HARRISON, N.J. — In the three months before midfielder Jermaine Jones’ arrival, the New England Revolution had won just two matches. Now, thanks to his game-winning goal Sunday against Red Bull New York in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final series, the Revolution have the upper hand in their goal to reach their first MLS Cup final since 2007.
Jones’ goal in the 86th minute gave the Revolution a 2-1 decision over the Red Bulls before 25,000 at Red Bull Arena.
The second leg of the two-game series is Nov. 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The game-winner was set up when Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen sprinted forward on the break. He found Teal Bunbury in the right side of the penalty area, and the forward played a square ball to a streaking Jones, who slipped it an empty net from five yards out.
Bunbury scored in the 17th minute for New England, which lost to Houston in the 2007 MLS final.