Special to CSNNE.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez both scored for the second straight week to guide the New England Revolution to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on a rainy and raw Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
After coming off the bench to score on his Revolution debut last weekend in Houston, Agudelo made his first start with the club against TFC and once again sealed the full three points with a late goal. And once again it was Fagundez who scored what proved to be the game winner as he took his goal-scoring streak up to three games with a fantastic strike midway through the first half.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth needed to make just two saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and lift the Revs (4-4-4, 16 pts.) to back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Toronto FC (1-7-4, 7 pts.) suffered its fifth straight loss and had its winless run extended to 10 games (0-6-4), but it was the first time this season the Canadian club was defeated by more than a single goal.
Fagundez brought the home fans to their feet in the 23rd minute when he gave the Revolution a deserved 1-0 lead. Tierney’s left-wing cross deep to the back post found a lurking Fagundez, who lashed a full volley back across the face goal and into the far-side netting.
Toronto’s best chance of the first half arrived in the 15th minute when Jeremy Brockie pounced on a Stephen McCarthy turnover and raced in alone, but Shuttleworth was quick off his line to stifle the shot.
Carrying a lead into halftime for the first time this season, the Revs went about the task of trying to extend their advantage after the break. They almost did so in the 60th minute when Lee Nguyen struck the underside of the crossbar with a long-range drive before Tierney’s effort moments later was saved by Joe Bendik.
Insurance finally arrived in the third minute of stoppage time when Saer Sene received a throw-in from Kelyn Rowe before dancing his way along the endline and sipping a pass to Agudelo, who redirected the ball into the far upper corner to put the result beyond doubt.
The Revs will begin their 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign on Tuesday, May 28, when they’ll visit the affiliate Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) at Sahlen’s Stadium. League action resumes the following weekend when the Revs host the defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 2.