One game in 100 words: The action-packed first half was no model for the future. Both teams begun an offensive onslaught that had the score tied, 2-2, at the halftime whistle. The pace slowed later on in the drenched, rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium. Although the Galaxy were without Irish international Robbie Keane supplying first-rate experience and quality up front, the goals were present to offer a winnable game for LA, with rookie Ignacio Maganto stepping up and Zardes applying the opportunistic striker’s touch. New England were missing vital players–Lee Nguyen, Chris Tierney and Jermaine Jones (left this game injured)–but in the end still find themselves slotted at second place in the Eastern Conference. LA stands at fifth place in the West.
New England: Teal Bunbury 5′, Diego Fagundez 37′
Los Angeles: Ignacio Maganto 18′ ,Gyasi Zardes 27′
Three moments that mattered
5’ — Bunbury ready at the back post — Recent USMNT call-up Juan Agudelo drilled a spinning through ball to midfielder Scott Caldwell on the left side of the box, and he consequently knocked a pass to the opposite post as Teal Bunbury rushed to meet it with his right foot. LA goalie Jamie Penedo dove hard to the ground, but Bunbury elevated his shot just enough for the goal. The Revs were off and running.
27’ — Zardes pulls Galaxy ahead — Ignacio Maganto, haven pinpointed a lobbed pass to Jose Villarreal, his back to the goal, and the Galaxy youth product flicked a exceptional back heel to Gyasi Zardes running into the box on goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s right. Kevin Alston slid to the turf aiming to block the impeding attempt, but Zardes hit it at the perfect time to beat Shuttleworth in the lower corner.
37’ — Fagundez levels it — The Revolution had confidence in their homegrown star to confidently rifle in this one, and Diego Fagundez met these expectations wonderfully. Off a set piece located on the outskirts of the penalty area, the Massachusetts native struck a curving try that bent downward and into the back of the net. Penedo’s side-to-side run wasn’t quick enough and the Galaxy had relinquished their advantage already.
New England: Charlie Davies (Kelyn Rowe 69′); Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Kevin Alston; Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones (Andy Dorman 35′), Teal Bunbury, Diego Fagundez (Daigo Kobayashi 77′), Juan Agudelo
LA: Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal (Alan Gordon 28′–Edson Buddle 69′); Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan (Mika Vayrynen 65′), Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Oscar Sorto; Stefan Ishizaki, Juninho, Baggio Husidic, Ignacio Maganto