A different looking New England Revolution took the field at Gillette stadium this weekend, for their 2018 home opener.

The two big changes from last weeks 2-0 loss squad, were at center back, on defense. With Claude Dielna and Antonio Delamea both serving red card suspension, manager Brad Friedel moved Andrew Farrel to center back and Anibaba gets his first start. With Farrel moving center, Brandon Bye, a rookie, gets his first start. Also, Kelyn Rowe gets his first start of the season, Teal moves up to forward, and Juan to the bench.

For the second straight week, the Revs were forced to go to the bench early and make a substitution. Starting left back Gabriel Somi was forced to leave the game after a nasty head to head collision with Colorado’s Jack McBean. A yellow card was issued to Jack for this foul. Following the match, no new information was ava

After a boring first half that saw a total of four shots, the Revs opened the second half with immediate fireworks, when Diego Fagundez scored. It would be the Revs first goal of the 2018 season. Great job by Cristian Penilla by running almost 50 yards with the ball, before laying it off for Diego, who fires the shot past Colorado’s Tim Howard. Having an active match, Penilla recorded his first assist with the Revs.

More fire works would come. Minutes after the Revs took the lead, Colorado was awarded a penalty shot, following a foul by Anibaba. In his first true test in net, Revs goalie Matt Turner made a great save on Colorado’s Jack Price, but the rebound found its way back to Jack, who had an empty net to shot at, and roofed his second attempt at a goal. Giving the rookie goalie credit for making guessing correctly and making the save, despite a pk shot not well taken, the rebound should of been put away.

Minutes later, Colorado finally did equalize the match. Colorado’s rookie Niki Jackson, who just came in as a sub only minutes earlier, found space between Brandon Bye and Andrew Farrell, made a run behind Farrell’s back shoulder, passing Farrell and heading in a Johan Bomberg cross.

Once the 90th minute hit and two minutes of stoppage time was added, it seemed like this match would end in a draw. But a foul on Zahibo 20 yards from the Rapids net allowed for one more opportunity, an opportunity that Chris Tierney would take. A lucky strike since Tierney’s shot took a deflection in, passed Tim Howard.


At the end it was good to see the Revs get their first win of the season. Not only is it important for the Revs to keep maintaining a winning tradition at home, but also for new manager Brad Friedel to get his first win of his managing tenure. That is especially important if the Revs didn’t win their first few matches, just “getting that monkey off your back.” Players are still trying to figure each other out, especially the newer players, as well as Brad and his coaching staff. The Revs are going in to an early bye week next week, before going back at it at home in two weeks against NYCFC.

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