Okay, so it was forty-five minutes against a mostly tired second string unit from Sporting Kansas City...
But who cares, THE REVS SCORED SIX GOALS IN AN ACTUAL GAME! That’s like, more goals then they scored all of last spring or something.
Anyway, both teams started with the second string lineups before the Revs made mass changes at halftime while SKC opted to wait until later in the second half.
Daigo Kobayashi opened the scoring just two minutes in when he cleaned up a spill from the SKC keeper who couldn’t corral a Tyler Turner cross from the right wing. SKC equalized later in the first half after a screaming curler from Jimmy Medranda beat Brad Knighton at the far post.
Once the bulk of the New England Revolution starters entered the game, the goal parade started. Lee Nguyen found Juan Agudelo using a burst of speed down the left-central channel to slot home to finish a wonderful counter attack in the 54th.
Minutes later it was Agudelo again, this time finishing (with a hint of offside) a Kei Kamara cross at the back post. Diego Fagundez then did his own clean up from a tight angle for the Revs fourth and Lee Nguyen added a penalty kick for the 5th in the 74rd minute. Nguyen capped the scoring off in the 81st beating Tim Melia one on one in the box.
However, we must give credit to SKC because they did get a consolation goal through Graham Zusi’s rocket in the closing minute. If the Revs are only going to give up goals like this in 2017, I think we’ll be okay with that because these are a couple of beauties.
The Revs will wrap up the Desert Diamond Classic on Saturday, February 25th in the Championship rounds. With a record of 1-2 it’s unlikely the Revs will defend their 2016 title in the championship match however the placements are always a little up in the air as the Revs didn’t play SKC in last years final as they had already played during preseason. The 5th-6th place game will be at 3pm EST with the 3rd-4th/1st-2nd games later on in the day.