FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution awed hometown fans at Gillette Stadium Sunday night, exploding in an offensive frenzy to demolish Seattle Sounders FC, and former teammate Clint Dempsey, 5-0 on Sunday night.
The Revs extended their unbeaten streak to five games, while Seattle’s five-game winning streak came to a bitter end.
Diego Fagundez, the Revolutions leading scorer in 2013, tallied two goals--his first and second of 2014. Rookie Patrick Mullins netted his second goal of the year after blasting a wonder strike against Toronto FC last week.
Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa opened the game in the second minute when good buildup play yielded an open lane for the Guatemalan international to curl a high shot inches wide of the iron.
Two minutes later, Pappa launched a cross that nearly culminated in a score. Lamar Neagle’s downward header and Obafemi Martins follow-up endeavor compelled goalie Bobby Shuttleworth into a vital save.
A barrage of scoring then arrived for the Revolution.
In the 14th minute, sharp combination play involving Fagundez and Chris Tierney allowed the Waltham native to deliver a cross into the box for Teal Bunbury, whose point -blank attempt on frame was stopped by goaltender Stefan Frei. Patrick Mullins buried the rebound for the first score of the contest.
“I think [the goal] was another one of good switch in the play. (It was) A nice pass out to the left and I wanted to make sure I put myself in a position to where if the ball bounced away, I was ready to pounce on it and finish it and it did and I was there. It was big I thought they did start well, and defensively we were solid,” Mullins said.
Tierney provided the assist on the next goal in the 30th minute, connecting with Fagundez at the edge of the box. The 19-year-old phenom tucked his low strike inside the near post to give the Revs a 2-0 lead.
“It’s a relief for me because I have been waiting for this one for a while. Hopefully now I can bang some in because I’ve been working towards this one a long time.
I was going to get a third one, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and that’s okay. We got three points and that’s the number one thing right now,” Fagundez said.
Lee Nguyen spearheaded New England’s attack six minutes later, leading Bunbury on a nicely-weighted through ball into the penalty area. The former Sporting KC forward cracked a left-footer that Frei saved at first, but unable to manage the rebound, Seattle’s netminder let Bunbury’s ensuing shot leak under him for the goal.
As halftime approached, the Revs didn’t let up. Fagundez notched his second goal, gathering a excellent lobbed pass from Bunbury before hitting a firm shot past Frei’s left side: A great finish from a first-class assist.
The first half concluded, and Sounders FC’s defense may have assumed their high-octane offense would convert in the early going. The Sounders held a majority 64 percent possession. Nevertheless, Dempsey and Obafemi Martins were almost non-existent.
“It’s hard to stop [Seattle’s attackers with Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins]. I think we tried to eliminate some of the service. But Dempsey and Martins can beat you in a lot of different ways,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps.
“You can’t say hey, stop it. We knew that they like going central. So we wanted to make sure that, we had numbers around those two guys and when they got the ball we had to get pressure to it immediately.”
The Revolution defense certainly proved its worth. With this shutout, the Revs haven’t conceded a goal at home all year. Even without captain Jose Goncalves, New England finds a way to defend spectacularly against dangerous opponents.
Bunbury capped off the Revs’ 5-0 scoreline in the 46th minute, driving a shot that deflected off off Chad Marshall for an own goal.
The remainder of the match saw little improvement from Seattle. Dempsey had a golden chance in the 85th minute, moving forward on a break. His attempt from close range looked very promising, but was promptly blocked down by AJ Soares. It was that kind of night for the Sounders.
“It’s a game we got to forget about. We had possession of the ball. We were the ones holding the ball and knocking the ball around. I didn’t think they were five goals better than us. But today, they were, and we have to accept it,” Sounders coach Siegfried Schmid said.
In stoppage time, Steve Neumann nearly executed a dipping long shot, but it sailed above the crossbar. A.J. Soares couldn’t clip his header in the right direction off a fine set piece.
New England will travel to PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.
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