Fagundez lifts Revolution to 3-2 win over Crew

Diego Fagundez scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season

in the 76th minute to lift the Revolution to a 3-2 victory over the

Columbus Crew on Saturday night that kept New England’s playoff

hopes alive.

A.J. Soares opened the scoring in the 32nd minute for New

England and Dominic Oduro equalized in the 59th minute for

Columbus. Chris Tierney converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute

to put the Revolution back in front before Aaron Schoenfeld leveled

it again in the 71st.

The Revolution (13-11-9, 48 points) are tied for fourth in the

Eastern Conference with Houston. The top five teams in each

conference advance to the playoffs.

The win extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to five

(3-0-2), while the Crew (12-16-5, 41 points) dropped their second

straight.

Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson earned his first start since

July 17, while Andy Dorman took over in central midfield for Lee

Nguyen, who was suspended for the match due to caution

accumulation.

Needing all three points to keep their playoff hopes alive, the

Revolution sent numbers forward early and often before converting

just after the half-hour mark. Kelyn Rowe ripped a free kick that

Soares nodded out of the reach of goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

Oduro put the Crew level with the Revolution when he collected a

pass from Schoenfeld and easily beat Matt Reis right before the

hour mark.

Dorman earned a penalty in the 68th minute when he was fouled by

Tony Tchani inside the box. A minute later, Tierney buried it from

the spot.

But the Crew responded shortly after when Oduro fed Schoenfeld

near the edge 18 and the rookie lodged it into the net in 71st

minute.

The Revolution got the final say when Dorman sent a pass toward

the far post, where Fagundez easily tapped it through to give the

Revolution the three points they needed to stay in the playoff

hunt.

The Revolution and Crew meet again for the regular-season finale

next Sunday at Crew Stadium.