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Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Revolution Recap: Own goal costs Revs points vs. Real Salt Lake

Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Real Salt Lake 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 Real Salt Lake in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20 on Saturday.

The Revolution, who seemed destined for greatness this season, still have not gotten themselves in the win column after a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on the road. However, one shining star among all players was Adam Buksa, who scored yet another goal.

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

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

The substitutes were as follows:

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

Real Salt Lake scored just five minutes into the game at Rio Tinto Stadium courtesy of Demir Kreilach who picked his corner after testing the Revs back line early on.

Shortly after the game-opening goal, Albert Rusnak tacked on another goal for Real Salt Lake, putting them up 2-0 within 14 minutes. 

After the second goal was scored, the Revolution seemed to have come to life, getting a goal of their own courtesy of none other than Adam Buksa.

Before halftime, Teal Bunbury tied the game off a failed clearing attempt by a Real Salt Lake defender -- once again proving that goal scoring isn't necessarily a problem for this club.

While the Revolution managed to head to the locker room tied 2-2, they allowed an own goal 10 minutes into the second half -- the dagger in what was a 3-2 loss. Rookie Henry Kessler tried to stop the ball, but ultimately ended up sliding it right in the goal.

This was another game in which the Revs defense was taken advantage of. We've known for a while now that goal scoring isn't the problem for New England, and they'll have to tighten up their defense if they want to win any of these simulated games. 

You can watch the full game below:

 

 

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:

 

MLS Highlights: Revolution fall 2-1 to Montreal Impact in season-opener

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MLS Highlights: Revolution fall 2-1 to Montreal Impact in season-opener

FINAL SCORE: Montreal Impact 2, New England Revolution 1

IN BRIEF: Just when it looked like the Revolution were going to take the lead and put Montreal on its heels for the final 15 minutes of regulation, the ball took a different bounce. Wilfried Zahibo's 73rd minute goal was waved off after replay review found a player was offsides. A few minutes later, Max Iurruti put the Impact ahead 2-1 and never looked back.

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BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS:

TEAL BUNBURY GETS IT STARTED:

JONES MAKES IT A TRACK MEET

ROMELL QUIOTO TIES IT AT 1 FOR MONTREAL:

MAX IURRUTI TASTES THE RAINBOW, MAKES IT 2-1 MONTREAL:

UP NEXT:

Vs. Chicago Fire, Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

Vs. Portland Timbers, Sunday, March 15, 1:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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