Revs Earn Disappointing Draw in Chicago
The New England Revolution traveled to Chicago hoping to follow up their home win against NYCFC with another victory. The Revs played very well, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against their Eastern Conference rival.
The Revs struck first. In the 27th minute, Scott Caldwell mistimed a low, hard cross to Teal Bunbury. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson deflected it, but Lee Nguyen was there for New England to finish off the sequence of play with a goal.
MLS officiating again took a reputation hit when Chicago was awarded a controversial penalty kick in the 44th minute. New England center back Jose Gonçalves made a fine tackle on David Accam in the penalty area, but the referee saw something different and awarded the kick. Shaun Maloney delivered it home without an issue, making the score 1-1.
Poor defensive marking was to blame for Chicago’s go-ahead goal in the 75th minute. The Revs failed to clear a corner kick, and a deflection saw an easy goal for Razvan Cocis to finish, making the score 2-1 in Chicago’s favor.
Seconds thereafter, the Revs answered. A classic Chris Tierney cross missed everybody except streaking Kelyn Rowe, who was unmarked at the back post. He finished to put the score at 2-2, and that’s how the match would end.
It was a game that New England seemed to dominate aside from strokes of bad luck, so it is a disappointing result for the Revs. However, an away draw isn’t a bad result. The next challenge for New England is Toronto FC at home next Saturday.