FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Second-half substitute Diego Fagundez marked a memorable MLS debut with an 86th-minute goal, but the 16-year-old’s efforts weren’t enough to prevent the New England Revolution from suffering a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Fagundez – a Home Grown Player from Leominster, Mass. – entered in the 66th minute and put his stamp on the game just two minutes later by drawing a penalty kick which Shalrie Joseph converted, cutting the Chivas USA (7-8-8, 29 pts.) lead to 2-1 following goals from Alejandro Moreno and Nick LaBrocca. Moreno later added a second in the 80th minute – the eventual game-winning goal – before Fagundez again pulled the Revolution (4-10-9, 21 pts.) within one goal with his first MLS tally in the 86th minute.
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy pushed Joseph’s 20-yard drive off the left post to preserve the victory in stoppage time.
Head coach Steve Nicol handed a debut start to Argentine forward Milton Caraglio – the Revolution’s first-ever Designated Player – after just two training sessions with his new teammates, marking one of four changes to the lineup which played to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City last weekend. Rookie defender A.J. Soares was unavailable while serving a one-game red-card suspension, while both Franco Coria (L MCL sprain) and Rajko Lekic (R great toe fracture) missed out through injury.
Ryan Cochrane returned to the starting lineup after recovering from a left foot injury and almost notched his first goal for the Revs in the sixth minute. Joseph’s chipped service found Cochrane as he surged through the box, but the central defender’s close-range header glanced wide of the right post.
Caraglio got involved in the 22nd minute, arriving at the back post to head Zack Schilawski’s right-wing service back across the face of goal. The ball arrived at the feet of Chris Tierney, who couldn’t connect on a hurried effort.
Despite New England’s positive start, it was Chivas USA which opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Simon Elliott began the move from deep in the midfield when he picked out LaBrocca on the right wing, while LaBrocca immediately delivered a curling cross into the box. Moreno snuck between Revolution defender Darrius Barnes and goalkeeper Matt Reis to poke a shot into the roof of the net and give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Chivas USA doubled its advantage shortly after the halftime break as LaBrocca put his own name on the score sheet in the 59th minute. LaBrocca’s initial shot from inside the box was blocked by Barnes, but the rebound fell kindly to the Chivas USA midfielder, who deposited his second effort into the upper left corner.
Trailing by a pair of goals, the Revs made two changes in the following minutes as they switched out their forwards. Kenny Mansally replaced Caraglio in the 62nd minute, while Fagundez replaced Schilawski in the 66th minute.
Fagundez made an immediate impact, drawing a penalty just two minutes after taking the field for the first time in an MLS match. Following a weaving run into the left side of the box, Fagundez was chopped down by Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce and referee Mark Kadlecik pointed to the spot. Joseph stepped up and buried the penalty kick into the upper left corner to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 69th minute.
Joseph almost pulled the Revolution level in the 79th minute when Stephen McCarthy headed Tierney’s free kick across the face of goal, but the captain’s close-range header was pushed wide by Kennedy.
The Revs were left to rue their missed opportunity, as the visitors restored their two-goal lead just one minute later. Moreno attempted a clever back heel as he received a low cross inside the box, but while he failed to direct his effort on target, he succeeded in settling the ball to his own feet. With Reis fooled by the initial attempt, Moreno coolly finished from a tight angle to put Chivas USA ahead 3-1.
Fagundez capped his dream debut with a goal in the 86th minute, fighting off the challenge of Chivas USA defender Zarek Valentin before latching onto Kevin Alston’s long pass and finishing calmly past Kennedy from the left side of the box.
Joseph so nearly earned a last-gasp equalizer for the Revs when his 20-yard drive was labeled for the upper left corner, but Kennedy pushed the effort off the post and Chivas USA escaped with all three points.
