Sweeney: Revolution defending came up solid in ‘game of the season’ Sunday

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FOXBOROUGH — Any solid W in any sport has excellent performances in many different facets of the game. Offense, of course, is a prime part of any win, and the way the Revolution utilized two incredible counterattacks Sunday was like a knife plunged into the heart of New York City FC — and to the MLS Cup Playoff aspirations of Chicago, Montreal, and Orlando City at the same time, too.

But defense, too, has its place. Only with defense do you get a clean sheet in soccer, and for the fifth time this season, the Revolution helped Matt Turner keep the opposition off the scoreboard.

On Sunday, the defending — and the goalkeeping work of Turner — thwarted the Pigeons of NYCFC at every turn, and used team defending to its maximum to help the Revolution solidify their place in the postseason.

In the 11th minute of the match, Turner had made a save on Alexandru Mitrita, but the rebound went out to Jesus Medina and Héber. Turner motored out and paused some nine yards from the goal. It left the net open, but Andrew Farrell