The game in 100 words (or less): Brrr. It was cold, snowy and miserable at Gillette Stadium — so much so that the yellow ball (why isn’t it orange?) was in play. The Revolution completely dominated the first half — both on the scoreboard and the run of play — before the Earthquakes finally woke up from their cross-country trip and the early afternoon kickoff. The Revs desperately needed a solid performance — and the three points to match — and they got it. Next, they get Jermaine Jones back.
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Three moments that mattered
21′ — Rowe’s deflected shot finds twine — If you can believe it, Kelyn Rowe’s deflected, long-range effort 21 minutes into the Revs’ fourth game of the season was the team’s first goal of 2015. It was fully deserved, too, as the Revs were absolutely crushing the ‘Quakes.
37′ — Rowe’s second, and this could get out of hand — Chris Tierney swung in the immaculate free kick — as you do, Chris — and while the initial header from Darrius Barnes bounced wide, Rowe was stalking the ball at the back post and hit the rebound home from a tight angle.
62′ — Wondolowski makes it a game again — Chris Wondolowski was 12-for-16 from the penalty spot in his MLS career. Make that 13-for-17, after Scott Caldwell tripped Clarence Goodson inside the penalty area. Game on, but can the ‘Quakes muster another?
Man of the match: Kelyn Rowe — A pair of goals, including the game winner, make the 23-year-old the easy selection. Rowe was more than a handful up and down the left side of attack, keeping the speedy Marvell Wynne busy and inside his own half the entire time he was on the field.
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Tierney, Goncalves, Farrell, Barnes, Caldwell, Kobayashi, Rowe, Nguyen, Agudelo (Neumann 71′), Davies (Okoli 83′)
Goals: Rowe (21′, 37′)
San Jose Earthquakes: Bingham, Wynne (Cato 55′), Bernardez, Goodson, Francis, Pierazzi, Koval (Jahn 46′), Nyassi (Salinas 46′), Perez Garcia, Emeghara, Wondolowski
Goals: Wondolowski (62′)