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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

NYCFC win 4-2 to end Revolution’s unbeaten streak

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – New England manager Bruce Arena criticized the pitch and timing of a game that saw three first-half penalties awarded to New York City FC, who beat the Revolution 4-2 to cut a streak 10 game unbeaten.

The Argentine Valentín Castellanos scored two goals and reached 12 goals, to lead the MLS in the campaign. His compatriot Gustavo Bou scored two more goals for the Revolution, who were a man down at Yankee Stadium after Andrew Farrell was sent off in the 41st minute.

“We could have played a good game even though we played on a bad baseball field that was supposed to be more of a football field and we scheduled games at 1 pm in July,” Arenas said. “But we had two good teams. There was an opportunity to play a good game and unfortunately that was not the case.”

The temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, under a radiant sun, at the beginning of the meeting. The three first-half penalties in favor of the hosts constituted an MLS record.

New England have had four wins and six draws since losing to DC United on April 23. The 10-game unbeaten streak was one of the records the team set in 2005, and drew in 2019.

NYCFC took the lead in the 10th minute with a penalty by Talles Magno, brought down shortly before by Farrell.

Bou equalized in the 18th minute for New England and NYCFC had another penalty scored when Henry Kessler fouled Castellanos in the 31st, but goalkeeper Djordje Petrović pushed the ball over the post.

Castellanos put the hosts ahead 2-1 in the 44th minute with another penalty after Farrell committed another foul. This led to referee Timothy Ford sending him off.

The Brazilian Gabriel Pereira increased the score four minutes into the second half and Bou made the difference by 3 to 2 in the 77th minute. Castellanos scored again in the 82nd minute.

NYCFC reached 32 points and placed third in the Eastern Conference, led by the other New York team, the Red Bulls, who reached 33 points after drawing 1-1 with Cincinnati.

New England stopped at 25 points to take eighth place, outside the playoff zone.

Also on Saturday, Colombians Santiago Moreno and Dairon Asprilla scored late in the Portland Timbers’ 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders.

Colombian Cucho Hernández also shone. On his debut, he scored the decisive goal in the Columbus Crew’s 3–2 victory over the Chicago Fire.

Argentine Sebastián Driussi scored his eleventh goal of the season in Austin’s 3-0 rout of Atlanta United.

FC Dallas drew 2-2 with Houston Dynamo, for which Mexican Héctor Herrera, former Atlético de Madrid midfielder, made his debut.

Also, Charlotte crushed Nashville 4-1; Sporting Kansas City beat Montreal 2-1; Orlando City beat Inter Miami 1-0; the San Jose Earthquakes drew 2-2 against Toronto, and the Colorado Rapids drew by the same score against Real Salt Lake.

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