Saturday, October 19, 2013
Fagundez lifts Revs over Crew 3-2
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
Diego Fagundez beats Columbus goalkeeper Matt Lampson for the winning goal Saturday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Leave it to the teenager to save the day.
After the New England Revolution conceded the lead not once, but twice, Diego Fagundez put them ahead once and for all in the 76th minute to give them a much-needed 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
AJ Soares opened the scoring in the 32nd minute to give the Revolution (13-11-9, 48 points) the lead going into halftime. But the Crew (12-16-5, 41 points) responded in the 59th minute when Dominic Oduro beat the defense and easily beat Matt Reis. Chris Tierney slotted a 69th-minute penalty after Andy Dorman was fouled inside the 18. Not to be outdone, Aaron Schoenfeld scored in the 71st minute before Fagundez scored the game-winner five minutes later.
With the win, the Revolution won their second straight game. They are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, tied at 48 points with Houston. The top five will make the playoffs.
What it means: Even though the final three postseason spots remained up for grabs going into Saturday's clash, there's no doubt the Revolution needed all three points for the second straight week. Although Soares put the hosts in command early, the Revolution defense leaked through a pair of second-half goals to put the three points they needed in jeopardy -- until Fagundez stepped up in the 76th minute to put the Revolution up for good, despite some shaky defensive sequences in the waning minutes. But it doesn't matter how porous the defense may have been on Saturday, as the Revolution will head to Columbus for next week's season finale with a chance to claim their first postseason berth since 2009.
Stat of the game: Soares and Tierney became the 12th and 13th players to score a goal for the Revolution this season.
Reis remains unbeaten: Revolution goalkeeper Reis extended his unbeaten streak to 6-0-4 on the season.
Bengtson gets surprise start: Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson was listed on the starting XI for the first time in more than three months. His last start came in a 2-1 loss at Colorado on July 17. With Bengtson up top, starting striker Juan Agudelo switched to the right side of the midfield to replace injured midfielder Saer Sene.
Dorman replaces suspended Nguyen: With Lee Nguyen unavailable due to suspension for caution accumulation, veteran midfielder Andy Dorman took over Nguyen's spot in the central midfield. Dorman went the full 90 in his first start since a 4-1 loss at New York on April 20.
Curtain call: The Revolution will close out the regular season against the Crew on Oct. 27 at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. ET.