Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Revolution 2, Crew 0
By Brian O'Connell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Revolution ended their winless streak at 10 after Dimitry Imbongo scored his first MLS goal to steer the hosts to a 2-0 win over the Crew at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.
Imbongo, who filled in up top with Jerry Bengtson away on national team duty for Honduras, scored in the 53rd minute to break a scoreless game. The Revolution, who hadn't won since July 8, benefited from a Chad Marshall own goal in the 74th minute to extend the lead.
Meanwhile, Matt Reis made three saves to earn his second straight shutout.
With the win, the Revolution's record goes to 7-14-7 (28 points) while the Crew fall to 12-9-6 (42 points) and see their unbeaten streak snapped at six.
Rare win over Columbus: With Wednesday's win, the Revolution grabbed their first win over the Crew since a 1-0 victory at Crew Stadium on October 25, 2009. Prior to Wednesday's game, the Revolution had gone 0-4-2 in their previous six against the Crew.
Feilhaber fails to find the field: Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who started Saturday's game against the Union, was listed among the game-day 18, but did not make it onto the field during Wednesday's win.
Defense missing key pieces again: For the second straight game, AJ Soares and Chris Tierney were not a part of the Revolution starting XI, though Tierney did come on as a 73rd-minute substitute.
Bengtson unavailable: Revolution designated player Jerry Bengtson was not available for selection Wednesday after he was called up by his native Honduras for a pair of World Cup qualifiers on Friday and Tuesday.
Imbongo gets the start: With the absence of Bengtson, reserve striker Dimitry Imbongo got the start alongside Diego Fagundez. Prior to the game, Imbongo had played in three games with one start for the Revolution, who signed him on July 16.
Next up: The Revolution will enjoy a 10-day respite before they hit road for a conference clash on Sept. 15 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.