|Revolution 3, Richmond Kickers 0
||New England Revolution
The Revolution defeat the Richmond Kickers in round three of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament. Brill, Germanese and Twellman strike in 3-0 victory.
|Taylor Twellman. AP Photo.|
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - After a scoreless first half, the New England Revolution scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues' Second Division in the third round of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night at Veterans Stadium in front of 3,950 fans.
Defending champions of the event, the Revs used goals from Sam Brill, Joe Germanese and Taylor Twellman and a pair of assists from Chris Tierney to secure passage to the quarterfinals, where they will meet another USL-2 team, Crystal Palace Baltimore on Tuesday, July 8. Crystal Palace earned a surprise 2-0 victory over MLS side New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals at Veterans Stadium.
The third-round match, which was originally scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., kicked off just before 9 p.m., following an almost two-hour delay because of strong thunderstorms moving through the area.
Brill and Germanese's goals were the first of their professional careers, while Twellman got his first starting nod after returning from an ankle injury last Saturday.
Revolution goalkeeper Doug Warren, making his first start for the first team since the 2006 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, earned the shutout with a five-save effort. Richmond keeper Ronnie Pascale made three saves in the loss.
With the rain still falling and the surface slick, New England attempted to test Pascale with a few early, long-range shots from Pat Phelan and Tierney, but neither effort found the target.
The only serious chance of the first half fell to Richmond in the 19th minute. Forward Adrian Bumbut was played through, and with the ball holding up on the wet field, managed to reach the ball first and poke a shot towards goal. However, Warren charged off his line and made a sliding stop to push the ball wide.
New England took the lead less than one minute into the second half, as Brill converted the club's first shot on target of the match. Tierney whipped an out-swinging corner kick towards the near post, where Brill arrived to power a diving header into the net and record the goal in his first professional appearance.
The Kickers had a great chance to equalize in the 55th minute when midfielder Stanley Nyazamba's curling pass beat the Revolution's backline and sent Bumbut in alone from 25 yards out. Bumbut took one touch before firing a shot on target, but once again Warren came off his line to make the diving save.
The Revs extended their lead to 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Germanese repeated Brill's earlier accomplishment by notching his first professional goal in his first professional appearance. Left back Chase Hilgenbrinck's long, cross-field pass was controlled by Germanese on the right wing, and the rookie midfielder dribbled into the box before firing a low drive under the keeper.
Twellman scored New England's third in the 67th minute, with Tierney picking up his second assist of the night. His pin-point, out-swinging cross from the left wing found Twellman at the near post, and the striker's bouncing header was pushed off the crossbar by Pascale and over the line.
New England will return to MLS regular-season action on Friday, July 4, when the team will visit David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. Following the Galaxy match, the Revolution won't play another MLS game until Aug. 9, as the club will be participating in SuperLiga and additional Open Cup matches throughout July.
Tickets for next Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against Crystal Palace Baltimore are available at www.new-britain.net for $13 in advance of the game. Day-of-game tickets will be $18.
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round
New England Revolution vs. Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
July 1, 2008 - New Britain, Conn. (Veterans Stadium)
NE - Sam Brill (Chris Tierney) 46
NE - Joe Germanese (Chase Hilgenbrinck) 63
NE - Taylor Twellman (Chris Tierney) 67
New England Revolution: Doug Warren (GK) ©, Chase Hilgenbrinck, Amaechi Igwe, Sam Brill, Rob Valentino, Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, Brandon Tyler, Joe Germanese, Kenny Mansally, Taylor Twellman (Brandon Manzonelli 73)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton (GK), Mauricio Castro, Kheli Dube, Jeff Larentowicz, , Sainey Nyassi, Michael Parkhurst
STATS: Shots 17; Shots on Goal 7; Saves 5; Corner Kicks 4; Offsides 1; Fouls Committed 8
Richmond Kickers: Ronnie Pascale (GK), Trevor McEachron, Kelvin Jones (Adam Chavez 68), Anthony Catalano (Ian Bennett 64), Evan Harding, Mike Burke, Luke Vercollone, Stanley Nyazamba (Freddie Smith 68), Sascha Gorres, David Bulow (Ralph Pace 69), Adrian Bambut
Substitutes Not Used: Mark Murphy (GK)
STATS: Shots 9; Shots on Goal 5; Saves 3; Corner Kicks 6; Offsides 6; Fouls Committed 10
Referee: Tony Russo
Referee's Assistants: Claudio Badea (SAR), Eric Forrest (JAR)
Fourth Official: Guido Gonzalez
Time of Game: 1:48
Weather: Rain and 75 degrees
- The match, which was originally scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., was delayed almost two hours as a result of thunderstorms ... the game began at 8:49 p.m. after a delay of one hour and 49 minutes.
- New England improved to 10-6-2 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup, and 8-2-1 in "home" matches.
- Amaechi Igwe, who started as one of two central defenders in a four-man backline, had a special guest in the stands in his sister, Chioma, who plays for the Connecticut Reds of the Women's Premier Soccer League ... the Reds play their home matches at Veterans Stadium, which was the site of Tuesday night's match.
- Rookies Sam Brill and Joe Germanese each scored the first goals of their professional careers in their first professional appearances ... neither player has seen action in an MLS game this season.
- Chris Tierney recorded two assists in the match, marking the first two assists of his professional career ... the Wellesley, Mass., native and graduate of Nobles and Greenough Academy has made one MLS appearance for the Revs this season, as he made his debut on June 21 at Real Salt Lake.
- For the first time in club history, the Revs were playing as a defending champion ... the Revolution won their first-ever club championship last year with the victory in the U.S. Open Cup
- Taylor Twellman scored in his first start since MLS Cup 2007 ... the striker has been limited to just two MLS appearances this season - both as a second-half substitute - because of injuries to his knee and ankle.
- The meeting between the Revs and the Kickers was the first-ever between the two clubs.
- The match was the Revs' third-ever at New Britain's Veterans Stadium and the team improved to 2-1 at the stadium ... the previous games were a 4-3 loss in double overtime to the Long Island Rough Riders (A-League) in the third round of the 1997 tournament and a 2-1 overtime victory over the Carolina RailHawks (USL-2) in the semifinals in 2007 on their way to the title.