They say that every road point is a good road point. After tonight’s game, there might be a little room to debate that statement.
The New England Revolution scored the first three goals of the game before the Seattle Sounders answered late with three of their own capping a wild and crazy contest from Century Link Field.
Everyone should have know it was going to be a weird night when in the 15th minute, Stefan Frei pulled a Robert Green on a long range effort from Daigo Kobayashi. The shot knuckled right in front of Frei who instead of scooping up the ball, whiffed almost entirely as the ball skipped by him into the net.
Then the Revs started to breakout on the counter and wonderful things started to happen. Juan Agudelo doubled the Revs lead when Antonio Delamea kept alive a corner by sending the ball wide to Kelyn Rowe. Getting another start at left back, Rowe put in a left-footed cross that found Juan right in front and a diving header found the back of the net.
Ten minutes after half time, Xavier Kouassi started another counter attack by springing Diego Fagundez free. The 3-on-1 opportunity was capped off by Agudelo’s second of the game as Diego sent a simple pass over for the assist.
However, despite the 3-0 lead Seattle dominated in passing and possession throughout the night. Were it not for various forms of woodwork in the first hour or so Seattle very well could have scored long before the comeback actually began in the 75th minute.
Nicolas Lodiero found a ton of space inside the Revs penalty area and took a shot possibly destined for the far post. Delamea got in the way but unfortunately chested the ball into the near post corner to make it 3-1. Since the original shot was going to be on target, an own goal was not awarded.
Seattle kept up the pressure and their hard work in possession started to be rewarded. Will Bruin got in front of Delamea and Angoua in the 85th minute to make it 3-2 before Ozzie Alonso equalized from close range in the 88th.
The Revs mentality and organization seemed to slip late in the match especially as substitutes came on. Je-Vaughn Watson came on for Diego Fagundez moving Rowe into the midfield and Nguyen and Kobayashi were replaced by Teal Bunbury and Femi Hollinger-Janzen in the late stages. On multiple occasions the Revs chose to pull back on potential counters in favor of possession and also failed to relieve pressure at the back throughout the game and especially in the second half.
The draw gives New England ten points on the season after nine games with a 2-3-4 record. The Revs travel to face the Columbus Crew next Saturday, May 6th for their next match.