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Revs play-off bound for third straight year
FOXBORO, MA. – For the third year in a row the New England Revolution have made it to the postseason. The previous two seasons the Revs came roaring into the play-offs riding a 7 game undefeated streak in 2003 and securing second place and a 6 game undefeated streak in 2002 that saw them secure first. This year, however, the Revs came into the last game of the season needing a win to secure the fourth and final play-off spot in the East. With their backs against the wall, the Revs pulled off a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire, who didn’t qualify for the playoffs for the first time in team history thanks to the Revs. Their task doesn’t get any easier as the Revs face the Columbus Crew, unbeaten in 18 games.

The Revs had the best chance in the first half as Clint Dempsey’s shot through a crowd caught goalie Henry Ring off guard and forced him into a diving save.

The Revs thought they had opened up the scoring in the 51st minute, when Steve Ralston beat Henry Ring after receiving a through ball. Referee Ricardo Valenzuela, however, ruled Ralston to be offsides.

Four minutes later, rookie Clint Dempsey gave the Revs the lead when Jay Heaps headed down a Jose Cancela corner. Dempsey slammed it home for his 7th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later the Fire equalized when Nate Jaqua headed an Andy Williams cross past Matt Reis.

The Revs were quick to respond and Jose Cancela chipped the ball to Steve Ralston, who volleyed it into the upper left corner of the net. The goal, which was later named goal of the week, was Ralston’s seventh of the season tying his career high.

Chicago would have no real chances until they earned a free kick deep into stoppage time at the top of the Revolution box. Needing to score in order to tie the game and make the playoffs, Damani Ralph took the kick sending it well wide of the net.

"I think the key was getting the second goal so quickly after losing the goal,” Head Coach Steve Nicol said after the match. “When you go ahead in a game like this you really want to try to put the pressure on them and for them to score so quickly was not very clever. We haven't lost a goal from a set piece like that, I think, since we played Dallas away four months ago. So that was disappointing. But we answered it and we got a goal. We really kept it tight. We limited them to scraps, but obviously the free kick at the death was just torture."

With the win the Revs advance to the play-offs to face the first place Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Home and Away semifinals serie
October 17, 2004 Sean Donahue



Email: sean@mlsfan.net

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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1