FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For veteran midfielder Andy Dorman, the opportunity to start in Saturday’s clash against the Crew had been a long time coming.
Nearly six months since he last saw his name on the starting lineup, the 31-year-old Welshman stepped onto the pitch and played a major role in the Revolution’s 3-2 victory over the Crew.
“It was nice, to be honest,” Dorman said. “I haven’t played too much this season, so it was nice to get out there and get the three points.”
On Saturday, Dorman hardly looked like a player who’s played sparingly this season. Despite the fact that he’d been limited to a mere 83 minutes since his last start on April 20, Dorman did more than just fill in for Lee Nguyen, who was suspended for Saturday’s clash.
In the 31st minute, he was cut down by Ethan Finlay inside the attacking third, which gave the Revolution a favorable spot for a free kick. Seconds later, Kelyn Rowe hit a curling delivery that A.J. Soares met with his forehead before it fell into the net for the opening goal.
“He’s such a vet,” Soares said of Dorman. “He’s a pro; he can come on the field and be one of the best players, if he’s gotten minutes recently or not. He was big time. He defended hard and he went forward.”
Although the Crew came back with a Dominic Oduro equalizer in the 59th minute, Dorman once again created just enough havoc to set up another Revolution goal. After Matt Lampson initially denied Rowe in the 68th minute, Dorman collected the rebound before he was brought down by Tony Tchani. Referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot, where Chris Tierney slotted the penalty through to put the Revolution back in command.
After putting in the grunt work to set up the first two goals, Dorman provided the assist for the Revolution's game-winner. Shortly after Aaron Schoenfeld’s goal tied the game again in the 71st minute, he received a pass from Dimitry Imbongo and went down the left flank before finding Diego Fagundez at the far post, where the teenager nonchalantly tapped it through for the game-winner in the 76th minute.
“I was trying to shoot across the goal and Diego is always in those spots to sneak a goal,” Dorman said. “He got another important goal for the team.”
While Dorman drew plenty of praise from teammates after the match, perhaps his biggest fan was coach Jay Heaps, who called his veteran midfielder’s performance “gigantic.”
“He’s put his time in, his work in,” Heaps said. “I wish I could say more. There’s so much to say about it, because he works so hard. He won everything in the air that he could get his head to, he controlled the middle, and to me, it showed he was a player that wanted to win it and he was the one who got the game-winning assist.”
Heaps also revealed that he actually wanted to give Dorman the start last week in Montreal, but an 86th-minute red card at New York the week before kept the midfielder from seeing the pitch at Stade Saputo.
While Dorman admitted that the pair of red cards he collected in his previous four appearances certainly didn’t bolster his case for additional playing time, he was pleased that he got the chance to be a factor in his team’s most important win to date.
“I’m just glad I got the opportunity today and more importantly we got the three points,” Dorman said. “It’s about the team and to make the playoffs, and we have another big step next week."