After an impressive 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes and a star-studded charity match against Chelsea F.C., the New England Revolution traveled north of the border to face off against conference rivals, the Montreal Impact.
With the same lineup, Revs interim coach Mike Lapper looked to build off the momentum generated from last week’s match against San Jose.
Overall, this match was a hard fought one that included multiple fouls and bookings for both the Revolution and Montreal.
The first booking came in the 21st minute as Revolution midfielder Luis Caicedo was booked with a yellow card.
Revs came close to notching the first goal in the 24th minute but Impact goaltender Evan Bush leaped to snag Carles Gil’s corner kick before Revs attackers could get a touch on it.
Soon after, Montreal came close to scoring via Urruti’s touch, which slipped past goalie Matt Turner but defender Jalil Anibaba cleared the ball before it crossed the line.
In the 35th minute, Lapper put rookie defender DeJuan Jones in as Edgar Castillo left the match.
Jones made an instant impact as he was able to make an 80-yard run which involved a through pass to himself to get past Montreal’s Zakaria Diallo. His shot didn’t get past Bush.
As the half time whistle sounded, both clubs went into the locker room and assessed what to do in the second half in order to pull off the victory.
In the 52nd minute, Andrew Farrell was shown a yellow card after committing a foul.
Tajon Buchanan replaced Diego Fagundez in the 60th minute. Fagundez, who has not had a strong 2019 season, was visibly upset with the performance as he walked off the pitch and headed towards the Revolution bench.
The Revs came knocking at the door in the 64th minute as both Penilla and Bunbury came close to scoring the game’s opener.
Juan Agudelo would become the third Rev to receive a yellow card in the 66th minute after Juan committed a foul.
Prior to the final whistle, Wilfried Zahibo came on to replace Teal Bunbury. It was a smart decision by Lapper considering Zahibo scored three times against Montreal in the 2018 MLS season.
The substitution didn’t pay off, however, as the Revs tied the Impact 0-0.