After a three year drought, the New England Revolution returned to the playoffs last season, but fell to Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Although they made a quick exit from the postseason, the year gave fans hope that the team was once again moving in the right direction.
Judging from how the 2014 season has started, that hope was well founded. After defeating D.C. United earlier today by a score of 2-1, the Revolution have extended their winning streak to five games, and their unbeaten streak to seven.
Their last loss came way back in early April, when they lost, coincidentally, at the hands of D.C. United. With today’s win, the Revolution’s record now stands at 7-2-3, giving them 23 points, the best mark in the Eastern Conference.
The Revolution opened the scoring in this one in the 55th minute, thanks to their rookie forward Patrick Mullins. Diego Fagundez darted into the United box, but had the ball knocked away from him where it fell to the feet of Mullins. The former Maryland Terrapin was able to toe poke it home past Bill Hamid to open the scoring. It was Mullins’ fourth goal in four matches.
D.C. was able to tie things up in the 73rd minute, however, as Fabian Espindola corralled a loose ball in the box and powered it past Bobby Shuttleworth.
It didn’t take long for the Revs to get back on top, however, as youngster Diego Fagundez gave them the lead once again, just four minutes after Espindola’s equalizer. Teal Bunbury drove a cross low across the face of goal that Hamid dove for but missed. It went all the way through to Fagundez, who had an open net to shoot at, and did not disappoint.
Check out highlights of the match below.
It’s still early, but if the Revolution keep playing like this, getting back to the playoffs for the second year in a row will be a walk in the park.