CARSON, Calif. – Chad Barrett made the most of a brief substitute appearance on Saturday night at StubHub Center, scoring the game-tying goal in the 88th minute to help the New England Revolution earn a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.
Barrett entered the game in the 83rd minute and needed just five minutes to make his mark, bundling home a cross from Diego Fagundez to cancel out a first-half goal from Laurent Courtois.
The equalizer was a just reward for the Revs (5-5-6, 21 pts.), who controlled almost 70 percent of the possession in the second half and generated six shots on target in the second 45 minutes. Chivas USA (3-10-3, 12 pts.) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the draw, but saw its winless run reach 11 games (0-9-2).
Former Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo was unavailable to face his old club after suffering a sprained knee in the midweek Open Cup loss to D.C. United, while right back Andrew Farrell was suspended following his red card in the Revolution’s last league match in Vancouver.
From the opening whistle Chivas USA showed it wasn’t afraid to unleash shots from distance and it paid off with the opening goal in the 18th minute. Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth first parried away a long-distance effort, but the ball eventually found its way to Courtois and the Frenchman drilled a 20-yard shot under the crossbar.
New England almost equalized just two minutes later when Lee Nguyen sailed a 35-yard free kick which skimmed the top of the crossbar, but that proved to be the closest the Revolution came to scoring in a sloppy first half.
The Revs began the second half with a bit more energy and controlled the tempo as Chivas USA often sat back in a defensive shell. Chris Tierney forced a strong save from Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy just three minutes after the break, while Jerry Bengtson was denied by Kennedy from a tight angle in the 59th minute.
Fagundez, Stephen McCarthy and Saer Sene were also denied by Kennedy before Barrett finally made the breakthrough in the 88th minute. It was Fagundez who delivered the killer cross and Barrett got just enough on his shot to see it trickle over the line and help the Revs claim their third result from four West Coast trips in 2013.
The Revs return home for their next two matches, beginning next weekend when they’ll host the San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.
New England Revolution at Chivas USA
June 29, 2013 – StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.)
New England Revolution 1, Chivas USA 1
CHV – Laurent Courtois (Tristan Bowen) 18
NE – Chad Barrett (Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell) 88
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Ryan Guy (Juan Toja 74), Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms (Scott Caldwell 61), Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene, Jerry Bengtson (Chad Barrett 83)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Dimitry Imbongo
STATS: Shots 17, Shots on Target 8, Corner Kicks 8, Saves 3, Fouls 14, Offsides 1, Passes 459 (80.0%) Possession 60.4%
Chivas USA: Daniel Kennedy, Carlos Borja, Mario de Luna, Walter Vilchez, Josue Soto, Gabriel Farfan (Martin Ponce 70), Carlos Alvarez, Marco Delgado, Laurent Courtois (Marvin Iraheta 63), Jorge Villafana, Tristan Bowen (Jose Manuel Rivera 88)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Burling, Patrick McLain, Jose Correa, Edgar Mejia
STATS: Shots 14, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 7, Fouls 10, Offsides 0, Passes 288 (74.0%), Possession 39.6%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
NE – Clyde Simms (caution) 31
CHV – Carlos Alvarez (caution) 71
CHV – Tristan Bowen (caution) 74
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 90
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking (AR1), Colin Arblaster (AR2)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
Weather: 80 degrees and cloudy
New England Revolution – 5-5-6 (21 pts.)
Chivas USA 3-10-3 (12 pts)
- With the draw on Saturday, the Revs moved to 5-7-4 overall against Chivas USA
- Saturday’s draw also extended the Revs winless streak against Chivas to seven games (0-5-2) dating back to September 13, 2009
- Chad Barrett scored the game-tying goal in the 88th minute … it was his second goal of the season
- Diego Fagundez recorded his fourth assist on the season … Fagundez is second on the team in assists, trailing only Kelyn Rowe (five)
- Scott Caldwell earned his first career assist as a member of the Revs … Caldwell played Fagundez out wide who set up Barrett for the game-tying goal
- Jose Goncalves played all 90 minutes again on Saturday against Chivas … Goncalves is the only remaining player on the Revs who has started and played every minute
- Juan Agudelo missed his first game since his Revs debut (May 18 at Houston) with a right knee injury … Agudelo had appeared in the previous five matches for the Revs
- Saturday marked Jerry Bengtson’s first start since May 25, a 2-0 win over Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium
- Saturday also marked Clyde Simms’ first appearance since a start against Houston on May 18, a 2-0 win at BBVA Compass Stadium
- Ryan Guy made his first start at right back since starting the team’s final three games of 2012 … the Revs went 2-1-0 in that stretch and conceded just one goal
- With the start by Guy at right back, the Revs have now used nine different starters (Soares, McCarthy, Goncalves, Alston, Tierney, Farrell, Barnes, Duckett and Guy) on the backline through 16 games this season
- After giving up just one goal against Chivas on Saturday, the Revs have now held opponents scoreless or to one goal in 13 of 16 league games this season
- The Revs return to action next Saturday July 6 at home against the San Jose Earthquakes … kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.