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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Revs done in by pair of penalties

By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A pair of first-half penalty calls opened the floodgates for the Montreal Impact (11-9-7, 45 points), who staked a 4-2 win over a shorthanded New England Revolution (10-10-7, 37 points) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Referee Sorin Stoica awarded his first penalty inside of five minutes after Matt Reis fouled Marco Di Vaio inside the box. Reis was red-carded before Patrice Bernier beat Bobby Shuttleworth in the eighth minute to open the scoring. A second penalty was awarded in the 32nd minute after Jose Goncalves fouled Felipe Martins in the area, and Bernier bagged his second goal from the spot in the 33rd minute.

Despite playing shorthanded, the Revolution managed to get goals from Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe in the 26th and 76th minutes, respectively. But two tallies from Di Vaio in the 45+2 and 55th minutes allowed the Impact to walk away with a rare road win.

With the loss, the Revolution’s three-game unbeaten run came to an end. For Montreal, Sunday’s win not only extended its current unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1), but it also marked its first road victory since June 1 at Sporting Kansas City.

What it means: It was a game that, for all intents and purposes, was ripped out of the Revolution’s hands right from the start. But to their credit, they never quit, even if they were doomed to 10 men for 85 minutes after Reis’ red card. Fagundez’s 26th-minute goal briefly put the Revolution on level terms before Stoica pointed to the spot minutes later. But there was no stopping Di Vaio, whose first goal undoubtedly damaged the Revolution’s psyches going into halftime, while his second strike -- carbon copy of his first one -- put it out of reach. Rowe’s late goal took away some of the sting, but the Revolution can’t help but feel like they couldn’t catch a break after Reis’ ejection and not one, but two penalties, were called against them in the first half.

Stat of the game: Sunday’s game was the first time the Revolution conceded four goals at home since a 4-0 loss to Chivas USA on May 5, 2010.

Agudelo out: The Revolution were without the services of starting striker Juan Agudelo, who suffered a hamstring strain in last week’s game at Toronto. Dimitry Imbongo, who hadn’t started since Aug. 10 at Sporting Kanas City, was inserted in Agudelo’s place.

Turf out, grass in: With Tuesday’s high-profile international friendly between Brazil and Portugal on tap, a new temporary grass surface was installed over the artificial turf at Gillette Stadium in time for Sunday’s clash.

Next up: The Revolution will look to put Sunday’s loss behind them when they hit the road for a conference clash against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.