With the game just over two minutes old, Teal Bunbury proved to be head and shoulders over Maxime Chanot, when it counted. (John Jones-USA TODAY Sports)

BRONX, N.Y. – New York City FC Sunday hardly looked like the same team that tallied 11 goals in their previous three matches, all wins

They were less than sharp and looked tired in their lackluster 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

In fact, City did a complete about face, scoring but once on its home field after its 4-1 rout over D.C. United here Wednesday. Alex Callens, who was involved in both New England goals, scored three minutes into second-half stoppage time. But it was too little and too late.

Teal Bunbury and Lee Nguyen found the net for New England.

Fifth-place NYCFC (8-7-2, 26 points), which suffered its fifth loss in its last 59 games at the stadium, had its three-game winning streak snapped by the Revs (6-4-7, 25), who moved within a point of their foes in the Eastern Conference.

It was NYCFC’s third game in nine days. Other MLS teams have to endure the same schedule, which was shortened and pushed together because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there were way too many tired legs in the outfield.

“If this about fatigue or if we are not in the right state of mind, it is difficult for me to say, but that was not our best performance,” head coach Ronny Deila said.

While City enjoyed a sizable possession advantage in the first half, 68-32, the hosts could not cash in.

But the Revs did only 122 seconds after the opening kickoff as they caught the NYCFC defense napping. Bunbury started the scoring sequence in which he finished, with a give-and-go with Nguyen at midfield.

Then it was off to the races for Bunbury with NYCFC defenders Maxime Chanot and Callens trailing a step or two behind. Bunbury climaxed his half-field run with shot from eight yards to give NE a 1-0 lead in the third minute.

“A goal that early really sets you back and it takes you a while to find the game,” NYCFC defender James Sands said.

NYCFC had some chances, but they really weren’t that worrisome for the Revs and goalkeeper Matt Turner.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, who scored twice Wednesday night, had a pair of chances in the first half. Turner had no problems catching his average attempt in the 12th minute and the City attacker sent a one-bouncer from outside the box forced Turner to make a diving save to his left in the 45th minute.

Two minutes into first-half stoppage time, Valentin Castellanos raced in on Turner, but the keeper forced him to shoot wide right as the visitors went into the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.

“It was a good learning experience for us, just knowing how to deal with that for next time,” Sands said. “It kind of threw us for a loop in the first half.”

After Bunbury’s goal Johnson was tested much until the 67th minute, when he made a quick kick save on a shot by an unmarked Diego Fagundez on the right side of the penalty area.

Johnson was called on again in the 73rd minute as he made a two-handed save on Adam Buksa’s shot from the left side of the area.

Seven minutes later, the Revs added to their lead after Callens fouled Matt Polster in the area. Nguyen stepped up and converted the penalty for his first goal of the season for an important insurance goal.

“In the second half it was a chase for getting a goal,” Deila said. “We did not open them enough and we did not take our chances, and at the same time we gave them too much. I always felt like we were a half yard too late offensively and defensively.”

“We started the game poorly,” Deila said. “Then we got more into it after a while. The last 15-20 minutes of the first half, I had a feeling we were going to score but we did not take our chances.”

NYCFC will have another opportunity to start another winning streak at it visits Orlando City SC Wednesday night.