MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-2 New England Revolution

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One game in 100 words: No doubt, the New England Revolution came out of the gate looking like the winner in this won, with a superior first-half performance to Orlando City SC, but Adrian Heath’s side did not get discouraged. Opportune enough to snag two goals within fifteen minutes of each other, the Florida-based team tied up the game, putting the pressure on New England to preserve three points in the waning stoppage-time minutes. The Revs unbeaten run has extended to eight games as they currently sit at first place in the Eastern Conference. Orlando, meanwhile, broke a short two-match losing run.

 

Goals

Orlando: Cyle Larin 75′, Aurelien Collin 90′

New England: Charlie Davies 19′, Kelyn Rowe 71′

 

Three moments that mattered

19’ — Davies knocks it in — Scott Caldwell, one of many of the New England Revolution’s younger players with promise, initiated a counter-attack sequence with a well-timed tackle on Amobi Okugo and immediately tapped the ball forward to Charlie Davies, who rounded Seb Hines and blasted a powerful skidding shot into the lower right hand corner of the net. The Revs were off and running in their casually dynamic manner.

71’ — Ramos’ grave mistake for second goal — Defender Rafael Ramos wasn’t completely aware of his surroundings when a ball, warranting a careful clearance, dropped to his feet. Trying to chest it to goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Ramos didn’t see Revs midfielder Kelyn Rowe sprinting forward to his left, and the UCLA product intercepted the attempted pass and slotted it home for the 2-0 lead.

90’ — Collin rises for the equalizer — It looked like a typical sequence when the cross into the box would be covered and cleared properly, but the curling effort was high and only ex-Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin, jumping above the rest, was in the right position to direct it toward frame with a header. Orlando managed to turn around their fortune in the second half, and this game-tying score was a testament to that fact.

 

Lineups

Orlando: Cyle Larin (Bryan Rochez 81’); Donovan Ricketts; Rafael Ramos, Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Luke Boden; Darwin Cere, Amobi Okugo (Cristian Higuita HT), Eric Avila (Carlos Rivas 72’), Kaka, Brek Shea

New England: Charlie Davies (Kelyn Rowe 61’); Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Jermaine Jones, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney; Andy Dorman, Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 86’), Juan Agudelo (Kevin Alston 72’)