FOXBORO, MA- Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo continue to prove their value to the Revolution. Both players scored their fourth goals of the season on Saturday night as the Revolution defeated Toronto, 2-0, in a rain-soaked victory at Gillette Stadium in front of 10,711.
Fagundez scored first, volleying a cross from Chris Tierney into the lower left corner of the net in the 23rd minute. Agudelo sealed up the result in second half stoppage time, poking a short pass from Saer Sene into the back of the net following a play off a throw-in by Kelyn Rowe.
The win catapults the Revolution (4-4-4, 16 points) into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the Philadelphia Union for the fifth and final playoff spot. The Revolution have also put together two consecutive multi-goal wins for the first time since April 2010.
"It's simply the hard work," explained Agudelo after the game. "Our defense is probably one of the best in the league. And now that we've been getting goals, we've been getting a lot of points lately. But most importantly there are a lot of players that are helping us create those chances.
The Agudelo-Fagundez combination, which has now played together in two consecutive games, continues to impress. The two are most definitely in the best form of any forwards on the team. Both players seem to work well together and are starting to form a partnership, something the Revolution has not had in the offense in recent years.
But the partnership between both players is developing through their relationship both on and off the field. Off the field, the two have lockers next to each other in the Revolution locker room and converse in Spanish. On the field, they have a similar fast, dynamic way of getting into the penalty area and finishing chances.
"It all starts because we both speak Spanish," explained Fagundez. "When we work together we try to communicate with each other. That's why we're going positive. We need to keep talking an communicating.
The two often switched places on the field against Toronto and last week in a 2-0 win against Houston. It's a tactic which continues to confuse opposing back lines.
"The play unfolds and I'll be like 'Juan, Juan go on the other side."' explained Fagundez. "Or if I see him on the other side, we'll just switch."
"I like it a lot," continued Fagundez. "You don't have just one side to play on the whole game. You can move around and test the defenders. If you play 90 against defenders, you can switch it up so they get confused."
Revolution Coach Jay Heaps has been waiting for the offense to click. The signing of Agudelo, plus the good run of form by Fagundez are an enormous part of the team's success, according to Heaps.
Fagundez has scored in three straight games, which coincidentally corresponds to the three-game unbeaten streak the Revolution have developed. In regards to Agudelo, Heaps is pleased with his performance on both sides of the ball.
"[With Diego] he's getting in good match-ups. He's an intuitive player...Diego is becoming a complete player. He's going forward and back. And the more he does defensively, the better he does offensively."
"Juan does everything for the team, the little things, the hard work, he's getting his toes in. His ability around the box shows you he's crafty and got good body control. That's what goal scorers do, they find a way, and he's doing it.
Fagundez and Agudelo are leaving fellow forwards Jerry Bengston, Chad Barrett, and Dimitry Imbongo in the dust. Sene has been in form too, though he is currently being used as an attacking midfielder off the bench. Meanwhile, Bengston will leave next week for World Cup qualifying duty with Honduras and won't see playing time again until late June, while Barrett has remained benched and Imbongo continues to be gun-shy when he plays.
So with the Revolution entering mid-season, plus starting their US Open Cup campaign on Tuesday at Rochester, Agudelo and Fagundez are the two forwards in the best form.
"Whatever it takes for us to get three points," concluded Agudelo. "Most importantly is getting the win. We're in a good run right now and we want to keep it going."
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