FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez scored his second goal of the season on a night when he became the youngest player to start a game for the New England Revolution, but Fredy Montero responded with a pair of goals for Seattle Sounders FC as the visitors claimed a come-from-behind, 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
Fagundez used his head to convert Benny Feilhaber’s corner kick in the 35th minute to give the Revs (5-14-12, 27 pts.) the lead, only for Montero to hit back for the Sounders (16-6-9, 57 pts.) just one minute later. Montero then notched the game winner in the 47th minute as Seattle escaped with all three points despite being outshot by a margin of 19-8.
The loss officially eliminated the Revolution from contention for a place in the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, while the Sounders continued to roll with their league-leading eighth road win of the season.
There were four changes to the Revolution lineup which suffered a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Fire last weekend at Toyota Park. Both A.J. Soares (L adductor strain) and Monsef Zerka (L quad strain) returned from injuries to regain their starting spots, while Soares was joined in central defense by Ryan Cochrane, who returned after missing the Fire match while attending to personal matters.
The most notable change to New England’s lineup was up top, where 16-year-old Fagundez earned his first career start after recording one goal and one assist in a trio of substitute appearances.
New England was sharp in the opening stages as the home side pressed for an early goal and Feilhaber almost found it in the 16th minute. Feilhaber’s in-swinging free kick from the left channel went untouched as it bounced through the box and Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller was forced into a sprawling save to push the ball around the post.
Four minutes later, Fagundez burst into the left side of the box as he ran onto Milton Caraglio’s through ball, but the teenager directed his shot wide of the right post with the outside of his right foot. Fagundez was the setup man in the 23rd minute when he teed up Ryan Guy for a close range drive, but Keller was again up to the task with a kick save.
The Revs finally made the breakthrough in the 35th minute and unsurprisingly it was Fagundez who got on the score sheet. Feilhaber’s corner kick found Fagundez free six yards from goal and the 5-foot-8 forward rose unmarked to power a header off the underside of the crossbar and across the line.
Seattle wasted little time leveling the score at 1-1, however, as Montero scored in the 36th minute. Cochrane misplayed a ball at the back, allowing Montero to sneak into the left side of the box. The Colombian made no mistake with his effort, driving a left-footed shot into the far side netting.
Montero struck again shortly after the halftime break as the Sounders took a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute. A scramble in the box finished with Nate Jaqua using his chest to direct the ball to Montero, who pounced to toe poke a shot past Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis as he charged off his line.
Reis prevented Montero from grabbing a hat trick in the 58th minute, diving full stretch to his left to keep the Colombian’s flashing header from crossing the line.
The Revs switched to a 3-5-2 formation shortly thereafter as they pushed for an equalizer, but their best chances – a 71st-minute shot from Caraglio hit straight at Keller and an 87th-minute drive from Pat Phelan which flew over the crossbar – went begging.
The Revs will continue their three-game home-stand next weekend when they host the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders FC
October 1, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Seattle Sounders FC 2, New England Revolution 1
NE: Diego Fagundez (Benny Feilhaber) 35
SEA: Fredy Montero (unassisted) 36
SEA: Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua) 47
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane (Darrius Barnes 68), A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Ryan Guy, Shalrie Joseph, Benny Feilhaber, Monsef Zerka (Pat Phelan 69), Diego Fagundez, Milton Caraglio
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Zak Boggs, Kheli Dube, Kenny Mansally, Zack Schilawski
STATS*: Shots: 19; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 1; Corner Kicks: 5; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 8
Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller ©, Zach Scott, Roger Levesque, Tyson Wahl, Patrick Ianni, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 46), David Estrada, Servando Carrasco, Erik Friberg (Osvaldo Alonso 79), Nate Jaqua, Fredy Montero (Mike Fucito 68)
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Sammy Ochoa, Jeff Parke
STATS*: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 7; Corner Kicks:1; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 17
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
SEA: Montero (caution) 29
NE: Caraglio (caution) 84
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey, Claudio Badea
Fourth Official: Geoff Gamble
Weather: Cloudy and 66 degrees
New England Revolution: 5-14-12 (27 pts.)
Seattle Sounders FC 16-6-9 (57 pts.)
