FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bobby Boswell scored his third goal of the season in the 90th minute to claim a dramatic 1-1 draw for the Houston Dynamo against the New England Revolution on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Former Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane had given the Revs (4-11-10, 22 pts.) an early lead with his first goal for the Revolution in the fourth minute, but Boswell broke through with Houston’s (7-7-11, 32 pts.) 15th shot of the game just as the match was poised to enter stoppage time.
Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had a stellar night between the pipes – making a season-high nine saves – but his evening ended in disappointment as he was issued a straight red card for abusive language during a scuffle following the final whistle. Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat was also ejected during the skirmish after being issued a second yellow card for a shoulder barge on Pat Phelan.
After deploying a 4-3-3 setup in last weekend’s 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew, head coach Steve Nicol returned to a 4-4-2 formation and made three personnel changes to the Revolution’s starting lineup. Chris Tierney moved up to left midfield and Darrius Barnes shifted to left back to accommodate Cochrane’s return in central defense, while Zak Boggs and Kenny Mansally – both used as substitutes in Columbus – earned starting nods, as well.
Cochrane marked his return to the lineup in style with an opportunistic goal to give the Revolution a 1-0 lead in just the fourth minute. Tierney almost made the breakthrough when his curling 25-yard free kick hit the post, but the Revs capitalized from the ensuing corner kick. Benny Feilhaber whipped the ball into the box from the left wing and it eventually fell to Milton Caraglio at the back post, where the Argentine striker saw his close-range effort cleared off the line. The ball deflected directly to Cochrane, however, who tapped into an empty net from close range.
Houston almost engineered an immediate response in the sixth minute, but Revolution defender Kevin Alston was on hand to clear the ball off the line following a corner kick. Feilhaber popped up on the opposite post to clear another effort off the line – again from a corner kick – in the 13th minute.
After receiving a bit of help from his defenders, Reis got into the action with a pair of huge saves midway through the first half. Reis first denied Je-Vaughn Watson’s back-post header by tipping the ball over the crossbar in the 24th minute, while he sprawled to his left to deny Moffat’s 30-yard drive one minute later.
Reis was alert once again in the 40th minute when he turned Geoff Cameron’s header over the crossbar after the Attleboro, Mass., native got on the end of Brad Davis’ corner kick. Cameron was denied yet again in the 56th minute, Reis making a remarkable save low to his left from a driven 15-yard blast.
Cam Weaver was the next try his luck with no success in the 62nd minute, as Reis pushed Weaver’s header around the post before crashing into the woodwork.
Reis was finally beaten by Boswell in the 90th minute, but not before making another extraordinary save. Second-half substitute Carlo Costly powered a header on target from Davis’ corner kick and Reis reacted well to keep the ball out of the net, but Boswell was perfectly positioned to tap the loose ball into the vacant net and claim a point for the visitors.
That wasn’t the game’s last action, however, as both Reis and Moffat were ejected after the final whistle.
The Revs will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 20, when they’ll host the New York Red Bulls to close out a brief two-game home-stand. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo
August 17, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 1, Houston Dynamo 1
NE – Ryan Cochrane (unassisted) 4
HOU – Bobby Boswell (unassisted) 90
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane (Pat Phelan 76), Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney (Zack Schilawski 62), Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph ©, Zak Boggs, Milton Caraglio (Stephen McCarthy 79), Kenny Mansally
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Diego Fagundez, Ryan Guy, Andrew Sousa
STATS*: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 9; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 11
Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall, Jermaine Taylor, Andrew Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Hunter Freeman (Calen Carr 80), Brad Davis, Geoff Cameron, Je-Vaughn Watson (Alex Dixon 61), Adam Moffat, Cam Weaver, Brian Ching © (Carlo Costly 71)
Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Deric, Corey Ashe, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie
STATS*: Shots: 16; Shots on Goal: 11; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 12; Offside: 9; Fouls Committed: 13
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NE – Milton Caraglio (caution) 64
HOU – Hunter Freeman (caution) 65
HOU – Adam Moffat (caution) 79
HOU – Bobby Boswell (caution) 82
HOU – Jermaine Taylor (caution) 92
NE – Matt Reis (ejection) 94+
HOU – Adam Moffat (second caution) 94+
HOU – Adam Moffat (ejection 94+)
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Bill Dittmar
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: Partly cloudy and 79 degrees
- New England and Houston have met 12 times in the overall MLS regular-season series, with the Revs holding a 6-2-4 record against the Dynamo … the Revolution is 6-3-6 against the Dynamo in all competitions, including the MLS Cup Playoffs and SuperLiga
- With the draw, the Revs hold a 2-1-3 lead in matches played in Foxborough, including a 1-0 win last August … New England’s first - and only - loss to Houston in Foxborough came on May 3, 2009, a 2-0 defeat at Gillette Stadium
- With the draw, the Revs fall to Houston in the season series for the first time in the all-time series since 2006 … the Revs have won the season series with Houston three of the six seasons, while playing to two season series splits – in 2006 the teams finished with two draws and in 2009 each team won on the road
- In all but one meeting – the 2-1 Revs win in Houston on Oct. 10, 2010 - the winning team has recorded a shutout, or the match has ended in a draw … overall, there have been seven shutouts in 12 all-time meetings
- The Revs are now 3-0-2 at home this season when scoring first … overall, New England is now 4-2-6 when striking first
- Ryan Cochrane’s fourth-minute goal was the Revs’ third-fastest in 2011 … Shalrie Joseph and Sainey Nyassi are tied for fastest goal with third-minute finishes at LA on March 20, and at Seattle on June 26, respectively
- Houston’s 90th-minute goal marked the Revs’ latest game-tying goal against this season … there have been only two other goals scored against the Revs after the 75th minute, coming in the 83rd minute at Real Salt Lake on July 4, and in the 89th minute at Kansas City on July 30
PLAYER NOTES VS. HOUSTON:
- Ryan Cochrane scored his first goal of the season in the fourth minute of tonight’s match, his first since Oct. 25, 2008 as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes
- Matt Reis is 5-2-4 in his regular-season career against the Dynamo with five shutouts
With the red card tonight, Reis has now earned two in his career, having been shown the last one on Aug. 17, 2005
- Zak Boggs returned to the starting lineup tonight for the first game since July 20 at D.C. United … Boggs now has 15 starts on the season in 19 appearances
- Kenny Mansally started the game at forward alongside Milton Caraglio tonight … it was Mansally’s first start since July 17 against Philadelphia … tonight was Mansally’s seventh start in 20 appearances this season ...
- Mansally has appeared in every game as a substitute since his last start in mid-July
- Andrew Sousa made the 18-man lineup for the third time this season, and for the second consecutive game … while he has yet to make an appearance this season, it was Sousa’s second time dressing for a home match, and first 18-man selection at home since June 15 against Toronto
- Zack Schilawski came in off the bench tonight, marking the first time he was not in the starting lineup since July 17 against Philadelphia … the five consecutive starts marked the second time he had strung together a similar streak … Schilawski also started the first six games of the season from March 20 to April 17