By: Mike Corrado
On Sunday, the Revolution wrapped up the 2017 campaign on the road against the Montreal Impact in an emotional game for both teams. Montreal's longtime captain and team leader Patrice Bernier was playing his final game for the club before retirement, and a young fan of the New England Revolution, Devin Suau, had recently passed away from a brain tumor last week.
Both teams had been out of playoff contention for a few matchweeks, leading most to believe this would just be another run of the mill end of the season snooze-fest. Oh boy how wrong we were.
Around the 18th minute, forward Krisztian Nemeth rang a shot off of the post, which was then ran onto by midfielder Diego Fagundez to slot home the first goal of the contest. Up until halftime, Brad Knighton mirrored a brick wall, culminating with a point blank save off of Montreal's Jackson Hammel in the 34th minute. Just before the halftime whistle, Revolution centerback Benjamin Angoua had his hand obstruct the ball's path in the box, and conceded a penalty to Montreal. The captain, Patrice Bernier, was able to convert the chance, and tie the game up heading into the final 45 minutes.
The momentum seemed to be entirely on Montreal's side following the penalty goal, but 15 seconds into the second half that was totally erased. Diego Fagundez streaked down the middle of the field and found a wide open Krisztian Nemeth in the box, who comfortably tapped it past Maxime Crepeau to put the Revs up 2-1. Once again, the momentum was on the exact wrong team's side, as Montreal pressured the Revs for the next 45 like it was the last thing they'd ever do.
Once the 80th minute hit, **** started to hit the fan. The pressure continued to mount, and in the 89th minute, Montreal's Matteo Mancosu redirected a deflection from Ignacio Piatti which squeaked by Brad Knighton on the far post, tying the game up heading into injury time. Just like it was scripted, in the very last of the 6 minutes of added time, Kelyn Rowe, who supported Devin and his cause so strongly, unleashed an absolute cannon of a strike, which flew over the head of Maxime Crepeau and won the game for the Revs. After the final whistle, Rowe dropped to his knees, and in an emotional tribute, raised Devin's very own Revs jersey.
With this win, the Revs avoided not winning a single road game this season, and really showed the fans and management, how strong the heart, and will, of this team truly is.