New England Revolution

Revolution raised the Supporters’ Shield trophy despite losing regular season finale

New England now turns its attention to the postseason.

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Carles Gil lifts the Supporters' Shield as the Revolution celebrate following the 2021 regular season finale. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Despite falling 1-0 at home to Inter Miami in the final game of the 2021 regular season, the Revolution ended the night by raising a trophy in front of more than 31,635 fans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

New England clinched the Supporters’ Shield (given to the team with the best regular season record) in late October, and had already set a Major League Soccer record with 73 points in a single season prior to Sunday’s finale.

When the game was over, the team was presented the shield by the presidents of the Midnight Riders and Rebellion supporters’ groups:

The 19-point margin that the Revolution won the Eastern Conference by is also an MLS record, testament to the team’s dominance throughout the regular season. Bruce Arena’s team took over the top spot in the east in May, and never relinquished it.


Of course, the Supporters’ Shield is not the end of New England’s wishlist for trophies this season. With the playoff field set, the Revolution turn their attention to the postseason and the dream of winning the MLS Cup.

Because of being the No. 1 seed, New England will get a first-round bye, advancing automatically into the conference semifinals.


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