Nguyen Scores as Revolution Win
The New England Revolution entered Saturday night’s game against NYCFC with the goal of snapping their six-game losing streak. In front of a home crowd of 28,811 and with a tweaked lineup, the Revs accomplished that goal in convincing fashion, winning 1-0.
With club captain Jose Gonçalves’ weak play as of late, Revolution manager Jay Heaps made the bold decision to keep Gonçalves out of the lineup completely. He started regular right back London Woodberry in his place at center halfback, with Jeremy Hall filling in on the right. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was kept out due to a midweek concussion, so Brad Knighton took up the keeper duties.
The Revolution scored their first and only goal in the 12th minute following an impressive team display. Daigo Kobayashi back-heeled a short pass to Diego Fagundez at the top of the box. Fagundez then laid a perfect diagonal through-ball to Lee Nguyen, who cut back and quickly unleashed a curling goal past the keeper. The score would remain 1-0 for the rest of the match.
NYCFC did threaten, often due to the impressive technical ability of David Villa. However, New England’s defense played surprisingly well--Woodberry and Hall were standouts against Villa. Knighton was the excellent performer on the defensive side of the field for the day, making a few outstanding saves and disrupting New York’s play all over the field.
NYCFC suffered an ejection in the 55th minute when Ned Grabavoy went in studs-up on Kobayashi. Once that happened, the field was open for New England, who had many goalscoring opportunities during the rest of the match, but they failed to convert. Charlie Davies in particular had a few chances that he failed to convert.
The best players on the offensive side of the ball were Nguyen and Fagundez, who ran the counterattack to perfection. Fagundez in particular was instrumental in the Revs’ creative play that could’ve seen them score three or four more times on the evening.
The Revs will look to start a win streak next Saturday when they visit the Chicago Fire.