New England surprises yet again, as first half goals from Schilawski and Joseph see Revs past UnitedAn early two-goal outburst from the New England Revolution was more than enough for a victory for the Revs, as they coasted past D.C. United 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Zack Schilawski got the scoring under way in the 8th minute, as he notched his first goal of the season. Shalrie Joseph doubled the Revs' advantage nine minutes later, as he scored from the spot to give New England a two goal advantage. United pulled one back in second half stoppage time as once again, Charlie Davies scored from the penalty spot.
The scoring was opened under controversial circumstances, as Zack Schilawski scored in the 8th minute to give New England the lead. Shalrie Joseph sent a long ball behind the United defense for Schilawski, and he collected the ball in the box, although the ball hit his arm in the process. Schilawski's first shot was blocked by Marc Burch, but the ball fell right back to him, and the second year striker made no mistake, giving New England the lead.
Joseph doubled New England's lead in the 17th minute, as he scored his second goal of the season. Kurt Morsink was called for a foul in the box against Pat Phelan, as United tried to clear a corner. Joseph went to his right with the penalty, and United keeper Pat Onstad guessed correctly, but could not keep the effort out, despite getting a hand to the shot.
United dominated most of the possession in the first half, but they had just one decent scoring opportunity, as Joseph Ngwenya got on the end of a Dax McCarty free kick. But from 18 yards out, Ngwenya's header caused New England keeper Matt Reis little bother.
Proceedings got chippy during the first half, as both teams played physically to get an upper hand in the match. Both Joseph and Morsink picked up yellow cards, and Zak Boggs was forced off after an elbow to his head by Rodrigo Brasesco.
Kheli Dube had the final chance of the half in the dying moments, but after being set up by Schilawski, Dube curled a shot wide of the target from just outside the box.
Stephen McCarthy got New England off on the right foot in the second half, as his header in the 49th minute went just over the bar from a corner kick. United finally got in gear after that, taking advantage of their tactical switch to a 3-5-2 at halftime.
Chris Pontius did well to win McCarty's corner in the 58th minute, but his header was cleared off the line by Kevin Alston. But, just as with the first half, United dominated possession, but were unable to really threaten the New England goal on a consistent basis.
Sainey Nyassi nearly created another goal for the Revs, but his shot was deflected on the way to goal, and Onstad was able to cover the ball with two Revs lurking, waiting for a rebound to ensure the victory.
Pontius had a decent chance after being set up by Fred, but he fired his shot over the target, before Schilawski stung the palms of Onstad at the other end with a long range effort.
United turned up the intensity in the last ten minutes of the game, as Andy Najar sent a powerful shot right at Reis, followed by a diving save by Reis on Pontius in the 83rd minute.
The game took a strange turn in the 89th minute, as United was able to pull a goal back through substitute Charlie Davies. Ryan Cochrane was adjudged to have pulled Ngwenya down in the box during a free kick, and Davies stepped up and put a shot right down the middle with Reis diving away to make the score 2-1 in stoppage time.
With United pushing forward for an equalizer in stoppage time, Dejan Jakovic was sent off, after he collided with Reis, and then pushed Cochrane in an altercation following the collision. That signaled the end of United's resistance, as the Revolution were able to hold on to their 2-1 lead.
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