1. It could have been more- A 2-0 result doesn't really tell the whole story. The Revolution had good bids for at least two more goals. Missing those chances could hurt them in the future, though tonight they were able to come up with a big win. Kudos especially to Juan Agudelo, who scored one of the most memorable goals in Revolution, if not league, history. Kelyn Rowe did well to score in second half stoppage time by finishing a rebound, but it seemed much harder to miss the goal than score on his open-net bid just before the 90 minute mark.
2. Matt Reis has still got it- Matt Reis is not an afterthought. Though he entered tonight's game with just two games under his belt this season, he was ready to go against the Fire. He may have made just three saves, but he looked as quick and agile as ever off his line. He commanded his back line well. He kept the ball from going in when he had to. Jay Heaps has to be happy to know that the veteran Reis is readily available.
3. Playoffs will not be reached with one win- At this point, inconsistency means many steps back. In their last five games, the Revolution have accrued three wins and two losses. That kind of form is unacceptable for a playoff team. This win against Chicago is certainly important, though it will mean more if the Revolution can supplement it with more wins in the coming weeks. The end of the regular season is fast approaching. The Revolution have shown that they have the ability to make the playoffs this season. If they don't make it, its because they couldn't be consistent down the stretch.
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