It was the New England Revolution home opener and my daughter had been asking to go to a Major League Soccer game. What better place to watch a game than in “The Fort” the home to the Revs fans?
So we headed to Gillette Stadium, bought my daughter a scarf and took our position alongside the rest of Steve Nicol’s army and watched the Revs get a big 2-1 victory over D.C. United.
Zack Schilawski scored his first goal of the season and Shalrie Joseph converted a penalty kick to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win over D.C. United on Saturday.
New England got off to a great start when Zach Schilawski scored only 8 minutes into the. It was route one football from New England as Kevin Alston’s long ball split United’s back line, and as Schilawski ran onto the pass, he “aapeared” to control it with his arm before firing is past D.C. keeper Pat Onstad. I say “appeared” because everyone in the stadium so the handball expect the referee and linesman. A terrible decision, but Revs fans were not complaining.
Ten minutes later is was 2-0 New England as United’s Dax McCarty swung his leg out to clear a ball in the penalty box area and instead made contact with Pat Phelan. A soft call, but referee Baldemero Toledo saw it as a trip and Shalrie Joseph stepped up to make it 2-0 New England.
At that point is was basically game over. New England is known as a team that defends well with a lead, especially at home, and their was no way that D.C. were pull two goals back.
Although in the second half United did bring on Charlie Davies and Fred and they looked a much more dangerous side going forward. Davies’s movement off the ball was really good and as he regains his fitness and touch around the net, he will score lots of goals this season.
Davies did finally pull one back for D.C. United on a penalty kick during stoppage time but by then it was too little too late.
So a good result for New England who look much better going forward than they did last season. As for my daughter, she is already asking when we will go back and see another game. Looks like MLS has just got itself anther fan!