By DAN KARELL
On a night where soccer took a back seat to the New England Revolution honoring the city of Boston, it was one of Boston’s own who scored his first goal of the season and helped seal the team’s first home victory too.
Homegrown player Diego Fagundez scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute as the Revolution defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Midfielder Lee Nguyen added a goal in the 72nd minute to round off an impressive day as the central cog in the Revolution attack.
Before the match, the Revolution honored those who had died and been injured in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, as well as the first responders who helped the runners and other victims. Many of the first responders were in attendance on Saturday night.
A stale first half turned into a wide open match, and it was the former Boston-area youth star Fagundez who put the Revolution in front in the 61st minute. Nguyen and teammate Kellen Rowe combined great through the right side of midfield, with Nguyen putting Rowe through down the wing. Rowe crossed on the ground into the middle, where Fagundez arrived and slotted past a helpless Zac MacMath and into the net.
Nguyen scored the second of the game and his first of the year came in the 71st minute, when he collected a rebound inside the box and calmly finishing into an open net. The Indiana University product dribbled uninhibited for 20 yards before playing substitute Saer Sene into the box. Sene’s shot was stopped by MacMath but the deflection fortuitously bounced straight into the path of Nguyen who gave the home fans more to cheer about.
Union forward Jack McInerney was a thorn in the side of Revolution defenders Jose Goncalves and Stephen McCarthy all night long, but could only manage one shot on target, which was expertly saved by backup Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who made four saves on the night to earn a clean sheet.
Designated player Kleberson was brought on by Union manager John Hackworth after the second goal in the 72nd minute to provide an outlet from deep, but he failed to send quality passes forward and was eventually awarded the only yellow card of the match from referee Baldomero Toledo.
Here are the match highlights: