By: Mike Corrado
The New England Revolution returned home after a road-trip which (once again) saw the team return without any points after crushing defeats in both D.C. and NYC. Both Orlando and New England came into last night's game fairly cold as of late, both looking to begin the late season playoff push. Right from the first touch of the game, the Revs completely dominated the game, both possession-wise, and from my view alone, had total control over the Lions. Kei Kamara struck first for the Revs, finishing off Scott Caldwell's cross as he flew threw the air, striking like a "Kobra" (see what I did there) for the 1-0 lead. The goal marked the 100th of Kei's career in MLS, and his 9th of the season for New England. The Revs thought they had gained a 2-0 lead just before the stroke of halftime by way of a Lee Nguyen finish, however the goal was called back after a VAR review which found Teal Bunbury offsides on the earlier play.
However, Kei Kamara did score shortly after the beginning of the half to give the Revs a 2-0 lead heading into the final 30 minutes. In the 80th minute, Orlando City defender Jose Aja was sent off with his second yellow of the game after he tripped Kei Kamara as he was streaking down the left side of the field. Finally, in the 89th minute, Kei Kamara took advantage of a woeful clearance attempt from one of Orlando's centerbacks, and slotted home his third goal of the night, setting the Revs up comfortably with a 3-0 lead as extra time approached. One of the larger stories as of recent in regards to the New England Revolution was the signing of Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth, and in the waning moments of the match, was swapped on for Kei Kamara, and provided an immediate impact. With a minute to go in stoppage time, Nemeth ran with a ball from Lee Nguyen, and played a perfect low pass across the 18 yard box to find a sprinting Teal Bunbury, who finished the play off wonderfully, and closed out a fantastic 4-0 victory for the boys in blue. Equally as impressive as Kei Kamara's hat trick was Lee Nguyen's 4 assists, which tied a league record for assists in a single game.
The Revolution will play the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium on September 9th.
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