The New England Revolution gave their fans plenty to smile about in Allston, with a squad testing the team’s depth coming up big after an early scare. Visiting foes D.C. United threatened during the first quarter of the match, particularly when Jose Ortiz headed home the game’s first goal in just the seventh minute.
But D.C. would cool quickly after that, eventually allowing Diego Fagundez to slot in a stunning free kick to equalize for the home team just before the end of the first half. And then, just as the second started, Brian Wright notched his first professional goal to put the Revs up 2-1. He looked close to netting a brace a few minutes later. It was not to be, but still, the rookie came away celebrating the game-winner and a much-needed mood boost for the Revs faithful.
- B-SIDES: For better, as it turns out, the Revs entered this one with, essentially, their B-squad. Juan Agudelo, Kelyn Rowe, and Gershon Koffie are all away on national team duty, while Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi, and Xavier Kouassi were out injured. Naysayers might have said that boded gloomily for the Revs, but it turns out their team boasts super-solid depth.
- ALL WRIGHT: It’s time to closely watch the kid Brian Wright, whose first professional goal made for the game-winner. He proved all threat throughout the second half too, only narrowly missing bagging a brace.
- SILVER LININGS: D.C. walks away from this one wincing and badly in need of a morale boost. Let’s look at the bright side: Julian Buescher, again. Their 2016 SuperDraft pick proved clutch once again, providing great service to his teammates.
New England Revolution lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): #18 Brad Knighton (GK) – #28 London Woodberry, #4 Benjamin Angoua, #27 Joshua Smith, #33 Donald Smith – #15 Je-Vaughn Watson, #21 Zachary Herivaux – #88 Femi Hollinger-Janzen, #10 Teal Bunbury, #14 Diego Fagundez – #7 Brian Wright
Substitutes: #30 Matt Turner (GK), #8 Chris Tierney, #2 Andrew Farrell, #23 Kei Kamara, #24 Lee Nguyen
D.C. United lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): #1 Travis Worra (GK) – #3 Chris Odoi-Atsem, #20 Jalen Robinson, #5 Franklin, #22 Chris Korb – #25 Jared Jeffrey, #23 Ian Harkes – #11 Sebastien Le Toux, #33 Julian Buescher, #13 Lamar Neagle – #9 Jose Guillermo Ortiz
Substitutes: #24 Eric Klenofsky (GK), #2 Taylor Kemp, #6 Kofi Opare, #12 Patrick Nyarko, #7 Marcelo Sarvas, #10 Luciano Acosta, #26 Rob Vincent