The New England Revolution collected their first road win of 2018 when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Saturday night.
The Dynamo were fired up out of the gate, leading in almost every metric through the 15th minute. The home side had five shots, six corners, and lion’s share of possession. One of their best chances came in the 5th minute when Alberth Elis forced a diving save from Matt Turner.
Houston would rue their missed opportunities as the Revs scored in the 15th minute. Teal Bunbury forced a turnover in the Revolution’s defensive third, leading to a fast break led by Luis Caicedo. The Colombian found Cristian Penilla, who put it on a platter for Bunbury.
Penilla’s speed continued to trouble the Dynamo, leading to DeMarcus Beasley getting a red card in the 35th minute. The defender earned an early shower when he pulled down Penilla, who was clear in on goal. The subsequent free kick was taken by captain Claude Dielna, who rattled the woodwork.
The Revs looked motivated to extend in their lead in the second half. In the 28th minute, quick passing by Penilla, Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, and Caicedo led to a Bunbury shot. Goalkeeper Chris Seitz was up to the task.
Elis had a good opportunity in the 62nd minute after being sent in on goal. Turner was untroubled from the shot, batting it away for his fifth save of the night.
The Revs’ lead grew in the 71st minute through Penilla. The speedster mesmerized Adolfo Machado with a string of stepovers before powering his shot past Seitz.
Seitz made amends in the 87th minute when he pushed aside Kelyn Rowe’s stinging shot. With that, the game finished 2-0. The Revs will now turn their focus to the Montreal Impact, who visit Friday night.