New England Revolution 2, Montreal Impact 1 | MLS Match Recap
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After having their fortress battered throughout the early summer months, the New England Revolution have certainly fortified their home turf once again, gaining their fourth straight victory at home on Saturday night.
The Revs' 2-1 win over Montreal gave the club a 5-0-1 mark since rebounding from a four-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium, and in the process sent the Impact to their seventh straight road loss. The win, New England's fifth in a row, matches their longest winning streak of the season.
With midfielder Felipe Martins serving a one game suspension and Marco Di Vaio and Ignacio Piatti on the bench – both rested for the Impact's crucial mid-week CONCACAF Champions League encounter with the New York Red Bulls – the Impact came in depleted and played as such, despite grabbing an early lead.
With Shuttleworth closing in on McInerney, the Montreal forward slid the ball across to Calum Mallace, who slotted home into a wide-open goal.
The Revs, who conceded first in their prior two games, responded in the 23rd minute when Kelyn Rowe beat Anthony Jackson-Hamel to a loose ball, pushed it to his left and stepped into it, firing from 30-yards out. His dipping strike was just hard enough to push past the hands of Troy Perkins (8 saves).
Nguyen back-heeled the ball to Jermaine Jones, who lofted his pass up to Charlie Davies, who in turn flicked a header over to Nguyen. The in-form attacker worked across the box, got Perkins down on the ground and floated one over the 'keeper for his 13th goal of the season.
Jones, who would be subbed out at halftime with a left foot injury, picked up his third assist in as many games on the play.
Nguyen almost struck for a second score in the 64th minute, pushing through two defenders in the box before shooting far post with Perkins down, but the Impact’s Eric Miller made a sliding save on the goal line.
New England leave the friendly confines of home to travel to Columbus next Saturday while Montreal return to Stade Saputo to host San Jose.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Lee Nguyen||At this point, who else would it be? Every week is the Lee Nguyen show, and his winner tonight is a must-see. When is he going to get called into the USMNT?|
|2||Kelyn Rowe||Rowe seems to have found his groove in this surging Revolution side. His goal, which offset Montreal's opener, turned the game on its head and the Revs never looked back|
|3||Jermaine Jones||The fact he only played the first half is irrelevant. His composure, steel, and vision have been instrumental to this Revs MF|