New England Soccer Today

Revs Get 1st Road Victory in Finale

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At long last.

After coming up short in their previous 16 contests on the road, the Revolution secured their first victory on foreign soil on the final day of the season with Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Impact at Stade Saputo in Montreal.

After Matteo Mancosu equalized in the 90th minute to make it a 2-2 match, Kelyn Rowe, in his first game back after a devastating knee injury, blasted a drive from distance in the 90 + 6 minute to steal three points from the Impact.

Diego Fagundez opened scoring in the 19th minute then assisted on Krisztian Nemeth’s debut Revolution goal in the 46th minute.

Patrice Bernier struck from the spot in the 45 + 3 minute after Benjamin Angoua was called for a handball inside the box. Sunday’s match marked Bernier’s last of his illustrious career.


Revolution FINALLY win on the road

After 401 days since their last road victory, the Revolution finally pocketed their first set of three points outside of Norfolk County with Sunday’s win. Incidentally, their last win came at Montreal, a 3-1 win back on Sept. 17, 2016. The season-ending victory put the Revolution’s record on the road the 2017 season at 1-13-3.

Nguyen out with ankle injury

Leading assist man Lee Nguyen was unable to suit up due an ankle injury. In 31 games, the veteran midfielder tallied a career high 15 assists and scored 11 goals (2nd to Kei Kamara’s 12) to record one of the best individual seasons seen in club history.

Delamea healthy scratch again

For the second straight match, Revolution Defender of the Year Antonio Delamea was left out of the XI. With the Slovenian international on the bench, Benjamin Angoua and Claude Dielna were partnered at center back. Delamea made 29 starts during his debut season in New England.

Last call for Chris Tierney?

After wrapping up his tenth season in the league, it’ll be interesting to see if Sunday’s match was the final time we see longtime Revolution defender Chris Tierney on the pitch. The 31-year-old defender was noncommittal when asked about his future last week, telling that he’s got “a lot to think about” during the offseason.

Rowe returns in a big way

Two months after suffering a knee injury at New York City FC, Kelyn Rowe returned to the pitch as an 87th minute substitute. Rowe came on to spell Fagundez, and saved his best for last to score the winner, which was his first of the year.

A bright end to an otherwise disappointing season

Rowe’s dramatic goal certainly sent the Revolution into the offseason on a high, but 2017 was, by all accounts, one of the worst in recent memory. Between midseason firing of Jay Heaps, the countless mental mistakes (especially on the road), the inconsistent offense, or a defense that never seemed to gel, the front office will need to work long hours this winter to ensure the same storylines don’t extend into 2018.

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