FOXBORO, MA - MAY 2: Jeff Larentowicz #4 of the Colorado Rapids (L), is spilled by Shalrie Joseph #21 of the New England Revolution during the first half at Gillette Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Revolution 2, Fire 0: Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber Score As New England Extinguishes Chicago

Benny Feilhaber and substitute Kelyn Rowe took over in Foxboro on Saturday night, firing the New England Revolution to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. (TV/Radio: CSN/98.5)

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Revolution Vs. Fire: Kelyn Rowe And Benny Feilhaber Extinguish Chicago 2-0

Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber had a goal and an assist each as the New England Revolution extinguished the Chicago Fire 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

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Revolution Vs. Fire Score Update: Kelyn Rowe And Benny Feilhaber Put New England Up 2-0

After a largely uneventful first half where the home side had the better of play but did nothing with it, the New England Revolution used an inspired substitution to turn their match against the Chicago Fire on its head. The entrance of Kelyn Rowe for Fernando Cardenas in the 65th minute changed the dynamic of the game and led to two goals in a span of four minutes, one each from Rowe and Benny Feilhaber.

Rowe notched his second goal of the season in the 69th minute after Feilhaber split the Chicago defense open with an excellent through ball. Rowe had been set up and nearly scored with his first touch minutes earlier, and in a similar situation here he was through on goal with only Sean Johnson to beat. This time he toe-poked the ball around Johnson and into the back of the net at the right post to give the home side a deserved lead.

The Fort was still celebrating when Rowe turned provider in the 73rd minute. He sprayed a nice pass wide right to Feilhaber, who was crashing into the box at a diagonal angle. The former USA midfielder picked his head up before blasting it low past Johnson to double the team's lead. The goal was Feilhaber's first of the season, as was the assist he picked up on Rowe's tally.

For more Revolution coverage, visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.

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Revolution Vs. Fire: New England, Chicago Enter Half Knotted At 0-0

After playing a largely uninspiring half of soccer, the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire retired to the locker rooms to prepare for the second half with the score tied at nil-nil. Both teams had chances, but for the most part the half was jammed up in the midfield.

New England did appear to be the dominant side, and they also created the earliest chances. Benny Feilhaber went close in the third minute after a good sequence between him, Saer Sene, and Jose Moreno granted him the opportunity. Moreno himself got a header on target in the eleventh minute but it was right at Johnson and saved.

Chicago nearly exploited the Revolution's difficulty with set-pieces when Pavel Pardo lined up a free kick in the 17th minute, but a free header from Gonzalo Segares was denied by the far post in the end. Neither team had too many chances, though, with only five shots for the Revs and three for the Fire. The teams also recorded a shot on goal each.

Encouragingly, the Revs did win the possession battle, controlling the ball for around 57.3% of the time, and their passing accuracy was better than usual at a respectable 72.5%. Chicago, meanwhile, had a passing accuracy of 67.8%. New England also topped the Fire in Duels Won % (66.7%), Open Play Crosses (11 to 5), and Corners (2 to 0).

For more Revolution coverage, visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.

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