DC United Melt New England Revolution
On Saturday, the New England Revolution squandered a one-goal lead as they lost 2-1 to DC United in the 95-degree height of our nation’s capital.
After getting knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup embarrassingly early on Wednesday against a USL team (the Charlotte Independence), the Revs were looking to come to within a point of DC in the Eastern Conference table. It didn’t take long for the Revs to strike.
In the 10th minute, Teal Bunbury played a through-ball to Lee Nguyen who turned and struck a perfectly-timed ball to Charlie Davies on the far post. Davies awkwardly finished in the left side of the net and abstained from celebrating against his former team.
The Revs controlled much of the first half, though DC’s Bill Hamid--one of the best goalkeepers in MLS--led an excellent defensive showing. New England entered halftime with the 1-0 lead.
New England’s second-half subs of Kevin Alston and Steve Neumann for London Woodberry and Andy Dorman, respectively, would eventually seal a Revolution loss.
In the 70th minute, Fabian Espindola put a lazy cross into the box to find a perfectly-positioned, unmarked Chris Rolfe, who buried the volley for the equalizer. Alston was to blame for the defensive error. In the 81st minute, Neumann unnecessarily cut down Miguel Aguilar in the corner of the box for an easy penalty call. Rolfe stepped up for the kick and Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth dove the wrong way, though it wouldn’t have mattered: the penalty kick from Rolfe was hard and perfectly-placed in the bottom right corner.
Rolfe’s shots-on-goal total for the match was four, equaling the New England’s team tally. It was a tough loss in a game that was on opportunity for the Revs to push ahead and approach the top of the Eastern Conference.
New England stays home for their next match and returns to action on Saturday against the strong Vancouver Whitecaps.