The Revolution were in action Saturday night to face FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium. In this match, their positive play finally paid off for the home team. They received a first half goal by Shalrie Joesph, and second half goal late by Rajko Lekic to seal a 2-0 home victory for the Revs against FC Dallas.
The Revolution (5-11-12, 27 points) have had very good first halves to matches lately, and last night was no exception. The Revs came out strong against FC Dallas (13-8-7, 46 points), and they got on the board early.
In the 14th minute, Milton Caraglio sent a pass back to Monsef Zerka, who crossed the ball into the box that Shalrie Joseph headed into the back of the net. It was some real nice play that set up the first goal for the Revs. Early in the match they led 1-0.
The Revs had two more great chances to score in the first half, and they were both shots by Caraglio. In the 22nd minute, off of a corner kick by Benny Feilhaber, Caraglio's header bounces off of the turf, and over the net. In stoppage time, he made a great run, and his shot hit the side of the net.
The Revs went into the half with a 1-0 lead. However, the Revs have blown second half advantages in the last 3 matches. Would the home team hold on in the second half last night?
Well, the Revs came out confident, and had an early chance to really grab a commanding lead. In the 51st minute, Lekic sent a blast from just outside of the box that was nicely saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
This was still a very tight back and forth match until very late stages when Lekic would strike to put the match away. In the 84th minute, off of a corner kick by Feilhaber, the ball was flicked by Ryan Cochrane to Lekic, who struck a rocket past Hartman to give the Revs the 2-0 lead.
The Revs would end the match minutes later with a nice 2-0 victory. After giving up late leads in the last few matches, last night showed the Revs can close a match.
At this time, the Revs seem to be playing their best soccer of the season. Let's hope it continues in their upcoming matches.
The Revs will next be in action on Friday September 16th on the road to face the Portland Timbers. The match begins at 11 PM EST.
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 72), Kevin Alston, Monsef Zerka (Ryan Guy 80), Shalrie Joseph, Benny Feilhaber, Chris Tierney, Rajko Lekic, Milton Caraglio (Kenny Mansally 73)