It was a dramatic night at Gillette Stadium, where the number one seed in MLS ultimately was eliminated in their first MLS Playoffs game. The New England Revolution did not play a particularly strong game through regulation, so the final result was not exactly unsurprising. NYCFC found an early goal through Santiago Rodriguez, with Adam Buksa equalizing on a header just minutes later.
The rest of regulation was everything you would expect out of an MLS playoff match, without any more goals to show for it.
In extra time, Taty Castellanos was the hero and the villain for his New York City side. Castellanos scored a lovely-headed goal in the 110th minute of the match, only to pick up his second yellow card minutes later. With Castellanos out and Tayvon Gray injured, substitute Emmanuel Boateng was able to cross to Tajon Buchanan, who smashed home a volley into the bottom left corner to equalize. Sean Johnson’s save on Buksa was a massive one, as it preserved the game for NYCFC.
Going into penalties, it’s hard to trust a goalkeeper, and Revs fans likely did trust Turner. Unfortunately, NYCFC slotted all five of their penalties home with incredible precision, with Matt Turner unable to save any of them. Adam Buksa missed low to the right, while Gil, Jones, and Bunbury converted theirs. It has been an incredible season for New England, a record-setting one at that, but they have once again fallen short.
The Revolution will lose Tajon Buchanan, and possibly both Adam Buksa and Matt Turner for next season. It will not be a smooth road, but the off-season should definitely be interesting. The Revs should be proud of what they accomplished as a new chapter opens for this club.