New England Soccer Today

Starting Off on the Right Foot

Photo credit: New England Revolution

Photo credit: New England Revolution

It was a promising start to the preseason fixture list for the Revolution on Wednesday as the locals scored early and never looked back in their 2-0 exhibition win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Midfielder Kelyn Rowe put the Revolution on solid ground early when he blasted a shot from 25 yards into the back of the net in the 26th minute. Forward Charlie Davies widened the gap in the 45th minute when he volleyed through a loose ball inside the box.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps made wholesale changes to his lineup in the second half, and San Jose nearly took advantage on a handful of occasions. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton was called upon to make a 61st minute save on Shea Salinas, while trialist Josh Phillips was forced to snuff out a chance created by Tyler Thompson in the 76th minute.

With the win, the Revolution jump out to 1-0-0 wintertime record for the second straight year.

Revolution first half XI: Bobby Shuttleworth; Donnie Smith, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, London Woodberry; Zachary Herivaux, Tyler Rudy; Michael Gamble, Kelyn Rowe, Teal Bunbury; Charie Davies.

Revolution second half XI: Bobby Shuttleworth (Brad Knighton 58′); Jeb Brovsky, Josh Phillips, Darrius Barnes, Jordan McCrary; Scott Caldwell, Steve Neumann; Chris Tierney, Diego Fagundez, Sean Okoli; Juan Agudelo

Next up: The Revolution will return to action on Thursday when they face FC Dallas at Grande Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. Kickoff is set for 12pm ET.

Notes: Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi and 2016 third-round pick Femi Hollinger-Janzen were both unavailable to due injury…Midfielder Teal Bunbury picked up a caution in the 31st minute…the Revolution wore number-less gray training tops, navy shorts, and red socks, which provided a stark contrast to the Earthquakes’ blue top, black shorts ensemble…

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