The New England Revolution extended their unbeaten run to four straight when they downed the Montreal Impact on Friday night.
The opening moments were relatively quiet as both teams struggled to take hold of the game. Things changed in the 15th minute when Saphir Taider was shown a red card for a tackle on Luis Caciedo. The play didn’t look malicious, but its dangerous nature left referee Jose Carlos Rivero with no choice.
The Revs capitalized on their man advantage in the 20th minute when Wilfred Zahibo found Teal Bunbury. The striker made good on the opportunity, beating Evan Bush at the far post.
The Revs had a chance to double their lead after Rivero awarded a penalty in the 30th minute. The ensuing kick was delayed five minutes as the referee went to video review. Diego Fagundez ultimately took the penalty but he couldn’t to beat an out-stretched Bush.
After a couple good looks, including a header from Bunbury, the Revs finally found their second through Andrew Farrell. The defender’s first career goal was aided by Diego Fagundez and Gabriel Somi.
The Revs were active to start the second half, using Cristian Penilla’s speed and Bunbury’s determination to trouble the back line. Caicedo almost had his first of the year in the 65th minute but he was stuffed by an onrushing Bush. Five minutes later, substitute Kelyn Rowe had a long-range bid that rattled the crossbar.
The Revs broke through in the 72nd minute when Fagundez finished from within the six yard box. The play was assisted by Rowe and Juan Agudelo.
Zahibo made it four in the 80th minute, making good on Rowe’s corner kick. The ball soared over Bush’s head before dropping into Zahibo’s path at the far post.
The referee’s final whistle secured the result, marking the Revs’ best run of form since 2015. The team will hope to extend this next Saturday when they welcome FC Dallas.