The New England Revolution's quest for their first win of 2016 will have to continue another week after falling short with a 1-1 draw against New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. They were able to overcome an early 1-0 deficit, but had to finish gutting out a road result with only 10 men after a second half red card to Gershon Koffie.
Tommy McNamara opened the scoring for City in the 10th minute, but the Revolution quickly took control of the match thereafter. Chris Tierney pulled them level in the 38th minute, and despite the match continuing to favor the Revs' offensive prowess, the match finished 1-1.
McNamara's goal came early, cleaning up a rebound after a bit of magic from David Villa. The Spanish World Cup-winner caught hold of an awkward delivery and blistered a volley off the crossbar. McNamara followed-up and headed home the rebound from point-blank range, with Bobby Shuttleworth still prone from attempting to save the initial shot.
New England wasted no time heaping on the pressure. Kelyn Rowe forced a save out of Josh Saunders in the 26th minute with a close-range shot, and repeatedly Teal Bunbury found himself able to use his speed to crack the right side of the pitch wide open.
In the 38th minute, Tierney brought things level and scored the first Revolution goal in over 218 minutes of soccer. Gershon Koffie won a foul inside the D, and Tierney uncorked a trademark left-footed blast that deflected off of Steven Mendoza to wrong-foot Saunders and hit the back of the net.
The Revs' dominance of the match took a huge hit in the 52nd minute. Koffie went in late on McNamara and appeared to show studs, prompting referee Ricardo Salazar to show a straight red card. Replays show some controversy as to the deserved color of the card, though MLS is appearing to crack down on studs-showing tackles this season. Nevertheless, without Koffie in the middle, New York was able to come back into the game a bit.
Despite some late flurries from both teams, including an opportunity for substitute Charlie Davies where he rounded the keeper but was unable to score, the match remained level at the final whistle. New England has now collected just two points from their first four matches.
The Revs will continue the search for a win on Friday when they host the New York Red Bulls.