The New England Revolution produced a five-star show to embarrass Major League Soccer leaders Seattle Sounders FC at the Gilette Stadium on Sunday night.
Patrick Mullins and Teal Bunbury added to a Diego Fagundez brace on the score-sheet, while the other came from a Chad Marshall OG.
A clean sheet at the other end ensured that the Revolution are still to concede at home in 2014.
These have been two of the best teams in the division this season. New England came into this game having won three of their last four, while Seattle sat top with five consecutive victories.
The quality on the pitch was immediately obvious with both sides playing the ball around with confidence at a frantic pace.
Lamar Neagle’s knock-down from a Marco Pappa cross created the first chance for the visitors, but Obafemi Martins couldn’t beat Bobby Shuttleworth from three yards out.
In the 14th minute, the Revs took the lead.
A lovely one-two between Chris Tierney and Fagundez saw the latter play a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Brad Evans couldn’t turn the ball behind and Mullins converted following a ricochet off the upright.
This close-range finish was the rookie’s second strike in just three professional games after scoring last week against Toronto FC.
The Sounders began to dominate possession, but in the 30th minute New England doubled their lead.
Lee Nguyen’s corner was only half cleared and Tierney again found left-side partner Fagundez. The Uruguayan went alone this time and smashed past Stefan Frei at the near post.
The Revolution then added a flukey third just seven minutes later.
Bunbury timed his run well to get in behind the Seattle defence and although the goalkeeper saved the forward’s first effort, Frei could only deflect the rebound into the net.
Incredibly, it was four before half-time.
On the counter-attack, Bunbury spread a glorious pass out to Fagundez on the left-wing. The 19-year-old controlled on his chest before firing into the far-bottom corner.
As the previously rampant Sounders struggled to find their feet, the home crowd delightedly chanted “We want five”.
And immediately after the interval, they got their wish. Nguyen fed Bunbury and his cross deflected off Marshall to leave Frei helpless.
Former New England man Clint Dempsey - who’d been remarkably quiet up to this point - tried his luck from range in the 50th minute but Shuttleworth got down well to touch the ball around the post.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper then had to make a smart stop as Marshall looked to make amends with a powerful header from Gonzalo Pineda’s corner.
With Seattle determined to restore some pride, Osvaldo Alonso found space on the edge of the Revs’ area but fired wide of the near post.
The hosts appeared happy to let the Sounders keep the ball in midfield and so the next opportunity didn’t come until the 77th minute.
Dempsey and Martins combined and the United States international worked the ball to Kenny Cooper, whose shot was parried away from danger by Shuttleworth.
More neat interplay led to an opening for substitute Chad Barrett, but he rifled an effort just off target.
Although Seattle continued to come forward, they never looked like scoring and New England could even have added a sixth as Frei did well to tip over from Steve Neumann in stoppage time.
As it was though, the Revolution were easily able to see the game out and further enhance their impressive defensive record.
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