Having made a total of 93 appearances and having played three years in the MLS, Rowe had till date never taken over five shots within a single game. However, in their recent match against the San Jose Earthquakes, he was more than ever determined to help his team score as he took aim a total of seven times only within the first half of the match.
His perseverance proved to be fruitful as the team scored two goals. This was the second brace in Rowe’s career and the first one since August 2013. Head coach Jay Heaps told the press that he found Rowe’s performance excellent. He particularly praised the way he pressured his opponents and his team work with Charlie Davies and the midfielders.
Juan Agudelo, Rowe’s teammate, had declared early in the week that the New England Revs needed to shoot more goals when playing matches. According to Agudelo, each effort to score could effectively yield to a successful goal getting past the goalkeeper.
The opening goal of the match was struck at the 21st minute and created by Daigo Kobayashi pressure on the field and Lee Nguyen’s well-timed pull back. However, when Rowe came out with all determination, New England finally got their bit of chance in the form of a deflection that took the ball away from Earthquakes keeper Bingham.
With this new boost in confidence and their first score of the season, the Revs and Rowe would be expected to yield incredible performances in games to come.