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Revs overcome referee and defending champs, end DCís home unbeaten streak
Washington, DC Ė The New England Revolution, just three games into the season, have stormed into first place with a game in hand. The Revolution, now 2-0-1, are off to their best start in franchise history after beating DC United, the defending champs, in a high scoring affair that ended 4-3. With the win, the Revs ended DC Unitedís home unbeaten streak that had stretched back to May of last year.

The Revs played without the services of last yearís team MVP and starting right midfielder, Steve Ralston (influenza), captain and starting left back, Joe Franchino (quadriceps strain) and potential starter at left midfield Cassio (turf toe).

DC United took control of the match early on and held it for the first 25 minutes, keeping the Revs in their own half. The Revs defense, led by rookie Michael Parkhurst, held strong and limited DC to few chances that were easily handled by goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Taylor Twellman gave the Revs the lead in the 26th minute, after Clint Dempsey sent in a well placed ball from the left flank. Twellman turned on the ball before firing it past goalie Nick Rimando and into the back of the net.

Two minutes later the Revs doubled their lead when DC United defender Bobby Boswell pushed Taylor Twellman as he was challenging Rimando to get on the end of a cross and referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot for a penalty kick. Revolution captain and Grenadian international Shalrie Joseph coolly took the kick sending it to Rimandoís right and into the back of the net.

Just three minutes after that the Revs tripled their lead when rookie James Riley found Marshall Leonard unmarked on the left side of the box. Leonard hammered the ball into the far side of the net for his first career MLS goal.

In stoppage time of the first half, DC pulled back within two goals when Geiger awarded DC a penalty kick. The decision was very questionable, as not only had Geiger already gone a minute over the added three minutes of stoppage time, but the only play in the box that even remotely looked like a foul was a slide tackle that took out Santino Quarenta after he had already taken a shot that went wide. Jaime Moreno stepped up to take the penalty and put it to Matt Reisí right, just out of reach of his dive.

DC pulled within one in the 57th minute when Quarenta poked home a perfect cross by DC midfielder Steve Guppy.

Clint Dempsey made the score 4-2 in the 77th minute, when he sent home an Andy Dorman free kick with a diving header. Dempsey then celebrated by running to home plate of the baseball diamond visible on RFK Stadium, also the home of the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball and pretended to hit a home run.

DC finished off the scoring in the 82nd minute when Geiger awarded them another questionable penalty kick. Revs defender Marshall Leonard, all alone in the right side of the box, with no DC player anywhere near him took down a DC cross with what appeared to be his chest. Geiger, despite their being no chance of a DC scoring opportunity even had Leonard not stopped the ball, claimed it was a handball and pointed to the spot. Moreno again took the penalty, sending Reis the wrong way.

The Revs next travel to Chicago on Wednesday to face the Fire at 7:00PM ET.
The match can be seen live on Fox Sports New England and Fox Soccer Channel.
April 26, 2005 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