BSJ Match Report: Revolution 2, Portland 2 – VAR helps New England inch closer to postseason with late penalty

All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers Wednesday night in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis:


Revs gain a crucial point with draw: Two goals in the final 15 minutes by the Revolution salvaged a massive 2-2 draw away to Portland. Gustavo Bou had scored his eighth goal of the second half thanks to Teal Bunbury’s helper in the 87th minute, before some controversy — well, controversy if you’re a Portland fan — deep in second-half stoppage time as VAR adjudged that Wilfried Zahibo had his shirt tugged by Larrys Mabiala on the Revs’ 16th corner kick of the game. Referee Jair Marrufo subsequently pointed to the spot, and Carles Gil buried the 90+8’ penalty for his 10th goal of the season, making him the second Revolution player in club history to score double digits in goals and assists in one season (Lee Nguyen, 11 goals and 15 assists, 2017). The point moved New England to 42 points (10-10-12), with two matches remaining in the 2019 regular season. Columbus was also eliminated thanks to the draw.

Ebobisse brace pushed Revs to the brink: We mentioned it in Midweek Kick: Jeremy Ebobisse makes killer off-the-ball runs, and he used those to great effect to get Portland — which hadn’t scored in seven halves of football entering the second half Wednesday night — on the scoreboard, and to move New England, at that point, into what former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson famously coined as “Squeaky Bum Time.”