Foxborough, Mass - After a quick draw on the road against the Timbers last week, the New England Revolution came home hosting Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Real Salt Lake was coming from a 2-0 victory over Vancouver to conclude a three-game homestand. After a sluggish start, Real gained a slight edge in the as they enjoyed a 58% ball possession in the first half.
The Revs’ best chance in the first half came Jerry Bengston found a ball in the left side from Lee Nguyen early in the contest only to see his right footed blocked by the visitors.
The first half ended on a scoreless draw as both teams were unable to take the advantage.
To begin the second half, the NE Revolution wasted no time out of the gate as they received a pair of opportunities from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen. Diego took a ball from Lee on the outside of the box but Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was right on target for his first major work of the night.
The Revs kept attacking the visitors and they would add the first goal of the night in the 51st minute of the match when Ryan Guy found a ball from the bottom of the right corner and scored an amazing goal. Kelyn Rowe was credited with the assist on that goal.
From that moment it looked like the Revs were on pace to win their 2nd home game of the season in as many week. But no lead is safe in the MLS as the Revs’ coach, Jay Heaps put it after the game.
Heaps inserted Saer Sene in the 65th minute for Diego Fagundez who had a quiet game compared to the 2 games he played in the previous week. Coach Jason Kreis added some much-needed firepower for Real Salt Lake when he replaced Joao Plata with Olmes Garcia who would eventually add the decisive goal of the match.
Real Salt Lake added its first goal of the night in the 77th minute when Devon Sandoval hit a right footed shot from closed proximity of the goal guarded by Bobby Suttleworth. The Revs were hoping Bobby would keep a clean sheet for the third straight game but that hope vanished with Sandoval’s equalizer.
The visitors took the lead twelve minutes later when newcomer Olmes Garcia added a right footed shot following a corner kick.
The Revs had a chance to tie things up in added time when Kelyn Rowe draw a penalty kick moment after the second goal from the visitors. Saer Sene, the club’s leading goalscorer last year, elected to kick the penalty. Sene’s left side kick was saved by the keeper Nick Rimando who came up huge for the visitors preserving the 2-1 advantage.
Up next, the Revolution will be right back at it when they host the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night while Real Lake will be on the road to face Montreal Impact in Canada.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution received goals from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen in the second half of their first home game since the Boston Marathon Bombings to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
The win came after several winless performances from the Revs and it was also their first ever win over the Philadelphia Union.
Playing without A.J. Soares who was nursing a strained hamstring, Coach Jay Heaps inserted Stephen McCarthy in the starting line up and paired him with Jose Goncalves to bolster the defense.
Fagundez got the scoring started in the 61st, Diego scored on a beautiful pass from Nguyen that went to the right side of the box, and the ball found Fagundez who put it past MacMath, the Union’s Goalkeeper.
The Revs needed only 10 more minutes for their second goal of the night as Nguyen increased the Revolution’s lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute. Saer Sene Received a ball from Nguyen into the box, Saer’s shot resulted in a save by MacMath but Nguyen was at the right place and finished it for his first goal of the season.
Shuttleworth made several big saves but the crucial one might have came in the 84th minute when he dove to tip Jack McInerney’s shot around the post to keep his second clean sheet of the season and also, The club’s fourth in seven games this season.
The New England Revolution will head back in the road to face the Portland Timbers on Thursday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution played their second home game of the season on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium against the red-hot FC Dallas, who’s now on top of the Western conference standing. The Revs were hoping to get their first home win of the season, after failing to beat Sporting Kansas City last week in their home-opener.
Behind over 10,000 strong supporters on hand, they fell short of that objective when Blas Perez headed the winning goal in the 87th minute for the visiting FC Dallas. Perez scored the only goal after taking David Ferreira’s ball inside the far post occupied by Bobby Shuttleworth who recorded his 2nd start in four games for Revs this season.
Both teams were sluggish in the first half; however, both team had chances to open the score in the first 45 minutes. FC Dallas had a chance early on in the 14th minute when Kenny Cooper’s cross came in front of the goal only to be missed by Jackson. Diego Fagundez, one of the bright side of the night for the Revolution nearly struck on goal in the 34th minute but his 20 yarder went directly to the hands of Raul Fernandez, the FCD goalkeeper.
Jerry Bengston, the Honduran international who missed last week’s match because of international duty with his national team, was back in the starting line for the Revs and was paired-up with Ryan Guy who had his first start of the season
Bengston and the Revs started the second half strongly, their first real chance came in the 58th when Juan Trojas’ cross found Bengston’s head which was played nicely by Fernandez who sent it over the crossbar.
Kenny Cooper believed he netted the first goal on a cross from the left in the 63rd but he was ruled off side by the assistant referee, a call many questioned.
Blas Perez’s 87th minute goal was a heart-breaker for the New England Revolution fans as they thought the club was on pace to record their second scoreless match in as many weeks. Perez’s heroic goal was enough to carry FCD to their 4th win out of 5 games this season.
The home side had a few more chances in second half to score their first home goal of the season but they came up empty (it was their 3rd straight game without scoring).
Next, the Revolution will have a bye next week then travel to Seattle to face the Sounders on April 13th while FC Dallas will go across the border to face FC Toronto next week-end.
The New England Revolution suffered another disappointing home loss despite playing a better game than the Montreal Impact who was visiting Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.
Sanna Nyassi scored the lone goal of the game in the 61st minute to give the Montreal Impact their second road-win of the season and also their second win over the New England Revolution in about a month.
The Revs had four chances in the first half but none of them gave goalkeeper Troy Perkins any trouble. Their first chance came in the 7th minute when Benny Feilhaber sent a beautiful pass to forward Saer Sene who kicked the ball far of the left post. Lee Nguyen had one great chance in the which resulted in a crossbar hit in the 30th minute. The crossbar would save the Impact again when Saer sene took a marvelous shot in the 41st minute after receiving a nice pass from Lee Nguyen.
Nyassi, who entered the game at halftime scored a beauty when he ended a solo run which started in his own half with a great shot past Matt Reis for the difference of the game. The Revs had many chances in the second half to respond to the goal but Troy Perkins made some solid saves to preserve the game for the visitors.
New England has now lost four of their last five and also suffered their third straight 1-0 home-losses while the impact has now won four of its last five games.
Up next the Revolution will travel to Chicago to face the Fire on August, 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm while the Montreal Impact will be visiting the San Jose Earthquake the same night.