October 1, 2016
by Adam Burrows
IN THE NICK OF TIME
Late goals lift Revs over Sporting KC
New England Soccer News Contributor
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--With their backs against the wall and in desperate need of three points to keep their playoff hopes alive, the New England Revolution scored two late goals to claim a vital 3-1 win over Sporting KC at rainy Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
|Juan Agudelo had a goal and an assist as the Revolution surged past Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday.
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Strike partners Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo provided the difference for New England, combining for two goals and energizing the Revolution attack. Kamara scored early off an assist from Agudelo and returned the favor late, delivering the assist on an Agudelo goal after Dom Dwyer had equalized for the visitors and the Revs had regained the lead on a Sporting KC own goal.
With just two games remaining, the Revolution (10-13-9, 39 points) remain below the red line in seventh place but stay within striking distance of the postseason, two points behind the Montreal Impact, who play Orlando City SC on Sunday.
Despite the goal from Dwyer, who extended his scoring streak to four games, Sporting (12-13-9, 43 points) saw its three-game unbeaten streak come to an end and were unable to put distance between themselves and charging Seattle in the West.
Kelyn Rowe, fresh from signing a contract extension through the 2019 season, returned to the lineup after missing last Sunday’s 2-0 loss in Columbus due to illness, the only change in the 4-4-2 favored for the last six games by New England Head Coach Jay Heaps.
The Revolution got matters off to an ideal start, with Kamara notching his eleventh goal of the season and his sixth for New England at the three-minute mark.
Agudelo, who has found new life in the dual striker set-up, sprung Kamara off the shoulder of the high Sporting KC back line. The Revolution DP advanced patiently on Tim Melia, slipping his roller inside the right post as the KC ‘keeper went to ground.
The Revs continued to absorb pressure from the visitors and counterattack sharply, with Kamara and Rowe each getting on the end of breaks for half-chances, but the first half ended without further fanfare, as the Revs snuffed out a Dwyer opportunity in the box in stoppage time and KC failed to put a shot on target.
Graham Zusi entered after intermission for Sporting and immediately made his presence felt. The US international pushed the visitors forward in a cascade of sustained pressure and earned a corner kick as only a desperate London Woodberry block denied a Zusi scoring attempt from the center of the box.
The delivery from former Rev Benny Feilhaber out of the southeast corner slid through the box where the opportunistic Dwyer was in the right place to bundle the ball over the line in the 49th minute for his sixteenth goal of the campaign.
The Revs clawed back and regained the lead in the 75th minute through a wild sequence and Sporting KC own goal. Diego Fagundez sent a weighted through ball to Kamara, who crossed through the six-yard box from the near-right corner. The ball fell to Lee Nguyen who took one touch and slammed a shot off the left post that ricocheted off KC defender Kevin Ellis who was stationed on the line.
Kamara was the provider again in the 83rd minute, winning the ball in the left corner and delivering a sharp cross to the face of goal where a sliding Agudelo beat Ellis to ripple the roof of the net for his sixth goal of the year.