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New England Revolution Reach MLS Cup 2014

Revs Eastern ChampionshipThe New England Revolution are MLS Eastern Conference Champions and are heading to MLS Cup 2014 after an enthralling 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls in front of a playoff record crowd of 32,698 at Gillette Stadium.

Leading 2-1 on aggregate from the first leg, Jay Heaps side set up to protect that lead in the first half, and New York were more than happy to attack with Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, both probably playing their last game for the Red Bulls, causing havoc in the New England back line.

It was that combination that put the Red Bulls ahead in the 26th minute when Cahill turned in a Thierry Henry cross, that Revs captain Jose Goncalves should have dealt better with.

While the Red Bulls were dangerous going forward, they never looked solid defensively, and they gave the momentum back to New England four minutes from half-time when Charlie Davies headed/armed in a cross from Chris Tierney.

The Revolution reverted back to their high pressing style of play in the second half and both Jermaine Jones and Davies missed great opportunities to put the Revs up 2-1.

But then another bad defensive mistake by Andrew Farrell allowed Peguy Luyindula to score to make it 2-1 New York and more importantly 3-3 on aggregate.

Cahill then missed an open opportunity inside the New England area before Tierney and Davies linked up again for the series deciding goal. Tierney found space on the left before whipping in a cross to Davies, who headed low past Luis Robles to tie the game at 2-2 and put the Revolution in front on aggregate with 20 minutes to go.

New England withstood a late New York charge to reach the MLS Cup for the first time in seven years.

Photo: Courtesy of New England Revolution

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