Final: Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 1

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The New England Revolution preserved a 1-1 road draw on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Fire behind a come-from-behind penalty-kick equalizer from Lee Nguyen and a stoppage-time penalty kick save from Bobby Shuttleworth.

Both teams finished the game with 10 men after Chicago (0-1-6, 6 pts.) forward Quincy Amarikwa was ejected in the 73rd minute for a second yellow card. For New England (2-3-2, 8 pts.), Kevin Alston was ejected with a straight red card in the 90th minute for handling the ball on the goal line. He will miss next Saturday’s home match against Sporting Kansas City.

After Amarikwa put Chicago up with a break-away goal in the 16th minute, Nguyen converted a penalty kick in the 31st after Alston was taken down in the box.

In stoppage time, after Alston was ejected, Shuttleworth saved Juan Luis Anangono’s penalty kick attempt to preserve the road point.

Key Plays

·         16’ – CHICAGO GOAL. Chicago’s Quincy Amarikwa scores the game’s first goal. Harry Shipp threads a through ball between defenders from midfield and Amarikwa breaks through, beating Bobby Shuttleworth low. Assisted by Harry Shipp and Jeff Larentowicz 
·         27’ – Mike Magee worked the ball into the penalty area after breaking in from the left side, and fed Patrick Nyarko, but the shot was saved. Jeff Larentowicz’s follow-up after the clearance was just wide of goal 
·         30’ – NE AWARDED A PENALTY. Revolution awarded a penalty kick when Chicago midfielder Patrick Nyarko takes down Kevin Alston in the 18-yard box. Alston was racing to get on the end of a lofted Lee Nguyen pass over the top of the Chicago defense | WATCH THE PLAY
·         31’ – NEW ENGLAND GOAL. Revolution’s Lee Nguyen converts his penalty kick attempt, sending a hard, low shot to the left of a diving Sean Johnson 
·         34’ – YELLOW CARD. Chicago’s Quincy Amarikwa shown a yellow card for simulation after diving inside the box
·         47+’ - YELLOW CARD. New England’s Darrius Barnes shown a yellow card for time wasting while attempting a throw in 

HALFTIME: New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 1

·         58’ – Off a CHI corner kick, Jeff Larentowicz rose above the crowd and got a headed shot off. Bobby Shuttleworth made the save under the crossbar and then was fouled by Bakary Soumare
·         64’ – YELLOW CARD. Andy Dorman shown a yellow card for a tackle on Mike Magee
·         73’ – SECOND YELLOW CARD/EJECTION: CHI’s Quincy Amarikwa shown a second yellow (red card ejection) for a tackle on Andy Dorman at midfield 
·         79’ – CHI’s Bakary Soumare’s side volley was deflected from 12 yards off the near post
·         81’ – CHI’s Bakary Soumare’s re-direction on the near post off Mike Magee’s free kick is just wide
·         87’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s A.J. Soares shown a yellow card for a midfield tackle on Juan Luis Anangono 
·         87’ – NE’s Chris Tierney’s left-footed re-direction off a Teal Bunbury cross was saved and cleared off the line by CHI goalkeeper Sean Johnson
·         90’ – RED CARD & PENALTY KICK AWARDED: NE’s Kevin Alston shown a red card for handling the ball on the goalline and preventing a goal on Victor Pineda’s rebound attempt 
·         91+’ – PENALTY KICK SAVE: NE’s Bobby Shuttleworth saves Juan Luis Anangono’s penalty kick attempt, and then Jeff Larentowicz’s follow-up attempt 

FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 1

Additional Game Notes

·         With the draw, the Revolution improved to 17-20-10 all-time against Chicago in MLS regular-season action
·         The draw also pushed the Revs’ road record to 5-12-7 all-time in Chicago, including a mark of 2-8-3 at Toyota Park
·         After going winless against Chicago from October 2007 to September 2011 in regular-season action, the Revs are now 4-2-1 against Chicago since 2012
·         Andy Dorman served as team captain today. This was his first-ever match serving as the captain in his six-year Revolution career (2004-07, 2013-present)
·         Andrew Farrell made his second professional start at center back, replacing the injured Jose Goncalves (right quadriceps strain) … today was Farrell’s third appearance at the position, however, after he slid over from right back last weekend after Goncalves went down with the injury near the end of the first half
·         Darrius Barnes made his second start of the season, both coming at right back … it was the 89th start of his career
·         Kevin Alston remained as the starter at left back for the second match in a row
·         Bobby Shuttleworth made his 50th career appearance today … he currently ranks third on the club’s career goalkeeping chart
·         Lee Nguyen’s successful penalty kick was his team-leading second goal of the season … it was his fourth career successful penalty kick … he is now tied with Cate for fifth in the club record books in penalty kicks (4)
·         Chris Tierney made his first substitute appearance of the season when he came on as a halftime substitute at left midfield for Diego Fagundez, who left with neck soreness … all five of his previous appearances this season were starts at left back … it was Tierney’s first substitute appearance since May 18, 2013, in a 2-0 win at Houston
·         Jerry Bengtson made his second substitute appearance in as many games and his fourth overall … when he checked into the game, he played up top as the sole forward while Teal Bunbury moved to the right wing
·         Quincy Amarikwa’s ejection was the first received by a Revolution opponent this season … the Revolution played their first minutes of the year up a man today – a total of 17 minutes before Kevin Alston was ejected
·         Kevin Alston’s ejection was the first by a Revolution player this season … it was his first career red card
·         Bobby Shuttleworth made his first career save against a penalty kick attempt … he is now 1-of-5 after allowing all four penalty attempts prior to today

Santander Man of the Match

·         M Lee Nguyen – Nguyen converted the game-tying penalty kick in the first half, and played a fluid 90 minutes in the midfield

Next Match

The Revolution will next host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, April 26, at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
·         TV: Comcast SportsNet
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New England Revolution at Chicago Fire
April 19, 2014 – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.)

New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 1

Scoring Summary:
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (Harry Shipp, Jeff Larentowicz) 16
NE – Lee Nguyen (penalty kick) 31

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney 46), Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman ©, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 88), Saer Sene (Jerry Bengtson 69), Teal Bunbury

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Charlie Davies, Stephen McCarthy

STATS: Shots 4, Shots on target 3, Saves 6, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 4, Fouls 22, Possession 47.8%, Passes 317 (75.4%)

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson, Greg Cochrane, Bakary Soumare, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Lovel Palmer, Harry Shipp (Juan Luis Anangono 70), Alex (Matt Watson 39), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Patrick Nyarko (Victor Pineda 88), Mike Magee, Quincy Amarikwa

Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Chris Ritter, Victor Pineda, Benji Joya

STATS: Shots 17, Shots on target 7, Saves 2, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 2, Fouls 13, Possession 52.2%, Passes 338 (75.7%

Misconduct Summary:
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (caution) 34
NE – Darrius Barnes (caution) 47+
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 64
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (second caution/ejection) 73
NE – A.J. Soares (caution) 87
NE – Kevin Alston (ejection) 90

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry (AR1), Jeremy Hanson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo

Weather: Clear and 60 degrees
Attendance: 15,743

Team Records
New England Revolution: 2-3-2, 8 pts.
Chicago Fire: 0-1-6, 6 pts.