Saturday night, the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the 10-man New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. for a crowd of 16,017. The loss snapped a 17-game home undefeated streak and the Revolution slipped to 6-7-6 with their third straight loss.
Cristian Techera put recently surging Vancouver ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute. Controversy erupted 10 minutes later when referee Allen Chapman ejected defender Andrew Farrell for a questionable takedown of Techera in the box and denying a goalscoring opportunity. Chapman then awarded Vancouver a penalty, which Octavio Rivero converted for a 2-0 advantage. Four of the five penalties conceded by New England this season have resulted in the game-winning goal, including two given by Chapman.
Teal Bunbury spoiled the shutout in the 84th minute with his fourth goal of the season for the final 2-1 result, assisted by Kelyn Rowe and initiated by Chris Tierney. Rowe now leads the Revs with five assists and has tallied assists in each of the last two games.
The Revolution (6-7-6, 24 pts.) remain second in the Eastern Conference and ninth across MLS. The recharged Whitecaps (10-6-2, 32 pts.) rose to top of the West and second in MLS.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps started London Woodberry, Diego Fagundez and Charlie Davies instead of Jeremy Hall, Juan Agudelo and Rowe, who began on the bench. Andy Dorman was suspended for yellow card accumulation while Darrius Barnes and Jermaine Jones were out with injury.
Bunbury and Fagundez were also yellow-carded. It was Bunbury’s fourth booking of the year, so he’s now one caution away from a one-game suspension.
Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted finished the game with a whopping eight saves and Bobby Shuttleworth recorded three saves.
“It’s hard work, it’s not pointing fingers, and that is what I’m most proud of is our guys in that locker room, no one pointed a finger,” said Heaps.
“You’re going to be upset, you’re going to feel hard done, but at the same time we came out and no one pointed a finger and that second half was step one in continuing to work hard to get out of it.”
The Revolution next travel to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, July 4. That game, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on MLS LIVE. The game will also be available locally on the radio, in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
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VAN – Cristian Techera 2 (Unassisted) 18’
VAN – Octavio Rivero 6 (Penalty Kick) 31’
NE – Teal Bunbury 4 (Kelyn Rowe 5) 84’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card) 20’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Red Card) 29’
VAN – Jordan Harvey (Yellow Card) 33’
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card) 41’
NE – Teal Bunbury (Yellow Card) 54’
VAN – Darren Mattocks (Yellow Card) 82’
VAN – Steven Beitashour (Yellow Card) 88’
VAN – Nicolas Mezquida (Yellow Card) 91+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry (Kevin Alston 46’), Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, Chris Tierney; Daigo Kobayashi (Kelyn Rowe 62’), Scott Caldwell; Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen (Juan Agudelo 77’), Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jeremy Hall, Steve Neumann, Sean Okoli.
STATS: Shots 16, Shots on target 9, Saves 3, Corner kicks 11, Offsides 0, Fouls 17, Possession 54.9%, Passes 452 (79.2%)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Tim Parker, Pa Modou Kah, Jordan Harvey ©; Matias Laba, Deybi Flores; Cristian Techera, Mauro Rosales (Nicolas Mezquida 83’), Kekuta Manneh (Darren Mattocks 74’); Octavio Rivero (Erik Hurtado 79’).
Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Diego Rodriguez, Kianz Froese, Russell Teibert.
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 5, Saves 8, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 3, Fouls 15, Possession 45.1%, Passes 395 (73.9%)
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Johnson and Kathryn Nesbitt
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.