they were destined for a championship clash, so it was terrific to see it actually happen. 

This is a blast from the past, and you'll have the chance to relive the action on Saturday at 7 p.m., and you won't want to miss it. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.