KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Revolution's season came to an end on Wednesday night after falling 3-1 to Sporting Kansas City and losing the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, 4-3, on aggregate goals after extra time.
Claudio Bieler scored in the 23rd minute of overtime for Sporting KC.
The Revs entered the match ahead on goals, 2-1, after the victory on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, but Sporting KC tied the series 3-3 with two goals to the Revs’ one on Wednesday, sending the game to 30 minutes of extra time. Sporting KC will now face the fourth-seeded Houston Dynamo, who bounced the New York Red Bulls out of the playoffs in a series that also required extra time earlier Wednesday.
The loss was the Revolution’s first loss since Sept. 14, as New England entered on a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2), winning its last four matches. The late-season surge propelled the third-seeded Revs up the East standings, setting up the matchup with No. 2 Sporting KC.
The two-match, total-goals semifinal series went to overtime after Seth Sinovic scored for Sporting in the 79th minute, giving Kansas City a 2-1 advantage in its home leg and tying the aggregate at 3-all.
Sinovic's goal was only the second of his career, both in postseason play. The first came last year in Sporting's East semifinal series loss to Houston.
A header by the Revs' Dimitry Imbongo off a free kick in the 70th minute had tied the match Wednesday at 1.
New England also saw long-time goalkeeper Matt Reis forced out of the game with a left quadriceps injury that occurred in a non-contact situation. Rookie defender Andrew Farrell was forced into goal for the final few minutes as the Revs chased the elusive series-tying goal down a man.
This was the Revs' first postseason appearance since 2009, and the first-ever playoff meeting against Kansas City.
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