FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kelyn Rowe busted out a new goal celebration after capping off the New England Revolution’s victory over the Chicago Fire last weekend, “Rowe-ing” along the endboards.
Revolution fans didn’t have to wait long to see a repeat performance as the second-year midfielder did it again on Sunday night after he opened the scoring in New England’s emphatic 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
Only this time, he had a bit of support.
“We planned it so I wasn’t just alone with myself and Ryan Guy,” said Rowe, who this time was joined by Juan Agudelo, Chad Barrett and Diego Fagundez. “We hopped in, we all got in the boat and ‘Rowed’ away to victory, I guess.”
Rowe made the comment with a wry smile, of course, but he had reason enough to smile after upping his season total to five goals with a pair of long-range rockets either side of halftime.
The first was a low 30-yard blast midway through the first half which nestled just inside the left post, while the second was a drive from a similar distance which sailed into the upper right corner.
Both were jaw-dropping efforts, but one man the goals didn’t surprise was head coach Jay Heaps.
“Kelyn Rowe, he can hit those,” said Heaps. “He hits those in training a lot. A lot of times he’s trying to find the rifle, sniper shot. He’s got some good range on that shot.”
Rowe said scoring the first goal from distance provided the confidence necessary to even try his luck on the second, as he took the space afforded to him when the Union’s backline dropped off.
While Agudelo and Fagundez both got on the board themselves to cap the scoring, Rowe credited their tireless running – along with Barrett and second-half substitutes Dimitry Imbongo and Charlie Davies – with creating that space for him to strike.
“I think the forwards up top have made the runs to open up space for Lee (Nguyen) and I to do what we do best, and that’s getting behind defenses and playing balls in if we need to,” said Rowe. “For us, we have more space that way and that’s where I’m finding the goals.”