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Revolution 2-2 Fire: Dominance Not Enough for Three Points in Chicago

The Revs played well but were forced to settle for a draw in Chicago on Saturday night.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution traveled to Bridgeview and took on the Chicago Fire on Saturday night, and they left with a 2-2 draw. A road draw is never a poor result, but given the way the Revs dominated most of the match, they will feel they dropped two points on the evening.

New England opened the scoring through Lee Nguyen in the 27th minute. Scott Caldwell got free in the left channel before playing in a hard cross. Sean Johnson parried the cross with Teal Bunbury bearing down, but Nguyen was there to finish from inside the box to get a 1-0 lead for the visitors.

Controversy ruled the second goal. Jose Goncalves challenged David Accam in the box after a corner and, on replay, looked to get the ball, but Ricardo Salazar whistled for a penalty. Shaun Maloney beat Brad Knighton and made it 1-1.

The home side took the lead in the 75th minute after some poor defending from the Revs. A corner kick was delivered and no one was able to clear it. A shot on Knighton was deflected onto the foot of Razvan Cocis, who buried inside the six to give the home team a lead.

That lead lasted about two minutes. Substitute Juan Agudelo executed some excellent hold-up play in the box before laying off to Tierney wide left. The fullback's dangerous low cross appeared to elude everybody, but a breakdown in Chicago's defense allowed Kelyn Rowe to ghost into the far post completely unmarked and tap in for the equalizer.

New England is back in action at home on August 1st against Toronto.