FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saer Sène and Fernando Cardenas scored first-half goals and goalkeeper Matt Reis made six saves to earn his 100th career regular-season victory as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Midfielder Jaime Castrillon gave the Rapids (4-5-0, 12 pts.) the lead with a 21st-minute header, but Sène leveled the score in the 27th minute with his team-leading third goal of the season and Cardenas registered the eventual game winner in the 39th minute. With the win, the Revs (3-5-0, 9 pts.) snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first win over the Rapids since 2007.
It was the first time the Revolution won a match after conceding the first goal in 49 tries and the victory made Reis the sixth goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the century mark in wins.
In the midst of playing three games in eight days, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps opted to make two changes to the lineup which suffered a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last weekend at Red Bull Arena. The backline and forwards remained unchanged but there was a pair of changes in midfield, where Benny Feilhaber and Cardenas took over on the wings for Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe.
Feilhaber almost made an instant impact when the ball fell to him near the penalty spot in the second minute, but his low drive was blocked by a Rapids defender and cleared to safety. Colorado forward Omar Cummings got his shot through to Reis as he burst into the box in the 12th minute, but the Revs ‘keeper made the initial save and gobbled up the rebound after a brief spill.
Reis was unable to prevent Castrillon from grabbing his second goal of the season in the 21st minute, however, as the Rapids took a 1-0 lead. Martin Rivero delivered a curling corner kick to the near post, where Castrillon rose uncontested and angled the ball past Reis, who had started to come off his line.
It took the Revs just six minutes to equalize as Sène put the finishing touch on a well-worked move in the 27th minute. Clyde Simms’ deep service to the back post was met by Stephen McCarthy, who rose above his marker and popped the ball into the air. The ball fell for Sène, who ripped a vicious side volley past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens from eight yards out.
Sène turned provider in the 39th minute, setting up Cardenas for his first MLS goal as the Revs took a 2-1 lead before the halftime break. Cardenas received the ball at the top of the box in the right channel, shook his marker and sent a curling, left-footed shot toward goal. Pickens got his fingertips on the effort but was unable to keep the ball from falling just under the crossbar.
Pickens had better luck in the 67th minute when he pushed away Sène’s toe-poke after the French striker cut inside from the left wing. Reis matched his counterpart in the 69th minute, tipping Castrillon’s header over the crossbar.
Colorado pushed for an equalizer in the closing stages – the visitors controlled 65.9 percent of the possession in the second half – but the Rapids managed just two shots on target in the final 45 minutes and never seriously threatened to pull even despite bringing on recent goal-scoring hero Kamani Hill in the 75th minute.
The Revs head back on the road to play their third game in eight days as they’ll visit Real Salt Lake on Saturday, May 5. Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 9 p.m. ET.
New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids
May 2, 2012 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 2, Colorado Rapids 1
COL: Jaime Castrillon (Martin Rivero) 21
NE: Saer Sène (Stephen McCarthy, Clyde Simms) 27
NE: Fernando Cardenas (Saer Sène) 39
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Kevin Alston (Darrius Barnes 42), Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Fernando Cardenas (Bjorn Runstrom 84), Shalrie Joseph ©, Clyde Simms, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Moreno (Lee Nguyen 68), Saer Sène
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, John Lozano, Diego Fagundez, Alec Purdie
STATS: Shots 16, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 6, Fouls 10, Offsides 2, Passes Completed (percentage) 347 (73.2%), Possession 41.0%
Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Tyrone Marshall, Drew Moor ©, Hunter Freeman (Kamani Hill 75), Luis Zapata, Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Martin Rivero (Andre Akpan 84), Jaime Castrillon, Omar Cummings, Tony Cascio
Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus, Joseph Nane, Kosuke Kimura, Scott Palguta, Wells Thompson
STATS: Shots 19, Shots on Target 7, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 2, Fouls 12, Offsides 0, Passes Completed (percentage) 513 (81.1%), Possession 59.0%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
COL.: Marshall (caution) 45
NE: Feilhaber (caution) 66
NE: Barnes (caution) 74
NE: Nguyen (caution) 76
COL: Castrillon (caution) 90
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey, Chris Strickland
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: Cloudy and 50 degrees
New England Revolution: 3-5-0 (9 pts.)
