Fagundez helps Revs on both ends
Diego Fagundez scored the game-winner and cleared a dangerous D.C. shot off the line to steer the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win over D.C. United on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
Fagundez denied a Daniel Woolard header off the line in the 10th minute, then tipped a 1-1 game in the Revolution’s favor when he tallied in the 63rd minute.
With the win, the Revolution close out their three-game road trip 2-1-0 and improve their record to 8-7-6 (30 points). D.C. United remains winless in their last five (0-4-1), as their record dropped to 2-15-4 (10 points).
What it means: It turns out that the third time was a charm for the Revolution when pitted against the bottom-feeding United. After settling for a disappointing 0-0 draw on June 8, then losing 3-1 in the Open Cup quarterfinals on June 26, the Revolution finally found a way to beat the worst team in MLS. With two straight wins -- and on the road, no less -- against lower-ranked teams, the Revolution finally are starting to get maximum points from winnable games.
Stat of the game: Saturday’s win gave the Revolution their first set of consecutive wins on the road in more than six years. The last time they won consecutive games on the road came on May 12 (3-2 at Los Angeles) and May 19, 2007 (1-0 at Houston).
Fagundez finding groove again: After going without a goal in six straight games between June 8 and July 17, Fagundez tallied in his second straight game. On the season, Fagundez has a team-high seven goals.
Alston returns: Kevin Alston made his first appearance since being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia back in April when he came on for Dimitry Imbongo in the 84th minute. The fifth-year fullback played in the club’s first four games of the season before receiving the diagnosis, which prompted him to take a leave of absence to receive treatment. He officially rejoined the roster on July 15.
Caldwell left off lineup again: Scott Caldwell found himself on the bench for the second straight game with Clyde Simms manning the defensive midfield role at the opening whistle. But it wasn’t long before Caldwell entered the game, as coach Jay Heaps inserted him at halftime for Simms.
Next up: With their three-game road trip in the books, the Revolution returns home Aug. 4 for their first game of the season against Toronto FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.