The New England Revolution hosted Sporting Kansas City this weekend, following a draw last weekend on the road. Leading the Western Conference standings, Sporting KC were looking to follow FC Dallas, who defeated the Revs two weeks ago at Gillette, and make it two losses in the row at home for New England. But the main talking point following this match, was the lone goal that Teal Bunbury “scored”, and the use of the Video Assisted Referee (VAR). The Revs would go on to win this match 1-0.

As a striker you want to be prepared, opportunistic, whenever the chances come your way you want to be ready and prepare for that,  you can probably see my reaction after I got the, shot it to the back of the net, I kinda thought its probably offsides, they reviewed it, and saw it was off a Kansas City player, so just in the right spot right time, its my job to be ready”

In any other day, I would of just probably passed it back to the keeper or something, so you have to be alert, that’s what we train for every week” Teal Bunbury post match comments

I saw the linesman put his flag up of course, I thought it was offsides. Then they looked and it came off their player (Espinoza of SKC) I believe video review (VAR) got it correct. I have not seen the replay, I got a little glimpse so I cannot comment too much. People tell me it was the correct call.”  Brad Friedel post match about goal

At the time, many people were confused as to why the goal was allowed to stand, even though everyone somewhat stopped on the play, including Teal Bunbury. But it was confirmed at half time that Diego Fagundez didn’t pass the ball to Teal, but it was kicked by SKC’s Espinoza, which would mean Teal wasn’t offsides.

Great job by the Rev’s senior staff writer, Jeff Lemieux with this tweet, verifying what the VAR saw.

What shouldn’t be lost in Teal’s goal was the effort by Juan Agudelo, who forced the turnover in the Revs side of the midfield, and ran with the ball deep into SKC territory, before passing the ball to Diego, leading up to the goal. Even though Juan didn’t get on the score sheet, his effort there should be recognized and rewarded with more future starts.

Besides Teal’s goal, there multiple occasions for both sides during the match for goals. Even though the Revs had more shots and forced more saves from SKC’s goalie Tim Melia, SKC had their own chances, especially late in the game as they pressed for the equalizer.
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