FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One of the most iconic players in New England Revolution history scored the club’s most iconic goal in their most iconic win over their fiercest rival, and that’ll land you the number one spot on the list of the top five playoff games in Revolution history.
Taylor Twellman scored 101 regular-season goals for the Revs and added 10 more in the playoffs, but by far his most memorable strike came in the 2007 Eastern Conference Championship against the Chicago Fire.
On a chilly, windy night in Foxborough, Twellman attempted to latch onto a 38th-minute cross from Wells Thompson, only to pop his header straight up into the air. What followed seemed to happen in slow motion, as Twellman steadied himself, launched himself backwards, and bounced a bicycle kick past the outstretched arms of Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
The goal proved to be decisive as the Revs held on for a 1-0 win to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title, and their second against the Fire, whom they’d built a genuine rivalry with through repeated meetings in the playoffs.
“It was just instinct. I didn’t think,” Twellman told the Barnicle Brothers in an MLS feature about his bike. “It was nothing like I went into that game saying, ‘I’m going to score a bicycle kick.’ But you dream about those moments, and anyone that tells you they don’t, they’re full of it.”
Revolution fans have been dreaming about the goal ever since.