BOSTON – Open Cup matches always provide some form of peculiar intrigue – poor weather and unexpected results mostly, travel delays occasionally – for the New England Revolution.
Most of the buildup to the 4-2 victory over New York in a fourth-round tie on Wednesday night focused on the location of the match. For the first time in their history, the Revs played a competitive match inside Boston city limits.
Both sides marked the occasion with a typical Open Cup concoction of confusion (the Red Bulls arrived approximately 35 minutes before the match) and expansiveness (six goals scored and a few more chances spurned) at sold-out Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
“It was an entertaining night, a good game of football,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps told MLSsoccer.com. “It was wide open. I felt like we approached the game the right way. We had a lot of guys ready to go.”
Kelyn Rowe once again featured among that group as he continued his torrid Open Cup form. The midfielder increased his haul to four goals in two matches – and five in his only three outings in this competition to help the Revs arrange a quarterfinal tie with D.C. United in Boyds, Md. on June 26.
“I don't know, to be honest,” Rowe said as he attempted to explain his Open Cup success. “It just seemed to be right in the past three games in the Open Cup, if you count last year as well.”
That word applied to the night on the whole as the Revs celebrated their first foray into Boston with a victory. Heaps praised the atmosphere at the 2,500-seat venue and the reception his team received as it finally took its bow in Boston.
“It's great,” Heaps said. “I loved it. It was a great environment. It was pretty cool.”