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The New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo both
possess attacks with big-time goalscoring potential, but
only one of those attacks did enough to make an
impact on Saturday.
Led by goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo, the
Revs topped the shorthanded Dynamo, 2-0, at Gillette
Stadium. The win gives the Revs their seventh point
through five games while the Dynamo remain stuck on
nine points through their fifth game of the year.
After a scoreless first half, the Revs broke through via
a breakaway finish from Kamara. After being initially
denied by Tyler Deric following a perfect pass from Lee
Nugyen, Kamara pounced on his own rebound out wide,
firing into the open net to give the Revs a lead seven
minutes into the second half.
It would take 20 more minutes for the Revs to double
their advantage through Agudelo, who fired his third
goal in as many games to push the score to 2-0. The
forward’s goal came following a Deric punch, one which
fell right to Agudelo to ice the match.
The Revs’ best chance of the first half came on the
last touch of the opening 45. With time winding down
and halftime looming, Juan Agudelo’s header went up
and over Deric but just past the right post as both
teams went to the locker room level at 0-0.
Following the halftime break, the Revs emerged as the
more aggressive team, with Nguyen firing a shot just
wide three minutes into the half. Kamara also pushed
a shot just wide in the aftermath of his go-ahead goal.
Although the Revs failed to add insurance immediately,
it eventually came from Agudelo, who sealed the win
in the 70th minute.
The Revs now look ahead to next week’s visit to the
Chicago Fire while the Dynamo will be in search of a
bounce-back performance against Minnesota United.
MAN OF THE MATCH
He didn’t play the prettiest game, but Xavier Kouassi
quietly ran the midfield while keeping the Dynamo
attack from ever getting going.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Kei Kamara’s goal began the scoring, but Juan
Agudelo’s finish iced the match, giving the Revs their
second win of the young season
MATCH TO FORGET
Tyler Deric has been solid throughout the start of the
season, but the Dynamo goalkeeper let himself down
on the punch that led to Agudelo’s goal.