New England Revolution extended their Major League Soccer winning streak to four matches with a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire on Sunday. Sanna Nyassi put the Fire ahead after 28 minutes but Diego Fagundez levelled things four minutes before the break, heading in a Lee Nguyen cross,
Then Charlie Davies turned the game on its head on the hour just two minutes after coming on when he scored late in the second half off of a Jermaine Jones through ball from midfield.
The Revs (12-12-3, 39 pts.) sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, three points back of second-place Sporting KC, while Chicago (5-7-14, 29 pts.) sits in ninth place.
One reason for New England’s current winning streak is the resurgence of Davies, who has scored three goals in his last six games. Afterwards Revs boss Jay Heaps had this to say about the former US National Team star:
Charlie (Davies) has been great for us; he’s been awesome. Quite frankly, I think he’s been one of our inspirational guys. When you have an eight-game set back like we did, no one stopped fighting. Guys like Charlie in the locker room are really good and then when he got his opportunity, he took it. I think he wanted to start tonight, there’s no question about it. My staff and I just felt tonight was going to be one of those games where later in the game, his speed was going to make a difference. When you have two tired center backs, that’s when we felt like that was a good time to put Charlie in. We went to him earlier than we thought and he went in and changed the game within two minutes. But Charlie has put in a lot of minutes as well – he played 90 minutes last Saturday, his first 90, then he started the next game and went 60, so we were as managing that, as well. With all of the factors, we thought it was a good time to bring him in.