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Oct 25, 2015 at 9pm UK at Yankee Stadium
NY CityNew York City FC
1-3
New EnglandNew England Revolution
Villa (90' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-2)
Nguyen (2'), Davies (38'), Rowe (55')

Result: New England Revolution seal MLS playoff spot with NYC win

New England Revolution seal an MLS playoff spot with a 3-1 final-day victory over New York City at Yankee Stadium.

New England Revolution sealed home advantage in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs with a comfortable 3-1 win over New York City on the final day of the regular season at Yankee Stadium.

The visitors knew that they would be guaranteed a spot in the post-season with a point, and they made the perfect start when Charlie Davies held off his marker to knock a reverse ball back across goal for Lee Nguyen to sweep home his seventh of the season in just the second minute.

NYC, who were already eliminated from the playoff race, looked shellshocked and nearly fell further six minutes later behind when Teal Bunbury eased through the backline before firing over the bar.

The hosts had their first chance when top scorer David Villa backheeled for Thomas McNamara but the midfielder could only slice wide, before Frank Lampard should have done better with a shot from close range.

Chris Wingert had two fine headed chances for Jason Kreis's side, first when he headed down into the ground and over from six yards before Bobby Shuttleworth kept out his low effort, but immediately after that second opportunity Revs went down the other end and doubled their lead.

Davies again shrugged off a City defender with ease before sliding a low shot across the goalkeeper and in off the far post from a tight angle to extend the advantage and all but seal the visitors' progression.

Lampard was unlucky not to halve the deficit when he rattled the crossbar with a fierce drive and Andre Pirlo saw a free kick saved by Shuttleworth as the home side continued to search for a route back into the match, but it was game over 10 minutes after the restart.

Kelyn Rowe met Chris Tierney's whipped corner to glance home a third New England goal of the night, and though Villa netted his 18th of the season from the penalty spot in injury time to reduce the arrears, the away side had done more than enough to progress to the post-season with their first win in five matches.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

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