The New England Revolution are quietly setting themselves up for another run at the MLS Cup this season. The Revs are not talked about as cup contenders but the Red Bulls or DC United will not look forward to having to come to Gillette where the Revs are tied for the second best home record in the league over the last six home matches.
Om Saturday the Kaka-less Orlando SC found out how good New England is a t home as the Revs cruised to a 3-0 win. Diego Fagundez gave the Revs a 1-0 lead late in the first half before Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney added late goals as the Revs extended their league-best unbeaten streak to six games, including wins in their last four. Lee Nguyen assisted on all three Revolution goals, setting a new club record for assists in a game while Bobby Shuttleworth kept his third consecutive clean sheet for New England, who moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Revolution took control in the opening stages, with Charlie Davies twice going close and Fagundez hitting the crossbar – all before the 25th minute. Tierney created numerous opportunities with his delivery from the left flank, but it was his long ball from the back that led to the Revs’ first goal. His pass down the wing found Davies, who chested the ball down to Nguyen just outside the area. Nguyen hit a first-time pass into the path of a streaking Fagundez, who took a touch and volleyed past Tally Hall in the Orlando City goal to make the score 1-0.
The lead was almost doubled just before the halftime whistle, with Nguyen again setting up Fagundez for a strike just inside the area, but Hall got down to his right and pushed the ball away, while Nguyen chipped the rebound just wide.
Despite the Revs continuing to threaten the Orlando City goal, the score would stay 1-0 until the 84th minute before Agudelo put the game out of reach. Nguyen was at the center of a flowing move, sliding a pass out to substitute Teal Bunbury in space behind the Orlando defense on the right. Bunbury’s low cross found Agudelo, who tapped the ball into an open net, doubling the Revolution lead to 2-0 with his sixth goal of the season.
New England made the score 3-0 in the game’s final seconds with Tierney scoring his first goal since April 25. Fagundez found Nguyen inside the area and he back-heeled a pass in to the path of Tierney, who slipped a low shot past Hall to make the score 3-0 in favor of the home side.