MLS Game Summary - New England at Colorado|
(Saturday, July 23, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New England 2, Colorado 2
Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The New England Revolution persevered in
its second consecutive road game, earning a tough 2-2 draw with the Colorado
Rapids Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
After losing to the Philadelphia Union 3-0 on July 17th, New England showed
great resiliency to beat DC United 1-0 at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
Colorado were fresh off of a 4-1 Wednesday night thrashing of Red Bull New
York behind a Sanna Nyassi hat trick.
New England looked as though it could be in for a long night, as goalkeeper
Matt Reis was called into action in the opening minute of the match, making a
sprawling save on a Kosuke Kimura shot from distance.
But what followed that early Colorado scoring chance was a rare display from
The Revolution played collectively as a unit, keeping their shape, making
smart passes, and refusing to give the ball away cheaply. It was precisely
that discipline that helped the Revs break through first.
In the 25th minute, a long throw-in from Kevin Alston was flicked on by
Stephen McCarthy before Benny Feilhaber, making a blistering run through the
box, headed a powerful shot past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens to give the
Revs the lead.
Sanna Nyassi picked up right where he left off against New York, getting
himself into dangerous positions time after time and utilizing his pace to
find open space. New England did well to neutralize Colorado's most potent
offensive weapon by making several crucial last stitch tackles to break-up
Nyassi's fluent movement.
The Revs continued their disciplined play in the second half, keeping
possession and minimizing the costly mistakes that have plagued them all
Unfortunately for New England, a two very costly mistakes eventually came,
nearly causing the Revs to surrender all three points.
In the 64th minute, New England defender Chris Tierney brought down Nyassi
from behind in the box to give the Rapids a penalty kick. Adding insult to
injury, Tierney was shown a red card as he was judged to have been the last
Rapids striker Caleb Folan took the ensuing penalty kick and converted to
equalize for Colorado.
A horrendous goalkeeping error from Reis gave Colorado the lead in the 82nd
Kimura pumped a long-ball into the box, blindly searching for a teammate, but
the ball ended up finding the back of the net as it bounced over an on-rushing
It would have been a terrible way to lose a match that the Revolution did not
necessarily deserve to lose.
But New England garnered a point after referee Geoff Gamble pointed to the
penalty spot when Scott Palguta brought down Sainey Nyassi in the box.
Shalrie Joseph converted the spot kick in the 90th minute to claim a point
for his side.
New England (4-9-8) will gladly claim the point given how the second half
unfolded, and it will look to continue its impressive play after the All-Star
Game when it travels to Livestrong Sporting Park to face Sporting Kansas City
on July 30th. Colorado (7-6-10) will travel to Philadelphia to face the Union
at PPL Park on July 29th.
07/23 23:30:21 ET