Desert Diamond Cup
Rowe helps Revs rise above reserve Red Bulls
New England notches second victory in tournament
The second match of Saturday night's Desert Diamond Cup ended with another win for the New England Revolution and another loss for the New York Red Bulls, who dropped the match 2-0.
The Red Bulls did a good job for most of the game keeping the Revolution from mounting a decent attack, but the Revolution finally broke through in the 77th minute.
Revolution forward Saër Sène took a shot that caromed off both a defender and Red Bulls keeper Jeremy Vuolo. It ended up at the feet of Kelyn Rowe, who calmly delivered it to the back of the net.
Rowe had one more goal a few minutes later when he ran the ball at Vuolo and his left footed shot made it up to the corner.
It was the second game in which the Red Bulls used a reserve squad. The Revolution win puts them at the top of the table for the tournament.
Oh, him again
Kelyn Rowe was drafted by the Revolution from UCLA in January. Even though he's new to the team and its fans, people who have been following preseason have seen his name over and over again. He's had either a goal or an assist in each of the Revolution's five tune-up matches.
"He's a gamer," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. "Every week I love working with him, he just loves to play."
"He's smart, he can play anywhere in that midfield," he continued.
"It's definitely something I hope to keep up," Rowe said about his streak. "As much as I can help the team, I'll be happy to do it. A goal, an assist or whatever."
The chart on the wall
New England, with six points, is sure to play in the championship match. They'll end in first place unless Real Salt Lake beats them by four goals Wednesday.
New York, on the other hand, is out of contention for any chance at a trophy that doesn't say "Third Place." They could, however, spoil LA Galaxy's chance to get into the final with a win Wednesday.