FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Two weeks later, it was a similar refrain.
For a second straight game Charlie Davies scored to give the New England Revolution a halftime lead, but once again the Revs fell flat in the second half, this time allowing Liam Ridgewell’s 65th-minute equalizer as they were forced to settle for a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
“Tale of two halves,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “We were there in the first half with the way we played. Then the second half we let them back in and that’s disappointing, because when you have a team you think you can put away, you’ve got to start putting them away. We had the chance in the first half.”
Davies gave the Revolution a deserved lead with his second goal of the season in the 27th minute, providing an expert finish after beating the offside trap and latching onto Diego Fagundez’s clever pass. That advantage held through 45 minutes and the Revs had a halftime lead for a third straight game.
But it was the Timbers who took control after the break, threatening through Diego Valeri just moments after the restart. Eventually the breakthrough came from an unlikely source – and an unlikely method – as Ridgewell cut up the Revolution defense with a solo run before blasting his effort past Bobby Shuttleworth.
“It’s lackluster,” defender Darrius Barnes said of the sequence. “Just the all-around team effort, it was weak. A center back shouldn’t be able to pick the ball up in midfield and just slice through the defense like that and get a clear shot. It was a very, very amateur goal and something that shouldn’t happen at this level.”
A late move to bring on Patrick Mullins sparked the Revs, who kept Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts busy in the closing stages. But a winner was never found and now the Revs must turn their attention to another home game next weekend, as they’ll host Chivas USA in their continued quest to stay in the postseason chase.
“We have to pick up that sense of urgency,” said Barnes. “It’s coming down here to the last stretch. We have to know that losses and ties aren’t going to be good enough. We’ve got to start getting three points.”