Saturday night, the New England Revolution beat Chivas USA 1-0 at Gillette Stadium for a crowd of 16,427. In the 56th minute, Lee Nguyen scored the game winner, his team-leading ninth goal of the season and 18th career. Kelyn Rowe and Daigo Kobayashi both assisted on that goal. Row has three assists on the season, 16 career, and Kobayashi has four assists on the season and eight career assists.
"I love playing with (Daigo Kobayashi), we’re on the same wavelength," said Nguyen. "He doesn’t speak much English, but I feel we’ve been playing together for a long time. He’s very smart, very composed and can keep possession in tight spaces so I think that help us out."
New England (9-12-3, 30 pts.) still remain outside the Eastern Conference playoff bracket in the sixth spot and 12th across 19-team MLS. Chivas continue to hunker at the bottom of the Western Conference and 18th overall.
"I thought Daigo (Kobayashi) was excellent," said head coach Jay Heaps. "He brings an excellent calming presence, and it allows Lee (Nguyen) to have an outlet at all times."
The Revolution outshot Chivas nine to six and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made four saves and recorded his sixth clean sheet of the season.
New signing Tony Taylor made his MLS debut, replacing forward Charlie Davies in the 81st minute.
The Revolution next face Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday, August 30. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
NE – Lee Nguyen (Kelyn Rowe, Daigo Kobayashi) 56’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 68’), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi, Kelyn Rowe (Teal Bunbury 59’), Charlie Davies (Tony Taylor 81’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Patrick Mullins, Stephen McCarthy, Donnie Smith
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 3, Saves 4, Corner kicks 9, Offsides 5, Fouls 5, Possession 65.4%, Passes 524 (82.3%)
Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy ©, Donny Toia, Tony Lochhead, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Akira Kaji, Eric Avila (Leandro Barrera 62’), Oswaldo Minda, Agustin Pelletieri (Marco Delgado 68’), Nathan Sturgis, Felix Borja (Ryan Finley 87’), Erick Torres
Substitutes Not Used: Trevor Spangenberg, Bobby Burling, Matthew Dunn, Eriq Zavaleta
STATS: Shots 6, Shots on target 4, Saves 2, Corner kicks 3, Offsides 3, Fouls 20, Possession 34.6%, Passes 278 (61.9%)
CHV – Erick Torres (caution) 15’
NE – A.J. Soares (caution) 48’
CHV – Tony Lochhead (caution) 53’
CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution) 70’
Referee: Dave Gantar
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante (AR1), Gianni Facchini (AR2)
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford