Gustavo Bou's goal five minutes after the start of the second-half stoppage time gave the New England Revolution a spectacular 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in a playoff game of the MLS Cup, Friday in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The eighth-seeded Revolution advances to face seeded Philadelphia Union or second-seeded Toronto FC on Tuesday.
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New England threatened throughout the dying minutes, but wide shots and big saves from Montreal goalie Clement Diop seemed to pave the way for overtime.
In the 95th minute of play, however, Bou was open for a big right-footed shot just outside the box that found its way into the net. Bou had gone scoreless in New England's last nine regular season games.
Carles Gil's first goal in 2020 put the Revs in the lead in the 38th minute, as Bou passed into the box which found Gil for the conversion. After scoring 10 goals in his debut season with New England in 2019, Gil has been hampered by injuries this season and has gone scoreless in six regular-season games.
Tajon Buchanan's presence on the wings was a big part of the Revolution's offense, but Buchanan left the game with an apparent leg injury in the 50th minute. Between Buchanan's departure and three Impact replacements in the first 12 minutes of the second period, Montreal, ninth seed, suddenly found the momentum for the equalizer.
In the 61st minute, the well-placed header from forward Romell Quioto drew the Impact's level. It was Quioto's first MLS playoff goal after leading the Impact with eight goals in the regular season.
This set the stage for a tense final, as both teams threatened ahead of Bou's final strike. New England's Matt Polster nearly scored an own own goal in the 91st minute, and Diop made a big save on an Adam Buksa header a minute later.
The Revolution recorded its first playoff victory since the 2014 season.
New England head coach Bruce Arena has 33 career playoff victories, the most coaching in MLS history.