It wasn't the prettiest preseason game for the New England Revolution but three points no matter what season are three points.
Charlie Davies scored an penalty in second half stoppage time as the 10-man Revs stole the final "group" match of the Desert Diamond Cup with a 2-1 victory. The win gives the Revs a 1-1-1 record and they will find out their final opponent in the DDC pending a final game between RSL and SKC.
The first half started out brightly for the Revs as Teal Bunbury nearly found Juan Agudelo in the opening minutes with a cross from the right flank, only to have the chance smothered by Sounders keeper Troy Perkins.But on Seattle's first chance, Jeremy Hall couldn't close down a cross on his flank and the ball found Kenny Cooper wide open on the back post to slide home.
The early lead made Seattle content to sit back and counter, as the Revolution enjoyed the bulk of possession with regular midfielders Daigo Kobayashi, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe doing much of the work in the first half. Kobayashi would play a lovely 1-2 with Chris Tierney only to have the flag go up and nullify a goal as Agudelo netted from close range.
A slew of second half subs for New England saw a completely new lineup aside from Fagundez and keeper Brad Knighton, but it was veteran Kevin Alston who started things off for the Revs. A through ball from center back Darius Barnes led to an Alston cross just minutes after the restart right in front of goal was met by a Seattle defender for an own goal to level the match at 1-1.
But as the match settled in, things started to get chippy, culminating in Tyler Rudy's red card near the hour mark for a two-footed challenge at midfield. The undrafted rookie out of Georgetown who announced on Twitter he'd signed with the Revs yesterday left New England with a man disadvantage for the final thirty minutes. Knighton was forced into action several times down the stretch, not only to make saves but to come off his line to claim several dangerous balls in his area. A save following a rebound off his crossbar on Kenny Cooper the best of his action on the night.
But the Revs were not punchless even down a man. Fagundez dragged a shot wide after breaking through the Seattle defense, an effort that normally the young winger would finish like his tidy chip against Colorado last preseason game. In the end it a late foul on Sean Okoli that drew a penalty and put Charlie Davies on the spot for the eventual winner.
The Revs will play a final preseason game at a time and date to be determined on Saturday. The only two teams New England is yet to face are PDL hosts Tuscon FC and Sporting Kansas City.