Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen stood up at the podium and tried to explain how he kept this ill-fated Revolution season alive for another week.
Nguyen provided the only goal to separate the sides in the 1-0 victory over Montreal. His decisive intervention against the Impact followed a four-assist effort the previous week to spur a romp over Orlando City.
Those feats preserved some hope for a Revolution team lurching from week to week for most of the season. The humiliation in Atlanta loomed a few days later. This scene — a gritty win over another team scrapping to maintain touch with the Eastern Conference playoff places — represented one of the final glimpses of hope before everything crashed down.