FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution posted a 2-1 victory over second-place D.C. United tonight, extending their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1), including five straight wins.
Rookie Patrick Mullins scored his fourth goal in as many games to open the scoring for New England (7-3-2, 23 pts.), but Fabian Espindola equalized for D.C. (5-4-3, 18 pts.) seven minutes later. Diego Fagundez provided the game-winner in the 77th minute. Mullins’ goal made him only the second rookie in MLS history to score in four consecutive games.
The victory kept the Revolution in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of D.C. and Kansas City, who sit in second place, tied with 18 points.
- 16’ – DC’s Collin Martin shoots from just outside the area but pulls his shot wide of the near post | WATCH THE PLAY
- 18’ – NE’s Daigo Kobayashi finds himself in space from a corner, but his volley is well over the bar | WATCH THE PLAY
- 19’ – NE’s Teal Bunbury sees his overhead kick attempt fly over the bar after Lee Nguyen and Patrick Mullins had combined to play him in | WATCH THE PLAY
- 31’ – DC’s Alex Caskey and Collin Martin play a one-two before the former hits his shot over the bar
- 39’ – NE’s Patrick Mullins breaks away down the left side of the field after Chris Tierney caused a quick turnover, but his shot is tipped around the post by Bill Hamid | WATCH THE PLAY
- 39’ – YELLOW CARD: DC’s Chris Korb shown a yellow card
- 42’ – YELLOW CARD: DC’s Perry Kitchen shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
- 46+ - NE’s Diego Fagundez finds space on the left side of the box but his shot is beaten around the post by Bill Hamid | WATCH THE PLAY
HALFTIME SCORE: New England Revolution 0, D.C. United 0
- 51’ – DC’s Eddie Johnson breaks away into the area but his shot spins wide of the target | WATCH THE PLAY
- 55’ – NE GOAL: NE’s Diego Fagundez drives into the area, but after his initial shot is blocked, the ball falls to Patrick Mullins who stabs the ball past Bill Hamid | WATCH THE PLAY
- 62’ – DC’s Fabian Espindola finds space on the right side of the area but his low drive is gathered at the second attempt by Bobby Shuttleworth | WATCH THE PLAY
- 64’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Teal Bunbury shown a yellow card | WATCH THE PLAY
- 67’ – YELLOW CARDS: DC’s Davy Arnaud & NE’s Diego Fagundez shown yellow cards after a sideline tangle | WATCH THE PLAY
- 73’ – DC GOAL: Cristian Fernandez surges down the left side and his cutback is picked up by Fabian Espindola, who takes a touch and fires centrally past Bobby Shuttleworth | WATCH THE PLAY
- 77’ – NE GOAL: NE’s Lee Nguyen causes a turnover, the ball falls to Teal Bunbury whose cross is tipped into the path of Diego Fagundez who fires into the empty net | WATCH THE PLAY
- 82’ – RED CARD & EJECTION: DC’s Eddie Johnson shown a red card for a tackle on Kelyn Rowe | WATCH THE PLAY
- 89’ – DC’s Cristian Fernandez heads a corner kick delivery on frame but the ball is cleared off the line by Steve Neumann | WATCH THE PLAY
FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1
Additional Game Notes
- The result pushed the Revolution to 7-3-2 on the season … the Revs remain in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, five points clear of second place
- Today’s win extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to seven matches (6-0-1), dating back to April 12
- The Revolution has won its last five matches … this is the team’s first five-game regular season winning streak since the team won six straight April 9 – May 14, 2005
- The team’s five consecutive wins matches the longest winning streak in MLS this season (Seattle, 5 wins – April 12 to May 7)
- With the win, the Revolution moved to 26-29-9 all-time against D.C. United
- The Revolution has won three of the teams’ last four meetings
- With the win, the Revolution remained undefeated at home, now 4-0-1 on the season with only one goal allowed in five matches
- The Revs saw their home shutout streaked snapped in the 77th minute when D.C. scored … the Revs shut out opponents for the first 423 minutes at Gillette Stadium this season
- Patrick Mullins’ 55th-minute goal was his fourth goal of the 2014 season, coming in five starts
- Patrick Mullins became the second rookie in league history to score goals in four straight games, joining Damani Ralph (2003)
- Diego Fagundez scored his fourth goal of the season and his third all-time against D.C.
- Diego Fagundez’s goal was his first game-winning goal since Oct. 19, 2013, in a 3-2 win over Columbus at Gillette Stadium
- Diego Fagundez recorded his third assist of the season … it was the 13th assist of his career and his second career assist against D.C.
- Tonight marked the seventh time this season the Revolution scored two or more goals in a match
- Tonight marked the fifth straight match – and sixth in the last seven games – the Revolution has scored at least two goals
- The Revolution is now a perfect 7-0-0 this season when scoring at least two goals
- The Revolution are now 6-0-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal
- Bobby Shuttleworth return to the lineup after missing last Saturday’s match at Philadelphia with a concussion
- Jose Goncalves made his first appearance since suffering a quadriceps injury against Houston on April 12
- With Jose Goncalves back in the lineup, Darrius Barnes moved to the bench and Andrew Farrell returned to right back
- Kevin Alston (hamstring strain), Charlie Davies (calf strain), Shalrie Joseph (calf strain) were unavailable because of injury
Santander Man of the Match
- M Diego Fagundez – Scored his fourth goal in the last three games – the game-winner – and added an assist.
The Revolution next travel to face the Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 31, at Stade Saputo in their first of three meetings with the Impact this season.
- Kickoff: 7 p.m.
- TV: Comcast SportsNet New England
- Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
New England Revolution vs. D.C. United
May 24, 2014 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1
NE – Patrick Mullins (Diego Fagundez) 55
DC – Fabian Espindola (Cristian Fernandez) 73
NE – Diego Fagundez (unassisted) 77
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 88), Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell 81), Andy Dorman, Daigo Kobayashi (Kelyn Rowe 53), Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Dimitry Imbongo, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on target 6, Saves 3, Corner kicks 10, Offsides 1, Fouls 13, Possession 47.1%,
Passes 333 (73.8%)
D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Cristian Fernandez, Jeff Parke, Bobby Boswell, Chris Korb, Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Alex Caskey (Lewis Neal 63), Davy Arnaud (Kyle Porter 87), Collin Martin (Fabian Espindola 60), Eddie Johnson
Substitutes Not Used: Jared Jeffrey, Steve Birnbaum, Sean Franklin, Andrew Dykstra
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 4, Saves 4, Corner kicks 1, Offsides 4, Fouls 12, Possession 52.9%,
Passes 390 (78.5%)
DC – Chris Korb (caution) 39
DC – Perry Kitchen (caution) 42
NE – Teal Bunbury (caution) 64
DC – Davy Arnaud (caution) 67
NE – Diego Fagundez (caution) 67
DC – Eddie Johnson (ejection) 82
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry (AR1), Felisha Mariscal (AR2)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 64 degrees
D.C. United: 5-4-3, 18 pts.
New England Revolution: 7-3-2, 23 pts.