Revolution 3, Galaxy 1: Jay Heaps, New England Earn Shocking Win

Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney scored their first goals of the 2012 MLS season while Saer Sene added his second of the year as the New England Revolution routed the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 on the West Coast on Saturday night.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy: Jay Heaps, New England Get Shock 3-1 Away Victory Over Los Angeles

The New England Revolution pulled off a shock 3-1 result over the LA Galaxy in Carson, California on Saturday night. The victory broke a West Coast winless streak that stretched back to September 2009, and earned the Revs back-to-back wins, an occurrence that had become depressingly rare in the past few seasons.

The Galaxy were missing USA international Landon Donovan and appeared to miss him dearly, struggling to get much offense going from the run of play until later in the match when New England was defending a comfortable lead. The Revs, meanwhile, were without premier playmaker Benny Feilhaber, but did not appear to miss him as they produced an offensive explosion that tripled their scoring output in their three 2012 MLS matches previous to Saturday.

Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring in just the 10th minute, getting on the end of a great Shalrie Joseph cross at the far post and burying his own rebound. Rowe looked good all match, and actually set up the opportunity initially by playing an excellent ball out of midfield to Lee Nguyen which led to the throw-in that led to Joseph's cross.

Just three minutes later, it was defender Chris Tierney who added his own name to the scoresheet, taking a feed from fellow fullback Kevin Alston. Alston played a one-two with Joseph that released him to the byline in the area, and his low drag-back trickled all the way to Tierney at the far post. Tierney is usually known for his service rather than his scoring prowess, but nevertheless he tucked the opportunity away and doubled the Revs' lead.

New England played well with the lead and carried it into the second half, where Saer Sene sounded the Galaxy's death knell. Ryan Guy received the ball out on the right and wriggled his way out of trouble with some slick dribbling before lofting a cross toward the center of the penalty area. Sene rose up between two defenders and nodded home for his second goal in as many games.

Robbie Keane managed to pull back a consolation goal for the hosts. Edson Buddle played a gorgeous through-pass from midfield that slashed the Revolution defense to ribbons, allowing Keane to run between Stephen McCarthy and A.J. Soares. Keane faced down Matt Reis and rounded him before finishing coolly. The goal raised the specter of a Galaxy comeback, but it was not on the cards as the Revs managed to close out the win and improve to 2-2-0 on the season.

New England will be in action again on Thursday against FC Dallas in Texas. Visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket, for further Revolution coverage.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Score Update: Robbie Keane Pulls One Back for Los Angeles, Cuts Deficit To 3-1

The New England Revolution have had the majority of the positive play in their West Coast clash with the LA Galaxy, but will not be able to hold on for a shutout. Robbie Keane managed to pull a goal back for the hosts in the 78th minute with a clinical finish.

The move began with a sumptuous through-ball from Edson Buddle, a delivery good enough for NBC announcer Arlo White to remark that if it had come from David Beckham, pundits would be calling it "world class." Buddle's ball from midfield sliced through the Revolution defense and found Keane in full stride between A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy. Keane ran onto the ball and faced an onrushing Matt Reis. The Republic of Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer was unfazed, calmly shifting to his right after Reis committed and rounding the prone 'keeper before slotting the ball home with an almost nonchalant finish.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Score Update: Saer Sene Makes It 3-0 For New England In Los Angeles

The New England Revolution came out after the interval with a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Galaxy, but if anyone thought that meant the Revs would take their collective feet off the gas, they would be sorely mistaken. After a long period of sustained pressure in which New England looked the dominant side, Saer Sene scored his second goal in as many games to put the match seemingly well in hand.

Ryan Guy received the ball wide on the right, and despite finding himself under pressure from several Galaxy players, the former St. Patrick's Athletic fan-favorite used some slick ball-work to dribble his way into space. The California native then picked his head up and played an excellent cross toward the center of the penalty area. Sene rose highest and managed to nod the ball home, though it looked as though it may have hit him in the shoulder as well.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Update: Beckham, Alston Out, Florian Lechner Makes New Engalnd Debut

The New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy both have made changes at the outset of the second half. Both changes are noteworthy, though for far different reasons.

Bruce Arena and the Galaxy have elected to remove David Beckham from play. The move prompted speculation from pundits and fans alike, but word from the Los Angeles camp eventually came out that the move was made for “tactical reasons.” Beckham had been having some difficulty getting on the ball, but his free kicks were creating the most dangerous opportunities Los Angeles was seeing all night. It remains to be seen if this move will pay off.

On the New England side, Jay Heaps elected to pull Kevin Alston for precautionary reasons related to some manner of injury, and handed German fullback Florian Lechner his MLS debut. Lechner, who last played for Karlsruher in the 2nd Bundesliga, does not possess the blinding, game-changing speed that Alston brings to the table, but his wealth of experience at the highest levels of the game should serve the Revs well as they look to close out their second victory of the season.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Update: New England Takes 2-0 Lead Into The Half

The New England Revolution are taking an improbable 2-0 lead over the LA Galaxy into the locker room at halftime after goals from rookie Kelyn Rowe and left-back Chris Tierney. The hosts had more than their fair share of chances, but it was the underdog visitors who made the most of their opportunities.

Los Angeles started brightly and nearly took the lead in just the 6th minute when a clever dummy from Robbie Keane led to a one-two combination with Edson Buddle that opened up the Revolution defense. Keane took an extra touch wide, however, and Matt Reis was able to smother the Irishman's shot.

