TUCSON, Ariz. – The New England Revolution played Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Kino North Stadium. Teal Bunbury was the lone goal-scorer for the Revs, who have now registered two draws through two games of the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup.
Lee Nguyen nearly opened the scoring for New England just six minutes after kickoff, as he tried picking the far corner from distance but caught the crossbar. Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi answered with a chance of his own five minutes later, however, perfectly tucking a curling left-footed shot between Bobby Shuttleworth and the far post to put the Revs behind, 1-0. Charlie Davies, seeking his fifth preseason goal in four matches, had a chance to equalize but was denied by a fully-extended Tim Melia, who punched the shot just wide of the net in the 41st minute.
Teal Bunbury found the equalizer for the Revs in the 58th minute to knot the match at 1-1. The former Sporting KC forward took one touch off a beautiful feed from Diego Fagundez, spotted space at the back post, and finished for his first goal of the preseason. Following Bunbury’s goal, both teams made mass substitutions, but both Jose Goncalves and Diego Fagundez stayed on for an extra 15 minutes, while Bobby Shuttleworth played a full 90 minute shift. Revolution Academy player Justin Rennicks also logged 12 minutes in tonight’s match, marking the 16-year-old’s first appearance in this year’s Desert Diamond Cup.
The Revolution resume Desert Diamond Cup play on Wednesday, February 24th, when the club faces the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. ET.
New England Revolution 1, Sporting Kansas City 1
February 20, 2016 - Kino Sports Complex (Tucson, Arizona)
SKC – Graham Zusi (Jordi Quintilla) 11’
NE – Teal Bunbury (Diego Fagundez) 58’
NE – Zachary Herivaux 75’ (Yellow Card)
New England Revolution Lineup:
Bobby Shuttleworth; Andrew Farrell (Jordan McCrary 62’), Darrius Barnes (Sambinha 62’), Jose Goncalves (Tyler Rudy* 78’), David Addy* (Jeb Brovsky* 62’), Gershon Koffie (Scott Caldwell 31’), Lee Nguyen (Zachary Herivaux 62’), Kelyn Rowe (Steve Neumann 62’), Diego Fagundez (Justin Rennicks* 78’), Teal Bunbury (Michael Gamble 62’), Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo 62’)
* Unsigned Draft Pick
** Academy Player
Sporting Kansas City Lineup:
Tim Melia (Alec Kann 62’), Chance Myers (Saad Abdul Salaam 62’), Nuno Coelho (Ike Opara 62’), Matt Besler (Kevin Ellis 62’), Seth Sinovic (Amadou Dia 62’), Jordi Quintilla (Lawrence Olum 62’) , Paulo Nagamura (Soni Mustivar 62’), Roger Espinoza (Benny Feilhaber 62’), Graham Zusi (Connor Hallisey 62’), Brad Davis (Jacob Peterson 62’), Daniel Salloi (Faik Hajderovic 62’)