FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s often said that beggars can’t be choosers. And in that vein, the Revolution weren’t about to complain about the way they secured their first lead in over two months on Wednesday.
After getting beat to the board in each of their eight straight losses, a Drew Moor own goal sent the Revolution on their way to a long-awaited 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium.
The own goal came in the 10th minute after Moor attempted to poke away a Lee Nguyen shot away from frame. Nguyen put his name on the scoresheet proper in the 75th minute, while Kelyn Rowe widened the gap in the 78th minute.
Wednesday’s win not only ended the Revolution’s eight-game losing streak, but also allowed them to avoid tying the club record for losses (nine), which was set twice in 1997 and 1998. The Rapids’ loss left them out of the win column for the fourth time in their last five tries.
The Revolution, who hadn’t secured a single lead in their last eight, found their way onto the board first when Nguyen corralled a pass from Charlie Davies and fired way. Moor attempted to clear it away, but inadvertently knocked it into his own net inside of 10 minutes.
Colorado attempted to figure out a way to fire a reply, but struggled to move the ball. They started to get the better of the possession midway through the half, however, the chances didn’t follow suit.
While the Rapids were in the midst of their search for an equalizer, Diego Fagundez nearly widened the Revolution’s margin in the 40th minute. After bringing down a cross from Jose Goncalves, the shifty winger beat a defender and cracked a shot over the bar.
Fagundez’s teammates continued to knock on the door early in the second half. In the 48th minute, Nguyen played a give and go with Rowe, who found space inside the 18 to fire a mild shot that Clint Irwin collected.
Action picked up in the 60th minute when Rowe grabbed a pass from Fagundez and backheeled it into the box for Charlie Davies, who drove a low shot that Irwin smothered in front of the line.
Colorado continued to withstand pressure after the hour, as Irwin was called upon to clean up a pair of crosses that made their way into the area.
By the 68th minute, coach Pablo Mastroeni emptied his bench by sending on his third substitute - Vicente Sanchez - in the hopes of securing the equalizer. And it nearly worked.
In the 69th minute, Edson Buddle brought down a pass and put it in front of Dillon Powers at the top of the box, where he blasted a shot that skipped into Bobby Shuttleworth’s chest before the rebound was cleared away by Andrew Farrell.
Another gift for the Revolution nearly appeared in the 72nd minute when Irwin attempted to send it up the field. But the punt smacked Patrick Mullins in the back and the ricochet rolled toward goal before Irwin raced back to brush it off the line. Mullins was curiously cautioned on the play for interfering with the goalkeeper.
Nevertheless, it was clear that the Revolution didn't need any gifts after the 74th minute. On a break toward the box, Steven Neumann was fouled by Thomas Piermayr near the edge, and Nguyen blasted the free kick into the back of the net in the 75th minute.
Not long after, Rowe joined the scoring party in the 78th minute when he took hold of a pass from Nguyen, dribbled into the area and hit a shot into the back of the net to send the Revolution on their way to a long-awaited victory.
The Revolution return to action on Saturday to face the New York Red Bulls at Red Bulla Arena. The Rapids will be back on the pitch on Saturday as well to host Real Salt Lake at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.