Befuddled by lack of possession and shaky defense last night, the Revolution (10-11-7, 37 points) now stand seventh in the East and two spots out of the bracket with just six games left to play. Chicago (11-11-6, 39 pts.) climbed into fifth place in the standings.
“It’s a difficult match for us because we had the lead twice and we let it go," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "We aren’t a really happy group because we didn’t finish or play well in terms of when we got the lead or even at two-two at the end of the game. We need to be smarter and not give up the last goal.”
The officiating didn't improve the game and referee Ismail Elfath took a blind eye to the Fire's many questionable tackles and ruled offside a legitimate onside goal by Saer Sene in the 50th minute. Chicago also had legitimate beefs regarding the referee.
Heaps started Stephen McCarthy for A.J. Soares at center back, and Sene returned to the right wing in place of Chad Barrett for his first appearance in five games. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth stood between the posts for suspended Matt Reis and pool GK Brad Stuver sat on the bench to replace injured third-string keeper Luis Soffner.
Assisted by Sene, bright young striker Kelyn Rowe put the Revs up 1-0 in the ninth minute - his fifth goal in the last five games, his seventh of the season and the 10th goal of his career. Chicago leveled in the 30th minute when Joel Lindpere threaded a pass through the Revs disorganized defense to Juan Luis Anangono, who converted.
But Sene sent New England into the intermission up 2-1 with his stoppage time goal, created by Dimitry Imbongo. Sene’s goal was his fourth of the season and the 15th of his MLS career and his assist was his third of the year after coming back from surgery.
Mike Magee leveled the score again, now 2-2, when he finished off a Patrick Nyarko pass into the box. Chicago rallied for the full three points with an 86th minute goal by substitute Alex, that shouldn't have evaded goalkeeper Shuttleworth, but did.
"I don’t think it was good enough, the whole team," said Rowe. "It wasn’t one guy, it wasn’t a couple guys, whole team wasn’t good enough."
The Revolution returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the team hosts D.C. United at Gillette Stadium at "Salute to Heroes" night, when the Revs celebrate the region’s first responders, military heroes, veterans and their families. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast on TV by Comcast SportsNet.
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Saer Sene) 9
CHI – Juan Luis Anangono (Joel Lindpere) 30
NE – Saer Sene (Dimitry Imbongo) 46+
CHI – Mike Magee (Patrick Nyarko) 55
CHI – Alex (unassisted) 86
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell (Charlie Davies 88), Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene (Chad Barrett 56), Dimitry Imbongo (Juan Agudelo 71)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Stuver (LPGK), A.J. Soares, Andy Dorman, Darrius Barnes,
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on Target 6, Corner Kicks 2, Saves 7, Fouls 12, Offsides 4, Passes 316 (78.8%), Possession 47.5%
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson, Gonzalo Sagares, Austin Berry, Bakary Soumare, Jalil Anibaba, Joel Lindpere (Dilly Duka 63), Arevalo Rios, Jeff Larentowicz ©, Patrick Nyarko (Alex 83), Mike Magee, Juan Luis Anangono (Quincy Amarikwa 71)
Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Logan Pause, Chris Rolfe
STATS: Shots 23, Shots on Target 10, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 4, Fouls 15, Offsides 0. Passes 345 (73.3%), Possession 52.5%
CHI – Gonzalo Segares (caution) 61
CHI – Jeff Larentowicz (caution) 69
CHI – Mike Magee (caution) 89
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Greg Barker (AR1), Eric Boria (AR2)
Fourth Official: Silvia Petrescu