The New England Revolution defeated Montreal Impact 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Canada for a noisy crowd of 18,917, but lost midfielder Saer Sene to serious injury in the 18th minute.
Midfielder Sene was harshly taken down by Davy Arnoud in the penalty area and suffered a dislocated left ankle and a fractured left fibula. Sene left the game on a stretcher, was sent by ambulance to the hospital and is out for the rest of the season. Sene also suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2012.
"You run into situations on the field that take the better of the game, so everyone’s heart went out to what happened to Saer," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "It’s a devastating play to be a part of for both teams and the response from our guys coming together and making plays and almost getting a goal almost ten minutes after was amazing, so I’m really proud of our guys for that."
New England (12-11-9, 45 pts.) now hold the seventh place in the Eastern Conference and Montreal (13-11-7, 46 pts.) maintain the fourth spot. With 45 points, the Revolution has posted its greatest point total since the 2007 season when the Revs accumulated 50 points.
Goncalves saves the day
Captain Jose Goncalves scored the game-winning goal in the 31st minute and extended the team’s unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2). Goncalves patrolled the back post as Diego Fagundez whipped in a cross from the right wing that deflected off Juan Agudelo and was captured by Goncalves, who attacked the ball with a successful left-footed shot for the 1-0 result. It was Goncalves' second game-winning goal of the season.
Fagundez now has seven assists on the season and is tied for the team lead with Kelyn Rowe.
New England posted a league-high 13th team shutout and limited Montreal to just eight shots, including a lone shot on goal. Goalkeeper Matt Reis was forced to make one important save in the 41st minute and denied MLS’ leading goal-scorer, Marco Di Vaio. Reis remains unbeaten on the season, moving to 5-0-4 in 10 appearances. It was the 74th shutout of the goalkeeper's career and his 65th with New England.
"For us it was huge to get these three points, to come in and get the goal and to fight and defend," said Reis. "Jose led us like a captain, he scored a goal and did everything at the end to see the game out. So for us it was mission accomplished, that’s exactly what we wanted to do."
Next up: final Revolution home game
The Revolution returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the team hosts the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium in the team’s 2013 regular-season home finale. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet.
Lee Nguyen will miss next Saturday’s finale because of caution accumulation. Nguyen picked up his sixth caution in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time, but because of MLS’ good behavior incentive, he entered today’s game with four cautions.
NE – Jose Goncalves (Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez) 31
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Clyde Simms 81), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene (Dimitry Imbongo 24, Kevin Alston 63), Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Charlie Davies
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 8, Saves 1, Fouls 17, Offsides 1, Passes
303 (74.9%), Possession 43.2%
Montreal Impact: Troy Perkins, Maxim Tissot, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Davy Arnaud ©, Patrice Bernier (Andrew Wenger 57), Andres Romero (Felipe Martins 57), Hernan Bernardello, Justin Mapp (Blake Smith 61), Sanna Nyassi, Marco Di Vaio
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Collen Warner, Karl Ouimette, Wandrille Lefevre
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Target 1, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 2, Fouls 14, Offsides 1, Passes
392 (78.8%), Possession 56.8%
MTL – Sanna Nyassi (caution) 25
MTL – Matteo Ferrari (caution) 45
MTL – Andres Romero (caution) 45
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 49+
MTL – Andrew Wenger (caution) 70
MTL – Davy Arnaud (caution) 82
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry (AR1), Bill Ditmar (AR2)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu