NYCFC Knocks New England Revolution Out Of MLS Playoffs

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By Sophia Giordano

The New England Revolution’s 2021 MLS Playoff run was cut short on Tuesday night after a stunning defeat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Fourth seed New York City FC bested the top seeded Revolution in a penalty shootout at Gillette Stadium. 

All five NYCFC shooters scored on Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, while New York’s goalkeeper Sean Johnson saved a shot by New England’s Adam Buksa to give his team the 5-3 victory. 

NYCFC came out strong against a slower Revolution side, but a few missed opportunities led to a 1-1 score at the end of regulation. Extra time couldn’t be described as anything other than chaos; a few injuries on NYCFC and a red card for their top goalscorer Valentin Castellanos allowed the Revolution to get back into the match. Extra time ended with the teams tied 2-2, and it was on to penalties. 

New England did not look in top form after a 3-week dry spell with no matches. The Revolution had few shots on target, and failed to have much meaningful possession. It was a historic season nonetheless for Bruce Arena’s side, with a MLS record 73 points during the regular season. 

NYCFC will head to Chester to face the second seeded Philadelphia Union on Sunday.