Over on ESPN FC, Kevin Koczwara looks at how important goalkeeper Matt Reis has been to the turnaround of the Revolution. Writes Koczwara:
Dom Dwyer came so close ...
In the 93rd minute of Saturday's Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal game between Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution, it looked as though the rookie SKC forward was going to score a game-tying goal. He drove his foot through the ball with exquisite technique and his shot looked destined to splash the back of the Revolution net. But Matt Reis, New England's goalkeeper, had other ideas.
Reis palmed the shot over the net, somehow, sealing the Revolution's 2-1 defeat of Kansas City in the first leg of their playoff matchup.
"It's a huge save," Revolution coach Jay Heaps said after Saturday's game. "It's a long ball, bounces around and we have enough guys around it, but it seems to bounce to their guy, who makes a great move -- Dwyer does -- great hit and Reis, his reflexes are pretty amazing. I don’t think there's been a better goalie in the league that has reflexes like that."
The save on the potential game-drawing shot was the kind Reis has made throughout his career since becoming the Revolution's starting goalkeeper in 2004. But this season, there seems to be something following Reis, some sort of aura on the field. He's unbeatable. Literally. Reis has not lost a single game this season -- including the Revolution's win over Kansas City on Saturday, he's 8-0-4 in MLS play -- despite the struggles he's had to endure off the field.
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