Three thoughts on the Revolution's 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew:
1. The Revolution don't have to play beautiful soccer to win games- The Revolution's play did not consist of dazzling runs and textbook examples of tiki-taka, but what was evident throughout the game was their competition. No one stopped running. No one stopped jumping, sliding, kicking, scratching, for every 50-50 ball. That kind of play isn't beautiful, but tonight it was enough to secure a victory. Whether it was AJ Soares blocking Andy Gruenebaum on Jose Goncalves' goal or picking up on Columbus' mistake which led to Fagundez' win-sealiing strike, effective, not beautiful, was the style the Revolution won with tonight.
2. Wednesday night's performance was a fluke by Jose Goncalves- In the Wednesday loss to Colorado, Goncalves watched a player easily get by him and score from long range and re-directed a cross into his own net. Those two mistakes definitely cost the Revolution. But against Columbus, Goncalves redeemed himself. He had the difficult task of pairing with AJ Soares, who has been out of the starting lineup since May, and did well. He blocked shots, made key tackles, and his passing out of the back was spot on almost every time.
3. The Revolution are alive and well in the playoff race- After dropping two consecutive games, there was some concern about how the Revolution would compete for a playoff place. Beating Columbus is huge, especially with Houston having a bye-week. Columbus also entered the game one point behind the Revolution. Winning on Saturday not only put the Revolution within one positive result of that elusive fifth playoff spot, but also created some breathing room between them and the teams below them in the Eastern Conference standings. What's more, after beating Columbus is a difficult away game, next week's clash at DC looks even more winnable than it was before.
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