The New England Revolution cruised into the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Red Bulls thanks to a shock-and-awe approach that resulted in a 7-3 aggregate win over the Columbus Crew during the Conference Semifinals.
While the offense is flourishing in many different areas, one player that continues to bring the Revolution offense to a new level is none other than the striker-turned-winger himself, Teal Bunbury.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lee Nguyen kept his offensive hot streak going, Teal Bunbury scored his first goal since September 3rd and even captain and center back Jose Goncalves joined the attack and tallied a rare goal as the New England Revolution defeated the Columbus Crew 3-1 (7-3 on aggregate) on Sunday night in Foxboro.
The Revolution wrapped up their Conference Semifinal series against the Crew with a flourish following Sunday's 3-1 second leg win at Gillette Stadium. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding Sunday's win.
Offense shines again
For the Columbus Crew defense, they are going to be seeing the Revolution offense in their nightmares.
If the only way to drown your sorrows is to watch more soccer, we are right there with you.
Now that D.C. United's season is over, many will take a step back from watching MLS, preferring to focus on United's offseason (of which there will be plenty of coverage here). However, if you simply can't help yourself from watching whatever soccer is on at any given moment, we will still be here for you as well.
The New England Revolution shocked all of Major League Soccer last Saturday with their 4-2 victory over the Columbus Crew. Winning in Columbus is hard enough, as evidenced by the hosts' recently-deceased six-game home winning streak. But by scoring four goals in fantastic fashion on the road, New England didn't just take a commanding lead in the series; they put the rest of theplayoff fieldon notice.
The first legs of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals are in the books and we finally got to see what teams really have to offer with their seasons on the line. Some stepped up while others crumbled. As is usually the case, the difference between a win and a loss is one or two moments of brilliance from a single player.
The New England Revolution overpowered the Columbus Crew 4-2 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday at Crew Stadium. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding the contest.
Offense Explodes in Victory
For the first time since May 17, the Revolution found the back of the of the net four times or more in their 4-2 victory over the Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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The New England Revolution scored four times in a playoff game for the first time in club history on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Crew. Charlie Davies scored twice and Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney added a goal apiece as New England takes a commanding lead into the home leg of their two game Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.
The New England Revolution have twice faced the Columbus Crew in the playoffs and came out on top both times. In 2002, the Revolution advanced past the Crew in the then best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals, drawing both home games at Gillette Stadium, but coming up with a huge 1-0 road win, behind a Jay Heaps game winning goal, to advance to their first ever MLS Cup.
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One of the most intriguing matchupsof the MLS conference semifinals will kick-off on Saturdayat Crew Stadiumas the Columbus Crew host the Revolution in the first leg. But don't expect the lower-seeded hosts to show any apprehension heading into the contest.
Few teams are as good at the classic late-season pushthan the Revolution, whoclawed and wrestled their way into the playoffs this year in a fashion similar to postseason runs of years past. Butthe Columbus Crew might be the Revolution's closest doppelganger this time around.
The Revolution will face the Columbus Crew on Nov. 1 at 4pm ET for the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which will take place at Crew Stadium. The second leg will take place at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 9 at 5pm ET.
New England, which clinched the second seed last weekend, had to wait until the conclusion of Sunday's Sporting K.
Last night at Red Bull Arena, the New York team's playoff dreams took a step forward, while those of Toronto dimmed, especially with the Columbus Crew win against the Philadelphia Union. It is a close race to the finish this year with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference, followed by the New England Revolution, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew currently sitting in the top five.
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Sadly it is the end of D.C. United's 2014 season, and the Filibuster crew is here to talk you through it. We start, of course, with the game itself. We ask if there was more that D.C. United could have done in this game, we debate the strategy of the opening 30 minutes, we pine for Luis Silva, we talk about the away goals rule and whether or not in penalizes the higher seed, and we talk about novel playoff formats that might make things more interesting.
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Election season is upon us. I can tell because my phone is ringing off the hook, and famous public figures keep personally emailing me with desperate pleas for financial help that put stranded Nigerian princes to shame.
In which we await D.C. United by watching all of the other MLS teams this weekend.
The regular season is over and the playoffs are here, and that means that we move into another phase of the year. Gone are the Montreal Impact, the Philadelphia Union, the Colorado Rapids, and the Portland Timbers.
KC is heading down the final stretch of the season and head into their final road game of the season a little short. The team is short on players as the injury bug has hit again. They travel to Philadelphia for the final road trip of the regular season looking to improve their chances of avoiding the wild card game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Greetings from Gillette Stadium, where the Revolution will take on the Columbus Crew for the 2nd leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal at 5:00pm ET. The Revolution own a 4-2 lead on aggregate goals, and appear to be in firm control of their destiny heading into the match.
What's at stake: A trip to the Eastern Conference Final, which will kick off on Nov.
So, our mighty Red Bulls needed a to win their final home match of the season to have any hope of avoiding a play-in game or, at the very least, playing said play-in game at home. Unfortunately for us, our mighty Red Bulls weren't so mighty this past Sunday and allowed the visitors from OH to boss them around the RBA pitch to no end (A player Crew player I've never even heard of scored not one, but goals after only scoring one in his previous 14 MLS appearances).
Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
Everyone that is old enough to legally drink (and I am sure some of us not old enough) have their own hangover cures.
It's simple, really. A win keeps the Union's playoff hopes alive. A draw or loss brings the offseason even closer.
Saturday night the newly rebranded Columbus Crew SC willcome to the Delaware Valley to take partin the first half of ahome and home with the Union.Philadelphia can't afford to leave the field after 90 minutes with anything less than a win.