May 25, Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez both scored for the second straight week to guide the New England Revolution to a neat 2-0 victory over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium for a crowd of 10,711.
It was Fagundez’s third goal in three consecutive games and he now leads the Revolution with four goals. Fagundez has scored eight goals so far in his young career.
It was Agudelo’s second appearance for the Revolution and his first start.
“[Juan Agudelo] does everything out there,”said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. “You watch him, he does everything for the team. He does all the little things, the hard work, gets his toes in, he’s defending on the top of the box. So, right away he jumps up in that the players buy into what he’s doing. His ability around the box he just shows he’s really crafty he’s really got good body control. The two goals he’s scored have been, to me, pretty incredible goals.”
The Revolution (4-4-4, 16 pts.) now stand 12th in the MLS table and Toronto FC (1-7-4, 7 pts.), 18th overall, suffered its fifth straight loss and had its winless run extended to 10 games (0-6-4).
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his fifth shutout of the season. Shuttleworth has allowed just five goals in nine appearances this season.
Fagundez scored in the 23rd minute to give the Revolution a 1-0 lead from a pinpoint cross from Chris Tierney. It was Tierney’s 18th career assist and his 100th start.
“I think with the players that we’ve brought in and the depth of our squad we expect to win games whether it’s home or away,” said Tierney. “We’re confident if we are firing on all cylinders and are playing smart and come to play that there are not that many teams in the league that can hang with us especially here on the turf.”
In the third minute of stoppage time Saer Sene slipped a pass to Agudelo, who shot the ball into the far upper corner for the final 2-0 result.
The Revolution next host defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 2.
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Toronto FC 0, New England Revolution 2
NE – Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney) 23
NE – Juan Agudelo (Saer Sene) 93+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell (Andy Dorman 82), Juan Toja (Kelyn Rowe 61), Diego Fagundez, Jerry Bengtson (Saer Sene 72)
Substitutes Not Used: Darrius Barnes, Chad Barrett, Kalifa Cisse, Matt Reis
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 6, Saves 2, Fouls 15, Offsides 0, Passes 410 (76.1%) Possession 49.3%
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik, Doneil Henry, Ryan Richter, Darren O’Dea, Steven Caldwell, Jeremy Hall, Matias Laba, Reggie Lambe (Jonathan Osorio 46), Jeremy Brockie, Luis Silva, Robert Earnshaw (Hogan Ephraim 68)
Substitutes Not Used: Gale Agbossoumonde, Quillan Roberts, Andrew Wiedeman, Kyle Bekker, Ashtone Morgan
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 2, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 2, Fouls 11, Offsides 1, Passes 407 (74.7%), Possession 50.7%
TOR – Darren O’Dea (caution) 29
NE – Juan Toja (caution) 39
TOR – Matias Laba (caution) 68
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 80
NE – Saer Sene (caution) 88
TOR – Luis Silva (caution) 91+
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry (AR1), Matthew Kreitzer (AR2)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: 60 degrees and rain