Orlando Secures Late Draw Against New England
The New England Revolution may have gotten a little too comfortable on Friday as Orlando City SC earned a 2-2 draw after going down by two goals to start the match.
The Revs went in with the same starting eleven that has led their excellent run of form lately, featuring Jermaine Jones at center back and London Woodberry at right back. It didn’t take long for New England to strike, as defensive midfielder Scott Caldwell made a superb interception in the middle of the field. Caldwell poked it to striker Charlie Davies, and Davies carried the ball into the final third and took on two defenders, scoring from just inside the 18-yard box on a hard shot to the bottom right corner. Davies is one of the hottest strikers in MLS, as this was his fourth goal in as many games.
Another golden opportunity for the Revs came in the 41st minute as a Chris Tierney cross resulted in two New England headers hitting the woodwork on a play that should have seen a Revolution goal.
In the 71st minute, substitute Kelyn Rowe bombed forward and intercepted a lazy back pass to Orlando keeper Donovan Ricketts and he simply slotted it home to make the score 2-0.
It didn’t take long for Orlando to counterattack and begin to mount their comeback. In the 75th minute, Orlando defender Rafael Ramos whipped a beautiful cross into the box. Forward Cyle Larin rose up and headed it home as Jermaine Jones failed to mark him effectively.
Orlando wasn’t done. In the 90th minute, the Revs once again failed to play the ball in the air and Orlando defender Aurélien Collin picked the ball out from a sea of players in the box and headed home to the goal to secure the 2-2 draw.
The Revs increased their unbeaten streak to eight games, but their failure to maintain their healthy lead made the draw feel like a loss. Still, an away point against a team with a crowd of 27,243 is nothing to sneeze at. New England will have an extra day to prepare to play against Toronto FC next Saturday at home in a clash of Eastern Conference clubs with high expectations.