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Revolution advance to Open Cup Quarterfinals, defeat Rochester Rhinos

Lee Nguyen takes a shot
Lee Nguyen takes a shot
New England Revolution

The New England Revolution advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win over the USL PRO Rochester Rhinos in the fifth round at Brown University’s Stevenson Field on Thursday. The Revolution next travel to face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park for a crowd of 1,570 on Tuesday, July 8.

Lee Nguyen's orchestration sparked both Saer Sene and Kelyn Rowe to score first-half goals, their first goals of the season. Sene got the Revolution on the board in the 11th minute when he beat Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy with a low shot across and inside the far post. Rowe, who is the Revolution’s active leading Open Cup scorer despite playing in just five USOC matches, recorded his sixth-career Open Cup goal in the 33rd minute to bring the score to 2-0.

Rochester spoiled the shutout in the 55th minute, when Colin Rolfe scored the Rhinos lone goal. The game ended with the Revs playing up a man for stoppage time as Rhinos defender Babacar Diallo was shown a straight red card for kicking at Patrick Mullins’ head while he was on the ground after the two tangled near midfield.

Knighton made four saves in the win, while McCarthy had three saves in the loss. This is the second consecutive year the Revolution met the Rhinos – the Revs’ USL PRO affiliate club – in the U.S. Open Cup, and the sixth time overall in the tournament.

This is the seventh time in club history the Revolution has advanced to the quarterfinals, and the second year in a row.

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New England Revolution 2, Rochester Rhinos 1

Scoring Summary:
NE – Saer Sene (Lee Nguyen) 11
NE – Kelyn Rowe (unassisted) 33
ROC – Colin Rolfe (Johnny Mendoza) 55

New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Donnie Smith, Jose Goncalves ©, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Steve Neumann, Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi 45), Scott Caldwell, Alec Sundly, Kelyn Rowe (Charlie Davies 60), Saer Sene (Patrick Mullins 79)

Substitutes Not Used: Larry Jackson, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney, Teal Bunbury

STATS: Shots 7, Shots on target 5, Saves 4, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 2, Fouls 14

Rochester Rhinos: John McCarthy, Babacar Diallo, Kyle Hoffer, Onua Thomas Obasi, Pat McMahon, Alex Dixon (Minh Vu 78), Tyler Rosenlund © (Levi Houapeu 81), JC Banks, Tony Walls, Colin Rolfe, Johnny Mendoza

Substitutes Not Used: Luis Soffner, Jossimar Sanchez, Patrick Slogic, Michael Garzi, Lance Rosenboom

STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 5, Saves 3, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 5, Fouls 26

Misconduct Summary:
ROC – Kyle Hoffer (caution) 23
ROC – Tony Walls (caution) 76
ROC – Colin Rolfe (caution) 82
NE – Jose Goncalves (caution) 85
ROC – Babacar Diallo (ejection) 90

Referee: Younes Marrakchi
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey (AR1), Matthew Kreitzer (AR2)
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry, Jr.