Fire, Revolution play to 2-2 draw

New England's playoff hopes took a big hit after a 2-2 draw at home against the Fire. The visitors played with the same lineup deployed in last week's 4-0 win over Orlando City and held the lead twice despite being outshot 17-8 and losing the possession battle 66-34.

Aleksandar Katai forced a 19th minute turnover and converted after a clever push into the box was culminated by a left-footed far post finish for his eleventh goal of the season. Scott Caldwell leveled for New England in the 62nd when he tapped in a shot that was deflected by Brandon Vincent and initially stopped by Richard Sanchez.

The Fire took the lead again in the 67th as Katai slipped a pass through for Raheem Edwards, who pushed a cross in front of goal that Revs defender Michael Mancienne knocked into his own goal.

New England equalized three minutes later as Christian Penilla maneuvered around Sanchez and Johan Kappelhof after Juan Agudelo forced a turnover on Katai in the the Fire end.

Bastian Schweinsteiger left the game in second half stoppage time after taking an elbow to the face from Caldwell.

Fire line up and ratings

GK Richard Sanchez - 5

D Nicolas Hasler - 5.5

D Johan Kappelhof - 5

D Bastian Schweinsteiger -6 (Campbell 90+2') - 5

D Brandon Vincent - 5

M Dax McCarty - 5.5

M Brandt Bronico - 5.5

M Aleksandar Katai - 6

M Djordje Mihailovic - 5 (Yura Movsisyan 80') - 5

M Michael de Leeuw - 5.5 (Raheem Edwards 63') - 6

F Nemanja Nikolic - 5.5

Subs not used: Cleveland, Corrales, Conner, Johnson

Filed under: 2018 regular season

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  • This game shows what could have been in a nutshell. First, the Fire played well enough to win but seemed to lack energy to get a second goal. The Revs goal was a long time coming so when it did no one was surprised. The surprise was the Fire's second goal. Raheen shows what speed can do. He was a good sub. The Revs second goal was embarrasing. froma Katai's turnover to Kap and Sanchez fumbling all over each other. Johnson would have been a better sub than Movsisyan. Johnson creates. He needs more minutes not bench time. #playthekids

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