New England Soccer Today

Kamara Lifts Revs to Victory

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kei Kamara’s late goal allowed the Tom Soehn Era to start on a positive note following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.

Soehn, who served assistant prior to the dismissal of former coach Jay Heaps on Tuesday, made his first appearance as head coach in a match that seemed destined to end scoreless.

That was before Lee Nguyen tallied in the 82nd minute to give the Revolution a brief lead before Nicolas Hasler equalized in the 84th minute. But Kei Kamara’s 87th minute goal proved the difference as the hosts held on for the victory.

With the result, the Revolution’s ledger goes to 11-14-5 (38 points) while Toronto’s mark went to 18-5-8 (62 points).

Toronto was without Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, who both missed the match due to injuries. But that didn’t stop the Reds from testing the Revolution early.

Jonathan Osario and Tosaint Ricketts both exploited breaches early, and in the 23rd minute, Ricketts appeared to score the breakthrough. But the goal was nullified by the AR’s flag.

In the 35th minute, Bunbury pounced on a lazy back pass and fired a shot on goal that was denied by Clint Irwin, who immediately stopped another shot seconds later from Gershon Koffie.

Diego Fagundez authored a pair of promising chances during initial stages of the second half, his best arriving in the 57th minute when he beat his defender and drilled a low shot that veered wide of the far post.

Nguyen’s 65th minute introduction pointed the Revolution offense in the right direction, and in the waning stages, he got on the end of a Chris Tierney cross to score the breakthrough.

But Nguyen’s goal didn’t stand for long. Two minutes later, Hasler knocked through a Michael Bradley ball to make it a level match.

Just when it seemed the match was going to end tied at one apiece, Kamara glanced a short cross from Nguyen into the back of the net in the 87th minute.

The Revolution return to action on Wednesday at Orlando City. Kickoff is 7:30pm. In their previous encounter, the Revolution handed the Lions a 4-0 loss at Gillette Stadium.

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