He's a keeper of the faith
Latest Revolution roll has Brown believing
WRENTHAM -- The Revolution lost the MLS Cup final in double overtime last year, and the memory of that difficult defeat, to the Los Angeles Galaxy, is driving goalkeeper Adin Brown and his teammates as they progress through this season's playoffs.
"It was, honestly, an amazing feeling going out in front of 60,000 [at Gillette Stadium], but that loss was hard to swallow," said Brown after practice yesterday. "I'll remember that game for the rest of my life.
"We want it this year. We want to reach the final and win it this time. The MLS Cup has been the goal of this team all year. That's what we focus on."
At 6 feet 5 inches, 210 pounds, the cat-quick Brown is one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He posted an 11-6-8 record this year, with four shutouts. He had another shutout to open the playoffs as the Revolution beat the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, 2-0, at Giants Stadium Saturday. The teams meet again Sunday at Gillette, and, with the aggregate-goal format of the two-game semifinal, the Revolution hold a decided edge. However, Brown insisted that the team takes nothing for granted.
"The opening game went great, and we got a little luck on a couple of chances," he said. "Two of their shots hit the post. But we played strongly, and took our chances well. Our defense was solid. We didn't make any mistakes, and we came out with a huge result.
"Sunday, we just have to go in and take it like any other game. We've been up against these guys before and they came back from a 3-0 deficit and scored three goals in 20 minutes [in a 3-3 tie at Gillette July 12]. In 90 minutes, they are more than capable of scoring a couple of goals. We're not taking the MetroStars as a defeated team. It's a must game for us, and we're going to go out and fight for it. Once we get in a comfort zone, that's when you lose a lead."
Counting the playoff victory against the MetroStars, the Revolution have gone eight straight games without a loss (7-0-1), and have won six in a row, including three over the MetroStars. They're on a roll. And it was a similar roll that brought them to the MLS Cup final in 2002.
"We're on a run, and it's come at the right time, too," said Brown. "Things are going well for us. We had a run in the middle of the year when everything was going against us. But we've had our best performances in the last six games. Our game has been coming around.
"But we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We'll take every game as it comes. Before we can get to the final, first we've got to win this game."
Brown, who played at William & Mary and was signed by the Revolution as a free agent in January of last year, was sensational in last season's playoffs. In seven games, he had four shutouts and an 0.67 goals-against average. The players believe they're performing at their best right now, and with Brown in goal, the Revolution again could go a long way in the playoffs.
"I feel confident," said Brown. "We're clicking on all cylinders. We're going well, and we're going to take the games one at a time. We just hope to continue on our streak."
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