Sporting Kansas City (5-2-2, 17 points) were their own worst enemy Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and the New England Revolution (4-2-2, 14 points) took full advantage, notching a 1-0 win.
The Revolution got on the scorer’s sheet on a curious play, as New England was on the attack but being well-defended. And then a touch from SKC midfielder Roger Espinoza sent the ball through to Teal Bunbury, who tapped it into the net as the offside flags went up.
The video review showed Espinoza making contact, meaning Bunbury couldn’t be offsides — just one more lesson that you play until you hear the whistle, not when you see the flag go up. Everyone, including Bunbury, assumed it was offsides, but the review gave New England a 1-0 lead that would hold up as the game-winner.
That kind of frustrating play marked much of a frantic, wide-open first half.
The stats showed that Kansas City possessed the ball more, that the team had five corners to two for the Revolution, but the dangerous attacks seemed to favor the Revolution, who got dynamic play from Cristian Penilla and Bunbury in the attacking half.
The second half saw the pitch tilted decisively in favor of New England. SKC had trouble getting out of their half, while conceding six corner kicks.
When they did mount an attack, the play often fizzled, with New England putting up a stout defensive effort.
Defender Ike Opara returned to the starting lineup for SKC, but to little effect as the Revolution kept the pressure on for much of the second half.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner stepped up when SKC managed to find the target and preserve his clean sheet, and the Revolution’s winning ways at home against SKC, where they are now 4-0-1 in their past five meetings with the club, continued.
—Field Level Media