By Benson Petit-Clair
The New England Revolution trounced the Philadelphia Union 5-1 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to claim their 10th victory of the season.
Kelyn Rowe scored on both halves from long distance shots, Agudelo and Fagundez added a goal each to power the Revs over the visiting Philadelphia. The victory which improved the Revolution to a 10-9-6 (36 pts.) record also put the home side in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.
Rowe started the scoring in the 26th minute of the match on a 25 yards shot with Chad Barrett on the passing end but Danny Cruz equalized on a wonderful individual action for the visitors assisted by Connor Casey right after halftime. And Union’s defender Amobi Okugo scored an unfortunate own-goal to complicate matters for Philadelphia in an attempt to clear a ball that was initilly shot by Juan Agudelo. Kelyn Rowe added his second goal of the night on a clever shot from 30 yards away in the 65th minute to increase the lead 3-1 in favor of New England.
“There were a bunch of good goals, actually. It was good for us to find the net again in a big way. We’re happy about it. A 5-1 victory – taking that into next week is big for us.First goal, you know they’d been dropping a lot. I thought: let it run by and try to hit it on goal. Luckily, it just trickled in far post.”Rowe said after the match
“I think just leading up to this weekend, we’ve had minimal-goal games and we had to come back strong. We know we’re capable of it. You see it with LA, you see it with a couple of 2-0 victories here and there, then obviously the 5-1 here today. We have guys who can score. (Juan) Agudelo’s finding his streak again, Diego (Fagundez) is in great spots, as well as Dimitry Imbongo, Chad Barrett and obviously myself finding two as well. We have guys who can score, so we’re happy about that.”Added kelyn.
Diego Fagundez added the fourth in the 71st on a breakthrough after receiving a ball from Scott Caldwell. Juan Agudelo netted the last goal of the match two mintues later on a near post shot past Union keeper Zac MacMath.
New England scored 5 goals in a match for the second time this season, earlier this year, they defeated LA Galaxy 5-0 at home. Philadelphia dropped to 10-8-8 (38 points) and maintains the 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Chad Barrett (Dimitry Imbongo 56), Lee Nguyen (Andy Dorman 73), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo (Charlie Davies 80)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston, Ryan Guy
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Danny Cruz (Jack McInerney 76), Keon Daniel (Michael Lahoud 27), Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot 80), Brian Carroll ©, Conor Casey, Sebastien Le Toux
Substitutes Not Used: Kleberson, Matt Kassell, Aaron Wheeler, Michael Lahoud, Oka Nikolov