The Revs will return to the road next weekend when they’ll visit the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Aug. 13. Kickoff from Crew Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA
August 6, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Chivas USA 3, New England Revolution 2
CHV: Alejandro Moreno (Nick LaBrocca, Simon Elliot) 31
CHV: Nick LaBrocca (unassisted) 59
NE: Shalrie Joseph (penalty kick) 69
CHV: Alejandro Moreno (Ante Jazic, Justin Braun) 80
NE: Diego Fagundez (Kevin Alston) 86
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Darius Barnes, Ryan Cochrane (Pat Phelan 81), Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Diego Fagundez 66), Benny Feilhaber, Sainey Nyassi, Milton Caraglio (Kenny Mansally 62)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Otto Loewy, Zak Boggs, Ryan Guy
STATS*: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 8 ; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 11
Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, Michael Umana, Zarek Valentin, Simon Elliott (Paulo Nagamura 76), Blair Gavin (Ben Zemanski 56), Jorge Flores (Laurent Courtois 66), Nick LaBrocca, Alejandro Moreno, Justin Braun
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Michael Lahoud, Francisco Mendoza, Marcos Mondaini
STATS*: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 1; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 13
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
CHV: Kennedy (caution) 68
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Weather: Cloudy and 79 degrees
- With the Revs’ loss, Chivas USA maintains the edge in the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, with a record of 7-5-2 … the teams have met just once outside of regular-season action, playing to a 1-1 draw in the group stage of SuperLiga 2008
- The Revs hold a 4-2-1 advantage in Foxborough against Chivas USA, and have dropped the last two contests to the Goats at Gillette Stadium… New England has outscored Chivas USA, 13-9, in those seven matches
- With the loss, Chivas USA sweeps the season series for the second consecutive season … Chivas USA defeated the Revolution in their first meeting this season - a 3-0 win at The Home Depot Center on April 30 … prior to 2011, Chivas USA had only one season sweep against the Revolution in series history, winning both games in 2010
- After netting two goals tonight, the Revs have scored multiple goals against Chivas USA five times, including four of the last eight meetings
- Milton Caraglio made his MLS debut tonight for the Revs and logged 62 minutes and recorded two shots on goal – one early in the 12th minute… the 22-year-old Argentinean joined the Revolution from Argentinean club Rosario Central, where he played since 2007
- 16-year-old Diego Fagundez made his MLS debut in the 66th minute, replacing Zack Schilawski … Fagundez dressed the last three games at D.C., Colorado and Kansas City before making his first appearance of the season
- Diego Fagundez wasted little time after making his MLS debut in the 66th minute, scoring his first career goal in the 86th minute
- After making his MLS debut and entering the game in the 66th minute, Diego Fagundez also drew a penalty kick two minutes later, resulting in Shalrie Joseph’s 69th-minute goal
- Shalrie Joseph scored his seventh goal of the season in the 69th minute with his penalty kick goal … Joseph’s last two goals have come on penalty kicks, as his last was a game-tying 90th-minute goal at Colorado on July 23
- With his penalty kick conversion, Shalrie Joseph is now 4-5 on the season in penalty kick chances
- Thirteen of the Revolution’s 16 goals against Chivas USA have been scored in the second half, including the last nine overall … conversely, Chivas USA has scored 11 of their 21 goals against the Revs in the first half
- After surrendering the first goal of the game in the 31st minute, the Revs fall to 0-9-2 on the season – and 0-4-1 at home – when the opponent scores first
- With his one goal tonight, Shalrie Joseph remains the team’s all-time and active scoring leader against Chivas USA, with two goals and two assists. registering nine shots in 11 appearances against the Goats
- The Revs began the game in a 4-4-2 formation – with Schilawski and Caraglio at the forwards – after running three forward lineups for the past three matches
- Defender Ryan Cochrane returned to the starting lineup for the first time since July 20 at D.C. United … he left the game in D.C. with foot pain and missed the next match at Colorado on July 23, and was available – but did not play – at Kansas City on July 30
- Zack Schilawski made his fourth consecutive start tonight, after starting each game since July 20 at D.C. United … this is the second time Schilawski has made four consecutive starts, as the forward started the first six games of the season from March 20 to April 17.
- Stephen McCarthy also returned to the lineup after leaving in the 34th minute with a shoulder injury in the last match on July 30 at Sporting KC
- Chris Tierney returned to action tonight at central midfield after serving a mandatory one-game red-card suspension last Saturday at Kansas City for his ejection at Colorado (July 23) … Tierney took five corner kicks and remains the primary set piece taker
- Sainey Nyassi made the start tonight, his eighth of the season and first start since the last time the Revs were home – July 17 against Philadelphia – and has made 21 appearances thus far this season
- A.J. Soares was unavailable for tonight’s match while serving the one-game suspension for his red card at Kansas City on July 30 … this marked only the second match that Soares has missed this season … both matches missed – tonight’s and April 9 against Real Salt Lake – were due to serving one-game red-card suspensions.
- Kevin Alston recorded his second assist of the season on Diego Fagundez’s 86th-minute goal … Alston is now tied for second on the team in assists with Pat Phelan and Chris Tierney, one behind team-leader Benny Feilhaber … Alston’s last assist before tonight came on July 23 at Colorado
- Matt Reis’ start tonight in goal was his 12th game against Chivas USA, the most appearances by any Revs player … his record drops to 5-5-2 against the Goats, with three shutouts
- Tonight’s temperature at kickoff – cloudy and 79 degrees – marked the first time since the Revs’ last home game on July 17 against Philadelphia that the temperature was below 90 degrees … the Revs went 1-0-2 in the three 90+ game-time temperature July games – July 20 at D.C., July 23 at Colorado and July 30 at Sporting KC
- As this was the first home game since Myra Kraft’s passing, the Revs wore black armbands to honor her legacy and commitment to philanthropy in the New England area