FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Diego Fagundez ended New England’s scoreless streak at 539 minutes and the Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night.
New England (2-3-2) scored a goal in its season opener, but did not put the ball in the net in five-plus matches thereafter, having been credited with an “own goal” last week in a match last week at New York.
The 18-year old Fagundez gave the Revolution into the lead in the 61st minute, finishing off an exchange of well-executed passes from Lee Nguyen to Kelyn Rowe.
Nguyen made it 2-0 in the 71st minute, initiating the sequence with a run into the penalty box, and finishing off a rebound of a shot taken by Saer Sene.
"That was not reflective of the kind of game we are capable of playing. And it was probably our worst performance on the year so far," Union Team Manager John Hackworth said following the match. In a lot of ways, it’s frustrating because we’ve been playing consistent and at least the way we tried to plan tonight – it just wasn’t the same."
New England snapped a five-game (0-3-2) winless streak and an eight-game (0-5-3) winless streak against Philadelphia. The Union (3-3-2) had its three-game (1-0-2) unbeaten streak snapped, being held scoreless for the first time in eight games this season.
"Disappointing," said Union defender Jeff Parke. "They are a decent team but we made them look a lot better than they were. We gave chances and they punished us, so it’s a game we felt we should’ve gotten at least a result and it’s one we go home with zero points…and that’s just disappointing."
Philadelphia, 2-2-1 on the road this season with seven goals, had its best scoring chances in the first half in final 5 minutes. Michael Farfan had a point-blank shot tipped over the net by goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 40th minute, and Danny Cruz had a goal-mouth shot smothered in the 45th minute.
Then in the 85th minute, Jack McInerney had a partial breakaway bid knocked away by Shuttleworth, who recorded his second shutout of the season.
"We had chances and we didn’t take advantage of them,” said Hackworth. "Shuttlesworth makes a few good saves as well and keeps them in the game and then I thought we came out in the second half and were actually playing much better, we had numbers forward…but [this kind] of play is not reflective of our team."