Before the New England Revolution's 2-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, Gillette Stadium hosted an emotional pregame ceremony to honor the heroes who emerged after the Boston Marathon bombings. Those heroes include Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, who saved the life of his father-in-law.
"It's been an emotional couple of weeks," New England head coach Jay Heaps said. "I think you saw that tribute. There wasn't a dry eye on our team and I think you saw us come together as a group."
Union midfielder Brian Carroll showed solidarity with the Revolution and Boston.
"It's hard to imagine what people are going through, still," Carroll said. "Watching the video before the game, it doesn't matter what part of the country you're from. I think it touches everybody. It was their night."
Goals from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen lifted the Revs to seventh in the East. They also doubled New England's goal haul for the season.
"I'm really proud of the group and the way they came together, the way they responded from the outside world to kind of breaking us," Heaps said. "Negative criticism, slumps, those are things that are going to happen as professional sports, but on top of that we had the emotional pull and so I commend our guys. I'm a really proud coach to see the way they battled and stepped on the field tonight."