FINAL: Revolution 3, Rapids 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Lee Nguyen scored two goals and assisted on the team’s third as the New England Revolution claimed a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium.

With the win, New England (8-11-2, 26 pts.) snapped an eight-game losing streak and claimed its first win since May 24. Colorado (8-7-6, 30 pts.) suffered just their second loss to the Revs since 2008.

In the 10th minute, Nguyen’s shot was re-directed for his first goal of the night, and the Revs took the 1-0 lead into the half. Nguyen then converted a sublime free kick in the 75th minute to stake the Revs to a 2-0 win as the team played up a man following Thomas Piermayr’s second yellow card immediately prior to the free kick. On the team’s final goal, Nguyen set up Kelyn Rowe for the 3-0 lead.

Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves to post his fifth shutout of the season, and the team’s first since May 11.

The Revolution returns to action on Saturday, August 2, as they travel to face the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and the match will be televised by Comcast SportsNet New England while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the call on the radio.

Key Plays

  • 10’ – NE GOAL! Charlie Davies lays off for Lee Nguyen, who sends a shot back across his body toward the far post, but it’s re-directed in by COL’s Drew Moor | WATCH THE GOAL
  • 39’ – NE’s Diego Fagundez calms Jose Goncalves’ lofted cross-field pass, but his close-range shot is high | WATCH THE PLAY

HALFTIME SCORE: New England Revolution 1, Colorado Rapids 0

  • 48’ – NE’s Kelyn Rowe tries to flick a quick ball on COL’s Clint Irwin after interplay with Lee Nguyen, but Irwin makes the save | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 61’ – NE’s Charlie Davies releases a quick shot on target after Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe play a one-two near the edge of the area, but Clint Irwin makes the save | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 69 – COL’s Dillon Powers rips a hard shot from just outside the 18-yard-box, but Bobby Shuttleworth makes the save and Jose Goncalves clears the rebound before Marlon Hairston could get a touch | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 72’ – COL goalkeeper Clint Irwin tries for a goalkick, but his attempt bounces off Patrick Mullins and goes backward, forcing Irwin to make a goal line clearance. Mullins shown a yellow for the play | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 74’ - RED CARD: COL’s Thomas Piermayer shown a second yellow for a tackle just outside the box on Steve Neumann | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 75’ – NE GOAL! Lee Nguyen hooks a free kick from 19 yards over the wall and under the crossbar, past a diving Clint Irwin to give the Revs a 2-0 lead | WATCH THE GOAL
  • 78’ – NE GOAL! Kelyn Rowe takes space after Lee Nguyen plays him into a one-on-one with a defender and gives the Revs a 3-0 lead | WATCH THE GOAL
  • 91+ - NE’s Steve Neumann receives a pass from Daigo Kobayashi and curls a shot toward the far post, but Clint Irwin makes the acrobatic save | WATCH THE PLAY


FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 3, Colorado Rapids 0

Santander Man of the Match

  • M Lee Nguyen – Factored in all three of the Revolution’s goals, causing the own goal to open scoring, scoring a direct free kick and then assisting on Kelyn Rowe’s goal late

Next Game

The Revolution next travels to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, August 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., from Red Bull Arena.

  • TV: Comcast SportsNet New England
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Box Score

New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids
July 30, 2014 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

New England Revolution 3, Colorado Rapids 0

Scoring Summary:
NE – Lee Nguyen 7 (Charlie Davies 1, Kevin Alston 1)
NE – Lee Nguyen (unassisted) 75
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen) 78

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves ©, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 72), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 84), Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 62)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, Dimitry Imbongo, Stephen McCarthy

STATS: Shots 15, Shots on target 7, Saves 3, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 17, Possession 53.4%, Passes 431 (71.7%)

Colorado Rapids: Clint Irwin, Chris Klute, Drew Moor ©, Marvell Wynne, Thomas Piermayr, Kamani Hill (Dillon Serna 63), Jared Watts (Dillon Powers 57), Nick LaBrocca, Marlon Hairston, Edson Buddle, Gabriel Torres (Vicente Sanchez 68)

