Rookie Kelyn Rowe came off the bench to register a goal and assist as the New England Revolution recorded to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Rowe entered into the game in the 64th minute and poked home five minutes later to break the scoreless deadlock before providing a setup for Benny Feilhaber’s first goal of the season in the 73rd minute.
It was Revs’ first success in three league matches and their first triumph against Chicago in 11 MLS clashes since May 6, 2007. The Fire fell to a third straight road defeat.
Both teams took a brilliant start but it was the visitors who produced the greater chances in front of goal. Fire defender Gonzalo Segares’ effort was denied by the outside of the right post after before Segares’ effort hit the outside of the goal frame and bounced away.
Chicago started the second half positively but the Revs turned the game after Rowe came from the bench to replace Fernando Cárdenas on 64 minutes. He didn’t waste any time breaking the deadlock, dashing onto a slick Feilhaber through ball to poke home with his weaker right peg.
Just four minutes later, Rowe connected with Feilhaber again to double the advantage. The duo combined on the right side of the penalty area and exchanged a give-and-go sequence to put Feilhaber clear in the box. The Brazilian-born midfielder tucked the ball under Sean Johnson for his first goal of the season.