- With the loss, the all-time series between the two clubs is now tied, as both clubs are 3-3-0 since the first meeting in 2009
- The Revs suffered their first loss to the Sounders at home … the Revs are now 2-1-0 at Gillette Stadium against Seattle
- The loss resulted in a season series win for the Sounders, the first time in the three seasons that the two teams have met … in 2009 the Revs won both matches and in 2010 the teams each won a game … earlier this season, Seattle took a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Field on June 26
- In five of the teams’ six meetings, the clubs have combined to score at least three goals, with only a single one-goal match played between the two teams – the first-ever contest in 2009
- The loss mathematically eliminated the Revs from the playoffs as the Revs fail to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row
- With three games remaining – and two straight at home – in the 2011 campaign, the Revs will look to secure as many wins as they can to improve their five-win record … the Revs’ record for futility was set in 2001, when the team recorded seven wins in the shortened 27-game season
- The Revs scored first but failed to hold on to secure a point for the first time at home this season … the Revs had gone 4-0-3 prior to tonight at home when striking first, and the loss drops the club’s overall record when scoring first to 5-3-8
- For just the tenth time this season, the Revs have outshot their opponent, and have been unable to secure a win in any of those games (0-5-5) … all five of the team’s regular-season wins have come when the Revs have been out-shot by their opponents
- Diego Fagundez’s start tonight set another club record as the 16-year-old became the youngest player in club history to start a game (at 16 yrs. 229 days) … before Fagundez, Fabio Zuniga (18 yrs., 295 days) held the club record for more than 11 years when he made his first start on April 1, 2000
- By playing the full 90 minutes, Diego Fagundez also became the youngest Revs player (at 16 yrs., 229 days) to play a complete game in club history … current Rev Sainey Nyassi previously held the record (19 yrs., 58 days) when he made the start on March 29, 2008 against Houston
- This season, Diego Fagundez has already become the youngest player in Revs history to play in a game, start a game, score a goal, and record an assist
- Diego Fagundez scored his second goal of the season in the 35th minute off a corner kick from Benny Feilhaber … this marks the second consecutive game that Fagundez has registered a point … Fagundez earned his first career assist – and became the youngest Rev to do so – last Sunday on Ryan Guy’s second goal in stoppage time
- With his second goal of the season, Diego Fagundez moves into a five-way tie for fourth on the club in scoring this season … Shalrie Joseph leads the club this season with eight goals
- In both of his appearances at Gillette Stadium, Diego Fagundez has recorded a goal …he has made a total of four appearances this season and recorded one assist on the road at Chicago on September 25
- Benny Feilhaber recorded his team-high fifth assist of the season on Diego Fagundez’s 35th-minute goal … Feilhaber has now recorded an assist in the last two home games … prior to tonight his last assist came when the Revs defeated FC Dallas 2-0 on Sept 10 at Gillette Stadium
- With his assist on Diego Fagundez’s 35th minute goal, Benny Feilhaber has now recorded two assists against the Sounders … Feilhaber assisted Sainey Nyassi’s goal on June 26 at CenturyLink Field
- Pat Phelan came on as a 69th- minute substitute for Monsef Zerka and made his first appearance since September 7 at Philadelphia
- The Revs began the game in a 4-4-2 formation and shifted to a 3-5-2 setup in the 69th minute when Pat Phelan and Darrius Barnes entered the game … Barnes centered a three-man back line with A,J, Soares on the left and Kevin Alston on the right … Chris Tierney moved to midfield, Benny Feilhaber moved to attacking midfield and Phelan slotted next to Shalrie Joseph in the defensive midfield
- Matt Reis is now 3-2-0 all time against Seattle with one shutout
- The Revs hosted their Breast Cancer Awareness night tonight as the team partnered with Making Strides for Breast Cancer, We Got Soccer and adidas for the evening … during the game, the teams used a pink adidas Jabulani ball, and all Revs players had pink ribbon patches on their jerseys and wore pink armbands, while selected players will also wore pink cleats and pink shoelaces … an online auction at biddingforgood.com will be held with game-worn and autographed pink merchandise, as well as high-profile items donated by We Got Soccer
- Tonight’s attendance was 21,022, the second largest attendance number of the season behind the match against LA Galaxy on May 28, which drew 21,793 people to Gillette Stadium