FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Sporting Kansas City were minutes away from escaping Gillette Stadium with a point after playing down a man for nearly 20 minutes, but the New England Revolution struck twice in stoppage time to grab a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.
Teal Bunbury scored his first goal in a Revs uniform in the second minute of stoppage and Lee Nguyen added a penalty kick just before the whistle to extend New England's undefeated streak to three games and ended a 590-minute regular-season score drought vs. Sporting KC.
After a game that was remarkable mostly for its defensive battles, Sporting went down to 10 men when Aurélien Collin earned a red card for a hard tackle on Diego Fagundez in the 74th minute, but the Revolution were unable to make anything of their free play from 25 yards out.
Just when it looked as if the teams were ready to split points as the clock struck 90, in swooped former Sporting KC striker Bunbury, who redirected a long pass from Fagundez to break a scoreless draw with his first goal in a New England uniform.
The Revs added another after Fagundez forced play back into the box on a two-on-one rush, a hand ball was called on Sporting midfielder Oriol Rosell and Nguyen buried home the penalty shot, his second in as many weeks, giving New England the victory.
Both clubs came out with a patient approach in building up their possessions in the first half, with New England showing a little extra creativity and quickness while Sporting using a fluid passing attack on their end.
Jerry Bengtson’s effort in the 14th minute was as close as either team got all game, after Nguyen floated a pass over the defense in the box where the Honduran international, despite being questionably offsides, found himself all alone, but shot wide right of Sporting 'keeper Eric Kronberg.
Bunbury, starting on the wing for the first time this season, had two big first-half chances in the box, one which was blocked by Seth Sinovic and another point-blank effort saved by Kronberg.
The second half lacked the rhythm of the first, but Sporting were capable of pushing the of play into their favor early on, keeping Revs 'keeper Bobby Shuttleworth on his toes.
Sporting quickly pushed the attack up field, with Dom Dwyer bursting down the right wing before feeding it across the box to Benny Feilhaber, who created an open chance, but misfired on his shot, and play stalled out for much of the remainder of the game until the dramatic finish.
With the win, New England improve to 3-3-2 and remain unscored-upon at home this season. They next head to Toronto on May 3.
Sporting Kansas City, meanwhile, drop to 3-2-2 and return to Sporting Park on May 4, when they will pick up their MLS Cup rings prior to hosting the Columbus Crew.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Teal Bunbury||Former Rev played like a man possessed, with the game-winner the icing on a decent two-way performance.|
|2||Lee Nguyen||Once again the engine pushing New England forward all game, despite lack of help during much of it.|
|3||Matt Besler||Despite the unfortunate ending, US international remained the calm in the storm in an ugly game.|