FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Behind second-half goals from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen, the New England Revolution claimed a come-from-behind, 2-1 win over D.C. United tonight at Gillette Stadium. It was the second time this season that the Revs topped United after entering halftime down a goal, and tonight – led by Fagundez’s team-best 11th goal of the year – the Revs used the win to leapfrog back into the MLS Eastern Conference playoff picture.
With the victory, New England (11-11-7, 40 pts.) will end the night’s play no worse than fifth in the East – the final playoff spot – after entering the game in seventh place. With the loss, D.C. (3-20-6, 15 pts.) remained winless on the road this year, extending their away drought to 15 games (0-12-3) this season.
United went into halftime with a 1-0 lead, but Fagundez got the Revs on the board in the 58th minute, one minute after Nguyen had missed a penalty opportunity. Nguyen, however, got redemption in the 83rd minute when he converted his second penalty kick chance of the night, chipping D.C. keeper Bill Hamid for the 2-1 lead that New England didn’t relinquish.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to last week’s squad. Goalkeeper Matt Reis returned from his one-game red card suspension, while A.J. Soares slotted back in at center back after fully recovering from an ankle sprain.
D.C. got on the board in the 11th minute, but it was the Revs who scored the goal. Luis Silva threaded a chest-high cross in from the left wing, and Revs midfielder Scott Caldwell extended his leg just to intercept the ball inside the penalty area with a D.C. runner coming in on Reis. However, his touch re-directed the ball into his own goal, giving United a 1-0 lead – their first lead on the road in the 2013 season.
The teams came out of the break and the Revs had a chance to equalize in the 55th minute when Nguyen was tackled in the box by Dejan Jakovic and referee Carlos Rivera pointed immediately to the penalty spot. Nguyen stepped up for the attempt, but Hamid made the sliding save to his right to prevent the goal.
However, the Revs wasted little time after the save to find their first goal. In the 58th minute, Saer Sene threaded an inch-perfect pass through the D.C. defense to an on-running Fagundez, who slid his shot far post under Hamid to level the score at 1-1. It was Fagundez’s team-leading 11th goal of the season, further extending his MLS record for goals scored in a single season by a teenager.
Nguyen had back-to-back chances to give the Revs the lead in the 68th minute, but was stymied in both attempts. After the Dimitry Imbongo played him from the left wing, Nguyen, sitting 25 yards from goal, launched a rising shot that beat Hamid, but rocketed off the crossbar and back into play. He picked up his own deflected rebound and from 23 yards, launched another blast, but Hamid got a finger on the shot to wrap the ball around the post and out of play.
United had a strong bid to equalize in the 81st minute when Conor Doyle worked around a Revs defender and chipped Reis, who was out off his line. However, the 38-year-old keeper recovered and slid in to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line, preserving the 1-1 score line.
Two minutes later, Nguyen finally found the back of net for the go-ahead goal on the Revolution’s second penalty attempt of the evening. Lewis Neal brought Nguyen down near the right edge of the box and Rivera again pointed directly to the penalty spot. Nguyen stepped up again, and this time made no mistake, chipping the ball toward the right post as Hamid dove to his right.
The Revolution returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 28, when the team hosts the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet and on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.
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New England Revolution vs. D.C. United
September 21, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1
DC – Own Goal (Scott Caldwell) 11
NE – Diego Fagundez (Saer Sene) 58
NE – Lee Nguyen (penalty) 83
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Andy Dorman 93+), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene (Chad Barrett 86), Dimitry Imbongo (Jerry Bengtson 79)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Charlie Davies, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes,
STATS: Shots 22, Shots on Target 7, Corner Kicks 12, Saves 2, Fouls 13, Offsides 2, Passes 381 (77.7%), Possession 53.8%
D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Dejan Jakovic, James Riley, Ethan White, Chris Korb, John Thorrington, Luis Silva (Lewis Neal 72), Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon, Chris Pontius (Kyle Porter 80), Dwayne De Rosario (Conor Doyle 66)
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Sainey Nyassi, Collin Martin, Conor Shanosky
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Target 2, Corner Kicks 1, Saves 5, Fouls 16, Offsides 2, Passes 321 (68.8%), Possession 46.2%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
DC – Dejan Jakovic (caution) 6
NE – Jose Goncalves (caution) 28
DC – Chris Korb (caution) 33
DC – Nick DeLeon (caution) 88
NE – Chad Barrett (caution) 89
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivera
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski (AR1), James Conlee (AR2)
Fourth Official: Armando Villareal
Weather: Cloudy and 68 degrees
D.C. United (3-20-6, 15 pts)
New England Revolution – 11-11-7 (40 pts.)
- With the win on Saturday night, the Revs improved to 11-11-7 overall and 9-7-4 against Eastern Conference opponents
- The win vaulted the Revs back into playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference … after tonight’s win, the Revs sit in fifth place in the East, the final playoff spot.
- The Revs are now 25-28-9 against D.C. United all-time
- The Revs also improved to 7-5-3 at Gillette Stadium this season
- Saturday’s win gave the Revs the victory in the three-game season series against United … New England went 2-0-1 against D.C. this season
- With the win on Saturday, the Revs snapped their two-game losing streak … the Revs have yet to lose three straight games this season, four times losing back-to-back games
- The Revs have now won two games when trailing at half this season … both have been against D.C., when the Revs trailing 1-0 at halftime before going on to claim a 2-1 win
- Entering Saturday’s game, the Revs had been awarded one penalty kick through 28 games … the club was awarded two against D.C. on Saturday night to push the season total to three
- The Revs had 22 shots in Saturday’s win, surpassing their previous season high of 19, which they hit twice this season
- Diego Fagundez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season against D.C. on Saturday … he now has 11 goals and six assists on the season
- Lee Nguyen scored his third goal of the season … the goal was Nguyen’s first game-winner this season
- Saer Sene recorded his fifth assist of the season … he is riding a three-game assist streak, which began on Sept. 8
- Sene is now tied for third on the team in assists, with Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney, with five assists … they trail team leader Kelyn Rowe (7) and second-place Diego Fagundez (6)
- Matt Reis remained unbeaten this season with his fourth win following tonight’s game … Reis is now 4-0-2 with a goals against average of 0.42
- Chris Tierney moved into ninth place on the Revs’ club career charts with 116 games started, passing Michael Parkhurst (115) … he also moved into ninth place in minutes played (10,189), passing Kevin Alston (10,152)
- Tierney also moved into third place on the club’s corner kicks charts with 211, passing Joe-Max Moore (209)