Dorman scores his third goal of the season as Revs push undefeated streak to four games
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New England Revolution extended its unbeaten streak to four games after earning a 1-1 draw at rival D.C. United on Thursday evening at RFK Stadium. Andy Dorman put the Revs ahead just after halftime with his third goal of the season, but United's Jaime Moreno scored the equalizer minutes later on a penalty kick to level the score.
New England (2-1-2, 8 pts.) was forced to play with 10 men for the final 31 minutes after Shalrie Joseph was shown a straight red card in the 59th minute. With the man advantage, D.C. (0-3-1, 1 pt.) picked up its attack and out-shot the Revs, 7-0, the rest of the way. New England goalkeeper Matt Reis preserved the draw with a pair of spectacular saves in stoppage time, while United also saw another shot hit crossbar in the added minutes.
D.C. had its first chance in the 27th minute off a corner kick. Fred's service from the right side was deflected out to reigning MLS MVP Christian Gomez, who shot from16 yards out on the left side of the penalty area. Reis, however, punched the ball over the crossbar for the save.
The Revolution nearly went ahead by a goal in the 32nd minute when Taylor Twellman had a bid for his fifth goal of the season. Dorman's cross from right side found Twellman with space on the far post, where he managed a headed shot on frame, but United keeper Troy Perkins came across the face of the goal and made the reaction save to keep the game scoreless.
Gomez had a bid to give the home team a lead in the 38th minute, but his 24-yard free kick hit the top of Revs' eight-man wall and rebounded back into play. New England's Khano Smith then had a long-range chance of his own in the 42nd minute when he launched a 33-yard curling shot that narrowly missed the upper right corner of the net, sending both teams into the halftime interval scoreless.
The Revolution came out of the half and immediately scored a goal to take a 1-0 lead when Dorman punched in the rebound of a Twellman shot into an open goal. Joseph sent Twellman in with a lofted pass out of the midfield, but Perkins came off his line to stop Twellman's shot. He wasn't able to control the rebound, however, and Dorman ran onto it unmarked and scored his third goal of the season.
United almost immediately tied the score when referee Terry Vaughn awarded a penalty kick after Jaime Moreno - a halftime substitution - went down at the edge of the area while going after a free ball with James Riley. Moreno stepped up and buried his attempt - his 30th career penalty-kick goal - on a low shot to the right post as Reis dove low to his right.
With the scored tied, the Revs were forced to play down a man when Vaughn showed Joseph a straight red card for a tackle to Ben Olsen near midfield. With United picking up its attack, Fred had a chance to put D.C. ahead in the 62nd minute when he ran onto Luciano Emilio's pass back toward the penalty arc, but Jay Heaps blocked the shot to prevent the goal. D.C. continued to increase its attack, and Olsen twice launched shots from outside the box that tested Reis in the 69th and 72nd minutes.
Reis made the 1-1 score stand in stoppage time. He saved a Gomez shot in the 92nd minute, before Guy Kpene - who had obtained his work visa earlier in the day - hit the crossbar with a shot in the 93rd minute. Reis then closed the game with a stunning reaching save - while he was on his side laying on the ground - on an Emilio point-blank shot to preserve the draw and send the Revs home with the result.
Reis' game-saving stop was his ninth of the match, equaling his single-game career best. Perkins made four saves in the draw.
The Revolution returns to action on Sunday, May 6, when the team caps an eight-day, three-game stretch and hosts rival Chicago Fire at 5 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. The game will be televised live by TV38 and also be carried on the WEEI Radio Network. Immediately following the first-team game, the Revs and Fire reserve sides will square off on the Gillette Stadium game field.
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