ORLANDO – The New England Revolution conceded a pair of late goals but earned a point with a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC on Friday night at the Citrus Bowl. Charlie Davies and Kelyn Rowe scored on either side of halftime for the Revs, who extended their unbeaten streak to an MLS-best eight games and moved to the top of the MLS standings with the draw. New England is now 5-2-3 for 18 points on the season, leaving them one point clear at the top of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield table.
The Revolution went in front in the 19th minute when Scott Caldwell stole the ball off the foot of Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo and poked a pass to the feet of Davies. With a pair of center back in front of him, Davies cut to his right and fired a low shot past the dive of Orlando goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, giving the Revs a 1-0 advantage.
Davies nearly added a second late in the first half when, off a short corner, Caldwell swung a cross to the back post that London Woodberry headed off the post. The rebound came free to Davies, but he could only direct his header off the crossbar, keeping the Revs lead at 1-0.
The score would stay that way well into the second half before the Revs doubled their lead through Kelyn Rowe. In the 71st minute, Rafael Ramos attempted to play the ball back to Ricketts with his chest, but Rowe, who had come on just 10 minutes earlier, was able to beat the Orlando City goalkeeper to the ball and rounded him before rolling his shot into the open net, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Revs.
The home side pulled a goal back four minutes later when Cyle Larin headed in a cross from Ramos on the right wing, cutting the New England lead to 2-1 and setting up a frantic final 15 minutes.
Orlando City, who outshot New England 8-1 in the second half, would equalize in the 90th minute when the Revs were unable to clear an Orlando City freekick, allowing Luke Boden to cross from the left wing for Aurelien Collin, who powered a header off the crossbar and into the net, tying the score at 2-2 and giving each side a point on the night.
Revolution Santander Man of the Match
SCOTT CALDWELL – Assisted on the Revs’ first-half opener, giving him three assists in his last three games, and helped to stifle Kaka all game long, limiting him to just one shot on the evening.
The Revolution will be back in action at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, May 16 when they host Toronto FC. That game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet and will be followed on the network by Revolution Postgame Live while 98.5 The Sports Hub and WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA will carry the game locally on the radio in English and Portuguese respectively.
New England Revolution at Orlando City SC
May 8, 2015 – Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
New England Revolution 2, Orlando City SC 2
NE – Charlie Davies 4 (Scott Caldwell 3) 19’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 3 (Unassisted) 71’
ORL – Cyle Larin 2 (Rafael Ramos 1) 75’
ORL – Aurelien Collin 2 (Luke Boden 1) 90’
ORL – Brek Shea (Yellow Card) 31’
NE – London Woodberry (Yellow Card) 38’
ORL – Rafael Ramos (Yellow Card) 46+
NE – Jermaine Jones (Yellow Card) 53’
ORL – Kaka (Yellow Card) 65’
ORL – Carlos Rivas (Yellow Card) 76’
NE – Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card) 84’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Jermaine Jones, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman; Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 86’), Juan Agudelo (Kevin Alston 72’); Charlie Davies (Kelyn Rowe 61’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Donnie Smith, Steve Neumann, Sean Okoli.
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on target 2, Saves 0, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 2, Fouls 18, Possession 40.3%, Passes 341 (76.0%)
Orlando City SC: Donovan Ricketts; Rafael Ramos, Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Luke Boden; Darwin Ceren, Amobi Okugo (Cristian Higuita 46’); Eric Avila (Carlos Rivas 72’), Kaka ©, Brek Shea; Cyle Larin (Bryan Rochez 81’).
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., Sean St. Ledger, Tyler Turner, Harrison Heath.
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 2, Saves 0, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 13, Possession 59.7%, Passes 492 (83.9%)
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd and Jason White
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
Weather: Clear and 86 degrees
New England Revolution: 5-2-3, 18 pts.
Orlando City SC: 2-4-3, 9 pts.
Additional Game Notes
- With the draw, the Revolution are now 5-2-3 for 18 points on the season. They are now alone in first place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of D.C. United, who host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
- The Revs are also one point ahead of FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the most points in MLS.
- New England is now unbeaten in their last eight games, going 5-0-3 in that time after dropping their first two games of the season. The eight-game unbeaten streak is the longest unbeaten streak for any club in MLS this season.
- However, the draw snapped New England’s three-game winning streak.
- New England is now 3-0-1 when wearing their new secondary kits. This was the first time that they had worn the uniforms, which are inspired by the flag of New England, at Gillette Stadium.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made one change to the team that beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 last weekend at Gillette Stadium with Lee Nguyen returning to the starting lineup in place of Kelyn Rowe, who began the game on the bench.
- The Revs were without defenders Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves and midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, who all missed the game through injury.
- The Revolution took the lead in the 19th minute when Charlie Davies scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season after Scott Caldwell had taken the ball off the foot of Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo
- Davies has now scored in each of his last four games, scoring the Revs’ first goal in three of those contests. The four-game goal scoring streak is tied for the longest of his MLS career. Davies also scored in the first four games of his MLS career from March 19-April 16 of the 2011 season when played for D.C. United.
- Davies is the first New England player to score in four straight games since Lee Nguyen did in the final four games of the 2014 regular season.
- Davies four goals are one more than he had in all of the 2013 season and are tied for the second-most by an American in MLS this season.
- Scott Caldwell was credited with the only assist on the goal, giving him three this season. He now leads the team in assists.
- Caldwell’s three assists are a career-high after tallying two assists in each of his first two seasons with New England.
- All three of Caldwell’s assists have come in the last three games with two helping to set up goals for Charlie Davies.
- Kelyn Rowe entered the game in the 61st minute, replacing Charlie Davies. This was the 100th regular-season appearance of his MLS career, making him the 22nd player to appear in 100 games for the Revs.
- He scored his third goal of the season 10 minutes after coming on, moving him to second on the team in scoring this season.
- Rowe now has 18 goals to go along with 20 assists in his career, leaving him two goal shy of becoming the sixth player in club history with 20 goals and 20 assists.
- Orlando scored twice in the final 15 minutes to earn the tie. The Revs had not allowed a goal in the 75th minute or later in a regular-season game since July 26, 2014 when Ethan Finlay scored to give Columbus a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium.
- The last time the Revs gave up two goals in the final 15 minutes of a game was July 16, 2014 in a 5-1 road loss to the LA Galaxy.
- This was the first time that the Revs allowed more than a single goal in a game since a 2-0 loss to NYC FC on March 15.
- Neither goalkeeper made a save in the game.
- Andy Dorman was shown a yellow card in the 36th minute. That was his team-leading fourth yellow card of the season, leaving him one shy of a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
- A total of seven yellow cards were given out by referee Ted Unkel, but Andy Dorman was not booked. He remains one caution away from a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation, but if he is not booked in either of his next two games, he will have one booking expunged from his account.
- This was the Revs’ first road game in Florida since a 0-0 draw with the Tampa Bay Mutiny on August 26, 2001. New England is now 3-12-4 all-time in the state of Florida.
- New England is now 0-1-1 against expansion clubs this season with three games, including two at home, remaining.
- Lee Nguyen started his 99th game for the club, leaving him one start shy of becoming the 16th player in club history to start 100 regular-season games.
This was the first game this season that the Revs did not win when Charlie Davies started.