Oct. 11, 2003 – Revolution 1:0 D.C. United at Gillette Stadium (Att.: 12,006)
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Steve Ralston’s 92nd-min. penalty kick clinched a playoff spot for the New England Revolution. Chris Bagley, who signed a contract on Oct. 9, 2003, earned the PK after entering as a 61st-minute replacement for Pat Noonan. Bagley (b. March 20, 1980 in Weymouth, Mass.) grew up in Holbrook and played for South Shore United, Archbishop Williams High School and St. Anselm (71 goals in 82 games).
Bagley was in the Gillette Stadium stands for the 2002 MLS Cup final and participated in an off-season tryout at the Gillette “bubble” facility, going on to score twice in 21 games for the A League champion Charleston Battery (teammates included for Revolution players Ted Chronopoulos, Steve Klein, Mark Watson and John Wilson).
“Definitely, as a local kid growing up I wanted to play for the local team,” Bagley said. “But it didn’t become a reality until after I went and played professionally in the Carolinas.”
Bagley also performed for the Portland Timbers, Rochester Raging Rhinos and Wilmington Hammerheads.
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