The New England Revolution got a point on the road when they drew the Chicago Fire 2-2 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois for a crowd of 14,159 on Saturday. The tie broke their dismal six-game road losing streak, but the Revolution were punished with their seventh penalty this season – the most in MLS.
The Revolution (7-9-7, 28 pts.) now stand fifth in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the Supporters Shield standings. The Chicago Fire (5-11-4, 19 pts.) remain 20th and last across MLS.
Lee Nguyen gave New England the lead in the 28th minute with an unassisted goal, his fourth goal of the season. Nguyen has scored in each of his last two games and three of his four goals have come on the road. But in the 44th minute, Jose Goncalves (who has already been ejected twice this season) was whistled for taking down David Accam in the box. Shaun Maloney converted the penalty on Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton, leveling the score at 1-1.
“They were given a penalty that I am 100% sure that I never touched the guy, I touched the ball,” said Goncalves.
“That is what Accam said. ‘He never touched me.’ So at least he said it. It was not enough for the referee. He decided it was a penalty.”
Razvan Cocis put the Fire ahead again in the 75th minute when he was first to the rebound from a Matthew Watson shot to bring the tally to 2-1. But two minutes later, Kelyn Rowe scored the final 2-2 equalizer and his fourth goal of the season, just a few minutes after he came on as a substitute. Rowe now has 19 career goals. Chris Tierney got that assist, his third of the season and the 29th of his career.
Knighton made his second consecutive start in goal, replacing injured Bobby Shuttleworth, and finished with four saves. He has faced a penalty kick in two of his three starts this season.
The Revolution next host Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. That game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet, nationally on MLS LIVE and available locally on the radio, in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
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NE – Lee Nguyen 4 (Unassisted) 28’
CHI – Shaun Maloney (Penalty Kick) 44’
CHI – Razvan Cocis 2 (Unassisted) 75’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 4 (Chris Tierney 3) 77’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card) 46+
CHI – David Accam (Yellow Card) 61’
CHI – Harry Shipp (Yellow Card) 62’
CHI – Eric Gehrig (Yellow Card) 81’
NE – Chris Tierney (Yellow Card) 88’
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, Chris Tierney; Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 81’), Scott Caldwell; Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 70’), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Juan Agudelo 76’); Charlie Davies.
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, London Woodberry, Andy Dorman, Jermaine Jones.
STATS: Shots 4, Shots on target 4, Saves 4, Corner kicks 3, Offsides 1, Fouls 16, Possession 52.4%, Passes 441 (81.0%)
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Matt Polster, Eric Gehrig, Adailton, Joevin Jones; Harry Shipp (Patrick Nyarko 64’), Matt Watson, Razvan Cocis ©, David Accam; Shaun Maloney (Michael Stephens 80’), Kennedy Igbonananike.
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Busch, Greg Cochrane, Lovel Palmer, Collin Fernandez, Guly do Prado.
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on target 6, Saves 2, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 4, Fouls 18, Possession 47.6%, Passes 406 (78.8%)
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey and Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.