New England's Second-Half Goals Extinguish the Fire
The New England Revolution entered their Saturday match against the Chicago Fire winless in their last six. For the first half of the game, it looked like that streak may well continue.
Toward the back end of the first half, the Fire challenged New England’s defense often, and Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was forced to make a few difficult saves. Neither team went to the locker room with a clear advantage. When they emerged for the second half, a whole new game commenced.
In the 48th minute, Diego Fagundez packed the first of New England’s one-two punch. Chris Tierney’s corner kick caromed off the back of a Fire defender high into the air at the top of the box. Fagundez saw his chance coming, and volleyed a laser shot past the Fire keeper for a quick golazo.
It only took two minutes for New England to build on their lead. Teal Bunbury’s mistimed volley found the head of Charlie Davies, who buried his sixth goal of the season to suddenly bring the game to 2-0.
The Revs sat back further for the rest of the game to protect their lead, and they finished with their first clean sheet win since Real Salt Lake visited Gillette on April 25th. It was a much-needed win for New England.
Jermaine Jones recently had surgery, and Andy Dorman looks to be a solid replacement for the near future as we await a timetable for his recovery. Regular starter Juan Agudelo started a match for the U.S. men’s national team week, so he was a late-game sub in this one as he recovered. It was encouraging to see an excellent performance from Fagundez, as he is often an inconsistent player.
The Revs have two games next week, as they are in action in Boston for the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup against the Charlotte Independence in the midweek game before they go to RFK Memorial Stadium in the nation’s capital to play D.C. United next Sunday.