Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe netted goals in the second half to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
Agudelo’s game-winner came from a dump over a rushing Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson over his right foot. Rowe kicked in a Johnson rebound from a hard Saër Sène shot.
The matches physicality increased as the Fire looked for an equalizer with Fire coach Frank Klopas being dismissed with 10 minutes to go. Shortly after in the 91st minute Rowe scored the goal to guarantee three points for New England.
The Fire looked strong in the first 20 minutes with Mike Magee nearly tallying his MLS-leading goal total to 15. Recent Designated Player José Luis Anangono broke into the penalty area and sent a cross to Magee whose shot rung off the post.
In the 26th minute Dilly Duka came close to scoring the equalizer. Duka closed in on Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis down the goal line before chipping a shot towards Reis at the post which he deflected away.
Reis returned to MLS action and recorded his second straight MLS shutout against the Fire. The former coming in the Fire’s home opener.
The Fire return to Toyota park on Aug. 23 as they kickoff against Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSN, La Ley 107.9 FM).