Wednesday, the New England Revolution snapped its eight-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. for a crowd of 13,831. Midfielder Lee Nguyen factored in all three goals and now leads the team with seven goals.
With the win, New England (8-11-2, 26 pts.) climbed back into the playoff bracket in the third spot in the Eastern Conference and 10th across MLS. Colorado (8-7-6, 30 pts.), who suffered just their second loss to the Revs since 2008, now stand fourth in the Western Conference and sixth overall.
Nguyen forced Colorado Drew Moor to score an own goal in the 10th minute and New England rode the 1-0 lead into the half. Nguyen then scored his 16th career goal off a brilliant free kick in the 75th minute to make it 2-0 after Colorado’s Thomas Piermayr was sent off with second yellow card. Nguyen then set up Kelyn Rowe’s smashing goal, his first of the season and 11th career strike, for the final 3-0 score.
“Lee (Nguyen) is for me one of the best players in his position in the league,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “I think when he’s playing well, he’s leading the attack in the other team’s half. He’s not dropping back too deep. He’s getting the ball in advanced positions and he’s running at teams because he has that innate ability to find the open guy or take the shot himself. He set up Kelyn (Rowe) perfectly.”
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves to post his fifth shutout of the season, and the team’s first since May 11. 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, and was replaced by Patrick Mullins in the 62nd minute. Kevin Alston started at left back, replacing Chris Tierney, who’s recovering from an MCL sprain. Steve Neumann replaced Diego Fagundez in the 72nd minute and
Daigo Kobayashi replaced Rowe at midfield in the 84th minute.
“Kelyn had that tough hamstring injury and he’s fought hard to get back,” said Rowe. “Kelyn, to me, has all the talent in the world and when he’s playing well he’s almost unstoppable and we need him to be a good team. I’m happy to have him back.”
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 and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England.
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NE – Drew Moor (own goal) 10
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%)
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