Final: New England 2, Seattle 1. (And here are the rest of tonight's results.)
Both Revolution goals by Shalrie Joseph ... the game-winner a header in the 87th minute ... when he appeared to be offside.
It maked the first time the season when the Sounders scored first and lost a game ... for that matter, the first time this season that the Sounders scored and lost.
And in a tight playoff race, it sure could come back to haunt them.
SIGI SCHMIDOn the penalty: “If the referee blows the whistle, it’s a penalty. Doesn’t matter whether it is one or not – he blew the whistle.”
On the momentum shift after Steve Ralston came off the field: “I thought (Kheli) Dube came in and gave them a little bit of life. It’s a situation where they’re desperate, they’re at home, they pushed the tempo of the game. Getting the penalty kick early in the second half was certainly a shot of adrenaline for them and we made a mistake at the end of the game. We got caught ball-watching and that’s unforgivable.”
On the space the Revolution was finding in the second half: “I’m disappointed with not marking up on Shalrie Joseph either and it was something you could see coming. We know the guys are going to head the ball in, and you’ve got to mark sure you mark up on those guys. We fell asleep.”
On the last 15 minutes: “I thought from about the 70th minute on, we were starting to get a hold of the game again and I thought we would catch one at the other end of the field. But, obviously, we made a mistake to lose it.”
On Fredy Montero’s goal: “It was a great goal. It was a wonderful strike and probably goal of the week - and should be one of the goals considered for goal of the season. But it was a great strike.”
KASEY KELLER: On the winning goal:“The second goal we just lost concentration. I mean, you’re marking one of the hardest guys on the field and he just ends up being wide open from 10, 12 yards out for a simple header, which just shouldn’t happen in the 86th minute … If he had kind of rose above somebody and slammed it, fine. But to be wide open in that spot at that time or at any time of the game, especially Shalrie (Joseph) … If it was maybe an outside back that somebody didn’t mark – but at that point he was actually playing striker, so it wasn’t even a case where the midfielder didn’t run with him. It was just a mis-concentration and problem and something that just shouldn’t happen.”
FREDY MONTERO on his 12th goal: “It was different feeling because it was a long shot - a long distance – and I was not expecting it to go in. But it was amazing the way the ball kind of curled in the air and it went in.”
New England Revolution head coach STEVE NICHOL on the game: “At this stage of the season, it’s all about results and points. We can complain that we didn’t start the game well again. We backed off (Fredy) Montero, who’s been scoring goals from that distance all season, so basic errors in the first half – particularly were causing us positional stuff, and just generally giving the ball away. Probably 20 minutes in, from then on we carried, took the game to them. We weren’t particularly inventive, but we still managed to be committed and put them under pressure. And that’s why we won the game.”
SHALRIE JOSEPH on his penalty-kick goal: "We wanted to get the equalizer real early in the second half, and after we got it on a PK we just kept pushing and pushing trying to get that winner. They're a great team in their own right; they kept the ball and created chances. Our defense was huge for us."
New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei, Jay Heaps, Sainey Nyassi (Kenny Mansally 66), Jeff Larentowicz, Shalrie Joseph, Wells Thompson, Steve Ralston (Kheli Dube 21), Edgaras Jankauskas (Pat Phelan 69).
Substitutes Not Used: Amaechi Igwe, Nico Colaluca, Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
Seattle Sounders FC – Kasey Keller, James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez (Stephen King 90), Steve Zakuani (Roger Levesque 69), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Nate Jaqua, Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Peter Vagenas, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 2
SEA – Nate Jaqua (caution; Reckless Foul) 92+
51st minute: Revs draw even on a Joseph PK after a Leo Gonzalez handball just inside the distant reaches of the penalty area.
Second half: Has begun.
Halftime: Sounders up 1-0. Meanwhile, Columbus also up 1-0 on the Galaxy. If both results hold, Sounders move into a tie with MLS for second place in the West, with Seattle holding the tie-breaker.
However, there are still 45 minutes left in Foxborough, and the Revolution seemed to take control a bit over the final 10 minutes of the half.
Sixth minute: Sounders go up 1-0 as Fredy Montero strikes on from about 35 yards, which hits the crossbar and comes down on the goal-side of the line.
Seattle is 8-0-3 when scoring the first goal this season.
Kickoff: Interesting lineup. Montero and Ljungberg up front. Jaqua and Brad Evans starting at midfield.
Pregame: I'll leave this post open the rest of the evening for pregame, in-game and postgame comments.
And a little other pregame bad news: Sebastier Le Toux out with the flu.
Kickoff 4:30 p.m., KONG 6/16.
And here's an opening comment: Gillette Stadium didn't bother removing the Patriots' football lines. What disrespect to the Revs and to MLS. What a mess.