FOXBORO —The Revolution are slowly fading from the MLS playoff picture.
The LA Galaxy scored two early goals and held on to secure a 2-1 victory over the Revolution on Sunday night before 21,517 at Gillette Stadium.
The match was the first of three straight home games with seven remaining. The Revolution resume play against the hapless Chicago Fire FC on Wednesday night (7:30) and close the homestand on Sunday against reigning MLS champion New York City FC.
The Revolution, now 8-9-10, fell into ninth place in the Eastern Division, two spots below the MLS postseason cutoff.
“I think they need to look at the 70 minutes they played well and the 20 minutes they didn’t play well,” said Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena. “You can’t question their effort.
“It was a great effort and they were close to getting a point out of the game. But the start of the game, there were no excuses for that.”
Arena committed five of his starting XI with defensive responsibilities, but the strategy quickly fell apart. The Galaxy went up 1-0 in the fourth minute on a length of the field play that lasted about 15 seconds.
Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond lined a ball to midfield that was handled by Javier Hernandez. The LA striker pivoted and fed Daniel Aguirre, who streaked behind the Revolution back end down the right flank. Aguirre broke into the box and beat Revs keeper Djordje Petrovic to the far post for his first of the season.
The Galaxy went up 2-0 in the 15th minute on a similar play that was executed by Hernandez. Riqui Puig got possession at midfield and connected with Hernandez, who got behind the Revolution back end. Hernandez sized up Petrovic and fired a missile off his right foot that found far post for his 12th of the season.
“I think you have to give the Galaxy a lot of credit, they worked really hard to win balls on those two plays,” said Arena. “They were a step quicker than us and we had a couple of guys whose positioning was poor.
“They capitalized on that and the finishes on those two goals was excellent. We can’t ignore that fact and they deserve a lot of credit for getting two goals in 15 minutes.
Revolution striker and leading scorer Gustavo Bou, who missed the last six games with a leg injury, entered the game at the start of the second half to ignite some offense.
The Revolution cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Carles Gil in the 82nd minute. Midfielder Tommy McNamara got possession and fed Gil, who lofted a knuckleball that eluded Bond and sailed under the crossbar.
“I thought we did a great job coming back and we had chances to score more goals,” said Arena. “We didn’t do well enough in our final plays to get another one.”