The game in 100 words (or less): D.C. United pulled off the first upset of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs in coming from behind to beat the New England Revolution, 2-1 at RFK Stadium Thursday night (Can a higher-seeded team winning be considered an upset? The majority of the MLS community was on the Revs in this one). Juan Agudelo scored a stunning overhead kick inside the first quarter-hour, but Chris Pontius and Chris Rolfe responded with goals of their own as United slowly clawed their way back into the playoff picture after nearly going down 3-0 inside the first half-hour. Jermaine Jones was sent off during second-half stoppage time for making contact with referee Mark Geiger, who had yet another… interesting game of his own. If the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC on Thursday, United will face the no. 1-seed (and bitter rival) New York Red Bulls in the conference semifinals. If TFC triumph in Montreal, it’ll be no. 2-seed Columbus Crew SC for the Black and Gold.
Three moments that mattered
15′ — Agudelo’s spectacular bicycle kick makes it 1-0 — The goal of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs was the very first goal scored during the postseason. We don’t have to debate this now, tomorrow or anytime. Just watch and marvel at what you’ve witnessed.
45′ — Pontius heads it deftly past Shuttleworth — Fabian Espindola whipped in the dangerous ball from the free kick, Pontius positioned himself perfectly among the crowd and applied the deft flick toward the back post, which left Bobby Shuttleworth scrambling and hopeless.
83′ — Rolfe caps a silky move with a simple finish — United won’t be accused of playing attractive soccer very often, but this bit of interplay between Nick DeLeon and Espindola is just delightful. Rolfe, who missed a penalty kick not even 10 minutes earlier, made no mistake with the finish this time.
Man of the match: Chris Rolfe
Goalscorers: Agudelo (15′), Pontius (45′), Rolfe (83′)