Thanks to a 2-1 win over the New York RedBulls, the New England Revolution are the best team in the Eastern conference. In a hard fought, intense game, and goals from Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe, New England earned a well deserved 2-1 win over the Redbulls. This win also see’s their unbeaten and win streak improve. New England now have won 6 games in a row, and are unbeaten in 8 straight games. Just like last season, the Revs are peaking at the right time, towards the end of the regular season, in time for the final playoff push.
“it was a fight from the opening whistle, two teams that were desperately trying to leave their mark in the game, and it was almost more of a fight than a football match. And the happens because you have two teams who play similar styles and don’t want to give away anything.”
“I was really proud of our guys. We were able to rotate the roster enough to make sure we had some legs. We had only two days rest and they had four, we needed to insert some life into out lineup and I thought our guys did and awesome job.” Jay Heaps post match
After beating Toronto on the road on Sunday 3-1, New England will play their next match this Saturday, in Montreal. A busy stretch of 3 games in 6 days, and so far they have won 2 out of 3, all against teams currently holding a playoff spot. But this game against the RedBulls I think was a good measuring stick, because the RedBulls are, or were the best in the East, and New England won two games out of three against them this season.
With a congested schedule this week, we had the chance to see some familiar faces. Juan Agudelo started this game in place of Charlie Davies, and his impact was immediate, because he would assist the first goal of the game, right at the 2nd minute of the match. Lee Nguyen, off a free kick at midfield, would launch a long pass over the top, where Juan would flick the ball to Diego, who buried the shot passed Luis Robles, NYRB keeper on the short side.
“He was physical tonight. I think it showed, he played against two guys who are physical. I take my hat off to Juan, he has put in the work since his injury, and fell out of form with him fitness and not getting on the field as much as he liked. He battled tonight, he really led the charge, and not just getting the assist, but also extending the play and get us up the field.” Jay Heaps on Juan’s performance
Diego also continued his recent form. Not only did he score on the first goal, but he was all over the field defensively. He even cleared the ball off the line on a corner kick, and chased down a bad pass that was intercepted and won the ball back.