The New England Revolution had a dream start to the MLS Playoffs, and multiple Development Academy alumni played a role in the team’s opener.
Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe assisted Charlie Davies’ first goal in the 34th minute and Revolution Academy alum Scott Caldwell set up Davies’ 78th-minute tally as the Revolution garnered a 4-2 road victory against the Columbus Crew on Saturday in the first leg of the team’s Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
Rowe’s right-footed cross found Davies for a diving header as New England took a 1-0 lead. Caldwell helped the Revolution push its lead to 4-1, assisting Davies who became the first New England player to score multiple goals in a postseason game.
New England head back home for the second leg against Columbus on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Gillette Stadium. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid came up with several big saves for D.C. United. But a ruthless New York Red Bulls attack was too much as D.C. United fell 2-0 in its series opener on Sunday at Red Bull Arena. Hamid had five saves in all.
D.C. hopes its regular-season success at home (11-2-4 record) will spill over into the postseason to make up the deficit. D.C. United hosts the Red Bulls in the second leg on Saturday, Nov. 8, at RFK Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.