The Revolution and Red Bulls have met more than 60 times since the 1996 inaugural MLS season. Over that span, the clubs have taken part in heartbreakers, blowouts and everything in-between, creating a highlight reel of unforgettable moments.
Ahead of Friday's showdown (7 PM ET), our staff shares its favorites, from Taylor Twellman's 100th goal to Jay Heaps' salute in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.
Seth: Taylor Twellman scores 100th goal (and adds another for fun)
Anyone who had the pleasure to watch Twellman play soccer should count themselves as fortunate. The St. Louis boy was a bonafide poacher that could turn any opportunity—even the smallest one—into a goal. His passion was unmatched, which made it all the more sad to see his career end prematurely.
Fortunately, Twellman played his final game at home in front of adoring supporters. Unfortunately, I wasn't there.
Despite having tickets to the game, I missed Twellman's curtain call, which turned out to be a 4-0 drubbing of the Red Bulls. Coming on as a substitute, Twellman scored goal number 100 (4:10 mark in the video below) and 101. On a night where Matt Reis collected his 50th career shutout and Jay Heaps made his 300th MLS appearance, Twellman stole the headlines, as he consistently did throughout his career.
And I will always remember that I wasn't there.
Matty: Jay Heaps salutes Revolution crowd at Red Bull Arena
With over 20 years of memories, it's incredibly hard to believe that my favorite moment doesn't come from a game.
My favorite moment in this rivalry is the iconic image of Jay Heaps saluting the 1,200 traveling away fans at Red Bull Arena after his club's playoff win in 2014.
For someone who considers himself a "96'er", this photo has so much symbolism. Sure, the victory was important, but for me, it was seeing 1,200 fans in a sea of navy blue and red that had traveled over three hours to support our beloved Revs.
In the early days I never would have dreamed it possible, and to see how far we had come as a group and a club, was by far one of the most special moments in my life as a Revs supporter.
Jon: My brother walks onto the field with Kevin Goldthwaite
Just like Matty, my favorite memory isn't a goal or highlight-reel moment. Instead, it stems from something a little more sentimental.
My little brother couldn't have been older than 10, and he walked onto the Gillette Stadium turf before kickoff with former Red Bull center back Kevin Goldthwaite. It didn't matter that he was proceeding hand-in-hand with a rival, because the moment embodied what soccer should be about.
His face glowed as Goldthwaite towered over him with each passing step and thus inspired him to become more passionate about soccer. He wanted to be just like the Revolution and Red Bull players he stood beside as the national anthem blared, and that's pretty darn special if you ask me.
Nick: Jermaine Jones scores game-winner in the Conference Finals
In front of 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena—with thousands of Revolution supporters on hand—Jones arrived on the end of a Teal Bunbury cross and put away the Red Bulls in leg one of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goal arrived on the heels of a classic Revs counter: Lee Nguyen drove forward. Bunbury flexed out wide and played a one-time cross in front of goal. And Jermaine knocked the pass home with ease.
In that moment, I genuinely believed this club could win MLS Cup. Jones and the rest of the 2014 team made soccer in New England fun again.
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