The Galaxy continued to dominate possession, but it would be New England who would break the deadlock not long after Keane's chance. Kelyn Rowe played an excellent long ball out of midfield to Lee Nguyen on the left, who raced into the area and crossed, only to see his delivery knocked out of play by a Galaxy defender. From the ensuing throw, Shalrie Joseph played an excellent far-post cross that found Rowe all alone. The UCLA product's initial volley was saved by Josh Saunders, but Rowe made no mistake with the rebound, roofing it to put New England up 1-0.

It took just three minutes for the Revs to double their advantage. After a sustained period of pressure from the visiting side, Kevin Alston found himself in possession outside the Galaxy penalty area. He played a good one-two with Shalrie Joseph, who released him into the box. Alston's low cross at first appeared to miss everybody, but Chris Tierney was trailing the play from his left fullback position and buried his chance from 10-12 yards to put New England up to a surprising 2-0 lead.

New England was not content to sit back after that, with Tierney going close on two occasions. First, he had an angled drive saved by Saunders after Nguyen played him into the box. Then, in the 35th minute, Tierney lined up a missile of a free kick from well outside the box that Saunders had to be at full stretch to parry away.

Los Angeles did not go quietly into the night, however. Without Landon Donovan to marshal the troops, it was up to David Beckham to try and drag his star-studded squad back into the match, and he nearly did so all by himself on two occasions. First, the former England captain lined up a free kick from over 30 yards that had a wicked curve on it and forced Matt Reis to explore the widest boundaries of his athleticism in an effort to keep it out of goal. Then, with literally the last kick of the half, Beckham again sent a free kick at Reis, but this one was from a shorter range and bounded off the turf in front of the former Galaxy 'keeper. Reis managed to get a hand to it, but still needed the help of the crossbar to keep the ball from nestling into the back of the net.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Score Update: Chris Tierney Doubles New England's Advantage, Now 2-0 Over Los Angeles

The New England Revolution are off to a dream start at the Home Depot Center against the Los Angeles Galaxy, where a 13th-minute strike from left-back Chris Tierney has put the Revs up 2-0 against the biggest spenders in Major League Soccer. In a match where New England was expected to struggle mightily, an early 2-0 lead is just about the last thing anyone expected to happen.

New England went ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute from a surprise Kelyn Rowe goal. Rather than retreating into a defensive shell after going up, the Revs appeared emboldened by their lead and began taking the game to their hosts. Just three minutes later, the pressure paid off in a big way.

Kevin Alston gained possession some ten or fifteen yards outside the Galaxy penalty box. He laid off to Shalrie Joseph and began a run into the area, which the Grenadian captain picked up and found with a great through ball. Alston appeared to play his low cross behind all of the Revs attacking options, but Chris Tierney was trailing the play and got goal-side of his marker in time to bury the ball in the back of the net and double New England's lead.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Score Update: Kelyn Rowe's First MLS Goal Puts New England Up 1-0

The scoring has opened early in Carson, and it was not the likely team. Kelyn Rowe scored his first MLS goal to put the New England Revolution up 1-0 in just the 10th minute against the defending MLS Champion LA Galaxy. Los Angeles was expected to dominate the run of play from the outset, but New England has had more than its fair share of the ball.

The move started with an excellent ball from midfield from Rowe that found Lee Nguyen in full flight on the left. His attempted cross was deflected out to touch by Galaxy defenders, but straight from the ensuing throw-in, Shalrie Joseph played an excellent in-swinging cross to the far-post that found Rowe all alone. His initial effort off the volley was saved by Josh Saunders, but his follow-up found the roof of the net. The goal was Rowe's first in a competitive match as a professional after he was drafted 3rd overall by the Revs in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft out of UCLA.

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Revolution Vs. Galaxy Lineups: Donovan Out For LA, McCarthy In For New England

New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps has decided to put a lot of faith in rookie Kelyn Rowe by running out a 4-5-1 formation to face the LA Galaxy in Carson, California. Without Benny Feilhaber to run the offense, Rowe will likely take a central role as the advanced playmaker in that formation and will be expected to take on players and play those incisive final passes, unless Heaps elects to play Ryan Guy or Lee Nguyen just off the striker in a bit of a 4-4-1-1 formation. Stephen McCarthy returns to the lineup following his red-card suspension last week and takes his spot in the center of defense.

More interesting for the Revolution, however, is the bench. Newcomer Florian Lechner has made the 18 and might get his debut tonight as a defensive substitute, but Revs fans will be apt to watch the every movement of Jose Moreno. "Pepe" Moreno was signed in early February as New England's new number 9, but a drawn-out saga in which the player was quoted as saying he was staying at Once Caldas in Colombia has made fans and pundits alike skeptical about his ability to make a positive impact - or even whether or not he would show up at all. Heaps has said that Moreno is more likely to feature against Dallas on Thursday, but there is every chance he could make a cameo in Carson.

For the Galaxy, the big news is the absence of Landon Donovan, though that has been expected since the middle of the week. Mike Magee has also rotated out of the starting lineup tongiht due to a muscle strain. Marcelo Sarvas and Paolo Cardozo, two centrally-oriented players, will be expected to man the flanks in place of the two regulars.

Lineups

Revolution: Matt Reis; Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston; Lee Nguyen, Shalrie Joseph, Clyde Simms, Kelyn Rowe; Ryan Guy; Saer Sene

Bench: Shuttleworth, Lechner, Moreno, Fagundez, White, Cardenas, Purdie

Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Todd Dunivant, A.J. DeLaGarza, Andrew Boyens, Sean Franklin; Marcelo Sarvas, Juninho, David Beckham, Paolo Cardozo; Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle

Bench: Gaudette, Barrett, Heat, Jimenez, Magee, Meyer, Stephens

For more New England Revolution coverage, check out our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.

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