The New England Revolution collected three points on Sunday when they defeated New York City FC 2-1. Teal Bunbury got the game’s opening goal in the third minute and Lee Nguyen doubled the visitor’s lead by scoring a penalty in the second half. Alexander Callens scored a stoppage time header to bring the game to 2-1.
Here are four thoughts from the win.
1. Nguyen is a club legend
Nguyen became the first player in club history to record 50 goals and 50 assists when he set up Bunbury. It was a beautiful play that reminded us how good Nguyen can be. The creative midfielder rubbed some people the wrong way when he forced his way out of New England in 2018. Now that time has passed—and Nguyen has returned—everyone should recognize that Nguyen is one of the best players to ever play for the Revolution.
2. Nguyen rightfully takes the PK
For the second consecutive game, the Revs were awarded a penalty. Adam Buksa missed against Toronto FC, paving the way for Nguyen to step up to the spot. As he’s done so many times before, Nguyen masterfully beat the goalkeeper. If you ask me, Nguyen should be the go-to PK taker for this team. If he’s not available, I’d look to Cristian Penilla or Diego Fagundez.
3. You need to have sharp transitions when playing at Yankee Stadium
NYCFC’s home field isn’t optimal for soccer because of the tight dimensions. Scoring a goal requires crisp passes or good transitions. The Revs proved the latter to be true with Bunbury’s goal. The trend continued throughout the night as both teams looked to break quickly.
4. Alex Ring got away with one
It was a physical affair in the Bronx as referee Armando Villarreal let things go. His most egregious miss came in the second half when a frustrated Alex Ring kicked out at Kelyn Rowe. It was an unnecessary play that warranted attention from the referee, whether it was in the moment or after video review.