A 5-0 whitewash of Galaxy not good enough? New England Revolution say they still have to improve
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England's past three games – including the resounding victory at Rochester in the third-round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in midweek – provided a glimpse of what eventually unfolded on Sunday afternoon.
Five different players scored amid a flurry of incisive movement and predatory work inside the final third to inspire the Revs to a 5-0 victory over the LA Galaxy at Gillette Stadium. Midfielder Diego Fagundez cited the collective work of his teammates as the impetus behind the stunning triumph.
“We're all working as a team, we're not trying to go as individuals,” the New England Homegrown told MLSsoccer.com. “Once we're doing the one-two touch and touching it in the box, then our chances come. We just have to finish them.”
Fagundez and his teammates fulfilled that brief by creating plenty of chances and scoring on each of the five shots registered on goal. The fluid front five – plus substitutes Chad Barrett and Kelyn Rowe – combined well and prompted the opportunities required to produce the outburst on the day.
“The guys on this team, we have so many good attacking players on this squad now,” defender Chris Tierney said. “Bringing guys into the game late, that can change a game, like Chad did and Kelyn Rowe, as well. The depth of this squad is such a bonus this year. There are so many players that can hurt you, especially coming on fresh like that. I am not surprised that we scored five. It is always possible with the squad we have this year.”
The onus now falls on the Revs to continue to produce results – although perhaps with such a drastic scoreline – and sustain the performances mustered over the past few weeks.
“We just got to .500,” Heaps said after his side's third consecutive victory. “We have five wins now. It’s important to use this as a learning experience. Like I said, there’s really good stuff we did, but there’s things we have to get better at and we can’t let a game get so wide open when we have a two-goal lead. But, right now we are trying to focus at the game at hand.”