FINAL: Revolution 3, Sporting KC 1

Jones makes home debut as goals from Bunbury and Nguyen extend winning streak to three

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Lee Nguyen’s two second half goals made the difference as the New England Revolution topped Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. The Revs claimed their second come-from-behind victory of the season after falling behind 1-0 in the ninth minute.

Jermaine Jones made his first start for New England (11-12-3, 36 pts.) and played 45 minutes against Sporting Kansas City (12-9-6, 42 pts.), tallying an assist on Teal Bunbury’s equalizing goal in the 45th minute. Nguyen scored both early and late in the second half as the Revolution won its third straight game and extended its unbeaten streak to four games, going 3-0-1 in that time.

The Revolution return to action on Sunday, September 7 when it hosts the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the call on the radio.

Key Plays

  • 2’ – NE’s Daigo Kobayashi finds space on the edge of the area but curls his effort high and wide. | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 9’ – SKC GOAL: Matt Besler takes a long throw-in which flicks off of the head of Jermaine Jones and into the path of Soony Saad, who heads the ball in at the back post. | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 16’ – SKC’s Seth Sinovic cuts inside onto his right foot in the area but can only shoot into the arms of Bobby Shuttleworth
  • 21’ – NE’s Teal Bunbury picks up the ball in the opposition’s half and drives towards goal before shooting straight at Andy Gruenebaum | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 22’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Daigo Kobayashi shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 29’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Teal Bunbury shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 35’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen wriggles free on the edge of the area but his shot is saved by Andy Gruenebaum | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 35’ – YELLOW CARD: SKC’s Mikey Lopez shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 39’ – YELLOW CARD: SKC’s Seth Sinovic shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 45’ – NE GOAL: NE’s Jermaine Jones sprays a cross-field pass to Teal Bunbury who shrugs off Seth Sinovic before scoring via a deflection | WATCH THE PLAY

HALFTIME SCORE: New England Revolution 1, Sporting Kansas City 1

  • 48’ – NE GOAL: Daigo Kobayashi picks up a loose ball in midfield and plays in Kelyn Rowe on the left. Rowe slides the ball across to Lee Nguyen who places the ball into the upper right corner | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 55’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen breaks free from midfield and takes aim from the edge of the area, but  Andy Gruenebaum tips his shot away for a corner kick | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 58’ – SKC’s Soony Saad lines up a free kick but his shot skips just wide of Bobby Shuttleworth’s right hand post | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 84’ – YELLOW CARDS: NE’s Kelyn Rowe and SKC’s Graham Zusi are shown yellow cards | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 86’ – NE’s Patrick Mullins shields the ball outside the area before turning and striking the ball towards goal, but Andy Gruenebaum palms the ball out for a corner kick | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 94+ - NE GOAL: Lee Nguyen charges down a clearance and the ball ricochets to Patrick Mullins, who slips in the onrushing Nguyen to slam the ball into the lower left corner | WATCH THE PLAY 

FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 3, Sporting Kansas City 1

Santander Man of the Match

  • M Lee Nguyen – Scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, including his sixth game-winner, as the Revs gained sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference

Next Game

The Revolution remains at home to face the Chicago Fire on Sunday, September 7, at Gillette Stadium in the third of three meetings between the sides this season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

  • TV: Comcast SportsNet
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City
September 3, 2014 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

New England Revolution 3, Sporting Kansas City 1

Scoring Summary:
SKC – Soony Saad 3 (unassisted) 9’
NE – Teal Bunbury 4 (Jermaine Jones 1) 45’
NE – Lee Nguyen 11 (Kelyn Rowe 5) 48’
NE – Lee Nguyen 12 (Patrick Mullins 1) 94+

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Kelyn Rowe (Diego Fagundez 85’), Daigo Kobayashi, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (Steve Neumann 46’), Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 61’)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Donnie Smith, Tony Taylor

STATS: Shots 14, Shots on Target 7, Saves 1, Corner Kicks 7, Offsides 2, Fouls 14, Possession 48.3%, Passes 343 (66.5%)

Sporting Kansas City: Andy Gruenebaum, Matt Besler, Igor Juliao, Seth Sinovic, Lawrence Olum, C.J. Sapong, Jorge Claros (Martin Steuble 88’), Graham Zusi, Mikey Lopez, Soony Saad (Sal Zizzo 65’), Claudio Bieler

