The New England Revolution made club history on Wednesday night when they conceded seven goals against Atlanta United FC. The result was the team’s worst-ever defeat.
The Revs found themselves in a hole just two minutes in when Miguel Almiron put Josef Martinez behind the defense. Martinez made the most of his narrow angle by scoring his eleventh goal of the season.
Things went from bad to worse when Xavier Kouassi was shown a straight red in the 16th minute. Referee Baldomero Toledo used video review to assess Kouassi’s stomp on Yamil Asad.
The Revs would hear Toledo’s whistle again in the 30th minute after Je-Vaughn Watson committed a handling offense in the penalty area. Martinez stepped up and finished the ensuing penalty.
Toledo returned to the sideline in the 37th minute to determine whether Antonio Delamea had committed a handball in the box. The referee decided to issue a red card and a penalty. The opportunity allowed Martinez to complete his hat trick in the 39th minute.
Atlanta added another goal during first half stoppage time. This strike came courtesy of Anton Walkes with Greg Garza providing the helper.
The Revs made two substitutions at halftime, replacing Lee Nguyen with Daigo Kobayashi and Claude Dielna with Scott Caldwell. Meanwhile the home team brought in Chris McCann for Greg Garza.
After a relatively calm period, Cody Cropper was asked to make a big save in the 56th minute after Watson gave away the ball. Cropper showed a lot of courage by coming off his line to stuff Hector Villalba. Cropper would be called into action again in the 62nd minute.
The fifth goal of the night came from substitute Kevin Kratz, who hit a beautiful free kick from just outside the area. The goal was scored in the 70th minute.
The game grew to 6-0 in the 73rd minute after McCann won the ball and found Asad. The young attacker capitalized by scoring his fourth goal of the campaign.
History was made in the 90th minute when Villalba scored the game’s final goal. The 7-0 result is the Revolution’s worst loss in club history.
The Revs continue their two-game road trip on Saturday when they face Sporting KC.