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.