New England Soccer Today

Rowe Steers Revs’ Success

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Unbeaten in their last seven, and with wins in each of their previous five, the Revolution have climbed back near the top of the Eastern Conference, and are playing some their best soccer of the season down the homestretch once again.

From Jermaine Jones’ return from injury to Lee Nguyen’s return to the form that made him an MVP finalist last year, many factors have played into the turn-around from the Revolution, who endured a trying early-summer stretch in which they claimed only a single win during a 12-game span. But one factor that hasn’t gotten much attention is the resurgent form of midfielder Kelyn Rowe.

Rowe has started in four of the past seven games in which the Revs are unbeaten. In two of the games in which he has not started, Rowe has scored off the bench. All told, Rowe has two goals and an assist in his past seven games and has helped his club’s shape by playing a sound brand of defense.

His recent scoring run ended a drought that dated back to early-May. Thanks to his revitalized form, he’s moved into a tie for third on the team in goals with Nguyen – sitting only behind Charlie Davies (9) and Juan Agudelo (6). Additionally, Rowe currently ranks second on the team in assists, trailing only Nguyen (9).

The fourth-year midfielder’s recent run has allowed Nguyen to show flashes of his superlative 2014 campaign – compiling three goals and four assists in that time frame.

The addition of Rowe into the starting XI has also had a huge effect on Diego Fagundez, who also found himself in a strong patch of form at the moment. Fagundez has goals in each of his previous three games, and has had a lot of space to create thanks to Rowe’s improved play on the opposite flank.

With the Revolution on the rise, Rowe’s resurgent form will play a huge role in New England’s playoff hopes. Should his play continue at its current form, Rowe could help propel the Revolution through the homestretch and into a higher playoff seeding when it’s all said and done.

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