The New England Revolution earned its first win since May 14 on Wednesday night, with rookie Stephen McCarthy's 73rd minute goal being enough to earn his team a much needed win over D.C. United.
Despite being largely dominanted throughout the night, New England benefited from a tight defense and a bit of luck to top United, with Charlie Davies' missed penalty being arguably the biggest moment of the match aside of McCarthy's winner.
As always with New England, much of the pressure fell to goalkeeper Matt Reis, who posted his fourth clean sheet of the season in leading his team to victory.
“[Reis] made a couple of saves at a real important times which gave us the strength to go on and win the game.” stated Revs coach Steve Nicol.
While Reis has been a constant for New England, very little else has gone well for the club this year, and the goalkeeper seemed extremely pleased to finally break a long strek without a win.
“[The win] was big for us," he said. "We haven’t had a lot to be happy about this year and after our performance against Philadelphia on the weekend, we were really down in the dumps and it just shows a lot of heart and resolve in these guys. I still think this team is good enough to win and we definitely showed it tonight.”
Reis, who was very critical of his teams performance following its match against Philadelphia, praised the play of his team and dedicated the win to the owner's wife Myra Kraft who passed away following a battle with cancer. The team wore black armbands out of respect to the Kraft family.
The victory pushes New England out of last place and should give its players a bit of confidence ahead of Saturday's match against Colorado.
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