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HOUSTON – Diego Fagundez scored for the second straight game and debutant Juan Agudelo helped force a late own goal as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Fagundez registered his team-leading and career-high third goal of the season in the 51st minute when he completed a clever give-and-go with Clyde Simms. Agudelo – who made his Revolution debut when he came on in the 35th minute for an injured Ryan Guy (L calf) – then saw his effort bounce into the net off Ricardo Clark in the 84th minute to seal the points.
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and help the Revs (3-4-4, 13 pts.) snap a brief three-game winless run. For the Dynamo (6-4-2, 20 pts.), it was a second home loss in the span of seven days after going unbeaten at home for almost two years.
Scoring chances were limited in the opening 45 minutes, but there were plenty of talking points regardless. Both sides were reduced to 10 men late in the first half when Revolution forward Dimitry Imbongo and Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell saw straight red following a tussle in the box, while the teams combined to make three enforced substitutions.
The action continued early in the second half, but this time in the form of a goal as Fagundez put the Revs in front in the 51st minute. The 18-year-old played a well worked give-and-go with Simms at the top of the box before bursting through the backline and finishing calmly inside the right post.
Play opened up after the goal and both teams began to generate scoring chances more regularly. Dynamo forward Will Bruin headed narrowly over the crossbar in the 61st minute from Corey Ashe’s cross, while Lee Nguyen hit the post at the other end of the field 10 minutes later with a long-range rocket.
Shuttleworth came up with a massive save in the 81st minute to deny Brian Ching, who drilled a shot on target from the center of the box after Andrew Driver found him with a low cutback.
Three minutes later the Revs sealed the points with a second goal and Agudelo was at the center of the action. New England sprang a quick counterattack with Agudelo, Nguyen and Chris Tierney leading the charge. Tierney’s chip into the middle of the box was corralled by Agudelo and his effort rebounded off Clark and over the line before it could be cleared by a Dynamo defender.
The Revs will now return to Gillette Stadium for a three-game home-stand, beginning next Saturday night when they’ll host Toronto FC.