The New England Revolution clinched a berth in the 2015 MLS playoffs in their final game of the regular season with a 3-1 win over New York City FC on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium for a crowd of 34,150. The win snapped a four-game winless streak for the Revs.
New England will compete in the playoffs for the third straight season and the 13th time in club history. The Revolution now face D.C. United on the road in the single-game Knockout Round on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals next weekend.
The Revolution (14-12-8, 50 pts.) finished the regular season fifth in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the Supporters’ Shield standings. Expansion NYC FC (10-17-7, 37 pts.) missed the playoffs by finishing eighth in the East and 17th overall. The New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield Championship this season.
Lee Nguyen, Charlie Davies and Kelyn Rowe each scored for the Revs. Nguyen scored his seventh goal of the season to put the Revs up 1-0 in just the second minute. Davies assisted on that goal, his fourth of the season. Davies scored the game winner towards the end of the first half, assisted by Jose Goncalves, and beat NYCFC keeper Josh Saunders to bring the score to 2-0. Davies finished the year as the Revs’ Golden Boot winner with 10 goals on the season.
Early in the second half, Rowe collected a Chris Tierney corner kick and headed the ball into the net to extend the lead to 3-0. It was Tierney’s sixth assist of the season. Designated Player David Villa spoiled the shutout by converting a penalty in second-half stoppage for the final 3-1 result after Daigo Kobayashi was called for a handball.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth finished the game with five saves.
The Revolution open the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night when they travel to face D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face either the New York Red Bulls or Columbus Crew SC.
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NE – Lee Nguyen 7 (Charlie Davies 4) 2’
NE – Charlie Davies 10 (Jose Goncalves 2) 38’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 7 (Chris Tierney 6) 55’
NYC – David Villa 18 (Penalty Kick) 91+
NYC – Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Yellow Card) 77’
NYC – Tommy McNamara (Yellow Card) 86’
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card) 88’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry (Kevin Alston 46+), Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones © (Daigo Kobayashi 67’); Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 75’), Kelyn Rowe; Charlie Davies.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Steve Neumann, Andy Dorman, Juan Agudelo
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 5, Saves 5, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 1, Fouls 7, Possession 38.5%, Passes 329 (68.4%)
New York City FC: Josh Saunders; R.J. Allen, Shay Facey (Kwame Watson-Siriboe 46’), Jason Hernandez, Chris Wingert; Andrew Jacobson, Andrea Pirlo (Patrick Mullins 74’); Khiry Shelton (Kwando Poku 56’), Frank Lampard, Thomas McNamara; David Villa ©.
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Angelino, Sebastian Velasquez, Mehdi Ballouchy.
STATS: Shots 19, Shots on target 6, Saves 2, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 0, Fouls 12, Possession 61.5%, Passes 523 (80.7%)
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell and Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez