Final: Revs 5, Union 1

Rowe scores twice as Revs earn crucial win at home in tightening Eastern Conference race

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kelyn Rowe scored two long-range goals to help the New England Revolution claim a 5-1 win over the visiting Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo also added goals – and Agudelo forced a Union own goal – to propel the Revolution to the win as the team recorded its 10th win of the season.

New England is now 10-9-6 (36 pts.), while the loss dropped Philadelphia to 10-8-8 (38 points). The Revs’ win helped tighten the Eastern Conference standings, which – following the weekend’s action – sees the top six teams in the conference separated by just five points, with places two through six separated by three points.

The Revolution will enter next weekend’s schedule in fifth place – the final playoff spot – in the East, atop Houston (which also has 36 points) by virtue of goal differential.

The victory gave New England double-digit wins for the first time since 2009, when the Revs went 11-10-9 in the 30-game season. That was the last season in which the Revolution qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Rowe put the Revs on the board in the 26th minute, curling a 24-yard shot past Union keeper Zac MacMath. He collected a leading pass from Chad Barrett on the run and ripped a shot low to the side netting of the far post.

The Revs took the 1-0 lead into the half, but Philly equalized early in the second half when Danny Cruz beat Matt Reis and fired back across goal in the 59th minute.

In the 53rd minute, Sebastien Le Toux appeared to have scored Philadelphia’s go-ahead goal, but the offside flag went up on the Frenchman and the goal was waved off. Two-minutes later, Philadelphia again had a shout for the 2-1 score line when Conor Casey pounced on a loose ball under Reis and poked it in the goal, but referee Allan Chapman waved no-goal as he adjudged Reis had control of the ball.

Despite Philly’s challenges to it, the 1-1 score line was short-lived as the Revolution scored four goals in a 15-minute span, beginning with an Amobi Okugo own goal in the 58th minute. Originally credited to Agudelo, Okugo deflected his far-post shot inside the near post and staked the Revs to a 2-1 advantage.

Rowe added his second – this time from 30 yards – in the 65th minute, and then Fagundez struck in the 71st minute after converting a breakaway set up by Scott Caldwell. Agudelo capped the scoring in the 73rd minute by beating MacMath on his near post from the edge of the six-yard box.

Dimitry Imbongo recorded two assists on the night – on Rowe’s second goal and Agudelo’s goal. Barrett, Caldwell and Fagundez also recorded single assists. Fagundez was also originally credited with an assist on the game’s second goal before it was changed to an own goal.

At the end of the game, Okugo was shown his second yellow card of the evening and ejected in the first minute of stoppage time.

Reis recorded his third wins in four outings (3-0-1) this season, but saw his personal shutout streak – that dated back to Sept. 15, 2012 – snapped at 347 minutes with Cruz’s goal. He made two saves in the win.

The Revolution returns to action later this week when it travels to Toronto FC for a match on Friday, Aug. 30, at BMO Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet and on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
August 25, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

New England Revolution 5, Philadelphia Union 1

Scoring Summary:
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Chad Barrett) 26
PHI – Danny Cruz (Conor Casey) 50
NE – Juan Agudelo (Diego Fagundez) 58
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Dimitry Imbongo) 65
NE – Diego Fagundez (Scott Caldwell) 71
NE – Juan Agudelo (Dimitry Imbongo, Diego Fagundez) 73

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

STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 2, Fouls 10, Offsides 2, Passes 402 (78.6%), Possession 53.9%

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

STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 7, Saves 1, Fouls 19, Offsides 2, Passes 333 (78.4%), Possession (46.1)

* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Michael Lahoud (caution) 37
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 75
PHI – Sheanon Williams (caution) 78
PHI – Conor Casey (caution) 81
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 91+
PHI – Amobi Okugo (ejection/second caution) 91+

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry (AR1), Mark Cahen (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel
Weather: Sunny and 78 degrees
Attendance: 12,531

Team Records:
Philadelphia Union – 10-8-8 (38 pts.)
New England Revolution – 10-9-6 (36 pts.)

GAME NOTES

  • With the win on Sunday, the Revs improved to 2-5-3 against Philadelphia overall, including a 2-2-1 record at home
  • The Revs’ win pushed their home record to 6-4-3 at home this year
  • The Revs also improved to 8-5-3 against Eastern Conference opponents
  • The Revs won the season series against Philadelphia for the first time in club history, going 2-1-0 against the Union this year … Philly won the series in 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Sunday’s win marked the first time the Revs have won consecutive games against the Union since Philadelphia’s introduction to MLS in 2010
  • Sunday’s win propelled the Revs back into the fifth and final playoff spot in the East … the Revs are tied on points with Houston (both teams have 36) but New England has a +10 goal differential to Houston’s +1
  • Sunday also marked the first time the Revs have earned 10 or more wins since 2009 when the club finished 11-10-9
  • Sunday’s game marked the third time this season head coach Jay Heaps has rolled out the same lineup in two consecutive games … (vs. LA, June 2 and vs. D.C. June 8; vs. San Jose July 6 and vs. Houston Dynamo July 13)
  • The Revs have scored five goals in two different games this year (vs. LA, June 8)
  • New England is one of two teams in MLS to have scored five goals in a game this season – and both teams did it twice … Montreal has scored five goals in two games against Philadelphia and Houston earlier this year
  • Kelyn Rowe scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in Sunday’s win … Sunday marked the second time Rowe has scored two goals in one game this season … he also scored two goals against LA (June 2) in the team’s 5-0 win
  • Rowe now has eight career goals
  • Juan Agudelo scored his scored his seventh goal of the season and fifth as a Rev … Agudelo has now scored in back-to-back games since coming back from a right knee injury, and in three straight MLS games overall (June 15 at Vancouver, Aug. 17 vs. Chicago).
  • Diego Fagundez scored his team-leading eighth goal and recorded his fifth assist on Sunday
  • Dimitry Imbongo recorded his first two assists of his MLS career … the forward set up Kelyn Rowe’s 65th minute goal and Juan Agudelo’s in the 73rd minute
  • Chad Barrett recorded his second assist of the season, picking up the assist on Kelyn Rowe’s opening goal in the 26th minute … Barrett now has two goals and two assists on the season
  • Scott Caldwell recorded his second assist of the season, setting up Diego Fagundez in the 71st minute
  • Matt Reis improved to 3-0-1 this season with a 0.25 goals against average
  • Reis saw his shutout streak come to an end at 347 minutes … Reis last surrendered a goal at D.C. United on September 15, 2012