FOXBOROUGH — Only two Revolution players have won a championship with the team and also scored a goal in an MLS Cup final. Taylor Twellman, the team’s all-time leading scorer, accomplished both. Chris Tierney, who announced his retirement Thursday, equaled that feat by playing for the Revolution team that won the 2008 North American Superliga and converting the team’s only goal in the 2014 MLS Cup final.
But, like Twellman, Tierney, 32, experienced frustration as the Revolution failed to capture MLS’s biggest prize. Twellman lost in four MLS Cup finals (2002, ’05, ’06, ’07) and Tierney played in the Revolution’s fifth MLS Cup, a 2-1 extra-time loss to the Galaxy.
“We were right there,” Tierney said. “I think the minute I scored we all thought we’ve got a good chance here, and then Teal [Bunbury] shot off the underside of the crossbar.
“You think about all the moments in your career an inch the other way it could’ve been a whole different story. We were that close, but it didn’t happen for us, which will be one of the biggest regrets of my career, obviously. But I’ll be in the stands rooting for this club when they get another shot.”
Tierney sustained an ACL injury on a noncontact play in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United on May 30.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Tierney said of retirement. “I didn’t make a definite decision until a few months ago. I had to see how the knee rehabbed, and my hip was always an issue for me and still is.”