Saturday, May 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Revs 2, Toronto FC 0
By Brian O'Connell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The hot hand of Diego Fagundez carried the Revolution (4-4-4, 16 points) to a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC (1-7-4, 7 points) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Fagundez scored in his third straight game when he volleyed a Chris Tierney cross through in the 23rd minute, while Juan Agudelo scored in his second straight in the 90+3 minute. Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a pair of saves to pick up his second straight clean sheet.
With the win, the Revolution secured their second straight win and are unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1). For Toronto, Saturday's loss extended their losing streak to five, and pushed their winless streak to 10 (0-6-4).
What it means: Riding the high of last week's 2-0 win in Houston, the Revolution went into Saturday's game against Toronto with a visible swagger. Fagundez wasted little time putting the attack on his shoulders again when he scored on a beautiful volley midway through the first half. Although Toronto found opportunities to equalize in the latter stages, Agudelo's stoppage-time strike ensured that there would be no post-Houston hangover in front of the home crowd. With their next two at home, it was the kind of win that could set the tone for the rest of the homestand, and even beyond.
Stat of the game: The 23rd-minute goal from Fagundez marked the first time the Revolution scored in the first half this season. Incidentally, the last time the Revolution racked up a first-half goal came from a 17th-minute strike from Fagundez in a 1-0 win over Chicago on Oct. 20, 2012.
Defense comes through again: For the second straight game, the Revolution back four kept their opponents off the board. Through its first 12 games, the Revolution have posted seven shutouts.
Bengtson's back: After getting dropped from the starting lineup for the last two games, striker Jerry Bengtson returned to the starting lineup against Toronto. In 72 minutes of action, the Honduran struggled to find chances, and didn't register a single shot.
Nguyen hits the wo0dwork ... again: For the second straight game, Lee Nguyen came within inches of scoring his second goal of the season. In the 61st minute, he raced toward Toronto's net and blasted a 25-yard shot that pounded the crossbar and dove into the turf before it strayed away. Last week, Nguyen hit the post in the 71st minute.
Next up: The Revolution will get set for game two of a three-game homestand when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m.