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A first for Revolution: A two-game season-opening win streak

Dylan Borrero (right) put the Revolution ahead, 1-0, in the 42nd minuteMARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

FOXBOROUGH — Scheduling and weather usually work against the Revolution early in the season. But the Revolution turned perceived disadvantages into a win-win situation Saturday night, taking a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium.

Dylan Borrero, Bobby Wood, and Brandon Bye scored as the Revolution won their first two games of the season for the first time since starting operations in 1996.

Carles Gil, Latif Blessing, and Borrero set the technical tone in midfield, Gil’s soft-touch passes setting up the first two goals, near-freezing temperatures making the artificial turf play fast.

The Revolution, who visit Los Angeles FC next Sunday, improved their record in home openers to 15-6-7 (11-1-6 since 2006).


Borrero opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, finishing at the back post off a Bye cross, touched on by Wood. The sequence was set up as Matt Polster found Bye, who played a give-and-go with Gil. Bye ran on to a perfect lead pass from Gil, Wood drawing the defense, leaving Borrero open after making a late run on the left wing for his fourth goal in 14 games since joining the Revolution last year.

Gil set up the next goal, slipping a pass through to DeJuan Jones for a cross to Wood crashing into the goal area in the 53d minute, Wood’s first goal in his first start for the Revolution. Borrero then went past Griffin Dorsey to cross for Bye’s 65th-minute goal.

Observations from Saturday’s game:

▪ Defining moment: Five Revolution players were involved in the opening goal, and each of their touches were crucial. There might not be a statistical measurement for Polster, who initiated the action from near the center circle, or Gil, whose one-touch lead pass to Bye broke down the defense, but their passes had to be inch-perfect.

▪ Difference-maker: Borrero displayed the dynamism that earned him a Colombia national team call-up in January. Borrero got knocked into the signboards in front of the Dynamo bench in the 18th minute, with Dorsey being cautioned on the play. After that, Borrero adjusted, and had little trouble going at Dorsey, turning him around with a move leading to Bye’s goal.


▪ Tactical analysis: After going with a 4-2-3-1 alignment at Charlotte last week, the Revolution switched to a 4-4-2 set, with Borrero and Wood up front. The two-striker combination paid off as Borrero capitalized on Wood’s runs. Christian Makoun replaced Noel Buck, who was cautioned in the opening seconds of the second half, the Revolution going back to a 4-2-3-1 late in the game. The Revolution needed strong support play from Blessing, Buck, and Polster in front of Gil to outduel Houston’s Artur, Coco Carrasquilla, and Hector Herrera.

▪ Statistical analysis: It was difficult to quantify Blessing’s performance, but as Revolution coach Bruce Arena noted: “There were a dozen plays he made in that game that just go unnoticed. And that’s the reason we got him, those little plays he makes during the game that I think we’ve missed in the last couple of years, actually. His quickness and anticipation in the midfield is a real positive.”

▪ Road ahead: The Revolution will depart Thursday for Sunday’s game in Los Angeles. Call it the Reis Rule – the Revolution have been traveling to West Coast games at least two days in advance, on the recommendation of former goalkeeper Matt Reis, since the 2006 opener, a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. The extra time was credited with helping the team acclimate in a rematch of the ‘05 MLS Cup, which happened to be only the second time the Revolution won a season opener. The Revolution improved to 6-14-8 in the first game of the season with a 1-0 victory over Charlotte FC last week.


Frank Dell'Apa can be reached at frankdellapa@gmail.com.