FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (2-3-3; 9 pts.) played D.C. United (2-3-2; 8 pts.), to a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
Midfielder Lee Nguyen registered the Revolution's second quickest goal of the season and his team-leading fourth tally when he headed in a cross from forward Kei Kamara in the fifth minute of play. An own goal from D.C. United's Sean Franklin in the 48th minute helped New England secure a point and extend its home unbeaten streak at Gillette Stadium to eight matches.
Goalkeeper Cody Cropper matched his MLS career high with three saves, including a pair of Save of the Week submissions in the 37th minute. Along the back line, Kelyn Rowe made his second start of the season at left back and recorded 68 touches. Andrew Farrell, who has played every minute of the Revolution's season at right back, became the ninth player in club history to log more than 12,000 minutes played.
New England returns to action next Saturday, April 29, when the club visits Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. The match kicks off at 10:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 2
April 22, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Extend Home Unbeaten Streak after Draw with D.C. United
·The Revolution and D.C. United played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night, bringing New England's record to 2-3-3 (9 pts.) through eight matches and 2-0-2 at home in 2017.
·With the draw, the Revolution's home unbeaten streak moves to eight consecutive matches. The club owns a 6-0-2 record at Gillette Stadium since Sept. 3, 2016.
·The Revs also remain unbeaten at home against D.C. United since 2013, owning a 2-0-4 record in Foxborough against their Eastern Conference rivals.
Nguyen Records Team-Leading Fourth Goal of 2017 Campaign
·Midfielder Lee Nguyen found the back of the net in the fifth minute of tonight's contest. The sixth-year midfielder now has a team-high four goals on the season.
·Midfielder Lee Nguyen created a team-high four chances in tonight's contest, giving him 21 chances created on the season. He currently ranks third in MLS in the category, trailing only New York's Sacha Kljestan (28) and Portland's Diego Valeri (23).
·The goal was the second fastest to be scored by New England this season, falling just short of forward Juan Agudelo's fourth minute goal vs. Minnesota United FC on March 25.
Service from Caldwell and Kamara Leads to Opening Goal
·Forward Kei Kamara recorded the primary assist, his first of the season, on Lee Nguyen's fifth minute goal. Kamara now has 34 career assists, three of which have come as a Revolution player.
·Midfielder Scott Caldwell registered a secondary assist on Nguyen's goal. The assist is Caldwell's second of the 2017 MLS regular season and the 14th of his career, all of which have come with the Revolution.
Revs Equalize with Second-Half Own Goal
·After conceding a pair of first half goals, New England was able to equalize in the second half of tonight's match via an own goal from D.C. United's Sean Franklin in the 48th minute. Defender Antonio Delamea headed a corner kick back across the face of goal, as forward Juan Agudelo provided the pressure to force the equalizer.
·Franklin's own goal is the first own goal to benefit the Revolution in the 2017 MLS regular season. The Revs had a trio of own goals in their favor last season: Jermaine Taylor on April 27 vs. Portland, Wil Trapp on July 9 vs. Columbus, and Kevin Ellis on Oct. 1 vs. Sporting Kansas City.
Farrell Becomes 10th Player in Club History to Reach 12,000 Minutes Played
·In the seventh minute of tonight's contest, defender Andrew Farrell became the 10th player in club history to eclipse 12,000 regular season minutes played with the Revolution.
·Farrell is now 145 minutes away from reaching ninth place in team history by eclipsing Ted Chronopoulos (12,228).
Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting XI
·Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent match on April 19 vs. the San Jose Earthquakes. Defender Josh Smith, midfielder Xavier Kouassi, and forward Kei Kamara moved to the Starting XI, while defenders Benjamin Angoua and Chris Tierney and midfielder Daigo Kobayashi shifted to the bench.
·Midfielder Zachary Herivaux was not available for selection in the match, as he remains on loan to USL club San Antonio FC.
- 5th minute (GOAL) – Lee Nguyen registers the Revolution's second quickest goal of the season, heading in a cross from Kei Kamara in the fifth minute to give New England an early lead (WATCH).
- 17th minute (CHANCE) – Kamara comes within inches of doubling New England's lead as his headed shot via a corner kick sails toward the top corner of the net, but D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid makes a fingertip save to keep the score at 1-0 (WATCH).
- 26th minute (GOAL) – D.C. United midfielder Jared Jeffrey levels the match with a strike from 18 yards out(WATCH).
- 28th minute (GOAL) –Sebastien Le Toux gives D.C. United the lead with a chipped shot that beats Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who was racing towards the edge of the area in an attempt to stall the attack (WATCH).
- 37th minute (SAVE) – D.C. United defender Sean Franklin threatens to double D.C.'s lead with a howling shot from distance, but Cropper fully extends and swats it away. On the ensuing corner kick, Cropper makes another huge save, this time on a point-blank chance from Kofi Opare (WATCH).
- 48th minute (GOAL) – The Revolution equalize quickly on the other side of the half as Antonio Delamea sets up Juan Agudelo (WATCH).
- 59th minute (SHOT) – Diego Fagundez nearly gives New England the lead with a screaming shot at the near post, but Bill Hamid does well to get down and make the save (WATCH).
- 73rd minute (SHOT) – Kamara gets in behind D.C. United's defense and bides his time on the right side of the 18-yard box before firing a shot at the near post, which forces a save from Bill Hamid (WATCH).
- 80th minute (POST) – Kamara nearly finds the game-winning goal again, this time heading a cross from Chris Tierney off of the near post (WATCH).
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel (AR1), Jose Da Silva (AR2)
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly
Weather: 46 Degrees and Cloudy
NE – Lee Nguyen 4 (Kei Kamara 1, Scott Caldwell 2) 5'
DC – Jared Jeffrey 1 (Unassisted) 26'
DC – Sebastien Le Toux 1 (Lloyd Sam 2) 28'
NE – Juan Agudelo (Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Kelyn Rowe) 48'
DC – Sebastien Le Toux (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 27'
NE – Antonio Delamea (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 39'
NE – Xavier Kouassi (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 89'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 90'+1'), Josh Smith, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell; Xavier Kouassi; Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell (Chris Tierney 67'); Juan Agudelo; Lee Nguyen © (Teal Bunbury 75'), Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Benjamin Angoua
D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin, Kofi Opare, Maxim Tissot, Bobby Boswell ©; Jared Jeffrey; Marcelo Sarvas (Luciano Acosta 77'), Lloyd Sam, Ian Harkes, Lamar Neagle; Sébastien Le Toux (Jose Ortiz 74')
Substitutes Not Used: Travis Worra, Chris Odoi-Astem, Jalen Robinson, Taylor Kemp, Julian Büscher