The New England Revolution came from behind to beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in Major League Soccer on Sunday evening.
Sanna Nyassi had put the Fire in front at Gillette Stadium, but goals from Diego Fagundez and substitute Charlie Davies turned the match on its head.
While the Revs have now won four consecutive matches and are set to reach the Eastern Conference playoffs, their visitors’ hopes are dwindling with a record of just five victories all year.
Frank Yallop’s side had been contenders for Jermaine Jones’ signature prior to his recent New England switch, and the German-born midfielder hammered in the game’s first effort from distance. Patrick Mullins then shot off target on the turn, with several flicks around the Chicago area almost coming off for the hosts.
First Nyassi goal
However, while Nyassi had already nodded one Quincy Amarikwa centre wide, a repeat of the same move saw the Gambian this time power into the corner, notching his maiden goal for the Men in Red.
He could even have doubled his haul moments later, but after wrestling the ball from Jones, his low finish struck the outside of the post. The United States midfielder was having an influence on plays at either end, and soon volleyed over from a Lee Nguyen set-piece when he really should have done better.
Luckily for the 32-year-old, a second cross followed good work from Jose Goncalves and Fagundez planted his effort beyond Sean Johnson. The Homegrown winger celebrated in style having finally been relieved of the pressure that has dogged him since a May purple patch, while allowing the Revs to head into the half-time break on level terms.
After the restart, Alex snapped wide for the Fire, but the creativity of their Massachusetts opponents was quickly proving superior, with Johnson required to make stunning stops from Kelyn Rowe’s left-footer and AJ Soares’ header.
But it was Jones who was again crucial as New England took the lead. He brilliantly played Davies through, who battered the ball beyond the goalkeeper to make an immediate positive impact from the bench.
The pace of Nyassi and Amarikwa had been a constant threat to Bobby Shuttleworth’s goal, and the former Buffalo City stopper had to force the latter wide, before his opposite number clutched Nguyen’s drive.
A continuation of this forward momentum for Jay Heaps’ men meant that Matt Watson’s late low smash was the only attempt that Chicago could muster in the closing stages, and when that flew past the left post, the hosts sealed the three points.
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