New England Soccer Today

Kamara Debuts in 2-0 Win

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Newly-acquired striker Kei Kamara made his Revolution debut to help lead his new team to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 18,997 on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Kamara, who was brought in by the Revolution in a trade with Columbus on Thursday, started up top and fired a team-high six shots in a game that Lee Nguyen scored his first goal from the run of play in the 22nd minute.

The Revolution grabbed an insurance goal in the 84th on Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s first career MLS goal, which came from a Juan Agudelo cross from the right channel. Hollinger-Janzen became the first Revolution rookie to find the back of the net since 2014, when first-rounder Patrick Mullins scored in four straight matches.

The opening score came from a Kelyn Rowe short corner that found Scott Caldwell, who played it to Nguyen in the area, where the creative midfielder one-timed it off the inside of the far post before it settled into the back of the net.

Nguyen’s goal, his second of the season, gave the Revolution their first lead at the half since a 1-1 draw vs. Toronto on Apr. 9.

Kamara, who entered the match with five goals on the current campaign, also won a game-high six aerial duels in his debut, which coincided with the squad’s first win since Apr. 1.

Injuries to Jose Goncalves (chest), Chris Tierney (hamstring), and Donnie Smith (hamstring) forced Revolution coach Jay Heaps to use a makeshift backline consisting of Rowe, Andrew Farrell, Je-Vaughn Watson, and London Woodberry.

Sporting Portugal loanee Sambinha made his MLS debut when he entered the match in the 89th minute for Agudelo.

With the win, the Revolution improves to 2-3-7 (13 points) while the Fire falls to 1-4-4 (7 points).

The Revolution will look to make it two in a row when they host FC Dallas on Saturday, May 21 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.

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