By JUSTIN FERGUSON
The New England Revolution are winners of back-to-back matches for the first time in 2013, and they owe both victories to their two bright young forwards.
After scoring in last week’s 2-0 win over Houston, Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo got on the scoreboard again on Saturday night as New England defeated struggling Toronto FC 2-0.
Saturday night’s win at a rain-soaked Gillette Stadium was only the second home win of the season for the Revolution, whose last set of back-to-back wins came in the final two matches of 2012. Toronto, on the other hand, have now lost five straight games in league play.
Fagundez, who has now scored in three straight games, opened the scoring for New England in the 23rd minute with an unstoppable volley from a well-placed Chris Tierney cross. The 18-year-old academy product caused headaches all night for the Toronto defense, getting two more chances on goal before the halftime whistle.
The Toronto offense struggled to create quality chances as the New England defense kept most of the visitors’ efforts from reaching Bobby Shuttleworth. Saturday night’s win was New England’s seventh shutout in 12 games—remarkable improvement from a side that only had nine shutouts in 2012.
The Revolution looked closer to a goal throughout the second half than their opponents. Lee Nguyen was inches away from a Goal of the Year candidate as his 40-yard effort cracked the bottom side of the crossbar at the hour mark. Tierney then fired a rebound effort, but Joe Bednik was able to keep Toronto alive.
New England finally found an insurance goal in stoppage time as substitute striker Saer Sene slipped through the Toronto defense with some fancy footwork, and cut the ball back to Agudelo, who finished near post with a first-time strike.
Toronto pushed for a late consolation goal, but the Revolution kept their clean sheet as Jeremy Hall’s effort flew wide of Shuttleworth’s goal.
New England (4-4-4) will look to continue their modest winning streak next Sunday when they host defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles. Toronto (1-7-4) returns to BMO Field in a week to face Eastern Conference foe Philadelphia.
Here are the match highlights:
Good trio going on in the REVS…. Sad to hear that Fagundez a full American in my eyes suits up for the Uruguayan NT though. Very sad, this kid is promising. .. We have dudes that can’t speak English or have step foot in the U.S through out their life’s, yet break in out NT,… Oh well, if Fagundez parents really wanted their son to represent the U.S they, I believe they would have taken the necessary measures to accomplish just that. Good luck to him!
You are so clueless I don’t even know where to begin…
Revs have stumbled on the template for turning around an MLS franchise. Develop young players and pillage clueless Chivas in a trade.
Lee Nguyen and Agudelo should hopefully get a Gold Cup call….
Agudelo for sure is he keeps scoring. Not sure about Nguyen. Lots of competition at that spot.
From guys as technical as Nguyen?
Yes. You think Nguyen is more technical than Mixx, Feilhaber, Torres, Gil, Corona, etc
MLS highlights editor having a laugh with the selection of that sweet crotch-grab from Jerry Bengtson.
Is that Mike Petke in the background of the headline image (wearing the red tie)?
Lee Nguyen, Fagundez and Agudelo…..are combining well and playing very good / techincal soccer……awesome
So is fagundez eligible to play for the yanks?
No unless he wants to wait forever for citizenship. Sucks though he would be the yanks best young prospect by far
Wondering why Tab Ramos would not consider him unless he’s not a citizen. I believe Ramos is Uruguayan like Fagundez and possibly there would be a connection. Wikipedia says he’s been in the USA since he was 5, so I’m guessing he at least has had a green card for a while.
Nope, he doesn’t have a green card.
The only way he plays for the US is at age 24-25 if Uruguay never calls him in.
He’s played for the USA at the younger youth levels according to MLS website….
Was a member of the U.S. Under-14 National Team pool from 2007-2008 … played as a member of the U.S. Under-14 National Team from 2008-2009 … was called into camp with the U.S. Boys Under-15 squad in 2010.
All levels where you don’t need proof of citizenship.
Which is why he’ll never be called in to a US youth team at U-17 or above.
Toronto is a complete and utter disaster. If it weren’t for the dual disasters known as Chivas and DC, their failures would get more attention.