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Revolution-Orlando City highlights: Revs reach MLS Final Four with 3-1 win

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​The clock hasn't struck midnight on the Cinderella Revs just yet.

After advancing to the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs as the eighth seed in the East, New England will now play for a trip to the 2020 MLS Cup thanks to a 3-1 victory over fourth-seeded Orlando City SC Sunday afternoon. The win comes just five days after a 2-0 defeat of the top-seeded Philadelphia Union.

New England will face the third-seeded Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday, December 6 after the Crew defeated Nashille SC 2-0 Sunday evening. It's the Revolution's eighth trip to the Eastern Conference Final in franchise history.

Once again, the Revs benefitted from a strong start on the road on Sunday afternoon, opening the scoring when Carles Gil converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute after Tajon Buchanan was tripped in the box.

The Revs' lead doubled to 2-0 in the 25th minute when Buchanan started came up with a takeaway from Nani on one end, then sent the ball across to Adam Buksa, whose shot off the post was buried by Gustavo Bou, who celebrated with a tribute to Diego Maradona.

How impressive was the early two-goal lead? The Revs became the first team in MLS Cup Playoffs history to take a 2-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of two consecutive matches.

Though Orlando City was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 by halftime, they had to play most of the second half with only 10 men after Mauricio Pereyra earned a red card for cleating Matt Polster in the calf in the 60th minute.

 

Despite playing shorthanded, Orlando City had a golden chance to notch the equalizer in the 74th minute after a Polster foul in the box. But Nani's bid was denied by Matt Turner, who came up with the save of the game, atoning for an earlier error that led to the Orlando goal. It was the first PK saved by Turner since March of 2018.

The final tally came courtesy of Bou, who put the exclamation point on the victory in the 86th minute. With the goal, Bou joins Charlie Davies as the only players in Revs history with a two-goal game in the postseason.

As good as the on-the-field action was for 90 minutes, the best moment might have come during Matt Turner's postgame interview, when his talk was cut short by a phenomenal celebration.

Bruce Arena, who has now eliminated 15 different teams from the MLS Cup Playoffs over his terrific career, extended his MLS record for playoff wins with his 35th win -- and if he can make it 36 next weekend against the Crew, the Revs will be playing for a championship.