On Wednesday night the Revolution hosted D.C. United at Jordan Field in Boston, home of the Boston Breakers, in a Round of 16 match in the U.S. Open Cup. Earlier this year, the Revolution settled for a 2-2 draw against United at Gillette in MLS play, so they were looking for a better result this time around in the do-or-die situation. Since it was a mid-week match, the Revs would go on to send out an unorthodox lineup. With Knighton in net, the back four would feature Woodberry, Angoua, and both of the Smiths. The biggest surprise of the day was Brian Wright, the rookie out of Vermont, receiving his first professional start.
Early in the match, United caught a massive break as a Teal Bunbury shot hit the post and went out. Just a few inches from a 1-0 New England lead. Then just minutes later, D.C. took the lead in the 8th minute thanks to a Jose Ortiz header. Things were not looking good for the Revs, as they struggled to maintain ball possession and were trailing early.
The game began to turn around for the revolution in the 30th minute or so, as Brian Wright starting getting comfortable in the game. Between Diego Fagundez and Wright, the club was able to start attacking. This attack paid off when Wright drew a foul just outside a box which set up a Diego Fagundez stunner to tie the match at 1-1 in the 44th minute.
Goal to bed. 😴 pic.twitter.com/f1MNUbpqoG
— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) June 29, 2017
Coming out of the half, the Revolution decided to stay on the attack and to end the draw quickly. They did so in the form of Brian Wright’s first professional goal in the 47th minute. With a 2-1 lead, the game suddenly became about maintaining a lead for the Revs.
— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) June 30, 2017
In the 80th minute the Foxboro side would catch a big break as Le Toux hit a header off the post on an excellent United corner kick. Instead of a 2-2 draw, D.C. found themselves still looking for an equalizer, which would never come. The New England Revolution went on to win the match 2-1, allowing them to move on to U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals they will face the New York Red Bulls once again at Jordan Field in Cambridge. Before that match, however, the Revs will head to Philadelphia to play the Union this Sunday then head back to play the Red Bulls at Gillette in MLS play on Wednesday the 5th. Taking home 6 points in these to MLS matches would be massive for the Revs, however maybe unlikely.
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