The New England Revolution picked up a vital win to remain in the playoff hunt while also pushing Sporting KC into a dangerous position in the cutthroat Western Conference.
Goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo led the way as the Revs stormed past Sporting KC, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium. The win puts the Revs within two points of a playoff spot, while Sporting KC sits just two points of the dreaded seventh-place despite playing one extra match.
Kamara got the Revs started four mintutes in. As he straddle the line on an offside trap, Kamara was sprung into the attacks by an Agudelo pass. Alone on Tim Melia, Kamara was left with a simple finish to get the Revs off to an ideal start.
Dom Dwyer leveled the scoreline four minutes into the second half, but a Kevin Ellis own goal restored the Revs advantage with just 15 minutes to play.
Then, as Sporting KC looked for an equalizer, Agudelo put the game to bed. After whiffing on a corner kick bicycle kick attempt, Kamara battled and won the ball inside his box. His low cross towards Agudelo was smashed into the net first-time to seal the Revs win on the 83rd minute.
The Revs return for a post-international break with the Chicago Fire on Oct. 16 while Sporting KC looks to keep their playoff hopes alive against Sporting KC that same day.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kei Kamara looked like the star striker of 2015, as he dominated play throughout Saturday’s match. His goal and assist were very deserved in what was one of his top performances in a Revs jersey.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Kevin Ellis’ own goal turned the tide of Saturday’s match, pushing the Revs towards a win that keeps them in the chase.
MATCH TO FORGET
It was a bad game all around for the Sporting KC backline, and while it was a bit unfortunate, Ellis’ own goal was a perfect representation of a poor match.