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Revolution Advance to Eastern Conference Championship Game

Taylor Twellman and Matt Reis (Courtesy of USAToday.com)
Revolution forward Taylor Twellman and goalkeeper Matt Reis played big roles in Saturday night’s win against the Red Bulls.(Courtesy of USAToday.com)

Boston sports has another new Eastern Conference contender. In case no one noticed, the New England Revolution advanced to their MLS-record sixth straight Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Forward Taylor Twellman scored the lone goal for the Revs in the 64th minute. Goalkeeper Matt Reis held the New York Red Bulls scoreless for the second straight game after recording four saves.

Twellman’s goal came soon after New York’s Juan Pablo Angel left the game with a concussion. Angel was not sure if he was going to make it back into the game, so no substitution was immediately made and the Red Bulls played with just 10 men for a number of minutes. The Revs capitalized when Twellman poked a Steve Ralston pass through Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway for the 1-0 lead.

Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena said of Angel’s injury:

“The welfare of the player comes first. Juan (Pablo Angel) wanted to go back in the game. After talking to the doctor, I told Juan, ‘You’re more important than the game.’ Meanwhile, you turn around and the goal gets scored. Those things happen.”

Conway said of Twellman’s goal:

“When they scored, we were playing with 10 men, so it’s unfortunate. I thought we were playing well, but they picked up a loose ball in the middle and they were able to thread one through.”

The Revolution will host the Eastern Conference Championship game this coming Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Fire.

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