FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (2-4-7; 13 points) fell to FC Dallas (8-4-2; 26 points), 4-2, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen were New England’s goal scorers, with the latter also tallying an assist. It marked Agudelo’s fourth consecutive match with either a goal or an assist, and Nguyen’s second consecutive match with both a goal and an assist. Nguyen’s goal, the 37th of his Revolution career, moves him into a tie with Shalrie Joseph and Pat Noonan for fourth place on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list. Tonight’s match also featured defender Je-Vaughn Watson’s 100th career MLS start.
Full match highlights and statistics can be found HERE.
The Revolution are back in action at Gillette Stadium next Saturday, May 28th, at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the club hosts Seattle Sounders FC for the third and final leg of its three-game homestand. The match will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet, and can be heard locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub in English and WMVX 1570 AM “Nossa Radio” in Portuguese.
New England Revolution 2, FC Dallas 4
May 21, 2016 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Drop First Home Game of 2016
With today’s loss, the Revolution are now 2-4-7 (13 pts.) on the season and move to 2-1-4 at Gillette Stadium. With the result, the club is now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and is level with seventh place D.C. United with 13 points.
Revolution Make a Pair of Lineup Changes
Revolution defenders Chris Tierney and Samba replaced defender London Woodberry and midfielder Diego Fagundez in the club’s starting lineup.
Tierney returned to the starting lineup after missing the Revolution’s last four matches with a hamstring injury.
Samba made the first start of his MLS and Revolution career, playing 90 minutes. He logged one minute for the Revs on May 14 vs. Chicago in his first MLS appearance.
Nguyen Records Goal and Assist for Second Consecutive Game
Midfielder Lee Nguyen scored his third goal and recorded his fourth assist of the season in tonight’s match. Nguyen’s assist came from a free kick in the 23rd minute, when he found forward Juan Agudelo in the 18-yard box to open the scoring. Nguyen scored a goal of his own in the 26th minute when he converted from the spot after earning a penalty.
Nguyen’s goal was his second converted penalty kick in two attempts this season. He now has 37 career goals.
This marked the first time in Nguyen’s career that he a goal and an assist in consecutive matches.
Nguyen Moves into Top Five in Goals Scored in Club History
With his 26th minute goal, midfielder Lee Nguyen moved into a tie for fourth all-time in goals scored in Revolution history. Nguyen’s 37 career goals put him level with Shalrie Joseph and Pat Noonan.
With his 23rd minute assist, Nguyen is now tied with Taylor Twellman for the sixth most career assists in a Revolution kit with 28.
Agudelo Records Goal or Assist for Fourth Consecutive Match
Forward Juan Agudelo’s run of good form continued in tonight’s match, converting a headed chance from Lee Nguyen inside the 18-yard box in the 26th minute.
Agudelo has now recorded either a goal or an assist in a career-high four consecutive matches.
Agudelo’s goal ties him for the team lead with three scores this season. He now has 28 career goals and 17 goals with the Revolution.
Watson Makes 100th Career MLS Start
Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson made his 100th career MLS start in tonight’s contest. In his career, Watson has made 129 appearances with seven goals and seven assists 8,929 minutes of action over six total seasons with the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and the New England Revolution.
15th minute (OFF THE POST) – Lee Nguyen nearly delivers an equalizer from outside of the box as he smashes a right-footed shot off the cross bar (WATCH HERE).
21ST minute (CHANCE) – Chris Tierney, making his first appearance since suffering an injury on April 23, connects with new teammate Kei Kamara on a cross for the first time. Kamara gets it on net, but Chris Seitz is able to get two hands on the redirect (WATCH HERE).
23rd minute (GOAL) – The Revolution are awarded a free kick after a foul to Gershon Koffie. Lee Nguyen puts a curling cross into the box, which Juan Agudelo heads into the net to knot the match at 1-1 (WATCH HERE).
27th minute (GOAL) – Moments after he sets up Juan Agudelo’s equalizer, Nguyen draws a penalty kick and converts on the attempt, giving New England its first lead of the match (WATCH HERE).
45th minute (CHANCE) – Kei Kamara comes within inches of scoring his first goal with the Revolution, but just narrowly misses out on connecting with a cross from Lee Nguyen.
56th minute (SAVE) – FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa sends a curling cross into the box that connects with Tesho Akindele, but Bobby Shuttleworth exhibits excellent reaction time and flicks it to safety (WATCH HERE).
61st minute (CHANCE) – Juan Agudelo nearly secures his first brace of the season. Chris Tierney connects with the forward on a corner kick, but Agudelo’s header floats just above the crossbar.
68th minute (CHANCE) – Kelyn Rowe intercepts an FC Dallas clearance and immediately leads Diego Fagundez into Dallas’ 18-yard-box. Fagundez feeds Daigo Kobayashi, and while his headed shot gets behind FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, it also just narrowly misses high (WATCH HERE).
79th minute (CHANCE) – The Revolution are awarded a foul and Lee Nguyen connects with Samba on the ensuing cross, but the defender‘s header is stopped by a well-positioned Chris Seitz.
89th minute (CHANCE) – Kei Kamara nearly cuts the deficit to one, launching a powerful shot from outside of the box that Seitz is able to handle (WATCH HERE).
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Jeff Muschik (AR1); Jose da Silva (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: Cloudy and 63 Degrees
DAL – Tesho Akindele 4(Penalty Kick) 5’
NE – Juan Agudelo 3 (Lee Nguyen 4) 23’
NE – Lee Nguyen 3 (Penalty Kick) 26’
DAL – Atiba Harris 1 (Kellyn Acosta 2) 36’
DAL – Fabian Castillo 3 (Unassisted) 70’
DAL – Tesho Akindele 5 (Kellyn Acosta 3) 90’
NE – Bobby Shuttleworth (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 3’
DAL – Maynor Figuero (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 43’
DAL – Victor Ulloa (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 82’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney (Daigo Kobayashi 67’), Samba, Andrew Farrell, Je-Vaughn Watson; Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie (Diego Fagundez 28’); Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 75’); Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, London Woodberry, Teal Bunbury
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris; Fabian Castillo (Mauro Rosales 83’), Victor Ulloa, Carlos Gruezo, Ryan Hollingshead (Agustin Jara 88’); Tesho Akindele, Michael Barrios (Kellyn Acosta 8’)
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Estaban Ortiz, Timo Pitter, Carlos Lizarazo