FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (7-9-5; 26 pts.) defeated the Philadelphia Union (7-10-5; 26 pts.), 3-0, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. A brace from forward Kei Kamara and a late tally from forward Juan Agudelo propelled the Revolution to a second consecutive win. Midfielders Lee Nguyen and Scott Caldwell registered a pair of assists each, while both Andrew Farrell and Kelyn Rowe distributed assists for the second consecutive match.
Kamara – who became the 18th active MLS player to reach 225 starts in tonight's match – brought his career goals total to 93, which remains second most among active MLS players. Scott Caldwell submitted the first multi-assist performance of his career, while Andrew Farrell registered an assist for a second straight game.
In his first game back with the Revolution after helping the U.S. Men's National Team win the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Juan Agudelo scored his eighth goal of the season, which ties Lee Nguyen for the team lead. Nguyen, meanwhile, tallied his eighth and ninth assists of the season to move within one of the MLS lead.
New England returns to action next Saturday, August 5 when it travels to play the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. The match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will be on the call. Fans may also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 3, Philadelphia Union 0
July 29, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Break Through vs. Philadelphia, 3-0
- The Revolution defeated the Philadelphia Union, 3-0, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 7-9-5 (26 pts.) through the first 21 matches of the season.
- The Revs are now 7-2-2 in matches at Gillette Stadium this season, and have recorded at least three goals in five matches at home this season.
- With 28 goals at home this season, New England ranks first in the Eastern Conference and second in MLS in home scoring, trailing only the Houston Dynamo (30).
Kamara's 15th Career Brace Propels Revs to Victory
- Revolution forward Kei Kamara scored two goals in tonight's contest, marking his second MLS brace as a member of the Revolution. The two-goal outing gives Kamara three goals in the last two matches,
- Kamara now has 15 two-goal performances in his MLS career, which now includes 93 total regular season goals. His first brace with the Revolution came at Montreal on July 2, 2016.
- Kamara's second goal was assisted by defender Andrew Farrell, who has now recorded assists in back-to-back matches and has posted two assists in a season for the first time in his career.
Nguyen Records Pair of Assists, One Shy of League Lead
- Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen recorded two assists in tonight's contest. The midfielder now has nine assists on the year, just one shy of his career high of 10 helpers, a mark he reached in each of the last two seasons.
- With nine assists this season, Ngyuen ranks tied for sixth in MLS and is only one assist shy of the MLS lead (10), currently shared by five others players.
- Nguyen now has two multi-assist performances on the season. He previously recorded two assists on May 13 vs. Real Salt Lake.
Caldwell Records First Career Multi-Assist Performance
- Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell registered two assists in tonight's contest, the first multi-assist performance of his professional career.
- Caldwell has now recorded four assists on the year, one shy of his career high of five assists set in 2015.
Agudelo Tallies 40th MLS Goal in Return from U.S. Men's National Team
- Revolution forward Juan Agudelo scored his eighth goal of the season in tonight's match, tying him with Lee Nguyen for the team lead in goals through 21 matches.
- Agudelo now has 40 goals in his MLS career and 29 career goals with the Revolution, which still ranks eighth on the club's all-time list.
Rowe Adds Sixth Assist of Campaign
- Midfielder Kelyn Rowe registered the assist on Kei Kamara's 38th minute goal. Rowe now has six assists on the season and has recorded helpers in each of the last two matches. Rowe also recorded assists in consecutive matches earlier this season, when he provided helpers on April 22 vs. D.C. United and April 29 at Seattle Sounders FC.
- Rowe is now one assist shy (37) of catching teammate Chris Tierney (38) for third place on the team's all-time assist chart.
Kamara, Rowe Reach Milestones for Games Started
- Forward Kei Kamara and midfielder Kelyn Rowe each reached milestones in tonight's match.
- Kamara made his 225th career regular season MLS start and is now one of 18 active players to have reached that mark.
- Rowe made his 175th career MLS/Revolution appearance, surpassing Taylor Twellman for seventh place on the club's all-time appearances list.
Revolution Make Two Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on July 22 vs. LA Galaxy. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper replaced Brad Knighton in net, while forward Teal Bunbury replaced defender Chris Tierney.
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner was unavailable for selection as he remains on loan with the Richmond Kickers (USL).
- 4th minute (POST) – Forward Teal Bunbury gets in alone with Union goalkeeper John McCarthy, but his bid to open scoring early hits the woodwork(WATCH).
- 24th minute (SHOT) – Midfielder Diego Fagundez maneuvers down the right flank of Philadelphia's 18-yard box and gets a shot on frame, but McCarthy is positioned to swat the try out of bounds (WATCH).
- 38th minute (GOAL) – Midfielder Kelyn Rowe sends a deft cross into the box, which forward Kei Kamara connects with an acrobatic, leaping flick to put New England ahead (WATCH).
- 45th minute (SHOT) – Kelyn Rowe unleashes a curling shot from distance that forces a sprawling, full-stretch save from John McCarthy (WATCH).
- 49th minute (CHANCE) – Teal Bunbury tees up Diego Fagundez for an shot on net as the Revolution get numbers forward, but Fagundez's shot is cleared off the line by Union defender Jack Elliott (WATCH).
- 69th minute (CLEARANCE) – Kei Kamara makes an impact on the defensive end of the field, leaping for a headed clearance that denies Philadelphia a potential equalizer off a corner kick (WATCH).
- 85th minute (GOAL) – Kei Kamara secures his brace, one-timing a right footed shot via a grounded cross from Andrew Farrell under the outstretched arms of John McCarthy (WATCH).
- 89th minute (GOAL) – Juan Agudelo ices the game with a header at the back post, finishing a well-paced cross from Scott Caldwell (WATCH).
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Jose Da Silva (AR2)
Fourth Official: Sorin Soica
Weather: 66 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Kei Kamara 6 (Kelyn Rowe 6, Scott Caldwell 3) 38'
NE – Kei Kamara 7 (Andrew Farrell 2, Lee Nguyen 8) 85'
NE – Juan Agudelo 8 (Scott Caldwell 4, Lee Nguyen 9) 89'
PHI – Oguchi Onyewu (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 29'
NE – Gershon Koffie (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 34'
PHI – Giliano Wijnaldum (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 76'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Kelyn Rowe, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie; Diego Fagundez (Je-Vaughn Watson 83'), Scott Caldwell; Lee Nguyen © (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 90'); Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 67')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Daigo Kobayashi, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry
Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy; Giliano Wijnaldum, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin ©, Alejandro Bedoya; Marcus Epps (Fafa Picault 60'), Roland Alberg (Ilsinho 60'), Chris Pontius (Jay Simpson 84'), C.J. Sapong
Substitutes Not Used: Jake McGuire, Keegan Rosenberry, Joshua Yaro, Warren Creavalle