The New England Revolution surprised MLS leader Seattle Sounders with a definitive 5-0 victory Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, for a crowd of 11,293. The Revolution are now unbeaten in their last five games and tied for first in the Eastern Conference.
Two of the Revolution's goals came from 19 year-old Diego Fagundez and rookie Patrick Mullins scored his second goal in consecutive games. Teal Bunbury and a Seattle own goal accounted for the other tallies.
"[Patrick Mullins’ hold-up play is] huge," said head coach Jay Heaps. "I think that’s one thing, when we’re really playing well, we have someone that can at least get us an outlet ball, a vertical ball. And he holds it up well and it allows guys like Lee (Nguyen), Daigo (Kobayashi), Diego (Fagundez) and Teal (Bunbury) to read off of that."
New England (5-3-2, 17 pts.), now fourth overall, extended its unbeaten streak at Gillette Stadium to seven games (5-0-2). The Revolution have yet to allow a goal at Gillette in 2014 and have out-scored their opponents 9-0 in home games this season. The resounding loss snapped Seattle’s (7-3-1, 22 pts.) six-game unbeaten run.
"It definitely gets our hopes up," said Fagundez. "We’ve battled against three good teams in the past couple of games and we’re doing well against them and that’s what we want. We want to get our confidence going and knowing that we can beat the best team who is the hot team on fire right now, is definitely great for us."
Lots of action
Chris Tierney replaced injured Kevin Alston at left back and for the second consecutive game, Patrick Mullins started as the center forward. Kelyn Rowe made his first appearance since March 22 after missing the last six games with a hamstring injury, and Jose Goncalves (R quad strain) and Shalrie Joseph (L calf strain) were still unavailable due to injury.
Mullins scored the game winner in the 14th minute with an unassisted goal after picking up a rebound to put New England ahead 1-0. Fagundez then scored his first goal of the season in the 29th minute, assisted by Chris Tierney, and Bunbury made it 3-0 seven minutes later. Five minutes on, Fagundez tallied his second goal, assisted by Bunbury, to make it 4-0 going into the break. One minute into the second half, Chad Marshall registered an own goal for Seattle for the final 5-0 score.
Seattle’s Clint Dempsey made his first appearance at Gillette Stadium since Oct. 22, 2006, when he played against Chicago in the Eastern Conference Semifinals as a member of the Revolution.
"It feels good [to be back in New England]," said Dempsey. "It’s always good to be back where it started for my professional career. I owe a lot to this organization. Especially Stevie Nicol and Paul Mariner being able to help develop my game here which allowed me to break into the national team, which allowed me to get overseas and which also allowed me to play in World Cups. I owe a lot to this organization, but also Stevie Nicol and Paul Mariner."
The Revolution returns to action this Saturday, May 17, when the team travels to the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in their second of three meetings this season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m and Comcast Sports Net will televise the game.
NE – Patrick Mullins (unassisted) 14
NE – Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney) 29
NE – Teal Bunbury (unassisted) 36
NE – Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury) 41
SEA – Own Goal (Chad Marshall) 46
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell 63), Andy Dorman © (Kelyn Rowe 70), Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 78), Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins
Substitutes Not Used: O’Brian Woodbine, Brad Knighton, Jerry Bengtson, Stephen McCarthy
STATS: Shots 16, Shots on target 10, Saves 6, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 39.3%, Passes 339 (77.0%)
Seattle Sounders FC: Stefan Frei, Brad Evans ©, Djimi Traore, Chad Marshall, DeAndre Yedlin (Leonardo González 60), Marco Pappa (Kenny Cooper 74), Gonzalo Pineda, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 68), Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins
Substitutes Not Used: Andy Rose, Zach Scott, Michael Azira, Marcus Hahnemann
STATS: Shots 20, Shots on target 6, Saves 6, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 2, Fouls 11, Possession 60.7%, Passes 532 (83.1%)
SEA – Djimi Traore (caution) 45+1
SEA – Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 73
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski , Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik