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New England takes lead in MLS East semifinal series

New England beat visiting Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in the first leg of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe, who is from Federal Way, scored in the second half to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.

Dorman put the Revolution on the scoreboard in the 55th minute and Rowe made the score 2-0 in the 67th.

Aurelien Collin scored for Sporting Kansas City in the 69th minute.

The Revolution, appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2009, entered the match with a 501-minute regular-season goal drought against Sporting Kansas City, a streak that reached back to the 2011 season.

“I thought it was a hard-fought battle between two teams fighting for everything,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said.

The teams will play the second leg of the series on Wednesday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The team with the most aggregate goals in the two matches will advance to the conference finals.

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