Recap: Furious second-half fightback comes up short as Revs fall to Fire, 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (5-5-6; 20 pts.) fell to the Chicago Fire (9-3-4; 31 pts.), 2-1, before a crowd of 21,548 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chicago forwards Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored in the 18th and 61st minutes, respectively, and although Antonio Delamea pulled one back for New England in the 70th minute, the Revolution couldn't find an equalizer despite a flurry of late chances and 18 second-half shots – the most by an MLS team in a single half this season.

New England's home unbeaten streak is snapped at 11 games with the loss, marking the third-best run in club history. The Revolution went unbeaten in 12 straight games from 2004-05, and in 17 straight games from 2014-15.  New England finished tonight's match with 24 total shots, the fourth most by an MLS team this season. 

With a goal from Delamea, the Revolution have now seen a player open his MLS scoring account in three consecutive games following Xavier Kouassi (May 27 at NYC) and Benjamin Angoua (June 3 vs. TOR). Defender Donnie Smith also scored his first professional goal in the team's U.S. Open Cup win on June 14 against the Rochester Rhinos.

New England returns to action on June 23, when it travels to Canada for the first time this season to face Toronto FC at BMO Field. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.

New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 2

June 17, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Revolution Fall to Chicago Fire 2-1, Snap Home Unbeaten Streak at 11

  • The Revolution fell to the Chicago Fire, 2-1, on Saturday night, bringing New England's record to 5-5-6 (20 pts.) through the first 16 matches of the season.
  • New England's record at homes moves to 5-1-2 on the year, ending the team's home unbeaten streak at 11 games. This marks the Revs' first loss at home since Aug. 20, 2016 vs. Columbus.
  • The 11-game unbeaten run at home marks the third-best home stretch in club history, as New England earned points in 12 consecutive home contests from 2004-05, and went 17 straight games at home without a loss from 2014-15.

Nguyen Leads Team, League in Chances Created

·Midfielder Lee Nguyen led all Revolution players in five chances created. After tonight's match, Nguyen has created 46 chances, leading all MLS players this season.

·Nguyen's five chances created marks an MLS-high fourth time the midfielder has created at least five chances in an MLS contest this season.

Delamea Opens MLS Account, Cuts Lead in Second Half

·Defender Antonio Delamea scored his first career MLS goal in the 70th minute of tonight's contest. The Slovenian has now recorded both a goal and an assist this season, while being the only Revs player to see every minute of action in the regular season to date.

·For the third consecutive match, a Revolution player has opened his MLS account. Xavier Kouassi recorded his first goal against New York City FC on May 31, and Benjamin Angoua posted his first goal against Toronto FC on June 3.

·Across all competitions, this is the fourth consecutive match a Revs player has scored his first goal, as midfielderDonnie Smith registered his first professional goal against the Rochester Rhinos in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 14.

Agudelo Earns Second Assist of Season

·Forward Juan Agudelo recorded the assist on Antonio Delamea's 70th minute goal. The Barnegat, N.J. native has two assists on the year, three shy of his career high set in his 2016 Golden Boot campaign.

Revolution Record Fourth-Most Shots in a Match This Season

·New England recorded 24 shots in tonight's contest, setting the club's season-high and the Revs' most since posting 25 shots vs. Montreal on Oct. 23, 2016.

·Tonight's total is the fourth-most shots recorded by an MLS team in a single match this season.

  • The Revs registered 18 second-half shots, which are the most shots in a single half by any MLS team this season.

Revolution Maintain Starting XI for First Time in 2017

·Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps kept the club’s starting lineup intact after its most recent match on June 3 vs. Toronto FC. Tonight's match marks the first time this season the Revs have kept the starting lineup unchanged from the previous contest.

·Goalkeeper Matt Turner was unavailable for selection in tonight's match as he is currently on loan with the Richmond Kickers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18th minute (GOAL) – Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic opens the scoring for the away side with his league-leading 13th goal of the season (WATCH).
  • 30th minute (CHANCE) – Kei Kamara and Diego Fagundez get in behind Chicago's back line and nearly combine for a goal, but Kamara's grounded cross across the goal mouth has slightly too much pace for Fagundez to connect(WATCH).
  • 37th minute (CHANCE) – Kelyn Rowe gets a clean look on net from the right side of Chicago's 18-yard box, but his grounded shot skids just beyond the far post (WATCH).
  • 49th minute (CHANCE) – Diego Fagundez takes on three Fire defenders and unleashes a right-footed shot from 17 yards out, but Chicago goalkeeper Matt Lampson parries it out of play (WATCH).
  • 49th minute (CHANCE) – On the ensuing corner kick, Lee Nguyen connects with Antonio Delamea at the back post, but Lampson makes an impressive save to preserve the visitor's lead (WATCH).
  • 61st minute (GOAL) – Fire forward Luis Solignac gives the visitors an insurance goal (WATCH).
  • 70th minute (GOAL) – Antonio Delamea pulls one back for the Revolution with the first goal of his MLS career, cleaning up a loose ball in front of the goal with a header (WATCH).
  • 82nd minute (CHANCE) – Seeking a late equalizer, Juan Agudelo finds Teal Bunbury streaking toward the net, but Bunbury can't corral the pass and it goes just wide off the near post (WATCH).
  • 86th minute (CHANCE) – After a quick combo play from Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen has a quality look in front of net, but his shot sails above the crossbar (WATCH).
  • 95th minute (CHANCE) – A chaotic scene breaks out in front of Chicago's net as New England generates a flurry of chances but can't get one through in the waning moments of the match (WATCH).

GAME CAPSULE

 

Referee: Kevin Stott

Assistant Referees: Philippe Briere (AR1), Craig Lowry (AR2)

Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica

Weather: 71 Degrees and Cloudy

Attendance: 21,548

Scoring Summary:

CHI – Nemanja Nikolic 13 (Unassisted) 18'

CHI – Luis Solignac 4 (Michael de Leeuw 4, Nemanja Nikolic 2) 61'

NE – Antonio Delamea 1 (Juan Agudelo 2) 70'

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Kelyn Rowe (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 21'

New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney (Daigo Kobayashi 71'), Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell (Juan Agudelo HT); Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen ©, Kelyn Rowe; Kei Kamara (Teal Bunbury 80')

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Josh Smith, London Woodberry, Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Brandon Vincent, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Matt Polster; Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Luis Solignac (Jonathan Campbell 73'), Juninho ©, Michael de Leeuw (Arturo Alvarez 83'); Nemanja Nikolic (Drew Conner 90'+2')

Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Cleveland, Michael Harrington, Daniel Johnson, Djordje Mihailovic