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Revs season ends with another heartbreaker
Washington, D.C. Ė For the fourth year in a row the Revs saw their chances of winning a trophy end with the last kick of the match. Golden goals by the Los Angeles Galaxy in overtime cost the Revs the 2001 US Open Cup Final and the 2002 MLS Cup Final. Last year the Revs made it to the MLS Eastern Conference Final only to lose to Chicago in overtime. This year the Revs season was ended when Clint Dempsey saw his penalty kick saved by Nick Rimando in sudden death of a penalty kick shoot-out after the Revs had remained tied with D.C. United through regulation time, overtime and the first five penalty kicks. Many are already calling the game the best in Major League Soccer history.

Coming off of an upset win over the top seeded Columbus Crew, the Revs came out of the gate fast against D.C., but it was D.C. who took the early lead. Ben Olsen intercepted a Jay Heaps clearance in the 11th minute and quickly sent a through ball to Alecko Eskandarian. Eskandarian took one touch before unleashing a left footed rocket from the top of the box that left goalkeeper Matt Reis with no chance.

The Revs responded 6 minutes later, when Marshall Leonard sent a cross in to Taylor Twellman, who volleyed it over Nick Rimando for his second goal of the playoffs.

D.C. took back the lead 4 minutes later, when Jaime Moreno caught Matt Reis looking for a cross instead of a shot. Moreno deftly sent the ball to the near post, outside of the reach of Matt Reis.

The Revs knotted it up just before halftime, when Brian Carroll brought down Marshall Leonardís cross in the box with his arms. Referee Terry Vaughn immediately pointed to the spot for a penalty kick. Steve Ralston stepped up to take the PK and saw his shot bounce off the right post of the goal and hit off goalie Nick Rimandoís back before rolling into the net.

D.C. took the lead again in the 67th minute, when Earnie Stewart sent a cross into the Revolution box that Christian Gomez headed over Matt Reis.

New England tied it up five minutes before the end of regulation when Pat Noonan jumped over Nick Rimando to head home a Steve Ralston corner kick.

The game then went into two 15 minute overtime periods in which the Revs controlled the play, had many good opportunities, but failed to finish any of them.

The game went to penalty kicks and they seemed to be going the Revs way when goalkeeper Matt Reis saved Ben Olsenís first PK for D.C. Steve Ralston took the Revs first PK, sending Nick Rimando the wrong way, his shot however, banged off the cross bar. D.C. sub Santino Quarenta took D.C.ís next penalty kick sending a hard shot past Reis. Reis stepped up for the Revs next PK, beating Rimando and tying the PK score at 1-1. Freddy Adu scored next for D.C., than Taylor Twellman scored for the Revs. Alecko Eskandarian scored the next PK for D.C., before Jay Heaps saw his PK for the Revs saved. Jaime Moreno stepped up with a chance to win it for D.C., but Matt Reis saved his PK. Shalrie Joseph then scored to tie it at 3-3 and send it to sudden death where Brian Carroll scored first for D.C. and Clint Dempsey saw his shot saved. The game was the first playoff game in the history of Major League Soccer to be decided by penalty kicks. For the fourth time in four years the Revs have seen their chances at a championship ended after regulation.
November 07, 2004 Sean Donahue


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