All you need to know about Saturday evening’s 3-3 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps, complete with BSJ quickie insight and analysis:
Five second-half goals decide this one: Sure, there’s no scoring in soccer. Sure. That memo didn’t reach BC Place, as the Revolution and Whitecaps made the back of the net explode five times in the final 45 minutes, and six times overall. Three of those goals came in the first six minutes after the restart, and the Revs took command entering the final half an hour as Teal Bunbury one-timed the football beyond Vancouver goalkeeper Brian Rowe’s mitts on a Diego Fagundez helper. But with just a little more than 15 minutes left in the normal 90, Christian Techera finishes his hat trick on the counter, slotting home on Yordy Reyna’s assist.
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The three-man backline crumbles in the second half: New England had a 2-0 lead shortly after the restart, but the play of Techera should be credited for getting away from Gabriel Somi and making him look like he had cement in his shoes. Techera and the Whitecaps would pick on Somi quite a bit, and the three second-half goals by the hosts were all part in parcel of mistakes on that left-hand side.
Revs' offensive pressure leads to own goal: 26 minutes in and with New England holding a great deal of the possession up until then, Cristian Penilla wheeled around right back Sean Franklin and delivered a cross into the heart of the penalty area. Vancouver’s Aly Ghazal slid and deflected the football into the roof of the net, and the Revolution had a 1-nil lead that it took to the interval.
A fourth-straight draw for Vancouver: The Whitecaps came back not once, but twice, in this match to salvage a point for the fourth straight match. On the flip side, New England has five road points in 2018.