Revolution Fall Late Against Timbers
In a frantic and competitive match, the Portland Timbers struck twice in the final ten minutes to steal a point from the New England Revolution. It was Portland’s third win in a row, while New England has not recorded a victory in six matches.
The Revs sported a new-look eleven to make up for the losses of Juan Agudelo (USMNT call-up) and Jermaine Jones (groin injury), as Kelyn Rowe and Andy Dorman took their places. The result was an impotent attack and a defense that lazily left the game wide open.
The chippy, sloppy match came to a head when Timbers forward Fanendo Adi, a 67th minute sub, imposed his will in the 86th minute. Adi headed a set cross from Jorge Villafaña from the center of the box into the back of the net to set the game at 1-0. Three minutes later, Adi struck again, coolly scoring into the left corner to finish the match at 2-0.
The Revs looked solid offensively in the first half, but immediately lost momentum. The Revs should count themselves lucky that the goals hadn’t come sooner, as they allowed Portland to get 19 shots off throughout the game. Adi, in 23 minutes of play, equaled the amount of shots that the Revs took the entire game (four).
The Revs were held goalless for the first time since August 11th, and if their MLS Cup aspirations are to be fulfilled, wins have to come soon for Jay Heaps and New England. The lone bright spot in the match was Bobby Shuttleworth’s strong goalkeeping.
New England returns home next Saturday to play the Chicago Fire.