Saturday, July 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Revs 2, Earthquakes 0
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo each scored to give the New England Revolution to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Sene opened the scoring with a 25-yard blast in the 13th minute, while Imbongo scored the insurance goal from a Lee Nguyen cross in the 78th minute. Bobby Shuttleworth made two saves to collect his eighth clean sheet of the season.
The 2-0 victory snapped the Revolution's three-game winless streak (0-1-2) upped their record to 6-5-6 (24 points). The loss sank the Earthquakes, who have lost their last two, to 5-9-6 (21 points).
What it means: For the Revolution, who hadn't won since a 5-0 thrashing of the Galaxy, Saturday's win is exactly what they needed to get back in the postseason conversation. With the second half of the season on the horizon, the Revolution wasted no time dictating the tempo, albeit against an Earthquakes side severely depleted by injuries, suspension, and national team call-ups. Even so, Jay Heaps has to feel good about the way his players responded following a frustrating 1-1 draw against Chivas USA last week -- a draw that doesn't feel as much like a loss in the wake of Saturday's win.
Stat of the game: In a game in which the Revolution could've collected twice as many goals with greater precision, the hosts recorded nine shots on goal versus just two from San Jose.
Simms out, Caldwell in: After starting last week's game against Chivas USA, veteran center half Clyde Simms was benched in favor of rookie Scott Caldwell. The 22-year-old Homegrown Player went 90 minutes and played a couple of keen balls ahead to Chad Barrett in the first half.
Barrett gets start: With Jerry Bengtson's less than stellar performance against the Goats last week, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps elected to start Chad Barrett up top. Barrett scored the 88th-minute equalizer off the bench in the 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center.
Next up: The Revolution will remain at home for a second straight week when they host the Houston Dynamo on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET.