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New England Revolution 2, LA Galaxy 3 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

The LA Galaxy came alive with not a moment to spare to extend their unbeaten streak to six.

Trailing most of the night despite playing up a man, the Galaxy rallied for a 3-2 win over the New England Revolution behind dramatic stoppage-time goals from Dave Romney and Chris Pontius in an exciting, chippy match Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Pontius also scored a very nice fist-half goal on a looping cross from Ashley Cole, who was sent off in the 85th minute after picking up his second yellow card. Cristian Penilla was shown a straight red card for New England in the 23rd minute for kicking out at Romain Alessandrini.

Luis Caicedo scored his first MLS goal and added an assist for the Revs, who hadn't lost in seven straight coming into the contest. Diego Fagundez opened the scoring on a great give-and-go with Caicedo.

Goals

  • 28' — NE — Diego Fagundez WATCH
  • 38' — LA — Chris Pontius WATCH
  • 45' — NE — Luis Caicedo WATCH
  • 90'+2' — LA — Dave Romney WATCH
  • 90'+3' — LA — Chris Pontius WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: The Galaxy probably could have made this win easier on themselves but they’ll certainly be thrilled to escape New England with the full three points, especially since Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t make the trip. The Revs, meanwhile, saw what could have been a huge statement win turn into a crushing defeat in the matter of minutes.

  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Romney, a defender, scoring just his third career goal for the equalizer would have been a cool enough storyline. Pontius following it up the very late winner made the moment that much more memorable.

  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Caicedo can make a case even with the loss but Pontius gets the honors after netting his first brace in a Galaxy uniform.

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