Revs win crucial showdown with Crew, 3-2

Revs win crucial showdown with Crew, 3-2
October 19, 2013, 9:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- Every point matters with the playoffs on the line. The New England Revolution put themselves back in the playoff picture, moving into the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with an electric 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew in their regular season home finale at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution entered the game just out point out of the fifth position in the East. Shorthanded without Saer Sene, who suffered a season-ending dislocated left ankle and broken left fibula last weekend, and Lee Nguyen, serving a yellow card suspension, they looked to their depth to overcome the voids on the field.

A.J. Soares scored the first goal of the evening (and his first of the season) in the 32nd minute from Kelyn Rowe. The Revs led, 1-0, at halftime before the barrage of goals began.

The Crew evened up the score in the 59th minute off a goal by Dominic Oduro, assisted by Aaron Schoenfeld.

Chris Tierney gave the Revolution a 2-1 edge in the 69th minutes on a penalty kick, but that advantage was short-lived. Two minutes later, Schoenfeld tied the game off an assist from Oduro.

Diego Fagundez didn't let the score stay that way for long. In the 76th minute he scored the game-winning goal from Andy Dorman and Dimitry Imbongo, putting the Revs up 3-2.

The Revolution will play their final regular season game next Saturday in Columbus against the Crew.

Prior to the game, the New England Revolution announced the 2013 team award winners. Diego Fagundez was voted Team MVP by the fans. Jose Goncalves won the Best Defender award, voted by the Revolution's beat media. Matt Reis was named the team’s humanitarian of the year.