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New England Revolution Beats United, Advances In U.S. Open Cup

New England Revolution Beats D.C. United 2-1 at Harvard University’s Jordan Field, Advances In U.S. Open Cup

Things are heating up for the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup.

On Wednesday night the Rev’s took down D.C. United 2-1 in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup at Harvard University’s Jordan Field. With the win, the New England Revolution advance to the Quarterfinal and will either host the Philadelphia Union on July 11th, or the New York Red Bulls on July 13. Either of those two potential matches would take place on Jordan Field.

D.C. United’s José Guillermo Ortiz opened scoring in the seventh minute. Diego Fagundez responded with an equalizer shortly before halftime with the first goal of his U.S. Open Cup career. Fagundez’s goal came via a free kick from the 18-yard box past the outstretch reach of United goalkeeper Travis Worra.

On the other side of halftime, forward Brian Wright put New England ahead with his first professional goal. Wright’s goal came via  a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area that ended up being the game winner for the Rev’s.

Rev’s coach Jay Heaps wasn’t surprised by Wright’s effectiveness in a ten plus minute burst he had, but the goal for him is to stay consistent.

We see that, we want more of that” said Jay Heaps after the game”. That is where Brian (Wright) continues too stay that consistent and do that. We see that in training, we get that on the big field. I thought a couple of weeks ago in the Open Cup against Rochester there were moments, but tonight was a really solid performance all the way around. Unfortunately he isn’t 90 minutes fit yet so he ran out of gas a little bit. But for me, I am really proud on how he came about and scored his goal.

Wright’s first goal came mere minutes after he came inches away from scoring initially. He was able to recover and fought his way back in and net his first career goal. After the game Wright talked about what happened during that play and how he will remember the moment.

I had a couple of opportunities “said Brain Wright after the game”. I missed the first one, hit the crossbar. But I was happy to get that second one and turned the defender and put it away.

Probably just keep the jersey to be honest. Just happy to get the result and just moving forward.

The shot differential in this match was a lopsided affair. New England took 16 shots with 5 on target, D.C. only managed to get off 9 shots with only 1 on target which turned out to be Ortiz’s goal in the 7th minute. The Rev’s shot advantage was huge considering that they only possessed the ball 43.7% of the time compared to D.C.’s 56.3%.

With many players for New England either injured or being called up for international play (7 players called up), Rev’s coach Jay Heaps was impressed with what he saw from his squad.

Great effort from everybody, from start to finish, guys knew what we had to do. We didn’t have a full bench because of the injuries and the callups. Excited the guys were able to put the full shift in, and really have good performances.

New England returns to action on July 2 for a nationally televised MLS match on FS1 against the Philadelphia Union. The match kicks off at 5:00 p.m. ET.

With a quick recovery time it is tricky to mange a roster but Coach Heaps illustrated the planning that goes into a quick turnaround for them.

We were realistic about guys that could go 90, guys that we may want to get in, and I think also with it being a midweek, and having the extra day of rest we wanted to get all of our guys so minutes as well.

New England Revolution Beats United, Advances In U.S. Open Cup
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