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Toni, Aurelien Collin, Kevin Ellis, Jimmy Medranda

STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Target 2, Saves 4, Corner Kicks 1, Offsides 4, Fouls 19, Possession 51.7%, Passes 368 (66.8%)

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Daigo Kobayashi (caution) 22’
NE – Teal Bunbury (caution) 29’
SKC – Mikey Lopez (caution) 35’
SKC – Seth Sinovic (caution) 39’
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 84’
SKC – Graham Zusi (caution) 84’

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry (AR1), Scott Kachmarik (AR2)
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly

Weather: Clear, 82 degrees
Attendance: 11,707

Team Records:
Sporting Kansas City: 12-9-6, 42 pts.
New England Revolution: 11-12-3, 36 pts.

Additional Game Notes

  • With the win, the Revolution improved to 11-12-3 (36 pts.) on the season … the club has now won three consecutive games and is unbeaten in its last four games.
  • Tonight’s win clinched the Revs’ first regular-season-series victory over Sporting Kansas City since 2007 … the teams will meet at Sporting Park on Friday, Sept. 26 in their third and final meeting of the year.
  • The Revs’ lifted their record to 16-25-12 in 53 all-time regular season meetings with Sporting Kansas City … New England is 10-11-7 all-time at home against Sporting Kansas City, including an 9-4-6 mark since the club moved into Gillette Stadium in 2002.
  • The Revs are now a perfect 10-0-0 when scoring two or more goals in a game.
  • Tonight’s win marked the second time the Revs have overcome a one goal deficit this season … tonight’s comeback win was the first for the Revs since beating Toronto FC on May 3.
  • This was New England’s first comeback win at Gillette Stadium since a 2-1 win over D.C. United on September 21, 2013.
  • The Revs’ goals in the 45th and 48th minutes marked the third time the Revs have registered two goals in a span of three minutes … the Revs performed this feat against Sporting Kansas City (April 26) in the 92nd and 95th minutes and against the Colorado Rapids (July 30) in the 75th and 78th minutes.
  • Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal of the season and the 23rd of his career … the goal was Bunbury’s second against his former team this season … Bunbury played for Sporting Kansas City from 2010 to 2013.
  • Jermaine Jones recorded an assist on Teal Bunbury’s goal … the assist, the first of his MLS career, came in his first start in MLS start since being acquired by the Revolution on August 24.
  • Lee Nguyen’s goals in the 48th and 94th minutes lifted his scoring total to a team-best 12 goals on the season and 21 goals in his career… Nguyen now has four goals in the past three games.
  • Lee Nguyen’s 12 goals ties him for fifth in MLS with Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy. Nguyen and Zardes are also tied for the MLS lead with six game-winning goals.
  • The Revs are now 8-1-1 this season when Nguyen scores.
  • Tonight marked Lee Nguyen’s third multi-goal game of his Revolution career … Nguyen is now tied for fifth place in club history in multi-goal games.
  • Kelyn Rowe recorded his team-best fifth assist of the season and the 18th assist of his career … he now has an assist in each of his last three games.
  • Patrick Mullins recorded his first career assist on Lee Nguyen’s 94th minute goal.
  • Bobby Shuttleworth made one save in his 24th start of the season … the win lifted his record to 10-11-3 on the season with seven shutouts … Shuttlewoth is now 3-1-0 against Sporting KC in his career. 
  • Steve Neumann made his MLS leading 17th substitute appearance of the season replacing Jermaine Jones in central midfield to start the second half.
  • Patrick Mullins made his fifth substitute appearance of the season, replacing Charlie Davies at forward in the 61st minute.
  • Diego Fagundez made his fourth substitute appearance of the season, replacing Kelyn Rowe on the left side of midfield in the 85th minute.
  • Scott Caldwell was unavailable for tonight’s match, serving a one-game yellow-card caution accumulation suspension.
  • Four players were unavailable for the game because of injury; Andy Dorman (R MCL sprain/Disabled List), Shalrie Joseph  (R Quad strain), Stephen McCarthy (L knee irritation) and Chris Tierney (L MCL sprain).