PHOTOS: #1 Revs Moment of 2013

MOMENT #1: The Revolution reach the postseason for the first time in four years.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

After missing the postseason in each of its last three seasons, the Revolution entered 2013 hopeful that they could put an end to their playoff drought.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

A season-opening win at Chicago provided a promising start, but it wasn’t long after that patch of poor form nearly derailed their hopes altogether.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Despite a 2-4-4 record through mid-May, and an offense in need of serious firepower, the defense rose the occasion as it collected clean sheets in five of its first eight games.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Just when it appeared that the postseason wasn’t meant to be in 2013, the offense came alive. Diego Fagundez and newly-acquired striker Juan Agudelo found goals aplenty, while Kelyn Rowe’s long distance blasts befuddled opposing keepers.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

Meanwhile, the defense continued to hold its end of the bargain. Jose Goncalves became a shut down center back, and Matt Reis – who lost the starting job earlier in the season – re-emerged as one of the top keepers in the league.

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

When it was all said and done, the Revoluton earned a third place finish thanks to a 14-11-9 (51 points) record – its best since 2007. Although they were bounced from the playoffs by eventual champion Sporting K.C., the 2013 season delivered a refreshing dose of optimism to Foxborough that’ll certainly carry over into 2014.

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About Brian O'Connell

Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com