The New England Revolution got their 2013 season off to a winning start on Saturday, riding a Jerry Bengtson goal and a Matt Reis clean sheet to defeat the Chicago Fire 1-0 at Toyota Park.
Bengtson put New England ahead in the 63rd minute with a neat header that owed a lot to a precise service from the wing by midfielder Kelyn Rowe. Rowe's ball sailed through the entire Fire defense before finding Bengtson, unmarked, at the near post where he finished easily past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
The result is a disappointing one for the Fire, and not only because it is the Revolution's first win at Toyota park since the facility opened in 2006. The Fire controlled possession through large swaths of the match, but struggled to build real scoring chances. The few times the Fire did look threatening, Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis came up with a big save.
The Revolution and Fire continue their seasons on the road this coming Saturday, with the Fire traveling to Kansas City and the Revolution heading to Philadelphia.