RICHMOND, Va. -- Rookie Steve Neumann scored his first pro goal, Stephen McCarthy grabbed his first in nearly three years, and the New England Revolution secured a 3-2 U.S. Open Cup win over the Richmond Kickers on Wednesday at City Stadium.
Neumann's 35th-minute goal was part of a first-half scoring bonanza that saw McCarthy open it up in the ninth minute and Patrick Mullins add one of his own in the 39th minute. McCarthy's goal was his first since a July 20, 2011 league match at D.C. United. The Kickers brought two back from George Davis VI in the 24th minute and Matt Delicate in the 73rd minute.
With the fourth-round win, the Revolution advance to the fifth round of the historic tournament, where they'll host its USL-PRO affiliate Rochester Rhinos at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. Last year, the Revolution throttled the Rhinos 5-1 in a third-round meeting on May 28.
What it means: The Revolution weren't about to take the Kickers lightly after four MLS clubs were knocked out of the fourth round during the last week. McCarthy's ninth-minute strike appeared to set the tone, while subsequent goals from Neumann and Mullins put the Revolution in command. But the Kickers simply refused to lie down. Delicate's late goal was the byproduct of constant pressure exerted by the hosts, who forced the Revolution to hang on by their fingernails in the waning stages. On paper, it probably wasn't the kind of performance Heaps was looking for, to be sure. Then again, Heaps has to be pleased with the opportunity Wednesday's match gave for a number of regulars to stay sharp during the World Cup break.
Rookies and vets get minutes: Revolution coach Jay Heaps wasn't joking when he said he'd field a "blended" lineup of regulars and reserves. Among the regulars in the lineup: Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, Mullins, Jose Goncalves and Chris Tierney. Meanwhile, 2012 Revolution defender of the year McCarthy earned his first action of the 2014 season.
Rowe unavailable: Midfielder Kelyn Rowe, one of the Revolution's best performers in recent Open Cup history, was not among the game-day 18. In the team's latest injury report, Rowe was listed as "questionable" with hamstring tightness.
Vercollone faces former club: Wednesday's match afforded Kickers midfielder Luke Vercollone, who started in the midfield for the hosts, the chance to face the club he played for in 2004 and 2005. During those years, Vercollone was a teammate of Revolution coach Jay Heaps. A hot one: The temperature at City Stadium for the 7 p.m. kickoff was a balmy 93 degrees, with a feels-like temperature of 96 degrees.