It’s been a good week for the New England Revolution, who followed Wednesday’s 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati.
Carles Gil got things started in the ninth minute when he collected his seventh goal of the season. Cristian Penilla originally tried to set up Gustavo Bou but the Designated Player never gained possession. The ball instead fell to Gil, who placed it into the back of the net.
The Revs were on the hunt for a second goal in the 11th minute when Brandon Bye played a low cross that found Teal Bunbury. The striker’s shot hit the crossbar, keeping the game at 1-0. This was Bye’s second good offering of the match, as he sent in a similar ball in the seventh minute.
The game was a bit more even for the rest of the first half, though Cincinnati never posed much of a threat. In fact, the home team didn’t record a shot on goal until the 38th minute. This attempt was a long-range effort that was easily handled by Matt Turner.
Bunbury had a good look in the 41st minute when he took a left-footed shot from distance. The curling ball was pushed aside by Spencer Richey.
Cincinnati looked sharper to start the second half and almost grabbed a goal in the 51st minute. A long ball caused some uncertainty between Bye and Turner, allowing Allan Cruz to run in and get a touch. The midfielder ultimately couldn't do anything more with it.
The Revs added to their lead in the 55th minute via Antonio Delamea. The play started with a short corner from Gil, who got the ball back. The Spaniard then sent in a cross that was nodded home by Delamea.
Turner was asked to make back-to-back saves in the moments that followed the goal. A fast break offered opportunities for Frankie Amaya and Cruz but Turner stood tall.
Not to be outdone, Richey made a pair of saves to keep his team in the game. The first denied Bunbury and the second stonewalled Penilla.
The 2-0 score line held for the rest of the game, as the Revs extended their unbeaten run to ten straight. They will now return home to prepare for Orlando City SC.