New England Revolution seal post-season spot in Eastern Conference

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The New England Revolution qualified for Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference play-offs after twice coming from behind to draw with the Montreal Impact.

Marco di Vaio’s first-half brace was cancelled out by Kelyn Rowe and then Revolution top-scorer Lee Nguyen at Saputo Stadium.

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Close match

The Massachusetts outfit had won seven of their previous eight matches, while Montreal sit bottom of the Conference, but it was a close-run affair that forced the MLS Cup hopefuls to battle to a draw.

Despite a slow start to proceedings, the first chance at either end led to a notch.

First, a simple move for the hosts saw Callum Mallace’s looped pass find Di Vaio in acres of space, and the 38-year-old ruthlessly volleyed inside the near post.

However, just four minutes later, Rowe traded possession with Charlie Davies, and stood up to send goalkeeper Evan Bush the wrong way.

Jermaine Jones’ fizz was then held comfortably, before Di Vaio had the opportunity to double his tally, but had the ball taken from his feet by Bobby Shuttleworth after a winding Andres Romero run had caused havoc.

Di Vaio double

There was a second for the Italian soon after though, as he ran off the back of New England captain Jose Goncalves to shoot across Shuttleworth, against the far upright and into the net.

The Quebecois outfit might even have pulled further ahead seconds prior to the interval, when a stunning forward drive from French powerhouse Hassoun Camara set up Dilly Duka, who curled inches wide.

Jay Mears’ visitors toiled for long periods of the second half, but when Scott Caldwell squared to Nguyen, the potential MVP candidate’s deflected strike looped over Bush.

Romero quickly flashed an effort straight down Shuttleworth’s throat, but the Revs held on for the point they required for progression.

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