The New England Revolution got an important win on Wednesday night, as they defeated New York City FC 1-0.
The Revs weathered the storm during the early going. Michael Mancienne almost had an own goal when his block attempt sent the ball into the cross bar. Soon after, Brad Knighton had to get big to stop an onrushing Valentin Castellanos. Sebastien Ibeagha had a clear header off of a corner kick, but his bid went wide.
Brian Wright hit the woodwork in the 25th minute when he sent in a stinging shot. After fighting to bring down a long ball, Wright lost possession due to a poor touch. The ball found its way back to the second-year forward, allowing him to hit a long strike.
Alexander Ring had a chance on the opposite side of the field when David Villa found him in the 29th minute. The midfielder’s attempt was pushed aside by Knighton.
When the halftime whistle blew, the Revs had only completed 55% of their passes, been outshot 11-2, and won 38% of duels.
The home side continued to dominate the game during the second half, though the Revs found a breakthrough in the 71st minute. Cristian Penilla’s initial take created a rebound that Wright jumped on to score his first career MLS goal. After his celebration, Wright made way for the debuting Isaac Angking.
The Revs almost had a second in the 77th minute when Penilla got to the end line and cut it back to Andrew Farrell. The right back teed up a shot that was blocked.
Angking had a good chance in the 80th minute when he tried to get on the end of a rebound created by Penilla’s shot. The Homegrown got there but his sliding attempt hit the post.
The Revs return to action on Sep. 15 when they travel to face LAFC.