Orlando City SC 3, New England Revolution 3 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
After a rough July, the New England Revolution looked poised to get August off to a better start with a road win over Orlando City SC, only to twice be pegged back by two spirited Lions comebacks in a pulsating, ebb-and-flow affair that ended 3-3 on a muggy summer night at Orlando City Stadium.
Juan Agudelo headed a throw-in past Earl Edwards Jr. at the near post to open the scoring and Cristian Penilla ruthlessly punished a Lions gaffe in the back as the Revs dominated the early going. But Dom Dwyer caught their back line napping with a goal on the stroke of halftime, which set the stage for Amro Tarek to nod a set-piece equalizer off the woodwork, off Matt Turner's hands and into the net in the 71st minute.
Teal Bunbury came off the bench to push New England back in front with a fine solo effort. Yet just when Brad Friedel & Co. thought they'd earned their first victory in over a month, Scott Sutter redirected an angled free kick past Turner deep into injury time to snatch a share of the spoils.
To cap the madness, Dwyer was cautioned and Yoshi Yotun was ejected as the proceedings turned edgy in the dying moments.
- 7' – NE – Juan Agudelo | WATCH
- 18' – NE – Cristian Penilla | WATCH
- 45' – ORL – Dom Dwyer | WATCH
- 71' – ORL – Amro Tarek | WATCH
- 76' – NE – Teal Bunbury | WATCH
- 76' – ORL – Scott Sutter | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: New England should be frustrated at letting victory slip from their grasp late, yet this was also two more points dropped at home for the Lions. And both sides look quite short of complete as the season's stretch run begins.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: All three goals in the second half were game-changers, and the last one settled matters, so kudos are due to Sutter and his indefatigable teammates in purple:
- MAN OF THE MATCH: He saw red late, but we'll still give Yoshi Yotun the nod for shaking off an early knock, working hard in the engine room and serving up assists on all three of Orlando's goals.