October 27, 2012
Soares’ 88th-minute goal ends Revs’ season on an upbeat note
MONTREAL--A late A.J. Soares goal gave the New England Revolution a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact and sent the Revolution into the winter on a season-ending two-game winning streak.
|A.J. Soares scored to give the New England Revoution their first-ever win on Canadian soil, 1-0 over the Montreal Impact Saturday at Stade Saputo.
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Soares headed a short 88th minute Chris Tierney free kick past Troy Perkins just two minutes after Blair Gavin had saved the ball off the line to preserve Bobby Shuttleworth’s third shut-out.
It was the first all-time win for the Revolution (9-17-8, 35 points) in Canada and only their second road win of the 2012 season. It also marked their first success against the expansion Impact (12-16-6, 42 points) after Montreal had triumphed in both previous encounters.
The Revolution failed to engineer much in the way of attack in a scoreless first half.
New England’s best opportunity came in the 28th minute, when Fernando Cardenas and Diego Fagundez worked a threatening give-and-go combination but the Columbian was unable to finish as Perkins came off his line to snuff out the danger.
As the half progressed, the Impact pressed forward and with New England withdrawing ten men behind the ball, the Revolution had trouble finding an outlet and breaking out of their own end.
Jerry Bengston struggled as a lone striker and looked even more weary than usual after a long and grueling campaign on multiple continents.
Montreal came out strongly after the break
In the 50th minute, Marco Di Vaio reached the end line and rolled a cross along the goalmouth that somehow escaped the net as Shuttleworth got tangled in streamers rained down by Impact supporters.
A minute later, Shuttleworth, making his fifth consecutive start, had to reach low to his left to palm away a Davy Arnaud blast from distance.
Justin Mapp, who contributed the winning assist on the Revolution’s first trip to Stade Saputo, made an immediate impact off the bench and forced another quality save from Shuttleworth in the 74th minute.
Tierney delivered a pair of dangerous crosses into the box from the left corner, but Bengston was unable to get a toe on them.
Di Vaio earned an 82nd minute free kick from just outside the box, but Shuttleworth was able to gather in the hard grounder under the wall.
Gavin, who entered midway through the second half for a grimacing Fagundez, then kept the score even, saving off the line with his leg after Arnaud connected with a Di Vaio corner.
And moments later, Tierney and Soares combined for the game-winner to end a disappointing season on an upbeat note.
Tierney returned to the line-up after missing seven games with a left knee sprain, slotting in at left wing as Kevin Alston remained at the left back spot.
Cardenas earned his ninth start of the campaign in an attacking midfield role and Benny Feilhaber returned to the starting midfield after sitting out last week’s Chicago match-up.