WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 15: Florian Lechner #2 of the New England Revolution controls the ball against Chris Pontius #13 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

United 2, Revolution 1: New England Can't Hold Lead As Pontius, Neal Earn Win

The New England Revolution might have hoped to be playoff spoilers for their rivals D.C. United, but instead saw themselves mathematically eliminated from the hunt with a 2-1 loss.

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Revolution Vs. United Final: New England Finally Out Of Playoff Contention With 2-1 Loss

The New England Revolution fought hard, but it wasn't enough as D.C. United came away with a 2-1 victory at RFK stadium. The win ensured a clean sweep of the season series for D.C., and officially knocked the Revs out of the playoff hunt.

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Revolution Vs. United Score Update: Substitute Lewis Neal Puts D.C. Ahead 2-1

The New England Revolution played well in the first half and looked to stand a decent chance of taking the lead, but D.C. United spoiled their plans in the second half. Lewis Neal’s substitute goal put the home side in the driver’s seat with a 2-1 lead.

Chris Pontius had the ball out on the left flank and went to work. At first, it looked as though the New England defenders were stepping to the ball well, but Pontius turned on the style. After dribbling through two, maybe three defenders, Pontius skipped up toward the top of the box.

D.C.‘s leading goalscorer then laid the ball off toward the half circle at the top of the box where Lewis Neal sat all alone. The midfielder wasted no time, side-footing the ball first-time and burying it at Matt Reis’ right post to give his side the lead.

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Revolution vs. United Halftime Update: Physical Play Dominant Theme With Score Knotted 1-1

The New England Revolution and D.C. United started the match off a little slow, but have since picked up the pace on Saturday night as they enter the locker rooms at halftime tied up at 1-1. Kelyn Rowe and Chris Pontius traded goals near the half-hour mark in what has been a physical, end-to-end affair.

The Revolution had the early chances, with a Lee Nguyen cross nearly finding Jerry Bengtson at the back post in the 8th minute. Ryan Guy almost converted a corner kick from Kelyn Rowe in the 22nd, but his volley was skied high.

The Revs have perhaps had the majority of the clear chances in the first half, but D.C. has nevertheless threatened apart from their goal. Branko Boskovic nearly scored in the 24th minute off of a free kick when his delivery passed through the box untouched, and only some incredible reflexes from Matt Reis kept him from putting United ahead.

After the goals were scored, the Revs threatened again. Nguyen and Alston fired wide, and Bengtson nearly headed in a corner in the 36th minute. On the D.C. side, Andy Najar unleashed a 30-yard rocket out of nowhere that Reis did well to parry and then smother on the rebound.

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Revolution Vs. United Score Update: Rowe and Pontius Trade Quick Goals, Tallies Level At 1-1

The New England Revolution and D.C. United played about a half hour of sloppy, uninspired soccer before the match came alive with two goals in three minutes. Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring with a screaming drive at close range before Chris Pontius equalized with a worm-burner past Matt Reis.

Rowe's goal began with a long ball out of the back from Darrius Barnes. Jerry Bengtson got up and flicked the ball on with his head, putting it on the feet of Diego Fagundez in space. Fagundez picked his head up and saw Rowe streaking alongside him on the right, then played a simple diagonal ball to the former UCLA standout. Rowe took a touch into the box and then ripped a screamer right over Hamid's head and off the underside of the crossbar to get the visitors on the board.

Unfortunately, D.C. wasted no time replying. With Florian Lechner lying injured on the other half of the field, United streaked into the attacking third on the counter. Branko Boskovic found himself on the ball and played a clever back-heel to Pontius, who teed up the ball and ripped a daisycutter that beat Reis to his right post and found the bottom corner of the net.

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