Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Jose Goncalves scored in the 31st minute as the New England Revolution padded their unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday at Stade Saputo.
The win kept the Revolution in the playoff picture as they moved to fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with 45 points from 32 games, depending on the result of the Philadelphia Union-D.C. United showdown later in the day.
With its third straight home loss, Montreal remained fourth in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 31 games.
However, the victory came with a steep price as the Revolutions could lose forward Saer Sene for the rest of the season with a left leg injury.
Sene’s cleats appeared to get stuck in the newly-laid Stade Saputo grass as Impact right back Davy Arnaud challenged him in the penalty area in the 21st minute. He was taken off the field via stretcher amid the eerie silence of the home fans.
Sene’s injury briefly interrupted the Revolution’s momentum but regained their touch when Goncalves powered the ball home on a low cross by Lee Nguyen past an unbalanced Juan Agudelo for a 1-0 lead.
Montreal had a good scoring chance before the break but Marco Di Vaio’s right foot attempt was saved by Matt Reis.
The Impact will next take on the Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday while the Revolution return to action October 19, at Gillette Stadium, for the first game of a home-and-home against the Columbus Crew to end the regular season.