FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (9-12-11; 38 pts.) was defeated by CF Montreal (18-9-5; 59 pts.), 1-0, Saturday night before a season- 35,455 fans at the stadium Gillette. With two games remaining in the 2022 MLS regular season, the Revolution will return to action on Saturday, October 1 at home against Atlanta United FC.
In New England’s penultimate home game of the season, forward Justin Rennicks returned to the starting lineup for his career-high 11th start of the campaign. Rennicks produced the hosts’ first chance of the night in the 12th minute when he threw a pass into Matt Polster’s path, whose low shot was stopped by Montreal keeper Sebastian Breza. Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou combined for another chance in the 21st minute, but Gil’s effort sailed over the net.
Dylan Borrero and Giacomo Vrioni each scored second-half substitute appearances as the two continue to work to regain their full fitness after long injury absences. Bruce Arena inserted the 2022 newcomers as substitutes just after the hour mark, marking their first home appearances since July. Vrioni registered a shot, while Borrero registered a created chance.
Montreal scored the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute on a counterattack, with Alistair Johnson netting a pass from Romell Quioto. Revolution keeper Djordje Petrović made two saves, both in the second half. New England nearly equalized in the 89th minute when Vrioni broke through the defense and sent a left-footed shot high from the frame.
New England are absent next weekend for the international break before hosting Atlanta United FC on Saturday October 1 to complete the home selection. The regular season finale at Gillette Stadium kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
- With the loss, the Revolution drops to 11th place in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining in the regular season.
- The Revolution had a crowd of 35,455 for Saturday’s game, the club’s highest attendance since July 14, 2018 against LA Galaxy.
- Bruce Arena made three changes to their starting XI from Tuesday’s game at Houston Dynamo FC, with Jon Bell, Christian Makoun and Justin Rennicks replacing DeJuan Jones, Maciel and Wilfrid Kaptoum. Jones missed the game with an upper leg injury.
- Dylan Borrero made his first appearance since July 16, playing 27 minutes and scoring a created chance.
- Carles Gil added a team-high three chances to take his league-leading total to 107 on the year. With one more key pass, Gil will match his total of 108 chances created in 2019, according to Opta.
- Giacomo Vrioni made his third straight appearance since returning from injury, registering a shot in 26 minutes.
- Matt Polster recorded team highs for tackles won (3), duels won (5) and interceptions (3) while completing 38 of 42 passes in 90 minutes.
- Hometown player and forward Justin Rennicks made his first start since Aug. 28, recording 64 minutes and finishing with two chances created and nine digs. Rennicks now has career highs with 16 games played and 11 starts this season.
- Andrew Farrell hit team highs in digs (11) and clearances (4) in his 299th regular season start in MLS.