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Fagundez Steers Revs to Victory

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez scored in his third straight game to send the Revolution to a 3-0 win over Orlando City on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Fagundez, who also collected two assists on the evening, scored in the 43rd minute on a well-worked sequence that started when Chris Tierney played a perfectly-weighted long ball to Charlie Davies, who chested it wide for Lee Nguyen. From there, Nguyen found Fagundez on a darting run into the area, where the Homegrown Player buried it in a hurry to put the Revolution ahead going into the half.

Second half substitute Juan Agudelo put the match to bed in the 84th minute when he tapped through a Teal Bunbury cross right on the doorstep. Chris Tierney added to Orlando City’s embarrassment in the 94th minute when he got a hold of a ball from Nguyen inside the area and slid it out of the reach of Tally Hall and giving Nguyen his third assist of the night.

With the win, the Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1) while the Lions pushed their winless run to five (0-3-2).

Quick analysis: The final score and overall possession stat may not tell it, but the Revolution thoroughly dominated the match essentially from start to finish. In game in which the Lions looked like they were playing with 10 men, the Revolution attack press the issue time and time again, outshooting their foe 21-8 and forcing six saves from Tally Hall. With Fagundez, Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe routinely threatening Orlando’s backline, the Revolution found pockets of space to exploit, and by the second half, the offense was humming as Agudelo officially put the match out of reach in the waning minutes. Overall, it was the kind of performance Jay Heaps has to be pleased with, especially given that he didn’t have his best player at his disposal.

Kick in the grass: Saturday’s match was played on a temporary grass surface, which was installed for Tuesday’s U.S.-Brazil international friendly. The last time the Revolution hosted a game on grass was back in Sept. 5, 2013, a game which they lost 4-2 to Montreal.

Daigo gets start in place of Jones: Veteran midfielder Daigo Kobayashi got the start in place of Jermaine Jones, who was called into U.S. camp earlier in the week. The addition of Kobayashi was the only change made to the lineup seen last week at Philadelphia.

Supporters’ tifo game strong: Prior to kickoff, the fans in the Fort unveiled an impressive, Lion King-inspired tifo with Orlando City in town.


Next up: The Revolution will return to action on Sunday, Sept.  13 against Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is set for 5:00pm. The Revolution are unbeaten against the Reds this year, drawing 1-1 on May 16 and winning 3-1 on Aug. 1.

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