Whitecaps Conquer Revolution in New England
The New England Revolution failed to bring their cold streak to a halt on Saturday as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Revs, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Following a tough 2-1 midweek loss at the hands of Columbus Crew SC, New England was looking to get back to their relative home success. Instead, the Revs shot themselves in the foot, and with the strong play of Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted, New England was never close in this one.
In the 18th minute, the Whitecaps struck first. New England right back London Woodberry attempted to clear a cross off the line, only to send it directly to Vancouver’s Christian Techera, who neatly slotted it past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
It got worse for the Revs. In the 29th minute, Techera appeared to go down very easily just inside the box when Andrew Farrell touched him on the shoulder as he went into position to defend. Controversially, referee Allen Chapman paused for a moment, awarded the penalty kick, and gave Farrell a straight red card to bring New England down a man with 60 minutes left in the match. The penalty kick was taken easily by Octavio Rivero to make the score 2-0.
In the second half, New England challenged Ousted repeatedly and found their way through Vancouver’s defense surprisingly well, considering the Whitecaps’ one-man advantage. Ousted made eight outstanding saves when all was said and done. Teal Bunbury was able to get the best of him once, though: in the 84th minute, Bunbury saw an opportunity on a failed clearance and threaded a half-volley through the defense from close range to ruin Ousted’s clean sheet. However, that was all that New England could salvage, and the match ended 2-1.
Next week, the Revs will be missing Andrew Farrell for their July 4 match against the always-dangerous and streaky FC Dallas.