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After winning thriller against Atlanta United FC, Revolution fall short in Seattle | Sports

After winning thriller against Atlanta United FC, Revolution fall short in Seattle | Sports

SEATTLE — The New England Revolution fell to Seattle Sounders FC, 2-0, on Saturday night. In the teams’ first meeting since 2019, the Sounders scored a goal in each half, handing New England just its second loss in the Pacific Time Zone in the last 15 trips.

After 15 minutes, the home side scored the first goal of the game when Seattle forward Jordan Morris charged onto a pass from Albert Rusnàk and fired a right-footed shot past Revolution goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic. The Revolution had multiple chances to equalise from the half-hour mark, when Esmir Bajraktarevic found Giacomo Vrioni on the counterattack, but the striker’s left-footed shot was blocked.

Esmir Bajraktarevic, who led the team with three assists, created another scoring opportunity when he rounded three defenders to set up a shot for Vrioni, followed by his own rebound attempt. Seattle captain Stefan Frei rose to the occasion with a crucial double save to deny New England a goal. The Revolution kept up the pressure on the Seattle goal for the remainder of the half, narrowly missing a breakthrough when Ian Harkes’ rocket from outside the box in the 41st minute was tipped over the bar by Frei.

Early in the second half, Vrioni came within inches of equalizing when his shot was deflected, forcing Frei into a clumsy save. Ivacic was called into action again in the 55th minute when he dove to stop a low shot in traffic. He responded quickly in the 61st minute, pushing Nouhou’s header over the bar for one of his five saves of the night. With the Revolution pushing for an equalizer, Seattle sealed the win with an insurance goal from Rusnàk in the 81st minute.

The Revolution (7-12-1; 22 pts) will be back in action Saturday when Orlando City SC visits Gillette Stadium for an Eastern Conference battle at 7:30 p.m.

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FOXBORO — The Revolution defeated Atlanta United FC on Wednesday night in front of more than 20,171 fans at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution, winners of five of their last six games, were led to victory by a two-goal performance from forward Giacomo Vrioni, who scored twice, his second brace in the last three games. Defender DeJuan Jones and homegrown midfielder Noel Buck each had an assist in the win, while goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic recorded six saves to help secure the victory.

New England started Wednesday’s game on the offensive from the opening whistle, helped by winger Dylan Borrero, who returned to the starting lineup after a two-game injury absence. The Revolution’s early efforts culminated in a goal from Vrioni in the 11th minute. The 25-year-old forward collected a pass from Jones and bridged his defender to create space for a left-footed shot. Jones, who made his 125th MLS appearance on Wednesday, recorded his first assist of the 2024 campaign on the opening goal.

The Revolution continued to put pressure on Atlanta’s defense by creating scoring opportunities in the minutes that followed. Once again, Vrioni rewarded New England’s work on offense with his second goal of the night in the 45th minute, giving him five goals in the last four games. Buck sent a precise pass to the back post, where Vrioni pounced to take it and redirect a shot past Brad Guzan, sending the Revolution into halftime with a 2-0 advantage. Buck has now reached the scoresheet in two of his last four games.

New England kept the visitors at bay in the second half, maintaining a two-goal lead until Atlanta got on the scoreboard thanks to striker Daniel Rios’ goal in added time. The Revolution held on for the win, giving the team its third home victory in the last four games in Foxborough. Ivacic, making his 10th start since joining New England in April, recorded his sixth win of the season. Henry Kessler returned to the starting lineup, partnering Xavier Arreaga in central defense.

Match Notes

With Wednesday’s victory, New England evened the all-time series against Atlanta at 5-5-4, including a 4-1-2 mark in Foxborough.

New England is undefeated in its last 25 games while leading at halftime (22-0-3) dating back to March 2022. Since the start of 2021, the Revolution have lost just once in 41 games while leading at halftime (35-1-5).

Giacomo Vrioni scored his second multi-goal game in the last three games, giving him five goals in the last four games.

DeJuan Jones marked his 125th MLS start with his first assist of the season on Vrioni’s opening goal. Jones recorded two assists on the night.

Noel Buck, making his second straight start, had his first assist of the regular season on Vrioni’s second goal. New England is now 7-0-1 when Buck scores a point in MLS.

Aljaz Ivacic made six saves in the win, improving to 6-4-0 in 10 starts for New England.

Dylan Borrero returned to the lineup for the first time since June 15, recording two shots.

Esmir Bajraktarevic made a team-high three key passes in his third consecutive 90-minute outing.

New England is 4-0-0 this season when Jonathan Mensah appears on the bench.

Head coach Caleb Porter earned his 120th career MLS win, one shy of Jason Kreis (121) for 11th all-time. Porter also improves to 99-14-33 in games where his team scores first.