Saturday, the New England Revolution snapped the San Jose Earthquakes' 21-game undefeated streak at Buck Shaw Stadium (14-0-7) with a 2-1 stoppage time goal for a crowd of 10,525 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Lee Nguyen scored the Revolution's game-winning and first goal of the season in the third minute of stoppage time for the club's first win of 2014. New England took 11 shots on goal overall.
“Knowing that we just basically went across country and got three points was huge.," said Nguyen. "The team fought really hard and now it is time to go back home and rest, get our legs back underneath us and get our minds right again. Getting this on-the-road win will allow us to have confidence on the road next week.”
New England (1-2-1, 4 pts.), who claimed its first victory on the West Coast in almost two years, now stand sixth in the Eastern Conference and 12th across MLS. San Jose (0-2-1, 1 pt.) failed to pick up its first win of the year and slipped to last in the Western Conference and 17th overall.
For the first time this season, the Revolution started the same back four in defense as the previous game. Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, replacing injured Kelyn Rowe, made his second start for New England and with a better performance than his first in the team’s 4-0 loss to Houston Dynamo, the Revolution's worst season opener in club history.
Charlie Davies made his season debut as a substitute in the 62nd minute, his fifth appearance with the Revs overall.
The Revolution revealed more strategic, technical play in the first half and were gifted with a horrendous own goal from San Jose's Victor Bernardez, last week's MLS Player of the Week, in the 35th minute for a 1-0 Revolution advantage.
The Earthquakes came out of the break with a plan and capitalized with the equalizer in the 69th minute. Cordell Cato put a low cross in along the end line and when Jose Goncalves cleared it, Wondolowski pounced on the ball and neatly slotted it past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth for the 1-1 score.
Nguyen played well all night and put a cherry on it in stoppage time by collecting a Scott Caldwell pass, dribbling through traffic and driving his shot home past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch for the final 2-1 result.
“We have everyone on this team that I know who can finish," said Nguyen." We have a lot of great finishers so I always want to give it to someone who can finish it. Luckily, everybody was making good runs at the end and put me in and that helped me out to get the goal.”
The Revolution returns to action next Saturday, March 22, when the team travels to Washington to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game set to be televised by myTV38 and carried on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s HD2 channel.
NE – Own Goal (Victor Bernardez) 35
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (unassisted) 69
NE – Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell) 93+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Darrius Barnes 93+), Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman, Daigo Kobayaski (Scott Caldwell 70), Saer Sene (Charlie Davies 62), Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Steve Neumann, Stephen McCarthy, Dimitry Imbongo
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on goal 5, Saves 3, Fouls 14, Corners 7, Offsides 0, Passes 387 (76.5%), Possession 47.5%
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Jordan Stewart, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez, Brandon Barklage (Yannick Djalo 79), Shea Salinas, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (JJ Koval 84), Sam Cronin, Cordell Cato, Steven Lenhart (Alan Gordon 78), Chris Wondolowski ©
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Meredith, , Shaun Francis, Atiba Harris, Billy Schuler
STATS: Shots 17, Shots on goal 4, Saves 4, Fouls 5, Corners 5, Offsides 2, Passes 411 (83.0%), Possession 52.2%
NE – Daigo Kobayashi (caution) 52
NE – Chris Tierney (caution) 63
Referee: David Gantar
Assistant Referees: Baboucarr Jallow, Marco Arruda
Fourth Official: Ioannis Stavridis