MLS Snapshot: NE Revolution 2-1 NY Red Bulls


The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution continued their two-month-long assault on the Eastern Conference standings Wednesday night when they knocked off the (then-)East-leading New York Red Bulls, 2-1, to complete their climb from mid-table to top of the mountain. Diego Fagundez and Mike Grella traded goals inside a thrilling first six minutes. Kelyn Rowe scored the winner with 25 minutes left to put the Revolution, who last lost on July 11 (eight games), top of the Eastern Conference (46 points) and just two points off the Vancouver Whitecaps, current leaders in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. The Red Bulls, who have now lost twice since July 4 (10 games), sit a point behind the Revs and have two games in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

2′ — Fagundez scores for 4th straight game — Fagundez is on fire (not literally) right. The 20-year-old has scored a goal in four straight games, which coincides almost perfectly with the Revs’ very fine recent run of form. Juan Agudelo’s (very fortunate) first touch set up Fagundez’s sixth goal of the season.

6′ — Grella hammers home an equlizer — Mike Grella, take a bow. There’s a huge difference between hitting a volley with power and hoping it goes somewhere useful, and delicately placing a volley right where you want it. Grella did the latter on his equalizer, and oh my, it was a beauty.

65′ — Rowe turns one home from close range — “Right place, right time.” – Kelyn Rowe, who found himself all alone behind the Red Bulls defense, somehow onside. “Wrong place, wrong time.” – Kemar Lawrence, who held Rowe onside by being about eight yards behind his nearest teammate. Oops.

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Man of the match: Diego Fagundez

Goalscorers: Fagundez (2′), Grella (6′), Rowe (65′)