The New England Revolution capitalized on an own goal for a 1-0 win over visiting D.C. United.
In the 48th minute, Brandon Bye sent a cross into open space toward the D.C. goal. Defender Brendan Hines-Ike attempted to intercept the ball but accidentally deflected it into his team’s net for the game-deciding score.
It was a tough error for Hines-Ike in his second MLS game. Hines-Ike was coming off a sterling debut game, scoring a proper goal in last week’s season-opening 2-1 win over New York City FC.
D.C. United (1-1-0, 3 points) haven’t won their first two games in a season since 1999.
The Revolution (1-0-1, 4 points) won their first home game of the season following a 2-2 away draw against the Chicago Fire last week.
New England goalkeeper Matt Turner made one save for his first shutout of the season.
Neither team generated much in the way of dangerous chances during a scoreless first half, despite some decent pressure. The Revolution controlled the first 30 minutes but only had one shot on goal, a Gustavo Bou free kick that was easily stopped by D.C. United goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
The own goal seemed to spark the Revolution’s attack. Within 10 minutes of Hines-Ike’s miscue, New England came close to extending its lead on shots from Carles Gil and Adam Buksa, but both were off-target.
Andrew Farrell almost returned the own goal favor in the 68th minute. The defender made a clearance attempt that went toward the Revolution’s net and deflected off the post.
The Revolution are unbeaten (4-0-3) in seven regular-season matchups against D.C. United since the start of the 2019 season. The Revs are 5-0-5 in their last 10 home games against D.C. United, a streak dating back to the 2012 season.
Offseason acquisitions Arnor Traustason and Christian Mafla made their debuts for New England, both appearing in the starting 11.