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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Ricardo Pepi (11', 54')
  • Gustavo Bou (33')

Ricardo Pepi scores twice as FC Dallas ends New England Revolution's winning streak

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USMNT hopeful Pepi scores twice to deal Revs a rare loss (1:30)

Ricardo Pepi's brace leads FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over New England, which loses for only the second time in 2021. (1:30)

Ricardo Pepi scored twice, including the game-winner early in the second half, as FC Dallas snapped a six-match winless swoon with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Sunday evening in Frisco, Texas.

FC Dallas won for the first time since a home victory over Portland on May 1. They did it by going toe-to-toe with New England, which came into the match as the hottest team in MLS, having won five straight games.

Pepi made the most of his opportunity. He struck first in the 11th minute when he took an excellent through-pass from Jesus Ferreira, beat New England defender Jon Bell to the ball, and used his right foot to beat Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner to far post for a goal.

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Dallas was the much the aggressor for the first 32 minutes, but the game's momentum flipped like a switch when Gustavo Bou one-touched a deflected pass from the wing past Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer in the 33rd minute to knot the score at 1-1.

Pepi completed his first career brace in the 54th minute, taking a long pass from Ryan Hollingshead before moving across the face of the box, making a little limp-leg move, and unleashing a right-footed shot to Turner's left and into the net.

Maurer recorded four saves to earn the win, while Turner stopped two shots.

Both teams were playing their third matches in a nine-day period and, at the end, the visitors were the worse for the wear.

The winning streak for the Revolution has rolled them to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with their stellar play since May.

New England led in virtually every statistically category, including possession percentage (56.6 percent to 43.4 percent), total shots (16-8), shots on goal (5-4), total passes (514-411), passing accuracy (84 percent to 74.9 percent), corner kicks (4-2), and crosses (24-8). But FCD forged the advantage on the scoreboard.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 34 +24 73
2 Philadelphia Union 34 +13 54
3 Nashville SC 34 +22 54
4 New York City FC 34 +20 51
5 Atlanta United FC 34 +8 51
6 Orlando City SC 34 +2 51
7 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 48
8 DC United 34 +2 47
9 Columbus Crew 34 +1 47
10 CF Montréal 34 +2 46
11 Inter Miami CF 34 -17 41
12 Chicago Fire FC 34 -18 34
13 Toronto FC 34 -27 28
14 FC Cincinnati 34 -37 20

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Colorado Rapids 34 +16 61
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +20 60
3 Sporting Kansas City 34 +18 58
4 Portland Timbers 34 +4 55
5 Minnesota United FC 34 -2 49
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 0 49
7 Real Salt Lake 34 +1 48
8 LA Galaxy 34 -4 48
9 LAFC 34 +2 45
10 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -8 41
11 FC Dallas 34 -9 33
12 Austin FC 34 -21 31
13 Houston Dynamo FC 34 -18 30