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Revolution 3, NYCFC 1: Revs keep playoff hopes alive with dominant performance

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Agudelo, Nguyen, and Fagundez grabbed goals in a dominant performance by the Revs.

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution put together their most comprehensive performance of the year on Saturday when they defeated New York City FC 3-1.

The Revs looked good early on with Juan Agudelo breaking through in the 21st minute. The striker's right-footed blast was assisted by Diego Fagundez. Agudelo appears to be heating up, as he now has two goals in two games.

Lee Nguyen doubled the Revs' lead 21 minutes later when he finished a Kelyn Rowe cross. Though his name won't show up on the scoresheet, Fagundez was instrumental in the build, as his dummy deceived the NYCFC back line.

The Revolution found themselves up against some adversity in the 49th minute when Frank Lampard goal grabbed his 12th goal of the season. RJ Allen, who entered at halftime, was credited with the assist.

Showing a good amount of character, the Revs kept their heads high and regained their two-goal lead in the 58th minute. This time, the creator became the goalscorer, as Fagundez found the back of the net. The local product confidently drove the ball home after collecting Agudelo's rebound.

Although the game would ultimately end 3-1, the final scoreline doesn't fully represent a number of attacking opportunities the Revs had, as the home side had 24 shots, with 12 being on target. Frustrating the Revs was NYCFC netminder Josh Saunders, who made 9 stops, including a couple that could be up for Save of the Week.

The Revs return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when they travel to FC Dallas for the US Open Cup Final. Their next league game is Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. the Montreal Impact.