Sunday, July 24, 2011
Rapid reaction: Revs 2, Rapids 2
By Brian O'Connell
Shalrie Joseph’s 90th-minute penalty strike helped the Revs seize a 2-2 draw against the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver on Saturday night.
Benny Feilhaber opened the scoring in the 25th minute via a header to give the Revs a 1-0 lead at the half. But the Rapids replied in the 65th minute when Caleb Folan converted a penalty after Chris Tierney was sent off for a foul on Sanna Nyassi inside the box.
With only 10 men for the rest of the match, the Revs watched Kosuke Kimura score a circus goal in the 82nd minute when his free kick from beyond the halfway line escaped Matt Reis.
However, the shorthanded Revs were awarded a penalty after Kenny Mansally was fouled inside the box in the 89th minute before Joseph leveled it for good in the last minute of regular time.
The draw keeps the Revs (4-9-8, 20 points) in the seventh spot of the Eastern Conference standings, and four points behind D.C. United for the sixth spot. In the Western Conference, the draw keeps Colorado (7-6-10, 31 points) in the fifth spot.
Rocky Mountain lows persist: For the 10th straight time, the Revolution left Colorado without a win. Their last victory in Colorado came more than nine years ago, when the Revs beat the Rapids 2-1 on June 15, 2002.
Feilhaber returns: After serving his one-game suspension on Wednesday night, Benny Feilhaber returned to the starting XI against Colorado. Feillhaber was suspended after receiving a red card in the 66th minute of Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Philadelphia.
Set piece success: Both of the Revolution’s goals -- Feilhaber’s from a Kevin Alston throw-in, Joseph’s from the penalty spot -- came via the set piece. In fact, the Revs' last nine goals have come from dead-ball situations.
Late heroics: Joseph’s 90th-minute equalizer was the second-latest goal the Revs have scored this season. On April 6, Ilija Stolica scored a 93rd-minute goal to give the Revs a 1-1 draw against the Whitecaps in Vancouver.
Revs seeing red: Chris Tierney’s 64th-minute red card marked the third time in the Revs’ last four games that a red card was issued to a Revolution player. On July 4, Ryan Cochrane was issued a red card in the 67th minute at Real Salt Lake, while the aforementioned Feilhaber red card left the Revs shorthanded against Philadelphia on July 17.
Nyassi twins face off: When Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, it marked the first time that he and his twin brother, Sanna, who started for the Rapids at forward, had shared the field in MLS competition.
Next up: The Revs' road stand continues on Saturday, July 30, with a match against Sporting Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. In their previous match-up, the Revs won 3-2 at Gillette Stadium.