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Revolution 1, LAFC 1: Revs secure an important road point

The Revs keep their playoff hopes alive.

MLS: New England Revolution at Los Angeles FC Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution picked up an important road point on Saturday when they tied LAFC 1-1.

The home side struck first when Marco Urena scored his first of the season in the 52nd minute. The ball bounced around the Revs’ box before Diego Rossi passed it to Urena. The Costa Rican made good on the opportunity, slotting it past goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

The Revolution weren’t discouraged by the goal, as they nearly equalized two minutes later. Brian Wright, making his second consecutive start, was put in on goal by Kelyn Rowe, but goalkeeper Tyler Miller was there to make the save.

Substitute Juan Agudelo had a pair of chances in the 64th and 68th minute, forcing Miller into action.

LAFC came alive in the 74th minute when Rossi and Carlos Vela teed up shots from dangerous spots. Neither take would wrinkle the netting.

The Revs finally broke through in the 82nd minute when Teal Bunbury hit a cross that found Brandon Bye. The rookie headed it into the net from just inside the box. It’s worth noting that Isaac Angking was instrumental in the buildup.

Cristian Penilla almost had a stoppage time game-winner but his right-footed shot hit the outside of the far post. When the final whistle blew, both teams were forced to share the spoils.

The Revs will now return home as they prepare to host the Chicago Fire on Sept. 22.