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Revs take three from DC

Posted on 04 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Kenny Mansally ©ASN/Mike Murphy

The New England Revolution managed to take three points from DC United as Kenny Mansally found the back of the net, not once, but twice, and gave the Revs their first win of the season.

The Revs, starting without team captain Shalrie Joseph (hip flexor) for the second week in a row, struggled for the first half trying to find some sort of rhythm.  Joseph’s presence was sorely missed in the midfield as the Revs were forced to start the same line up as the previous week, with Pat Phelan playing along side Joseph Niouky in the midfield.

The early stages of the game saw the Revolution on their heels for the majority of the run of play.  DC dominated in the Revs half of the field, as the Revs struggled to maintain possession.

But the Revs defense was up to the task.   Preston Burpo made an amazing kick save early, denying a Santino Quaranta’s free kick, in what would be Burpo’s first shut out for the New England Revolution.  The back line led by Cory Gibbs, who captained the team for the second week in a row, along with Alston, Osei, and rookie Seth Sinovic, also proved instrumental in shutting down United’s attack.

In the second half, the Revs continued to struggle offensively.  Rookie Zack Schilawski and 3rd year veteran Kheli Dube could not sustain any kind of attack, despite some more aggressive play from the midfield.  Steve Nicol’s substitutions of Kenny Mansally and Rookie Zak Boggs for Schilawski and Sainey Nyassi in the 68th minute proved to be the master stroke however, as the Revolution would soon capitalize on the fresh legs of Mansally.

Mansally scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the game, his first multi goal game for the Revolution.  The first goal came in the 80th minute off of a Chris Tierney cross that took a deflection off a United defender right to the foot of Mansally.  His second goal came just two minutes later, where after some fancy footwork, Mansally launched a bending curve ball over Perkins’ outsretched arms and into the far corner.

The Revs will face Toronto FC in their home opener at Gillette Stadium this Saturday, April 10.  Toronto is 0-1-0 this season having lost to Columbus in their first game of 2010.  The Revs are 3-1-3 against Toronto, with their only loss coming last season in Toronto.  Toronto’s best result in Foxboro came in 2008, when they lost 2-1.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Stoehrst Says:

    Who was that man playing up front in the final 10 minutes, and what did he do with Kenny Mansally. That's all I wanted to know Saturday night.

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