New England Soccer Today

Renewing Postseason Acquaintances


Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

With Wednesday’s knockout round match between the Revolution and DC United serving as the fourth occasion in which the longtime rivals will meet in the postseason, let’s take a trip down memory lane to look at their previous playoff encounters.

1997 Eastern Conference semifinals

What happened? After missing the playoffs in the league’s inaugural season, the Revolution had the privilege of facing the defending champion United for their first foray into the MLS postseason. In the best of three series, the locals were handily defeated 4-1 in Game 1 at RFK Stadium, a match in which Mike Burns scored the lone Revolution goal. They put up more of a fight in Foxborough during Game 2, with Joe-Max Moore converting from the spot. But DC won 1-1 via the shootout.

Postscript: DC went on to win its second-straight MLS Cup.

2004 Eastern Conference final

What happened? If you want to talk about wild playoff games, this one had it all. The Revolution grabbed goals from Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston and Pat Noonan while DC countered with strikes from Alecko Eskandarian, Jaime Moreno, Christian Gomez. With the game knotted at 3-3 after 120 minutes, penalties were employed, and DC prevailed, but not before both current DC and Revolution coaches – Ben Olsen and Jay Heaps – both missed on their tries.

Postscript: DC earned its fourth MLS Cup.

2006 Eastern Conference final

What happened? This game was sedate compared to the last playoff encounter. Taylor Twellman struck early and the Revolution held on to win 1-0.

Postscript: The Revolution fell to the Dynamo on penalties in the MLS Cup, their third try at a title.

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