There was certainly no US Open Cup hangover for the New England Revolution. Just ask the Montreal Impact.
Four days after falling to FC Dallas in the Open Cup final, the Revolution went into Montreal and defeated the Impact, 3-1, at Stade Saputo on Saturday night. Kelyn Rowe led New England in the victory with an inspired performance that saw him bag a brace and assist on his side’s other goal.
The Revolution wasted little time in getting it going, as Kei Kamara got on the end of a Rowe cross and scored via a flicked header 23 seconds in. Rowe then doubled the lead in the 27th minute when he smacked a bouncing shot in from just outside the 18-yard box.
Didier Drogba gave the Impact some life when he converted a questionable penalty kick in the 50th minute after London Woodberry was whistled for a handball. Rowe put the game out of reach for good nine minutes later, however, with a finish to the near post after a corner kick was not properly dealt with.
With the win, the Revolution leapfrogged D.C. United and Orlando City to move above the red line and into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 9-12-9 record. The Impact, who are now 9-9-11, remain in fifth place.