Saturday, April 12, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Revolution 2, Dynamo 0
By Brian O'Connell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn't exactly ice cold, but the dish the Revolution served to the Dynamo still must have tasted a lot like revenge.
Six weeks after the Dynamo handed New England its worst loss in nearly four years, the Revolution grabbed goals from Kevin Alston and Jerry Bengtson and held on to secure a 2-0 win on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Alston, who was penciled in at left back after a hip injury kept starter Chris Tierney out of the lineup, scored in the 68th minute. Bengtson, who hadn't scored since the 2013 season opener, came off the bench to score in the 91st minute.
Bobby Shuttleworth, who was rarely tested, collected his second clean sheet of the season in the process.
The late goals from Alston and Bengtson helped give the Revolution their first home victory of the season, while the Dynamo dropped their third straight game.
What it means: It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch, but then again, it never is when the Dynamo come to town. Even so, the local XI found a way to win in the most unlikely of fashions. Alston, who entered the game scoreless during his six year MLS career, grabbed a pass from Teal Bunbury and fired a shot that lodged itself into the twine. The questions surrounding the Revolution offense will likely live on for another week, but the fact that they managed to secure three points is nevertheless a promising development.
Stat of the match: The Revolution collected a season-high six shots on target on Saturday. Entering their contest with the Dynamo, the Revolution had collected a league-worst 2.8 shots on target per game.
Heaps banned: Revolution coach Jay Heaps was forced to watch Saturday's match from afar after he was ejected in the 90th minute of last week's clash against D.C. United. Assistant Tom Soehn took the reins in Heaps' place.
Skipper suffers knock: Revolution captain Jose Goncalves was forced out of the match in the 41st minute due to a quad injury he suffered following a hard challenge from Ricardo Clark. The reigning Defender of the Year, who had not missed a single minute due to injury during his MLS career, was subbed out for Darrius Barnes.
Holes in Houston's lineup: Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear was forced to undertake some lineup shuffling with center back David Horst (red card suspension) and midfielder Brad Davis (sprained ankle) unavailable. Rookie AJ Cochran slid into Horst's spot, while former University of Connecticut star Tony Cascio filled in for Davis in the midfield.
Next up: The Revolution will hit the road next week to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday, April 19. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET. Last year, the Revolution went 2-1-0 against the Fire.