FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Five different players scored goals as the New England Revolution rolled to a 5-0 win over the two-time defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
Saer Sene – making his first league start since tearing his ACL last August – scored his first goal of the season midway through the first half before Lee Nguyen doubled New England’s lead after the break, but Diego Fagundez (87th minute), Chad Barrett (91st minute) and Kelyn Rowe (94th minute) piled it on late to provide the final score line.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves and center back Jose Goncalves was immense once again to help the Revs keep their league-leading eighth clean sheet of the season. The victory was the Revolution’s third straight in league play – all by shutout – and the five-goal win matched the largest margin of victory in club history.
The visitors were actually on top early and generated three quality chances in the opening 10 minutes. Gyasi Zardes blasted into the outside of the net from a promising position before Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho forced Shuttleworth to tip a pair of long-range drives over the crossbar.
But it was the home side which opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Sene and Fagundez combined to open up the Galaxy’s backline. Cutting in from the right wing, Sene played a clever one-two with Fagundez which sprang the Frenchman into the box, where he curled a perfectly placed shot off the inside of the far post and in.
Fagundez almost set up a second in the 44th minute when he teed up Juan Toja inside the box, but Toja’s low drive was blocked and the Revs carried a one-goal lead into the break.
The lead was eventually extended to 2-0 in the 71st minute, however, when Nguyen notched his second goal of the season after a quickly-taken free kick. Cutting inside toward goal from the right wing, Nguyen’s quick-release shot caught Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini flat-footed and rolled inside the near post.
Fagundez – New England’s leading scorer with five goals on the season – extended his goal-scoring streak to four games in the 87th minute when he combined with Rowe down the left side, slicing into the box and finishing past Cudicini from close range.
Cudicini was beaten again in the first minute of stoppage time when Barrett – playing against his former club – scored his first Revolution goal to make it 4-0. After taking a feed from Rowe across the top of the box, Barrett blasted home into the roof of the net to provide what seemed like the final dagger.
But there was time for one more in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Rowe added to his two assists with a goal of his own, curling home from distance to put an exclamation point on an emphatic victory.
The Revs will look to make it a clean sweep of their three-game homestand next weekend when they host D.C. United on Saturday, June 8.
LA Galaxy at New England Revolution
June 2, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 5, LA Galaxy 0
NE – Saer Sene (Diego Fagundez) – 33
NE – Lee Nguyen 2 (Diego Fagundez 2) 71
NE – Diego Fagundez (Kelyn Rowe) – 87
NE – Chad Barrett (Kelyn Rowe) – 90+1
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Chad Barrett, Andrew Farrell) – 90+4
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Chad Barrett 88), Juan Toja (Kelyn Rowe 57), Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Saer Sene (Jerry Bengtson 65), Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Darrius Barnes, Kalifa Cisse, Matt Reis, Andy Dorman
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 3, Saves 6, Fouls 14, Offsides 7, Passes 308 (76.6%) Possession 39.9%
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyer, Greg Cochrane, Hector Jimenez (Jose Villareal 60), Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, Michael Stephens (Robbie Rogers 66), Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes (Charlie Rugg 88)
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Rowe, Rafael Garcia, Bryan Gaul, Kofi Opare
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on Target 6, Corner Kicks 10, Saves 0, Fouls 19, Offsides 0, Passes 460 (79.6%), Possession 60.1%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
LA – Landon Donovan (caution) 72
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 75
LA – Marcelo Sarvas (caution) 90+3
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner (AR1), Eric Proctor (AR2)
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Weather: 84 degrees and sun
New England Revolution – 5-4-4 (19 pts.)
LA Galaxy 6-5-2 (20 pts)
- With the win, the Revs improved to 15-16-6 all-time against LA
- Sunday’s win also saw the Revs improve its home record against the Galaxy to 10-6-2
- The Revs also extended their winning streak to three games, and unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1)
- Sunday’s win marked the first time the Revs have won three straight games under head coach Jay Heaps and the first three-game win streak since 2009
- Sunday also marked the third straight shutout for the Revs … the club also improved its league-leading goals against average to 0.69 with the clean sheet
- The Revs now lead the league in team shutouts with eight … Bobby Shuttleworth has posted six while Matt Reis has posted two
- The 5-0 victory was the first time the Revs won by a margin of five goals since a September 18, 2009 win (6-1) at home against the Colorado Rapids
- The club is now currently riding a consecutive shutout streak of 305 minutes, the fifth longest in club history
- Sunday’s win over LA was also the sixth time the club has scored four goals in a half
- Saer Sene’s game-winning goal was his first of the season and first since his season-ending injury against Chivas USA on August 29, 2012 .., Sene also made his first start of the season and his eighth appearance
- Diego Fagundez scored his fifth goal of the season, tying him for seventh in MLS … Fagundez recorded his first assist of the season as well, a game-winner
- The Revs are now 4-0-1 this season when Fagundez scores a goal … five goals is a new season-high for the forward
- Kelyn Rowe recorded a goal and two assists as a second-half substitute, replacing Juan Toja in the 57th minute … Rowe is now tied for the league lead in assists with Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) with five
- Sunday was Rowe’s first career multi-assist game and second career multi-point game
- Chad Barrett recorded his first goal and assist as a member of the Revs in the 5-0 win over the Galaxy … it was Barrett’s first goal since 2012 when he was a member of the Galaxy
- Lee Nguyen recorded his second goal of the season in the win as well
- Forward Jerry Bengtson came on as a second-half substitute for Saer Sene … Bengtson will depart the Revolution to join up with Honduras on Monday, June 3, following the Revs’ match against Los Angeles the afternoon before. He is expected to re-join the Revs at training on Thursday, June 20.
- Bobby Shuttleworth recorded a season-high sixth shutout of the season, moving him into second place behind Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen (7)
- The 305-minute consecutive-shutout streak is the longest of Shuttleworth’s career