New England Revolution 0, FC Cincinnati 2 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Kekuta Manneh and Kenny Saief scored a goal in each half as FC Cincinnati continued to roll, running over the reeling New England Revolution, 2-0, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

Manneh opened the scoring for FC Cincinnati one minute before halftime as the visitors closed out the first half strong. Manneh played a ball out wide to Saief, who returned the favor and the Gambian forward tapped in from eight yards out.

Four minutes earlier, Emmanuel Ledesma forced Brad Knighton into a diving save to parry away a 22-yard free kick and the Argentine fired just over the bar moments later.

Spencer Richey is making the double-save a weekly occurrence, first denying Carles Gil and then kicking away a Diego Fagundez rebound in the 61st minute.

Four minutes later, Manneh became a provider on Saief’s first MLS goal, controlling a Ledesma cross before finding an unmarked Saief, who tapped in easily in front of goal.


  • 44’ — CIN — Kekuta Manneh | WATCH
  • 65’ — CIN — Kenny Saief | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Break up FC Cincinnati! On the road, the expansion side played on the front foot, capitalized on its chances and are now three games without a loss (2-0-1) since a season-opening defeat in Seattle. The Revs were a bit more dangerous in the second half after what was no doubt a tongue lashing by coach Brad Friedel, but they offered little resistance in another listless loss and were booed at the final whistle by their frustrated fans. 

    : Richey did well to snuff out the only quality chance for the Revs with another double-save and a second consecutive clean sheet.

  • MAN OF THE MATCH: What a first MLS start for Saief, who was a constant threat running at the Revs defenders and was rewarded with his first league goal after setting up Manneh's goal.

  • Next Up

    • NE: Saturday, March 30 vs. Minnesota United FC (2 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in Canada)
    • CIN: Saturday, March 30 vs. Philadelphia Union (7:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in Canada)