On Wednesday, May 15th, the New England Revolution took the pitch at Gillette Stadium as they hosted English Premier League club Chelsea F.C. in a charitable match to fight antisemitism.
A total of 27,329 people packed into Gillette Stadium to witness this extravagant sporting event for a good cause.
Chelsea wasted no time getting on the score sheet as midfielder Ross Barkley took advantage of a poor clearance from Jalil Anibaba before whizzing the ball past Revs goalie Matt Turner. This put Chelsea up 1-0 in the 3rd minute of the match.
The Blues would go on to take a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute when defender Davide Zappacosta was able to find forward Olivier Giroud inside the 6-yard box. Giroud got his head on it to put a second goal past Turner.
Barkley capped the scoring in the 62nd minute as Gonzalo Higuain’s shot from Willian’s corner kick ricocheted off Barkley and past Revs goalie Brad Knighton.
Although the Revs lost 3-0, the match gave fans an opportunity to see old faces, such as Gabriel Somi, Brian Wright, and Zach Herivaux, and new ones, such as Nicholas Firmino, who made his Revolution debut in the match. More importantly, the event raised an estimated $4 million dollars which will be donated to a total of 18 different organizations to battle hate crimes and antisemitism.