New England (8-12-3, 27 pts.) now stand sixth in the Eastern Conference, just outside the playoff bracket, and 13th across 19-team MLS. The Portland Timbers (7-7-10, 31 pts.) hold the sixth spot in the Western Conference and stand ninth overall.
Charlie Davies put the Revolution ahead 1-0 in the 27th minute for his second goal of the season and New England held the lead until the half. Diego Fagundez's assist was his fourth of the season and 14th of his career. Unfortunately, defender Kevin Alston was injured in the play and had to be replaced with Darrius Barnes in the 28th minute. Portland came out of the break with a plan and defender Liam Ridgewell ran straight through the back line to equalize 1-1 in the 78th minute for the final result.
"I thought the game was a little bit of a tale of two halves," said head coach Jay Heaps. "I thought we were there in the first half with the right way we played. Then the second half we let them back and that’s disappointing because when you have a team you think you can put away, we’ve got to start putting them away and we had the chance in the first half.
.... To be honest with you, it wasn’t anything as much what they did as much as what we did. We gave them the ball back. We had turnovers and I’m going to look on film, but I look down here and we’ve got 67 percent accuracy, it felt like 37 percent. We were giving the ball away unforced and that’s not good enough."
The Revolution outshot Portland in overall shots (15/11) and shots on target (six/four), forcing Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to make five saves. Kelyn Rowe contributed a couple dangerous shots.
Lee Nguyen played his third consecutive game without a caution and successfully earned a Good Behavior exemption. He will enter next Saturday’s game with his caution total reset at three. Shalrie Joseph made the bench his first time since acquired in the Waiver Draft on April 22.
The Revolution next host Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 23, in the teams’ only meeting this season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England.
NE – Charlie Davies (Diego Fagundez) 27
POR – Liam Ridgewell (unassisted) 65
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston (Darrius Barnes 28), Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi 57), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Shalrie Joseph, Steve Neumann, Larry Jackson, Stephen McCarthy
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on target 6, Saves 3, Corner kicks 9, Offsides 2, Fouls 16, Possession 47.0%, Passes 360 (67.8%)
Portland Timbers: Donovan Ricketts, Michael Harrington, Liam Ridgewell, Norberto Paparatto, Danny O’Rourke, Will Johnson, Gaston Fernandez (Steve Zakuani 78), Diego Chara, Rodney Wallace (Darlington Nagbe 53), Fanendo Adi (Maximiliano Urruti 60), Diego Valeri
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Weber, Pa Modou Kah, Jack Jewsbury, Ben Zemanski
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 4, Saves 5, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 9, Fouls 17, Possession 53.0%, Passes 417 (72.9%)
POR – Gaston Fernandez (caution) 53
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey (AR1), Matthew Nelson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga