New England secures MLS playoff spot with win over leaders NYCFC

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The New England Revolution locked in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by surprising leaders NYCFC 2-0 at home on Sunday evening.

With the game scoreless at the break – largely thanks to Matt Turner who did well to keep out chances from Alexandru Mitrita and Gary Mackay-Steven. Teal Bunbury broke the deadlock past the hour mark with an awkward finish to cap off a pacey counter-attack.

The most impressive moment sealed the game in the 89th minute as Gustavo Bou broke down the right and somehow chipped Sean Johnson from a long way out. It was a fabulous effort deserving of a full three points and a playoff spot.

Despite the loss, NYCFC still owns the number one seed, which they clinched on Wednesday with an emphatic 4-1 win over Atlanta United. Still, it isn’t exactly the way the Eastern Conference leaders want to head into the playoffs, and they have one more chance to turn things around as they take on the Philadelphia Union next weekend on the road. For New England, they head to Atlanta United in a major test of their playoff viability, still with the chance to push up the seeding list as fifth place is still theoretically attainable.