Young trio proves Revs can answer with offense

Young trio proves Revs can answer with offense
August 25, 2013, 11:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- From left-to-right, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kelyn Rowe sit next to each other in the New England Revolution locker room at Gillette Stadium.

That trio made a major impact for the Revs on Sunday night, as they scored four second-half goals and battled some serious second-half adversity en route to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Rowe scored twice, Agudelo scored one and also took the shot that was ruled a Philly own-goal, and Fagundez had a goal and an assist.

But after Rowe's first goal, a low strike from 25-yards out in the 26th minute that gave New England a 1-0 lead, Philadelphia tied the game in the 50th minute, and then kept the pressure on, putting two more balls in the net. Fortunately for the Revs, both of those goals were called off. The first due to offsides, and the second claiming that Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis had possession of the ball as Conor Casey came charging in to knock it free.

"I had the ball kind of under myself, and I thought I had both hands on it," said Reis. "And he came kind of sliding in and kicked it through me. So we'll see what the replay says. But I thought I had both hands on the ball."

"I thought we came out flat at half, and I hate that," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. "I mean, I'm really disappointed in that. But I am proud of the way the guys reacted. It's one of those games where a team who scores a goal has a chance to get another goal. Then we had to make some subtle changes."

The Revs answered that pressure by scoring four goals in a 15-minute span, which ended up being the difference in the game.

"I think we created chances all night," said Reis. "It was just a matter of putting them away. As soon as we started putting them away, then that was the difference."

Agudelo put home a shot from the right side of the box in the 58th minute, on a similar shot that he missed the net on at the end of the first half. This time, it went in off of a sliding Philadelphia defender -- Amobi Okugo. It looked as if Agudelo's shot would have went in anyways, but because it went off of Okugo, it was ruled an own goal.

In the 65th minute, Rowe let another shot rip from 30 yards out, this time putting it upstairs, and giving New England a 3-1 lead in the process.

"He can hit those," said Heaps. "He hits those in training a lot. A lot of times he's trying to find the rifling sniper shot. But he's got some good range on that shot."

Fagundez and Agudelo added two more in the 71st and 73rd minutes, respectively.

"Unfortunately, we didn't react real well until we were tied," said Heaps. "But then as we managed and figured out what we were doing, we had a couple communications that opened it up. And we were able to turn the game around."

But the difference was the finish that the Revs showed, when they had the opportunities. It's something that they see themselves doing more often down the stretch.

"We know that we're capable of it," said Rowe. "Obviously you saw it in LA, you saw it with a couple 2-0 victories here and there. And obviously the 5-1 here today. We've got guys who can score. Agudelo's finding his streak again. Diego's in great spots, as well as Dimitry Imbongo and Chad Barrett, and obviously myself finding two [goals] as well. We have guys who can score. So we're happy about that."