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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Jalil Anibaba (10')
  • Brandon Bye (62')
  • Darwin Quintero (26' PEN)

New England Revolution beat Minnesota United to get first win

It's hard to call a game a "must win" in only the fifth week of the MLS season, but the New England Revolution's home game Saturday against Minnesota United was close to being just that.

And the Revolution got what they needed, coming away with a 2-1 win.

New England (1-3-1, 4 points) had yet to put together a complete game through its first four outings, but Saturday the team responded with its best effort of the young season.

Minnesota (2-2-0, 6 points) played its fourth straight game on the road as the team waits for its new stadium to be open.

After a first half where the teams battled to a 1-1 draw, New England came out and had the better run of play in the early going.

It paid off in the 62nd minute when Brandon Bye put one home off what appeared to be an off-target shot from Teal Bunbury. Bunbury took a pass in the left side of the Minnesota penalty box, turned and launched a shot toward the far post.

The ball was going wide, but Bye rushed in and put it home for the 2-1 lead.

In the 10th minute of the game New England struck first when Jalil Anibaba scored a diving header on a cross from Carles Gil. Minnesota goalie Vito Mannone did get a hand on the ball, but it spun off and into the goal for the early lead.

Minnesota drew even in the 26th minute when Darwin Quintero converted a penalty kick that came as a result of a video review of a handball in the area on New England defender Michael Mancienne.

Just a short time later, Minnesota nearly took the lead when Francisco Calvo sent a laser of header at the New England goal, but Revolution goalie Cody Cropper found a way to deflect it off the crossbar and keep the game tied.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 16 +26 37
2 LA Galaxy 16 +3 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC 16 +5 26
4 Houston Dynamo 13 +7 24
5 FC Dallas 16 0 22
6 Minnesota United FC 16 -2 21
7 Real Salt Lake 15 -6 19
8 San Jose Earthquakes 15 -4 19
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 -3 18
10 Sporting Kansas City 15 -1 16
11 Colorado Rapids 16 -9 15
12 Portland Timbers 13 -7 14

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 17 +11 31
2 Montreal Impact 18 -7 27
3 DC United 17 +5 27
4 Atlanta United FC 15 +8 26
5 New York Red Bulls 16 +8 24
6 New York City FC 14 +6 23
7 Toronto FC 15 +1 19
8 Orlando City SC 15 +1 18
9 Chicago Fire 16 +1 18
10 Columbus Crew SC 16 -8 17
11 New England Revolution 16 -16 16
12 FC Cincinnati 16 -19 11