Substitutes Not Used: John Berner, Marc Burch, John Neeskens, Carlos Alvarez

STATS: Shots 8, Shots on target 3, Saves 5, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 6, Fouls 9, Possession 46.6%, Passes 360 (70.8%)

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Thomas Piermayr (caution) 31
NE – Patrick Mullins (caution) 72
COL – Thomas Piermayr (second caution/ejection) 74
COL – Clint Irwin (caution) 74

Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Claudio Badea (AR1), Scott Kachmarik (AR2)
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly

Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees
Attendance: 13,831

Team Records:
Colorado Rapids: 8-7-6, 30 pts.
New England Revolution: 8-11-2, 26 pts.

Additional Game Notes

  • With the win, the Revs lifted their overall record to 8-11-2 (26 points) on the season
  • The win lifted the Revs from a tie for sixth place into third before the end of the night’s games … the Revs will be no lower than tied for fourth entering the weekend
  • The win was the team’s first league win since May 24 (2-1 win over D.C. United)
  • The win snapped the Revs’ eight game losing streak, which was the club’s longest losing streak in the post-shootout era in MLS (2000-present) … overall, the Revs’ longest losing streak in club history is nine games (twice, 1997 and 1998), including shootout losses in the first three years of MLS
  • The win lifted the Revs’ all-time record against Colorado to 13-19-9 … at home, New England is now 10-6-5, including a 7-3-4 mark at Gillette Stadium
  • Tonight’s shutout was the Revs’ fifth shutout out of the season … it was the team’s first since their 5-0 win over the Seattle Sounders on May 11
  • The Revs’ record is a perfect 7-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game
  • The 10th minute own goal by Colorado’s Drew Moor marked the first time the Revs have scored the first goal in the run of play since May 24 against D.C. United
  • The 10th minute own goal by Colorado’s Drew Moor marked the first time the Revs held a lead since May 24 against D.C. United
  • The 10th minute own goal by Drew Moor was the third own goal scored in the Revs’ favor this season … it tied the club record set in 2005 when Revs’ opponents scored three own goals
  • Lee Nguyen’s 75th-minute goal was his team-leading seventh goal of the season
  • Lee Nguyen’s goal was 16th of his career … it was his first since July 16 against the LA Galaxy
  • Lee Nguyen’s goal was the Revolution’s second direct free kick on the year and the first since Chris Tierney’s free-kick goal against Philadelphia Union on May 17
  • Kelyn Rowe’s goal was his first of the season… it was his first goal since Sept. 4, 2013 at Chicago
  • Kelyn Rowe’s goal was the 11th goal of his career
  • Lee Nguyen’s assist on Kelyn Rowe’s goal was his second assist of the season
  • Lee Nguyen’s assist was the 11th assist of his career … it was his first assist since May 17 against the Philadelphia Union 
  • Bobby Shuttleworth made his 19th start of the season in goal making three saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season … Shuttleworth’s record now stands at 7-10-2 on the season
  • Charlie Davies made his first start at Gillette Stadium since joining the Revs on Aug. 9, 2013 … Davies (Manchester, N.H.) has made four appearances at forward this season, including two starts … his last start came on July 19 against FC Dallas
  • Charlie Davies’ start at Gillette Stadium was his first since March 26, 2011 when he was a halftime sub for D.C. United
  • Kevin Alston started at left back, replacing an injured Chris Tierney (L MCL Sprain) … Alston has made five appearances, all starts: four at left back, one at right back
  • Patrick Mullins made his second substitute appearance of the season, replacing Charlie Davies at forward in the 62nd minute
  • Steve Neumann made his 14th substitute appearance, replacing Diego Fagundez at midfield in the 72nd minute … he is second in MLS in substitute appearances, two behind D.C.’s Conor Doyle (16)
  • Daigo Kobayashi made his sixth substitute appearance, replacing Kelyn Rowe at midfield in the 84th minute
  • Three players were unavailable because of injury tonight: Andy Dorman (R MCL sprain/Disabled List), Chris Tierney (L MCL sprain) and Shalrie Joseph (L calf strain)