New England Revolution clinch 2021 Supporters’ Shield

New England Revolution, Gustavo Bou (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
New England Revolution, Gustavo Bou (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Revolution clinched their first ever Supporters’ Shield on Saturday, with the Seattle Sounders losing to Sporting KC 2-1 to hand the Massachusetts side the title. The Revolution and their fans hope that clinching the shield is only the beginning of trophies to come for the Revs in 2021.

New England is still chasing more regular season success, as they look to surpass the all-time points record in a single season (72 points). The Revs currently sit at 69 points with three games remaining.

It should not come as a surprise that the Revolution are in this position, as they are a star studded team coached by one of the best in MLS history, Bruce Arena. Arena joined the Revs in 2019 as sporting director and head coach. Since arriving in New England, Arena has rebuilt the Revs into one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

The Revs have the best attack in the league with 62 goals. They are led by the three headed monster of Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou, and Adam Buksa. Gil is top of MLS in assists with 17, while Bou and Buksa are fourth and fifth in goals with 15 and 14 respectively.

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The Revs attack also boasts the likes of Canadian national team star Tajon Buchanan. Buchanan has been a key spark plug for the Revs with seven goals and seven assists.

New England’s defense has also played a great part in their success. The Revs center back pairing of MLS veteran Andrew Farrell and youngster Henry Kessler have been solid for the Revs all year. They are backed by United States national team star, Matt Turner. Turner, widely considered to be one of, if not the best goalkeeper in MLS, has been terrific all year for New England with a 1.28 goals against average.

Revs fans should feel excited about the team’s chances of hoisting the ever elusive MLS Cup as clinching the Supporters’ Shield gives the Revs homefield advantage throughout the MLS Cup playoffs. New England has made Gillette Stadium a fortress with a 11-1-3 home record. The Revs will take the field as Supporters’ Shield champions for the first time in Orlando on Sunday at 7:30PM EST.