The New England Revolution extended their now 8-game unbeaten streak alive, but this one will feel like two points lost on the road.
Cyle Larin and Aurelien Collin score late in the second half to erase a 2-0 Revs lead and give Orlando City SC a point at home in the Citrus Bowl.
Charlie Davies found the opener just nineteen minutes in when Scott Caldwell pounced on a lazy pass and fed Davies to start a counter attack. From there, Davies simply used his speed to create space at the top of the box and fire past Orlando keeper Donovan Ricketts to net his fourth goal of the season and fourth in as many games as the Revs striker maintained his strong run of form.
New England would have another good chance to score, as multiple headers found the post later in the half first striking the far post and then a second ball in finding the crossbar before Orlando could score. If this game was a tale of two halves, it was certainly more balanced in the first half as Orlando struggled to find shots on target.
The Revolution's second goal in the 71st would prove to be a vital gift, as Kelyn Rowe intercepted a chested backpass intended for Ricketts and slotted home into an empty net. Orlando defender Rafael Ramos was trying to send a harmless cross from the top of his box back to his keeper, but Ricketts was caught unaware and Rowe ghosted in before rounding the now helpless keeper to extend New England's lead.
But Ramos would make up for his mistake just four minutes later, as Orlando were finally rewarded with their extended pressure and dominant second half possession. Orlando's woeful team finishing meant they had squandered several good chances, including Eric Avila's wide open volley in the 56th that went horribly wrong. Orlando's first seven shots at least failed to test Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Ramos and Orlando kept up the pressure and started flooding the Revs penalty area with dangerous crosses that caused havoc for New England. In the 75th, former UConn start and top overall pick Cyle Larin would find the back of the net, rising in front of Jermaine Jones starting in central defense again for the injured Jose Goncalves.
Eventually the Revolution's inability to maintain possession in the second half would come back to haunt them, as Collin rose above Jones and the Revs backline in the final minute of regulation to nod home the equalizer. It will feel like a loss for New England squandering a 2-goal lead but a draw seemed to be the minimum for Orlando's performance on the night.
In a strange statistic, there were zero saves in this game mostly due to the lack of accurate shooting. Both Orlando and New England each only registered two shots on target, not counting the two shots for the Revs that found the posts, and all four of those shots found the net meaning neither Shuttleworth or Ricketts registered a save in this game.
The Revolution momentarily sit alone atop the Eastern Conference on 18 points with a 5-2-3 record but everyone behind the has a game in hand and is yet to play this weekend. Orlando remain in 7th place with 9 points from as many games from a 2-4-3 record.
The Revolution's next game will Saturday May 16th at home against Toronto FC at 730 PM.