Revs get caught sleeping while Fagundez shines

Revs get caught sleeping while Fagundez shines
May 11, 2013, 11:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- They got caught sleeping.

The New England Revolution wish they could have their post-goal celebration back on Saturday night. Because immediately following Diego Fagundez' 54th-minute score that put the Revolution up 1-0, the New York Red Bulls ran down the other side of the field and tied the game just 1:08 later.

The Revs let their guard down, and as a result, they played to a 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls.

"I'm disappointed not to get the three points tonight," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. "I think we did enough. We gave up one shot. So disappointing to give the goal up the way we did, right after we scored, and not have any time to regroup.

"It was just a momentary loss of concentration, and boom, they score. That kills us, because I thought, overall, there were things that we did well."

Heaps went on to give a mini rant about post-goal celebrations, and how he doesn't like them.

Fagundez' running head-first dive across the wet turf wasn't exactly the reason why New York scored the game-tying goal in the next minute, but Heaps' message was somewhat deeper.

Not too high, not too low. Clearly, in the minute following Fagundez' goal, the Revolution were way too high.

"I don't think it's mentality, I think it's concentration," said Heaps. "It's those situations, where, you score goals, you're elated and you're tired. But, you know -- and we talk about it -- I hate celebrations.

"If you ever go back and watch my film, I didn't run past half-field. We tried to get back and defend. That's a defender's time to gather his breath.

"So, I just think we have to -- after you score goals -- just turn it on," added Heaps. "That was just, yeah, it was poor."

Other than that, Fagundez' game was really the highlight of New England's night. Following his goal, he had two more golden opportunities to put the Revs ahead.

The first of those two came in the 80th minute, as Chris Tierney sent a pas out front to Fagundez from the left corner. Fagundez kicked a hard one-timer low, but Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles made a fantastic stop.

"It was just a reaction shot, and just a good save by him," said Fagundez. "There's nothing I could have done."

Then, 3:45 into extra time at the end of the game, Fagundez had one last opportunity on a pass from Ryan Guy from the right corner. Fagundez also one-timed this one, but it ended up sailing over the net.

"I just needed to be clinical," said Fagundez. "If I could get that ball back, I think I would definitely score that."

Fagundez' goal came in the 54th minute, as he gave a semi-bicycle kick off a Tierney corner. Fagundez' initial shot was stopped, but the rebound came right back out to him and he finished.

"I saw that no one was on the [goal]keeper the last couple corners, so I just decided to go on the keeper and see what they were going to do," said Fagundez. "So they had no one marked on me, and Chris played a good ball right to me. And I had to kind of do like a side volley kind of thing. And then when they stopped it on the line, I was just going to blast it, but I saw an open spot that I could just place it in."

Other than the post-goal celebration -- which was really more about the team's mindset rather than his celey -- Heaps had nothing but high praise for the young Fagundez.

"The little man, Diego, had a heck of a night," said Heaps. "I think he's trying to be a two-way player, and he's a good little player.

"He's hungry. I mean, you see it," added Heaps. "Diego, for me -- and I work a lot with Diego, and you guys all know that because he's been in and out of our lineup, and we're pushing him more and more. And I think you're seeing him become a more complete player, two-way. The goals are going to come, because of how he's creating [scoring chances].

"He's going to create more, by being more involved in the offense. And I like that about Diego's awareness, tactically. That's natural. But it's his two-way play that's showing me that he's ready for the next level."

He -- and the rest of the team -- will just try to learn their lesson after taking their guard down, which ultimately was the difference between a win and a draw on Saturday night.