Dimitry Imbongo lifts Revs over Crew, snap scoreless skid
Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Revolution finally ended a lengthy winless streak with recently signed Dimitry Imbongo scoring in the 53rd in New England’s 2-0 rout of the suddenly-sluggish Columbus Crew Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
The Revs snapped a 10-game winless streak, while halting the Crew’s six-match unbeaten run.
Imbongo, who inked a contract with MLS’ New England last July 16, was given a rare start after Jerry Bengtson’s call up with the Honduran national squad.
Imbongo along with Kevin Alston and Diego Fagundez tested Crew netminder Andy Greuenebaum in the opening minutes of the first half.
New England continued the pressure in the second half with the 22-year-old Congolese-born French striker Imbongo finally finding the back of the net in the 53rd off a Diego Fagundez assist.
Just before that winning play, Imbongo found Fagundez, who hit the right post with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box. Imbongo then crashed the area and got a Fagundez feed which he slotted it into an open net for his first MLS goal.
The Revs widened the margin with just over 15 minutes to play following a miscommunication between Chad Marshall and Gruenebaum. Marshall misplayed a back pass that got past Gruenebaum and into the Crew box.
It enabled New England to take three points and boost its Eastern Conference playoff bid. The Revs came into Wednesday match 17 behind the final playoff spot, which is held by the Crew.
The Revs are expected to continue their playoff push next week when they clash with D.C. United. Columbus, on the other hand, will look to get back on track with a road clash with the New York Red Bulls.