FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For all the talk about the Seattle Sounders’ scintillating attack, it was the New England Revolution offense that emphatically announced its presence on Sunday with a 5-0 thrashing of the top team in MLS.
The Revolution lit into the Sounders’ defense in the 14th minute on a goal from Patrick Mullins and never looked back. Diego Fagundez tallied in the 29th and 41st minutes, while Teal Bunbury scored in the 36th minute. A Chad Marshall own goal gave the Revolution their fifth goal in the 46th minute.
It was the Revolution's biggest margin of victory since a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Jun. 2, 2013.
New England extended its unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1) while the Sounders saw their undefeated run come to a halt at six (5-0-1), with their last loss coming in a 2-1 defeat to Columbus on March 29.
What it means: It was a result no one could have predicted, to say the least. Pitted against a prolific Seattle offense that had averaged more than two goals a game (2.2 to be exact), the Revolution wasted no time in turning the tables on their intraconference counterparts by scoring four goals before the break, while keeping the Sounders off the board for 90 minutes. Calling it a strong, all-around performance would be an understatement for the Revolution, who have come a long way from their early-season struggles up top and in the rear.
Stat of the match: As if racking up five goals in a single evening wasn’t impressive enough, the Revolution defense quietly kept the Sounders off the board to keep New England unscored upon at Gillette Stadium this season (360 minutes).
Mullins gets another nod up top: Following a game in which he scored his first MLS goal, and set up the game-winner against Toronto, rookie Patrick Mullins returned to the lineup as the starting striker and promptly scored his second career goal in the 14th minute.
Tierney fills in for injured Alston: Revolution coach Jay Heaps made only one change to his lineup from the one he used in Toronto last week, with Chris Tierney getting the start at left back with Kevin Alston on the shelf. Tierney replaced Alston in the 35th minute of last week’s contest after Alston picked up hamstring injury.
Next up: The Revolution return to the road on Saturday when they face the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season. Kickoff at PPL Park is set for 7 p.m. On March 15, the Union grabbed a 1-0 win over the Revolution.