The New England Revolution outscored the LA Galaxy 4-3 to collect their first win since June 3. The result halted the Revs’ losing streak at four and put them even in the standings with the Philadelphia Union.
Kei Kamara almost nabbed a goal in the 11th minute when he tried to chip goalkeeper Brian Rowe from distance. Kamara created the opportunity for himself by muscling Gio Dos Santos at midfield. The striker then took a few touches before making a bid that narrowly sailed over the crossbar.
The Revs put themselves ahead five minutes later when Lee Nguyen grabbed a loose ball that emerged when Jelle Van Damme battered Kelyn Rowe. Nguyen capitalized on the advantage call by grabbing his eighth goal of the campaign.
The game returned to level terms in the 22nd minute when Daniel Steres nodded home a Romain Alessandrini cross. Rafael Grarcia earned a secondary assist on the play.
The home team had an opportunity to regain their lead in the 30th minute when a misplayed defensive header put the ball on Kamara’s foot. Unfortunately for them, the ensuing shot went wide of the frame.
Kamara would make up for the miss in the 34th minute when he beat B. Rowe at the near post. Kamara was played into space by Diego Fagundez, who used the outside of his right foot to earn his second assist of the night.
The Galaxy made one change at halftime, replacing Jermaine Jones with Dave Romney. The returning Jones was underwhelming during the first 45 minutes. His biggest contribution was a foul on Nguyen that earned him a yellow card.
Steres got a second goal in the 53rd minute when he pushed home a ball that was bobbling in the box. Alessandrini took the initial corner kick and the Galaxy had several looks before Steres headed it past Brad Knighton.
The Revolution’s first substitution was a good one, as Teal Bunbury scored just five minutes after replacing Scott Caldwell. Playing as a striker, Bunbury found Kelyn Rowe out wide. The U.S. National Team midfielder then sent in a cross that Bunbury headed in.
Bunbury wasn’t done there, as he got his second of the night in the 73rd minute. This one was assisted by Andrew Farrell, who only had one career helper going into the game.
The Galaxy got one back in the 79th minute after some chaos in the box. Substitute Ariel Lassiter fired a shot that was blocked by Farrell, though the ball would ricochet off Knighton’s back and settle in the back of the net.
The offensive duel ended 4-3 in favor of the Revolution, who will now turn their attention to the Union. That game will take place next Saturday with kickoff set for 7:30 pm.