Nguyen gets back at former team

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Nguyen gets back at former team

FOXBORO -- When midfielder Lee Nguyen was cut by the Vancouver Whitecaps in March and then signed with the New England Revolution, he circled May 12 on the schedule.

That would be when his former club came to Gillette Stadium to have the Revs.

Nguyen felt slighted about being cut, even his current coach, Jay Heaps, said as much following Saturday night's match. And what better way to show your former team up than by scoring two goals and adding an assist en route to a 4-1 Revolution win.

"Lee has been a great locker room guy for us," said Heaps after the win. "And on the field, he's doing a lot of things.

"This week, I just had a quiet little talk with him, and said, 'Hey look, this is a good moment for you, a good chance. You're going to play against your former team.' And as a former player that played against my former team, the Miami Fusion, a couple times, there is certainly something there when someone says that you're either expendable, or that they want to move on without you.

"It was never that the Vanouver Whitecaps didn't think he was a good player, because I know they did," added Heaps. "I just think that they said that they have a lot of guys that are similar, and they're going to move on."

Nguyen had a little something to show against his former team, and he began showing that in the sixth minute, when he tied the game at 1-1, just a minute after Vancouver took an early 1-0 lead.

"We worked all week on making sure we wanted to start well, and we didn't," said Heaps. "That's disappointing, but at the same time, I think that it woke us up a little bit.

"We kind of got sucker-punched there, but we liked the way we started the game, and we were up for it tonight," said Chris Tierney after the win. "You could kind of feel, throughout the team, even though the goal went in, heads didn't drop. Things happen, and we picked ourselves up and got right back in it."

But it was Nguyen's second goal of the game that will be on the highlight reel for years to come.

In the 72nd minute, Nguyen put the Revs up 4-1, as he buried a deep shot from the left wing, outside of the box. Nguyen took a throw-in, knocked it down once with his foot, let it bounce, booted it out of mid-air, and it ended up going top shelf.

"Lee can shoot," said Heaps. "And we work on that stuff in training. So you see Lee, once in a while, put a shot on."

"He played great," said Tierney. "We've known that he's been capable of that. I think he's been awesome all year long, and it's good to see it finally pay off with two goals."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.

Diego Fagundez scores two goals; Revs rally to beat Crew, 2-1

Diego Fagundez scores two goals; Revs rally to beat Crew, 2-1

FOXBORO -- Diego Fagundez scored two goals in 10 minutes and the New England Revolution rallied from an early deficit to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday.

Fagundez has scored all three of his goals this season in the last two games. The Revolution (3-4-4) have back-to-back wins, for the first time this season, after a five-match winless streak.

A 22-year-old homegrown, Fagundez ran onto a free ball on the left flank, sped up and pushed home the finish into the far corner in the 34th minute to cap the scoring.

Just outside the box, Ola Kamara side-netted a running half-volley - off a perfectly placed pass by Wil Trapp from well-beyond midfield - to give Columbus (6-5-1) a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. After a turnover by the Crew in their own territory, Fagundez tied it moments later. Kelyn Rowe won the ball, tapped it to Lee Nguyen, who hit a streaking Kei Kamara for a one-timer that set up a tap-in half-volley.

Cody Cropper had his second consecutive shutout, including four saves, for New England.

Andrew Farrell was sent off for a stud-up challenge on Waylon Francis in the third minute of injury time.