Revs get to midpoint with "crucial" 3 points

Revs get to midpoint with "crucial" 3 points
July 6, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo celebrate a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

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BOSTON -- Saturday night marked the midway point of the New England Revolution's 2013 regular season. Entering their 17th match of the year, against the San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium, the Revs had a 5-5-6 record.

Coming off a 1-1 draw at Chivas USA last weekend, the Revolution knew just how big Saturday's match with the Earthquakes was, especially since the game was in New England, and the Revs haven't played an MLS match at home in a month.

"For us, we needed to get home, get some points and then move onto the next game," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps after the win. "But it was important that we got three points tonight.

"We preached all week that the point at [Chivas USA] becomes more valuable when you get the three points to follow it."

The Revs got three points in a 2-0 win against San Jose on Saturday night, thanks to a 13th-minute goal from Saer Sene and a 78th-minute goal from Dimitry Imbongo.

Sene's score was a deep shot from the left side of the field that had plenty of movement and ended up in the top-right corner of the net.

"I think Saer has shown that when he gets that left foot, he has the ability to make it move," said Heaps. "And for me, I thought Saer had a good game for us. Not just in the finish, but also what he did, work rate. I think he showed that he works hard off the ball, he works hard to defend. But he did a nice job creating as well."

"I like to shoot from far away," said Sene. "I don't think too much when I'm on the field. I'm just trying stuff. And yeah, I'm happy that tonight was successful.

"I work on it in practice. I don't now how to explain it, but my shot is like a shot that you can't -- you can ask the goalkeeper, I don't know -- it [moves] in some strange way, I don't know. Sometimes I shoot, I shoot it strong. I just try to put it on the goal and I know that the ball is going to do something."

Imbongo gave New England the late insurance goal that they needed to put the Earthquakes away, as he took a Lee Nguyen pass out front and finished with a sliding kick.

"That was crucial for us," said Revolution defender Chris Tierney. "We were pretty confident that a second goal was going to kill the game, and I think it did."

Also crucial for New England was three points leading into next weekend's showdown with Houston, the very team that the Revs are in a dogfight with to earn that fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It was crucial," said Tierney. "Jay talked about it before, taking three [points] at home makes that point at Chivas that much more important. We know the importance of winning out home games, and our focus is always to take three at home, and we did enough to do that tonight, so we're happy with the result."