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Revolution 1, Timbers 1: Home game not enough to break Revs’ winless streak

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Set pieces, set pieces, set pieces.

MLS: Portland Timbers at New England Revolution David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution’s winless streak is now at nine straight after they tied the Portland Timbers 1-1 on Saturday night.

It was a bright start for the Revolution, who almost scored in the first minute. The high press produced a turnover in an opportune place, allowing Scott Caldwell to find Kelyn Rowe. Rowe, who was making his first start since Jul. 18, used a backheel to put Teal Bunbury in on goal, but the striker couldn’t finish.

The rest of the first half was rather mundane with neither side offering much of note. Head coach Brad Friedel made one change at halftime, inserting Juan Agudelo for Diego Fagundez. After the game, Friedel explained that he thought Fagundez “wasn’t playing well.”

The Revs opened the scoring in the 58th minute when Caldwell cleaned up a loose ball. The play before it was more impressive, however, as Rowe had a side volley that was pushed away.

Portland went on to equalize in the 70th minute off of a set piece. David Guzman took the initial corner kick that was flicked on by Julio Cascante. Lawrence Olum’s far post run was enough to deceive the Revs and give Portland a point.

The Revs now have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC on Wednesday.