Saturday, the New England Revolution earned a point on the road with a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., for a crowd of 15,743. Quincy Amarikwa put Chicago ahead in the 16th minute, but 15 minutes later, New England midfielder Lee Nguyen leveled the score by converting a penalty. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth preserved the draw with a stoppage time save on a penalty attempt by Juan Luis Anangono.
The Revolution (2-3-2, 8 pts) now stand fifth in the Eastern Conference and 11th overall. Chicago (0-1-6, 6 pts.) fell to ninth in the 10-team East and 16th across MLS, and remain winless after seven games
It was a big weekend for red cards throughout MLS and both of these teams also finished the game with 10 men. Amarikwa was ejected in the 73rd minute for two yellows, first for simulation and then for a dangerous tackle. Kevin Alston was ejected with a straight red - his first-ever - in the 90th minute for handling the ball on the goal line and the defender will miss next Saturday’s match at Gillette Stadium against Sporting Kansas City.
Frank Yallop, Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer, didn't approve of the referee's decision to eject Amarikwa.
“Didn’t touch him," said Yallop. "It’s maybe a foul on Quincy, he’s not diving. He gets run into and he goes down. I can’t comment on the referee, but he wasn’t good. He missed some plays that were important in this match.”
Injured center back and captain Jose Goncalves was replaced by right back Andrew Farrell in the starting line-up. Darrius Barnes made his second start at right back and Alston remained at left back for the second consecutive match. Saer Sene and Teal Bunbury ineffectively paired on top until Jerry Bengtson subbed in as the sole forward, with Bunbury shifting to right wing. Diego Fagundez left the field with neck soreness at halftime and was replaced by Chris Tierney.
Andy Dorman served as team captain for the first time in his six-year Revolution career (2004-07, 2013-present).
The Revolution will next host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET. at Gillette Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (Harry Shipp, Jeff Larentowicz) 16
NE – Lee Nguyen (penalty kick) 31
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney 46), Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman ©, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 88), Saer Sene (Jerry Bengtson 69), Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Charlie Davies, Stephen McCarthy
STATS: Shots 4, Shots on target 3, Saves 6, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 4, Fouls 22, Possession 47.8%, Passes 317 (75.4%)
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson, Greg Cochrane, Bakary Soumare, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Lovel Palmer, Harry Shipp (Juan Luis Anangono 70), Alex (Matt Watson 39), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Patrick Nyarko (Victor Pineda 88), Mike Magee, Quincy Amarikwa
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Chris Ritter, Victor Pineda, Benji Joya
STATS: Shots 17, Shots on target 7, Saves 2, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 2, Fouls 13, Possession 52.2%, Passes 338 (75.7%
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (caution) 34
NE – Darrius Barnes (caution) 47+
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 64
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (second caution/ejection) 73
NE – A.J. Soares (caution) 87
NE – Kevin Alston (ejection) 90
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry (AR1), Jeremy Hanson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo