Buck, Bajraktarević, and Vrioni goals lead New England to their third straight win

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – The New England Revolution (5-1-10, 16 pts.) were victorious 3-2 over the Vancouver Whitecaps (7-4-6, 25 pts.) in an MLS match on Saturday night.

The match kicked off at Gillette Stadium to a crowd of 27,078.

The team started their lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Aljaž Ivačič starting in net with a backline of (left back) DeJuan Jones, (center backs) Xavier Arreaga, and Dave Romney, along with (right back) Nick Lima. The midfield spots were manned by Ian Harkes (left defensive midfield) and Noel Buck (right defensive midfield), with Carles Gil appeared ahead of them (central attacking midfield). The forward roles were manned by Dylan Borrero (left wing), Esmir Bajraktarević (right wing), and Giacomo Vrioni as the lone striker.

Midfielder Matt Polster was unavailable for tonight’s match due to suspension (yellow card accumulation).

Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye was expected to play in tonight’s match but was listed as a late scratch.

The match kicked off with Vancouver starting from the center circle and launching the ball swiftly into New England’s defensive third.

Vancouver had the first chance of the match in just the 4th minute when midfielder #25 Ryan Gauld’s full-field switch found #23 Jermaine Brown and was sent clear of the Revolution penalty area.

Entering the 7th minute, New England took the early lead.

Midfielder Dylan Borrero played the ball centrally to find Giacomo Vrioni. He initially elected for a shot that was deflected out to midfielder Noel Buck, who elected for a left-footed shot that entered the top left corner of the goal.

Just 6 minutes later, Vancouver leveled the scoreline.

Following a delivery by defender #23 Jermaine Brown, the ball was found by midfielder #25 Ryan Gauld for a header into the bottom right corner of the net to level the scoreline 1-1.

Entering the 21st minute, New England regained the lead.

Midfielder Dylan Borrero slipped in forward Giacomo Vrioni for a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to give New England the lead once again. This is Vrioni’s first goal in 4 games.

Vancouver’s next chance came in the 24th minute when a corner kick delivery was met with a header by defender #4 Ranko Veselinović. The effort went wide of the right post.

June 15, 2024; Vancouver Whitecaps FC players celebrate a goal during a game between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (c) Burt Granofsky

In the 29th minute, Revolution defender Xavier Arreaga was issued a yellow card.

Vancouver’s next chance came from a close-range effort by forward #24 Brian White, which was blocked by goalkeeper Aljaž Ivačič.

Entering the 39th minute, New England added to their lead once again.

After an initial cross by DeJuan Jones was headed clear by #16 Sebastian Berhalter, the ball was collected by midfielder Esmir Bajraktarević. He then elected for a left footed shot that was deflected off of #16 Sebastian Berhalter and into the net to add to New England’s advantage.

New England had the last chance of the half when Carles Gil’s corner kick delivery was headed by Dave Romney and caught by goalkeeper #1 Yohei Takaoka.

After the initial 45+3 minutes, the match entered halftime with New England ahead 3-1.

Prior to the start of the second half, Vancouver head coach Vanni Sartini made his first change of the match by replacing forward #19 Damir Kreilach with forward #11 Fafà Picault.

The second half began with New England starting from the center circle. They swiftly elected to launch the ball into Vancouver’s defensive third.

Vancouver had the first chance of the second half as the match entered the 48th minute when forward #24 Brian White’s header went just wide of the post.

June 15, 2024; New England Revolution midfielder Ian Harkes (14) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Ryan Gauld (25) battle in the air during a game between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (c) Burt Granofsky

They had yet another opportunity in the 54th minute when midfielder #16 Sebastian Berhalter elected for a long-distance effort that was met with a catch save by goalkeeper Aljaž Ivačič.

Just 4 minutes later, New England had a chance of their own when Dylan Borrero’s effort was met with a diving stop by goalkeeper #1 Yohei Takaoka.

In the 60th minute, Vancouver head coach Vanni Sartini made his second change of the match by replacing midfielder #7 Ryan Raposo with defender #27 Giuseppe Bovalina.

June 15, 2024; Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Giuseppe Bovalina (27) makes a run during a game between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (c) Burt Granofsky

The Revolution had yet another opportunity entering the 65th minute when Dylan Borrero once more tested goalkeeper #1 Yohei Takaoka and was denied once again.

Vancouver then had yet another long-distance effort in the 68th minute when defender #27 Giuseppe Bovalina’s shot was met with a diving catch save by goalkeeper Aljaž Ivačič.

In the 71st minute, Revolution head coach Caleb Porter made his first change of the match by replacing Noel Buck Bajraktarević with Andrew Farrell. He was cramping, which was the reason for the substitution.

June 15, 2024; New England Revolution Midfielder Noel Buck (29) lies injured during a game between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (c) Burt Granofsky

In the 79th minute, Vancouver head coach Vanni Sartini made his third change of the match by replacing midfielder #14 Luís Martins with forward #28 Levonte Johnson.

New England almost added to their lead in the 82nd minute when Carles Gil’s freekick effort went just wide of the post.

In the 86th minute, Revolution head coach Caleb Porter made his final change of the match by replacing Esmir Bajraktarević with Emmanuel Boateng.

In the 89th minute, Vancouver forward #11 Fafà Picault was issued a yellow card.

In the 90+2 minute, Vancouver midfielder #16 Sebastian Berhalter was issued a yellow card.

Following the yellow card, Vancouver head coach Vanni Sartini made his fourth and final change of the match by replacing midfielder #45 Pedro Vite with midfielder #13 Ralph Priso.

Entering the final minute of the match, Vancouver pulled one back.

Just moments after receiving the ball deep in midfield, Midfielder #25 Ryan Gauld took two touches before unleashing a left-footed rocket that went directly into the top left corner of the goal. Ivačič did not even make an attempt.

Less than 30 seconds later, the 90+4 minutes were up, and the match concluded with New England holding onto the 3-2 victory.

This is New England’s 3rd straight victory.

With the result, the New England Revolution remain in last place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

June 15, 2024; New England Revolution midfielder Ema Boateng (18) and teammates cheer with The Fort after a game between the New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (c) Burt Granofsky

Caleb Porter and the New England Revolution (5-1-10, 16 pts.) head out to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Eastern Conference side FC Cincinatti (11-3-3, 36pts.). The match will kick off at TQL Stadium at 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 22nd. For more MLS content, you can find it on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.

(Editor’s Note: For more of Burt Granofsky’s photos, click on the link)

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