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With eight games left to go in the 2017 regular season, the New England Revolution has a big task on hand if they want to qualify for the playoffs. This weekend they hosted the Montreal Impact, who are not only trying to make their own playoff push, but also are ahead of the Revs in the standings by 4 points. A win would close that gap to 1 point with 7 games left, but Montreal will not make it easy.
Despite not having a good road record, Montreal were a tough opponent for New England. The match was close, possession favored Montreal, and both teams were even on shots. Montreal at times had domination of possession and attacking. But at the end, Revs Lee Nguyen was able to score the lone goal and win it for New England.
Nguyen gives New England a 1-0 lead!!!! pic.twitter.com/78rH2Mnyuv
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A brilliant moment for Lee, avoiding two challenges to perfectly place his shot for the winner. Also credit Teal Bundbury for the assist.
“Its what is going to take to get above the red line, we know that. They (montreal) gave us a good battle, but we needed the three points and the guys fought through.” Lee post match
“We gotta keep the same mentality, its not going to be easy. This is a tough team that has a lot of great attacking players. We need to stay solid and try to hold the fort down defensively. This is a team that can punish the other team. Its going to be a battle” Lee on Atlanta
“It took an entire team performance, from great goalkeeping in the first minute, who has to make a huge save. From the point on I thought we were solid defensively, but obviously it takes everyone on the field for them to get that goal and get the win.”
“Its the focus for 90 minutes. Its critical plays, we talk about it all the time. There are going to be break downs. Theres going to be mistakes, theres going to be bad give aways in the game, its just a matter of how the next guy helps the player next to him” Jay Heaps post match comments
With this win, the Revs move to within 1 point in the playoff standings. Their next two matches will be against Atlanta, on the road, where New England are yet to win a game. Atlanta also hold the last playoff spot, with three games fewer played, and two games against each other.
Despite their road woes, now will be the true test to see what kind of team the Revs are.