TUCSON, Ariz. — Rookie Kelyn Rowe provided another jolt to the already-reenergized New England Revolution with a two-goal performance as the Revs topped the New York Red Bulls, 2-0, at the Desert Diamond Cup on Saturday.
A drab affair, the match featured a mostly reserve Red Bulls side -- no Thierry Henry, no Rafa Marquez, no Joel Lindpere -- that spent its time stifling the Revolution attack, led by Rowe and Benny Feilhaber. The Revs pushed and finally broke through in the 77th minute.
Feilhaber collected an errant pass from Red Bulls striker Corey Hertzog and ran at the defense. He slipped a pass through to newly acquired striker Saer Sene, whose shot was blocked by a defender and prone goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo. But far from saving it, Vuolo's intercession redirected the ball to Rowe, who calmly slotted it into the open net.
With the Revolution thirsting for more blood, Rowe got the ball out wide right in the 84th minute. He strove into the New York area, cut back to his left foot, and fired a perfect shot into the upper 90 past Vuolo's outstretched arms.
The Revolution are now 2-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup. They next face RSL on Wednesday, 8 pm ET. New York are 0-2 and take on the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, 10 pm ET. Both games will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com Channel 1.
NE – Kelyn Rowe (unassisted) 77
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Saer Sène) 84
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney (Tom Cruise 67) John Lozano (Florian Lechner 46), Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms (Luiscito Campisi 67), Shalrie Joseph ©, Kelyn Rowe, Fernando Cardenas (Rick Smith 46), Bjorn Runstrom (Saer Sène 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Tim Murray, Tyler Polak, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez, Zack Schilawski, Ryan Kinne, Saer Sène, Michael Roach, Blake Brettschneider, Jeremiah White, Alec Purdie
New York Red Bulls: Jeremy Vuolo, Connor Lade (Willis Forko 87), Wilman Conde (Leobardo Alvarez 35), Tyler Ruthven, Jonathan Borrajo, Mehdi Ballouchy ©, Dax McCarty, Victor Palsson, Brandon Barklage (Giorgi Chirgadz 87), Jhonny Arteaga, Jose Angulo (Corey Hertzog 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Philip Tuttle, Teemu Tainio, Ruben Gonzalez, Ryan Maduro, Andrew Welker
NYRB – Tyler Ruthven (caution) 17
NYRB – Wilman Conde (caution) 32
NE – Rick Smith (caution) 67
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