MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-0 Chicago Fire

0 Comments

The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution are winless (in six games) no more, after taking all three points off the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Revolution, who last tasted victory on May 9, got goals from Diego Fagundez and Charlie Davies en route to a 2-0 victory and growing their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference from two points to five. The Revs went about their business without the services of Jermaine Jones, who will miss six to eight weeks following another operation to repair a sports hernia, while the Fire were once again without 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee, who made his return from 10 months out of action just last week.

[ MORE: The rest of PST’s MLS coverage ]

Three moments that mattered

24′ — Shuttleworth closes down, saves Igboananike’s effort — Kennedy Igboananike was through on goal, one on one with Bobby Shuttleworth, after a looping through ball made its way into the Revolution penalty area. The Nigerian’s first touch was exquisite, but Shuttleworth came out quickly and made the save from a tight angle.

48′ — Fagundez slams the volley home from 18 yards — Take a bow, Fagundez, and step right this way to accept your Goal of the Week award. The corner kick bounded out of the Fire penalty box, where Fagundez waited, stalked and sized up the ball. What came next — a powerful side-volley will also be up for Goal of the Year.

50′ — Davies heads home Bunbury’s “shross” — One quickly became two for the Revs, who doubled their lead just two minutes later, thanks to the quick reflexes and heading abilities of Davies. Teal Bunbury’s shot/cross found Davies near the penalty spot, where the former (and future?) US national teamer headed home, leaving Jon Busch wondering where it all went wrong.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s MLS coverageStandings | Stats | Schedule ]

Man of the match: Diego Fagundez — Not only was his game-winning goal of phenomenal quality, but Fagundez completed 92 percent of his attempted passes and contributed three key passes for goalscoring opportunities.

LINEUPS

New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney, Dorman (Neumann 86′), Caldwell, Bunbury (Agudelo 69′), Nguyen, Fagundez (Rowe 73′), Davies

Goals: Fagundez (48′), Davies (50′)

Chicago Fire: Busch, Palmer, Adailton, Larentowicz, Gehrig, Cochrane (Johnson 64′), Cocis, Polster, Shipp, Guly (Amarikwa 77′), Igboananike