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February 6, 2014
Revs slip past Ft. Lauderdale in scrimmage

Darius Barnes scored the late game winner as the New England Revolution defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Darius Barnes scored the late game winner as the New England Revolution defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers
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BRADENTON, Fla. – Darrius Barnes scored the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time on Thursday afternoon as the New England Revolution wrapped up its Bradenton leg of preseason training with a 2-1 win over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers .

The Revs finished the 12-day, three-game trip to Bradenton with a 1-0-2 record.

After falling behind 1-0 in the 24th minute on a goal by Andy Herron, the Revs found the equalizer in the 34th minute behind Dimitry Imbongo. O’Brian Woodbine started the play with a long throw-in, before Pierre Omanga knocked it down and Imbongo slotted his shot inside the far post.

With the exception of one player, the Revs’ starting players played for 60 minutes before head coach Jay Heaps swapped almost every player. Tensions also started to run high in the second half after Evan Melo was forced out of the game in the 51st minute behind a hard tackle at the edge of the penalty box.

Barnes’ game-winning goal came off a second corner kick in the game’s waning minutes. Kelyn Rowe’s out-swinging service found A.J. Soares, who flicked it across the face of goal as Barnes rushed on at the far post and pocketed the goal at the final whistle.

Luis Soffner got the start in goal, his first preseason appearance this year. He was spelled by Brad Knighton in the 60th minute. Two Revs players – Barnes and 2013 Supplemental Draft pick Jossimar Sanchez – played 90 minutes in the field.

The Revolution will return to Foxborough for local training next week before departing for a 16-day trip, Feb. 15-March 2, to Tucson, Ariz., to play in the Desert Diamond Cup, hosted by FC Tucson.

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