Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United vaulted itself into a playoff
position on Saturday, while the New England Revolution were officially
eliminated from playoff contention after United's 2-1 win over the Revs at RFK
New England snapped a 10-game winless streak last time out and got off to a
good start on Saturday as Kelyn Rowe's deflected shot found its way past
goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
However, United was back on level terms only three minutes later when Chris
Pontius found room to unleash a shot from 25 yards that was driven low and
just inside the left post.
The home side started to get the better of the play as the second half wore
on, and substitute Lewis Neal broke the tie shortly after the hour mark when
he took a pass from Pontius and beat goalkeeper Matt Reis with a well-placed
shot from outside the box.
The goal was the first for Neal this season, but it came at an opportune time
as United held on for the win after Benny Feilhaber had the best chance for
the Revs the rest of the game, but watched his shot whistle past the left
post 11 minutes from time.
With a 3-1 loss suffered by Columbus earlier on Saturday against Red Bull New
York, United moves two points clear of the Crew for the fifth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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