The 10-man New England Revolution held on to a 1-1 draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday for a crowd of 23,425. Midfielder Gershon Koffie was ejected with a red card in the 54th minute, but New England toughened up and smartened up and walked away with a point.
The Revolution (0-1-3, 3 pts.) stand seventh in the Eastern Conference and 16th across MLS. New York City FC (1-1-2, 5 pts.) hold the fourth spot in the East and stand 10th overall.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth stopped a shot on goal from David Villa in the second minute, but NYCFC accomplished the go-ahead goal eight minutes later. Villa took another shot that ricocheted off the crossbar, but aggressive midfielder Thomas McNamara headed in the rebound and finished the job for the 1-0 lead. Chris Tierney leveled the score 1-1 in the 38th minute on a free kick from the edge of the box, stymying goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
Koffie was ejected early in the second half, marking the second consecutive match the New England played down a man. It was the first time since 2013 the Revs were punished with red cards in consecutive matches. Jose Goncalves was issued a red card at last year’s season opener at NYCFC, too. But the Revs continued to press in the final third despite playing down a man and Shuttleworth made a critical save on former Revolution Patrick Mullins in the 90th minute, to hold the 1-1 score.
“When you lose a man, you have guys like Pirlo and Villa with a lot more of the ball and I was proud of the way we defended in that last 20-30 minutes,” said head coach Jay Heaps.
London Woodberry started at right back with Je-Vaughn Watson off with the Jamaican national team, but he did not impress. Lee Nguyen was also on international duty with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The Revolution return to action on Friday, April 1, when they host the New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Viernes de Futbol (UniMás, MLS LIVE), 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio in English, and WMVX 1570 AM NOSSA Radio USA will call the game in Portuguese.
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NYC – Thomas McNamara 10’
NE – Chris Tierney 38’
NYC – Andoni Iraola (Yellow Card) 36’
NE – Gershon Koffie (Red Card) 54’
NYC – Federico Bravo (Yellow Card) 55’
NE – Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card) 65’
NYC – Andrea Pirlo (Yellow Card) 68’
NYC – Thomas McNamara (Yellow Card) 90’+2
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, Andrew Farrell, London Woodberry; Scott Caldwell, Gershon Koffie; Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Teal Bunbury (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 80’); Juan Agudelo (Charlie Davies 57’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, Sambinha, Daigo Kobayashi
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 5, Saves 3, Corner kicks 0, Offsides 5, Fouls 13, Possession 36.4%, Passes 291
New York City FC: Josh Saunders, Andoni Iraola, Jason Hernandez, Jefferson Mena (Diego Martinez 28’); Andrea Pirlo, Federico Bravo, Thomas McNamara, Kwadwo Poku (Mehdi Ballouchy 77’); Tony Taylor, Steven Mendoza (Patrick Mullins 67’), David Villa
Substitutes Not Used: Erik Johansen, Ethan White, Federic Brillant, Mikey Lopez
STATS: Shots 18, Shots on target 4, Saves 3, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 1, Fouls 17, Possession 63.6%, Passes 529
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Peter Balciunas, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Jaime Herrera