Friday, November 7, 2008

The end of an era

Chicago beat New England 3-0 on Thursday and booked a spot in the Eastern Conference final. While we'll have plenty of time to discuss Chicago in the upcoming week, New England is now history. The team's run of three consecutive MLS Cups ended in flames, without Taylor Twellman, without Steve Ralston and without much of an attack.

I felt a year ago their losses would catch up to them, that losing Clint Dempsey was too much to overcome but they reached MLS Cup anyway. This year, losing Pat Noonan seemed to have dealt a similar blow but it didn't as the Revs were the best team in the league up until July or August.

Coupled with a month-long break and the loss of Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman down the stretch and in the playoffs, there were too many challenges for New England to overcome.

Here's the goal that ultimately sent Chicago through and finished off the Revolution:

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