The Revolution claimed their first Supporters Shield by coming into a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire, but they twice surrendered the lead before soaring crowd of 28,414 on Saturday night.
Gustavo Bous 76th-minute goal appeared to be enough for a victory, but the Revolution struggled to maintain the lead, with Ignacio Aliseda equalizing in the 88th minute.
The Revolution (20-4-6, 66 points), who face D.C. United on Wednesday, remain in the lead in MLS and are within 7 points of claiming the Supporters Shield, but appeared frustrated by the result.
Were not happy with the tie, for certain, Revolution midfielder Emmanuel Boateng said. You can go into the locker room, everybodys [ticked off], it seemed like we lost. So I think thats a good mentality for this group. I know Monday everyone is going to come back in training ready to fight and get us ready for the next game.
Boateng, Tajon Buchanan, and Adam Buksa were all left out of the Revolution's first-half lineup after a 17-day absence, but the team came back strong with the additions of Boaten, Buchaan and Bksy.
The Revolution, 11-1-3 at home, extended their unbeaten streak to nine games at Home (6-0-3) and seven games overall (5-0-2). Chicago (7-16-7, 28 points) snapped a four-game road losing streak.
Wilfrid Kaptoum opened the scoring with his first goal of the season, finishing from just outside the penalty area as the Fire struggled to clear a corner kick in the 47th minute. Alvaro Medrans back post finish off a Jhon Jairo Espinoza cross tied the score in the 49th minute, the sequence beginning with he throw-in on the left, Espinho taking possession unmarked on his right.
Gabriel Slonina scored his 14th goal of the season after Bou wasted several chances. Gil scored, lofting a long pass to the edge of the penalty area, the ball holding up on the artificial surface, Bou lobbing from about 15 yards. Gil had his 17th assist of the season, which was his seventh.
Bruce Arena, Revolution sporting director/head coach, said, "We should have won that game." We had a chance to score the third goal. We could have been better off just closing the game at the end. I think we had plenty of opportunities to get the third goal, but the ball had to move a little quicker. The decision-making on the ball had to be better.
Observations from Saturdays game:
The Revolution struggled to end the match, partly because they continued to attack rather than using traditional sit back and defend tactics. Kaptoum, Tommy McNamara, and Matt Polster were the first holding midfielders to arrive at Arena. Polster remained on the field for most of the second half, although he was absent for the rest of it. The offense-first approach almost paid off as the Revolution took the lead and created chances, but failed to convert in the late going. The third goal was staring at us and we didnt finish off a couple plays, Arena said. Boateng, Buksa, and Buchanan did well, I thought. Tajon had to make some better decisions on the ball,
Brandon Bye struggled with passing and positioning, but his long ball to Bou set up a 2-on-1 with Bou and Buksa in the 63rd minute. Asked if Bye has any problems with ball watching," Arena replied, He continues to have some of those issues. He should be able to perform better in those situations given the number of games hes had at this time in his career. Its going to have to get better, for sure.
Bou was involved in a number of chances before breaking the deadlock. Bou failed to catch up to a Gil cross (38th); he slipped sloppy passing to DeJuan Jones, whose shot was saved (46th), in the corner that led to Kaptoums goal; despite having Buksa open on tussle, Kappelhof aimed his pass in his direction (63rd). Bou then had a chance for another goal, but his effort was blocked for 87th minute.
In the first half, The Revolution appeared to be vulnerable defensively. Matt Turner tipped an Alvaro Medran shot over the bar (32d), then Andrew Farrell made two stops and Bye another during a 34th-minute Fire rout. Bye and Henry Kessler's telegraphed passes in the second half resulte d'unscores.
The Revolution beat New York City FC 2-0 in their final home game of the 2019 season, a result that secured securing oblivion to clinch relegation in the playoffs. This was the first time this season that the Revolution secured the goal in front of The Fort section of the stadium.
REVOLUTION-CHICAGO FIRE 2-2
Matt Turner; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Carles Gil, Tommy McNamara (Tajon Buchanan 58th), Matt Polster, Wilfrid Kaptoum (Emmanuel Boateng 68th); Teal Bunbury (Adam Buksa 57th) and Gustavo Bou.
Gabriel Slonina; Johan Kappelhof, Maurico Pineda, Jonathan Bornstein; Jhon Jairo Espinoza (Wyatt Omsberg 77th), Federico Navarro (Elliot Collier 81st), Alvaro Medran, Stanislav Ivanov (Brian Gutierrez 69th) Ignacia Aliseda and Miguel navarro; Robert Beric (Chinonso Offor 68th).
Joseph Dickerson was the Referee. Goals: Kaptoum 47th, Medran 49th; Bou 76th and Aliseda 88th. Attendance: 28,414.
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