Colorado Rapids 4-5-0 (12 pts.)
- Tonight’s match marked the 39th all-time meeting between two of the founding teams of MLS … despite the Revolution win, Colorado still leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 18-12-9
- With the win, New England is now 9-6-5 in matches played at home against Colorado, including a 6-3-4 mark at Gillette Stadium
- The win snapped an eight-game winless streak against Colorado … the Revs had gone 0-3-5 dating back to the start of the 2008 season
- With his start tonight, Shalrie Joseph made his 250th career appearance – all coming with the Revolution … Joseph already holds a host of club longevity records, including minutes played (22,016), starts (246) and appearances (245)
- Matt Reis earned his 100th career win tonight to become the sixth goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 100-win mark, joining Kevin Hartman (174), Zach Thornton (131), Nick Rimando (127), Joe Cannon (111) and Scott Garlick (107) … Reis won 17 games with the Galaxy from 1998 to 2002 before earning his last 83 wins with the Revolution
- The win snapped a three-game winless streak for the Revs after going 0-3-0 following the 3-1 win at LA on March 31
- The Revs will wrap up a busy stretch of three games in eight days with a game at Real Salt Lake on Saturday … in the current stretch, the Revs are now 1-1-0, following last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at New York
- The Revs’ two-goal performance was the second multiple-goal performance of the season, and first since the Revs defeated LA, 3-1, on March 31
- Tonight also marked the second time this season that the Revs have scored a pair of goals in the first half … the Revs scored two first-half goals on March 31 at LA
- Saer Sène scored his team-leading third goal of the season in the 27th minute of tonight’s game … Sène has scored a goal in two of the three Revs home games this season following his first-minute goal in the home-opener against Portland on March 24
- Saer Sène’s 27th-minute goal ended the Revs’ scoreless streak of 199 minutes dating back to Jose Moreno’s sixth-minute goal on April 14 against D.C. United … the Revs went scoreless in the remaining 83 minutes of that game and were shut out last Saturday at New York before going 26 minutes tonight without a goal
- Saer Sène recorded his second assist of the season on Fernando Cardenas’ 39th-minute goal … Sène’s two assists are tied for the team lead with Shalrie Joseph
- Stephen McCarthy recorded his first assist of the season – and second career assist -- on Saer Sène’s 27th-minute goal … McCarthy’s assist was his first since the last time the Revs played Colorado – a 2-2 draw on July 23, 2011
- Clyde Simms recorded the first assist of his Revolution career on Saer Sène’s goal in the 27th minute … Simms last recorded an assist on May 17, 2008 against Chivas USA while a member of D.C. United
- Fernando Cardenas scored his first career goal in the 39th minute
- Fernando Cardenas made his second start of the season and his first since the season opener at San Jose on March 10 … his start tonight was his first career start in the midfield … Cardenas also has one start and four substitute appearances at forward
- Benny Feilhaber made his first start at left midfield since March 17, 2012 … Feilhaber missed three games from March 17 - April 14 with a left peroneal strain in his left ankle before returning as a substitute in the last two games prior to tonight
- Kelyn Rowe did not dress tonight after starting each of the team’s first seven games this season … the 20-year-old rookie has one goal in 540 minutes played
- Kevin Alston left the game in the 42nd minute with an illness and was replaced by Darrius Barnes
- Darrius Barnes made his first appearance of the season when he replaced Kevin Alston in the 42nd minute … Barnes missed the first three matches of the season with a left calf strain … in 2011 Barnes made 28 appearances, including 22 starts
Lee Nguyen replaced Jose Moreno in the 68th minute … Fernando Cardenas moved to forward, while Nguyen moved to central midfield … Bjorn Runstrom then replaced Cardenas at forward in the 84th minute