Late goals lifted the New England Revolution over current MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, for a crowd of 14,806. Sporting KC dominated possession throughout the game despite playing a man down since the 74th minute, but took its foot off the pedal in the final minutes to give all three points to New England with the 2-0 result.
The Revolution (3-3-2, 11 pts.) now stands fourth in the Eastern Conference, eighth across MLS, and is unbeaten at Gillette Stadium in its last six games (4-0-2). Kansas City (3-2-2, 11 pts.) now holds the second spot in the East and stands fifth overall.
"The last couple of games were pretty intense, but I think anytime you stay in a grind – I thought we grinded it out," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "We were not perfect by any mean. I thought we gave the ball away way too much. I thought we made the mistake on the free kick that almost led to their goal, (which) is almost unforgivable at our level. That said, we stayed with it."
Teal Bunbury’s scored the game-winning stoppage-time goal, which is his first as a member of the Revolution. Bunbury’s goal came against his former club and it was his first goal since August 11, 2012. Diego Fagundez's assist was his first assist of this season and the 11th of his young career.
Lee Nguyen added the insurance goal by converting a penalty three minutes later after Oriol Rosell handled the ball off a rebound. Both goals came after Sporting KC’s Aurelien Collin was ejected in the 74th minute for a stud-up tackle on Fagundez. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his third shutout of the season and his 16th-career clean sheet.
The Revolution made two lineup changes after their draw with Chicago last weekend, with Chris Tierney replacing suspended Kevin Alston at left back and Jerry Bengtson coming in for Saer Sene on top. Bunbury started on the right wing as Kelyn Rowe remained sidelined with a left hamstring strain. Defender Jose Goncalves missed his second consecutive game with a right quadriceps strain.
The Revolution next travel to Canada to face Toronto FC on Saturday, May 3, at BMO Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET. and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England
NE – Teal Bunbury (Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez) 92+
NE – Lee Nguyen (PK) 95+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Scott Caldwell 72), Andy Dorman © (Steve Neumann 79), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury, Jerry Bengtson (Charlie Davies 57)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Stephen McCarthy, O’Brian Woodbine, Patrick Mullins
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 4, Saves 1, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 13, Possession 47.4%, Passes 315 (72.4%)
Sporting Kansas City: Eric Kronberg, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler ©, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers, Benny Feilhaber, Oriol Rosell, Toni Dovale (Alex Martinez 44, Lawrence Olum 76), Graham Zusi, Dom Dwyer, Sal Zizzo (Jacob Peterson 55)
Substitutes Not Used: Claudio Bieler, Andy Gruenebaum, Igor Juliao, Soony Saad
STATS: Shots 14, Shots on target 1, Saves 2, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 0, Fouls 17, Possession 52.6%, Passes 346 (79.5%)
SKC – Toni Dovale (caution) 41
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 47
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 71
SKC – Aurelien Collin (ejection) 74
SKC – Dom Dwyer (caution) 88
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Matthew Nelson
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez