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Joseph's late goal lifts Revs by Sounders

Sep 27, 2009 - 4:43 AM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.(AP) -- Shalrie Joseph scored twice in the second half, including the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute, as the New England Revolution rallied for a crucial 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday night.

The Revolution (10-8-7), who ended a three-match winless streak, temporarily moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with 37 points and into a tie with Chivas USA for seventh overall.

The top two teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs, while the teams with the next four highest point totals gain berths as wild cards.

Seattle (9-7-11) remained at 38 points, tied for fourth in the West and sixth overall. The first-year team had a three-match road unbeaten streak end.

Freddy Montero staked the Sounders to an early lead in the sixth minute with a goal from 30 yards that hit the crossbar before dipping past the goal line. It was his 12th of the season, tying him for third in the league.

Joseph tied the match at 1 in the 51st minute on a penalty kick after Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez was whistled for a handball in the penalty area.

The win may have been a costly one for the Revolution, who lost playmaking midfielder Steve Ralston to a knee injury in the 19th minute when he challenged Osvaldo Alonso for a 50-50 ball in the air and came down awkwardly.

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Story from: STATS LLC, http://www.stats.com.