Revs win in Montreal, end on high note

October, 27, 2012
10/27/12
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Revolution center back AJ Soares scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 in Saturday's season finale.

Soares' second goal of the season arrived in the 88th minute when Chris Tierney played a free kick into the box, where the Revolution center back nodded it inside the far post.

Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth made four stops to earn his second straight shutout.

Prior to Saturday's contest, the Revolution had gone 0-11-2 in their previous 13 road contests, a streak that started with a 1-0 loss at Dallas on April 5.

With the win, the Revolution end their season with a 9-17-8 (35 points) record while the Impact close out their inaugural campaign with a 12-16-6 (42 points) mark.

Midfield makeover: Revolution head coach Jay Heap switched up his midfield on Saturday, with Chris Tierney stationed on the left; Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms and Fernando Cardenas in the center; and Diego Fagundez featured on the right. Of the five in the starting lineup, only Simms and Fagundez were part of the starting XI last week against Chicago.

Potent foe suspended: Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi, who's grabbed the game-winning goals in the previous two meetings against the Revolution this season, was unavailable for Saturday's game due to suspension. The speedy attacker was handed the suspension for yellow card accumulation following an 87th minute caution during last weekend's 0-0 draw at Toronto FC.

Road goal drought ends: Thanks to Soares' 87th-minute strike, the Revolution ended a 296-minute goalless streak on the road that dated back to a 2-1 loss at D.C. on Sept. 15.

North of the border success ... finally: The 1-0 victory marked the first time the Revolution have grabbed three points in Canada. Going into Saturday's match north of the border, the Revolution were 0-3-5 in their previous eight contests as guests of Canadian competition (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver).

Ending the season on a high note: For the first time since 2009, the Revolution closed out the regular season with a win. In their previous two season finales, the Revolution fell 2-0 at New York (2010) and settled for a 2-2 draw at Toronto (2011).

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