With implementation of the 4-1-4-1 formation last Saturday, New England found the firepower they were searching for, scoring 2 goals on the Philadelphia Union resulting in a 2-0 win. As the defense remains strong, head coach Jay Heaps may have found his play makers in Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe in the midfield.
A handful for defenders, Lee Nguyen was emerging as a play maker and goal scorer last season. Nguyen remained quiet until Saturday however, scoring no goals through the first six matches. One could feel a sense of urgency from the team as it felt like just one goal could get things rolling and help the Revs find their game. Thanks to Lee Nguyen’s great vision against the Union, he was able to find Rowe on the right hand side and lead to a beautiful through pass for Diego Fagundez’s first goal of the season.
Alongside a dominant performance by Nguyen was teammate Fagundez, whose small size played no role in stopping him from getting his fair chances of goal opportunities. Diego put up 3 shots of his own and crashed the box in perfect timing to put the Revs up 1-0 in the 61st minute. “It felt amazing,” said Fagundez. “You saw the stadium – pretty filled up tonight – so getting this win for Boston and for Kevin felt good for everyone. We’re all happy.” While Diego is finding his confidence it isn’t too early to wonder if he deserves the start over Saer Sene or Jerry Bengtson any given night.
Moving ahead, shots on target will remain the most important stat for New England. Seven shots on target Saturday was not an overwhelming amount, but considering the team has already went two games with zero this season, seven is better than none. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has also shown his potential of recent, making alert decisions to stop Philadelphia goal threats and holding a season goal against average of 1.20. His skill be critical to success, especially with Matt Reis’ return in question.
The Revolution will head to Portland next for a challenging test at Jeld-Wen Field this Thursday. Not only will the team have to come out scoring, but the Timbers remain one of the hottest teams in the MLS, winning three of their last four matches and sitting comfortably in the Western Conference with 13 points. Kickoff is set at 10:30pm ET, with coverage found on Comcast Sportsnet and 98.5 The Sports Hub.