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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dynamo 2, Revs 1

By Brian O'Connell

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Adam Moffat scored twice to send the Revolution to a 2-1 loss against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Moffatt opened the scoring in the 49th minute, then followed up with the game-winner in the 80th minute. Saer Sene scored the only goal for the hosts in the 55th minute.

The Revolution finished the match with 10 men after Dimitry Imbongo was red-carded in the 82nd minute.

The 2-1 loss keeps the Revolution (6-6-6, 24 points) outside of the playoff race, while the Dynamo (8-6-5, 29 points) improved their playoff ambitions with the win.

What it means: For the Revs, Saturday’s game is nothing short of a missed opportunity to cast themselves into the playoff picture. With only two points separating them from the Dynamo, the Revolution needed maximum points at home to overtake the fifth and final playoff spot from their adversaries. But a flat first half gave way to a wild second stanza that saw the Dynamo take the reins, then win it late to hand the hosts their first home loss since May 8. Now, with a three-game road stretch ahead, the Revs' best chance to get into the hunt might have slipped through their grasp.

Stat of the game: Both teams went the first half without recording a single shot on goal.

Depleted Dynamo: The guests came into Saturday’s match short-handed, as starters Will Bruin and Corey Ashe were unavailable due to Gold Cup obligations, while a strained hamstring kept Brad Davis from stepping onto the pitch.

Next up: The Revs' three-game road trip begins on Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park when they face the Colorado Rapids at 9 p.m. ET. In the six years since the stadium opened in 2008, the Revolution have never won in the five contests (0-2-3) they’ve played there.