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Revolution 2, Orlando City 0: Penilla grabs a goal and assist

The Revs will miss the playoffs, but they do give the fans a home win.

MLS: Orlando City SC at New England Revolution Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution will miss the playoffs for the third straight year, but that didn’t stop them from collecting a 2-0 home win over Orlando City SC. Here’s a breakdown of the game.

Quick Recap

The Revolution dominated Saturday’s match, out-shooting their opponent 21-8. Their first goal came in the 51st minute when Cristian Penilla hit a right-footed shot from the top of the box. Penilla played provider four minutes later when he offered a cross that Diego Fagundez volleyed into the back of the net.

Quote of the Match

This hasn’t been a good year for the Revolution, who have only collected 1.19 points per game. Head coach Brad Friedel hinted that changes are coming in his post-game press conference.

“Where we’re at, they’ll be quite a few changes in the offseason, a lot of exciting changes that’ll happen in the offseason. You’re going to see some things and a lot of news that comes out with New England over the next couple of months.”

What it Means

Saturday’s game was about giving the fans something to cheer about. Heading into the match, the Revs were 6-4-5 at Gillette Stadium, a disappointing record for a place once considered to be a fortress.

With this in mind, Friedel put out a lineup that he believed would get him three points. While I would’ve liked to see some different names in the XI, I’m sure Friedel already knows who’s staying and who’s going.

This game wasn’t about giving players an audition. It was about rewarding the fans that come out every week.

What’s Next

The Revs will head to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 9 pm.