HOUSTON – Diego Fagundez scored for the second straight game and debutant Juan Agudelo helped force a late own goal as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Fagundez registered his team-leading and career-high third goal of the season in the 51st minute when he completed a clever give-and-go with Clyde Simms. Agudelo – who made his Revolution debut when he came on in the 35th minute for an injured Ryan Guy (L calf) – then saw his effort bounce into the net off Ricardo Clark in the 84th minute to seal the points.
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and help the Revs (3-4-4, 13 pts.) snap a brief three-game winless run. For the Dynamo (6-4-2, 20 pts.), it was a second home loss in the span of seven days after going unbeaten at home for almost two years.
Scoring chances were limited in the opening 45 minutes, but there were plenty of talking points regardless. Both sides were reduced to 10 men late in the first half when Revolution forward Dimitry Imbongo and Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell saw straight red following a tussle in the box, while the teams combined to make three enforced substitutions.
The action continued early in the second half, but this time in the form of a goal as Fagundez put the Revs in front in the 51st minute. The 18-year-old played a well worked give-and-go with Simms at the top of the box before bursting through the backline and finishing calmly inside the right post.
Play opened up after the goal and both teams began to generate scoring chances more regularly. Dynamo forward Will Bruin headed narrowly over the crossbar in the 61st minute from Corey Ashe’s cross, while Lee Nguyen hit the post at the other end of the field 10 minutes later with a long-range rocket.
Shuttleworth came up with a massive save in the 81st minute to deny Brian Ching, who drilled a shot on target from the center of the box after Andrew Driver found him with a low cutback.
Three minutes later the Revs sealed the points with a second goal and Agudelo was at the center of the action. New England sprang a quick counterattack with Agudelo, Nguyen and Chris Tierney leading the charge. Tierney’s chip into the middle of the box was corralled by Agudelo and his effort rebounded off Clark and over the line before it could be cleared by a Dynamo defender.
The Revs will now return to Gillette Stadium for a three-game home-stand, beginning next Saturday night when they’ll host Toronto FC.
New England Revolution at Houston Dynamo
May 18, 2013 – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston)
New England Revolution 2, Houston Dynamo 0
NE – Diego Fagundez (Clyde Simms) 51
NE – Juan Agudelo (Unassisted) 84
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves ©, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Ryan Guy (Juan Agudelo 35), Juan Toja (Scott Caldwell 63), Clyde Simms, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney 75), Dimitry Imbongo
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Andy Dorman, Jerry Bengtson, Saer Sene
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 1, Saves 3, Fouls 14, Offsides 3, Passes 390 (82.3%), Possession 46.5 %
Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall, Corey Ashe, Jermaine Taylor (Eric Brunner 10), Bobby Boswell, Kofi Sarkodie, Brad Davis © (Brian Ching 75), Boniek Garcia, Ricardo Clark, Andrew Driver, Giles Barnes (Adam Moffat 43), Will Bruin
Substitutes Not Used: Erich Marscheider, Warren Creavalle, Jason Johnson, Luiz Camargo
STATS: Shots 20, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 6, Saves 3, Fouls 12, Offsides 1, Passes 442 (82.1%), Possession 53.5%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
HOU – Boniek Garcia (caution) 26
HOU – Bobby Boswell (ejection) 38
NE – Dimitry Imbongo (ejection) 40
NE – Stephen McCarthy (caution) 47+
HOU – Kofi Sarkodie (caution) 58
NE – Bobby Shuttleworth (caution) 82
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: George Gansner, Frank Anderson
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85 degrees
New England Revolution – 3-4-4 (13 pts.)
Houston Dynamo – 6-4-2 (20 pts.)
- Tonight’s match was the first of three meetings between the teams this season … the clubs will meet at Gillette Stadium on July 13 and Sept. 28 to cap the three-game season series
- With the win, the Revs improved to 7-3-5 in the regular-season against Houston … in all competitions, including MLS Cup Playoffs and SuperLiga, the Revs are 8-3-7 against Houston
- The Revs are now 5-2-1 all-time in Houston
- The Revs' five wins in Houston is the most for any visiting team since Houston began play in 2006 ... LA has the second-most wins with three
- The Revs' 2.00 points per game played in Houston is also the best average by any visiting team ... Philadelphia is second, averaging 1.50 points per game played in Houston
- Tonight’s win was the team’s first ever in BBVA Compass Stadium, which opened in 2010 … the team’s previous four wins in Houston came at Robertson Stadium
- The victory was New England’s first in Houston since the 2010 season – a 2-1 win at Robertson Stadium
- The Revs’ win snapped Houston’s four-game undefeated streak in the series … Houston went 2-0-2 in the last four meetings, including the two-game series in 2011 and 2012
- Tonight the Revs posted their sixth shutout of the season in 11 games
- Overall, the Revs have only allowed nine goals this season
- This was the team’s fourth shutout on the road this year in six games
- The Revs are now ranked second in MLS with six shutouts, one behind league leader Sporting KC
- Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his fourth shutout of the season, which in nine appearances matches his career total (4) entering the 2013 season in 20 appearances