Saturday night, the New England Revolution extended its winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium for a crowd of 19,665.
Calum Mallace, assisted by Jack McInerney and Mamadou Danso, put Montreal ahead 1-0 early, but Kelyn Rowe equalized with a blast from distance in the 23rd minute. Rowe’s goal was his third goal of the season and the 13th goal of his career.
“It doesn’t matter what (Kelyn Rowe’s) doing, he’ll shoot from everywhere,” said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. “Kelyn has a cannon. He shoots the heck out of the ball.”
Two minutes later, Lee Nguyen, assisted by Charlie Davies and Jermaine Jones, scored the game-winner for his 13th goal of the season and league-leading seventh game-winner this year. In his last eight games, Nguyen has recorded seven goals and three assists. Jones now has three assists in four games since joining the club.
“(Lee Nguyen’s) special,” said Heaps. “Look what he did again. I think in terms of his game, in terms of seeing the game and understanding it right now, he’s reading it really well, playing really well, but he’s also creating and I think that’s why he’s so dangerous.”
Montreal’s Krzysztof Krol was shown a second yellow card and ejected for a foul on Kelyn Rowe in the 62nd minute, but the the 10-man Impact fell back and allowed no more damage.
New England (13-12-3, 42 pts.) stand third in the Eastern Conference and seventh across MLS. Montreal (5-17-6, 21 pts.) fell to the very bottom of 19-team MLS.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps started Daigo Kobayashi, Teal Bunbury and Davies instead of Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez and Patrick Mullins. Geoffrey Castillion made his Revolution debut in the game, coming on for Charlie Davies in the 76th minute.
The Revolution are back in action on Saturday, September 20 when they travel to Ohio to face the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet
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MTL – Calum Mallace 1 (Jack McInerney 2, Mamadou Danso 1) 13’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 3 (unassisted) 23’
NE – Lee Nguyen 13 (Charlie Davies 3, Jermaine Jones 3) 25’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell; Kelyn Rowe, Daigo Kobayashi, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (Scott Caldwell 46’), Teal Bunbury (Diego Fagundez 76’); Charlie Davies (Geoffrey Castillion 76’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, Kevin Alston, Steve Neumann
STATS: Shots 18, Shots on target 10, Saves 1, Corner kicks 6, Offsides 0, Fouls 14, Possession 57.4%, Passes 498 (85.1%)
Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins; Krzysztof Krol, Wandrille Lefevre (Heath Pearce 81’), Mamadou Danso, Eric Miller; Calum Mallace, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, Andres Romero (Issey Nakajima-Farran 61’), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Louis Beland-Goyette 75’), Dilly Duka, Jack McInerney
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Ignacio Piatti, Marco Di Vaio
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 2, Saves 8, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 0, Fouls 16, Possession 42.6%, Passes 369 (79.1%)
NE – Andrew Farrell (caution) 17’
MTL – Krzysztof Krol (caution) 47’
NE – Teal Bunbury (caution) 48’
MTL – Krzysztof Krol (caution/ejection) 62’
MTL – Wandrille Lefevre (caution) 65’
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Bill Ditmar (AR1), Brian Dunn (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero