With the New England Revolution hosting its first Eastern Conference team of the season last night, their biggest crowd of the season , 16,591 people, showed up to watch its team take home just one point in a draw against DC United. There was a lot of history in last night’s match. While the Revolution have Fagundez and Caldwell, who are second and third respectively in the MLS in terms of homegrown minutes, DC United played Bill Hamid who has the most homegrown minutes in the league. This match would also see Juan Agudelo reach 8,000 minutes in the MLS, and an outstanding 12,000 minutes for Andrew Farrell. That is just part of the history involved in this game, as the two clubs met for the 70th time ever, with the Revolution being 26-32-11 against the D.C. side.
The match started in excellent fashion for the Revolution, as Lee Nguyen knocked in a wide open header off of a Kamara cross in the 5th minute. As coach Jay Heaps pointed out after the game, things were going very well for the New England squad through the first 20 minutes of the match. Things would get a little worse from there. D.C. did an excellent job of making this a physical and sloppy match from there on. Then in the 26th minute, D.C. United broke through. They used a free kick from about 40 yards out, Sarvas hit a cross, and Jeffrey knocked it past a sprawled out Cody Cropper to make it 1-1. Just moments later, the Revolution would cede another goal, as a defensive breakdown in the back four allowed for Sebastian Le Toux to chip one over Cody Cropper to give D.C. the 2-1 lead. The goal was Le Toux’s 9th goal against the Revolution to go with 5 assists, to cement his status as a bona fide Revolution killer.
For the remainder of the first half the Revs were running around on pins and needles as we would see their sloppy play get converted into chance after chance for the side from D.C. Luckily for New England fans, the visitors were unable to cash in and the Revolution were able to get into half down just 2-1.
The second half would begin much like the first. Through immediate pressure by the Revolution, they were able to score courtesy of an own goal by D.C. United’s Franklin. Although, it would appear as if the goal was actually scored by none other than Juan Agudelo:
That's definitely not Franklin's foot (he's wearing yellow shoes). I think this is a Juan Agudelo goal for the Revs, not an own goal. pic.twitter.com/732M9T4j7A
— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) April 23, 2017
The rest of the match would go on with New England mounting countless amounts of pressure. In the 67th and 75th minutes we saw Chris Tierney come on for Caldwell and Teal Bunbury come on for Lee Nguyen. The pressure would culminate in an incredible chance for the Revolution in the 81st minute, as a beautiful cross would come off the left boot of Chris Tierney and Kei Kamara’s header would hit the woodwork. The rebound kicked out to Bunbury who had a wide open goal but he scuffed it, thus keeping the match tied at 2.
The final whistle would blow roughly 10 minutes later, with both clubs taking home one point.
If you’re looking for a big takeaway it is this: the Revolution had a golden opportunity to take home 6 points this week with home matches against D.C. and San Jose, however they only claimed 2. We’re still early in the season, but I’m sure this was not the start that the Revolution had planned on.
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