Revolution blank Fire; NYCFC wins second straight by topping Impact
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Diego Fagundez scored from the top of the penalty area and the New England Revolution got goals two minutes apart to start the second half in beating the Chicago Fire 2-0 Saturday night.
New England is unbeaten in its last 19 MLS home games, but the win is the first for New England (6-4-6) in its past seven games. With the victory New England trails Eastern Conference leader DC United by four points.
After playing a goalless first half, the Revolution won a corner kick in the 48th minute. Chris Tierney sent the ball to the front edge of the 6-yard box, but Andy Dorman's header floated high toward a wide-open Fagundez. His hard shot went inside the far post for the winning goal.
Two minutes later, Fagundez played a free kick to Teal Bunbury at the top of the 18-yard box. Bunbury fired wide toward the far post and Charlie Davies got his head on the shot to redirect it in.
Losers now of three straight, the Fire (4-8-2) have yet to win on the road this season. The Fire are tied with New York City FC and Montreal for last place in the Eastern Conference.
New York FC 3, Impact 1
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa and Kwadwo Poku each had a goal and an assist, helping expansion New York City FC's to its first back-to-back wins.
Villa finished a great team buildup in the 31st minute. A quick two-pass combo from Patrick Mullins and Mehdi Ballouchy led Villa to an open space in the middle of the box.
Mix Diskerud put NYCFC (3-7-5) up 2-0 in the 76th minute, finishing Poku's cross low and hard into the left corner.
The Impact (4-5-2) got one back on Wandrille Lefevre's well-timed header off Laurent Ciman's free kick in the 88th minute. It was the first goal of Lefevre's MLS career.
But NYCFC answered in the 90th minute when Poku finished Villa's cross.
It was the first time NYCFC scored three goals in a match.