New York City FC at New England Revolution: Match Recap 9/10/16

NYCFC at New England Revolution: Match Recap Graphic 1 9/10/16

New England Revolution – 3

Match recap … 

Frank Lampard scored his 12th goal of the season, but New York City FC fell to the New England Revolution, 3-1, Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Juan Agudelo was played behind the NYCFC defense and put the Revolution in front on 21 minutes. Lee Nguyen made it 2-0 three minutes before halftime.
Lampard pulled NYCFC a goal back four minutes into the second half when he knocked in RJ Allen's cross at the edge of the six-yard box, but Diego Fagundez struck from the top of the 18-yard box to put the Revs in front, 3-1, on 58 minutes. 
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How they lined up … 
Patrick Vieira made five changes to the side that dramatically defeated D.C. United, 3-2, on Sept. 1. The back four was almost completely altered from that match with Ronald Matarrita, back from international duty, returning at left back, Jefferson Mena and Frederick the central pairing and Jason Hernandez starting at right back.
Federico Bravo earned his first start since May 21 in place of Andoni Iraola as the holding midfielder and Steven Mendoza was rewarded for his recent run of form and given the start on the left side of the three-man front line.

Vieira made a halftime substitution for the second straight game, bringing on RJ Allen for Jason Hernandez and made his final two changes in the 63rd minute as Tony Taylor came on for David Villa and Khiry Shelton replaced Jefferson Mena as NYCFC switched to three in the back. 

Man of the Match … 
Frank Lampard 

The veteran midfielder continued his hot streak with his 12th goal of the season and seventh in the last seven games in the 49th minute, finishing a nice buildup that ended with RJ Allen playing an angled pass deep into the box that Lampard finished clinically. 

Key moment … 

Frank Lampard came out of halftime and cut NYCFC’s deficit to one goal in the 49th minute. Ronald Matarrita started the sequence with a bombing run down the left. Andrea Pirlo pivoted in midfield before slotting to RJ Allen on the right. Allen played the ball on the ground to Lampard, who hammered home from the edge of the six-yard box. 

Stats and milestones … 

  • Frank Lampard scored his 12th goal in 14 games and seventh goal in the last seven games.
  • NYCFC is now 6-6-3 away from home. 
  • Andrea Pirlo picked up his 10th assist of the season.
  • RJ Allen registered his sixth assist of the year. 

What it means … 
NYCFC returns to Yankee Stadium, where they’ve won five straight, to take on Western Conference-leading FC Dallas next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tweet of the Match …