Revolution play to 1-1 draw with Colorado Rapids in Desert Diamond Cup
Fagundez scores his first of the preseason to give his team a point
TUCSON, Ariz. – The New England Revolution played to a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in their second game of the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup on Saturday night at the Kino Sports Complex. Diego Fagundez scored the Revs only goal of the game in the 54th minute, canceling out a Gabriel Torres strike to earn a share of the points for the Revs.
The Revs are now 0-1-1 in the tournament and 1-2-1 so far in the preseason.
Daigo Kobayashi had the best chance of a scoreless first half when he got on the end of a Kelyn Rowe cross, only to see his header palmed away by Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin from six yards out. Teal Bunbury and Kevin Alston also had chances for the Revs but were unable to put their shots on frame. At the other end of the field, Bobby Shuttleworth saved and held a Gabriel Torres free kick in the 33rd minute while Juan Ramirez and Marcelo Sarvas each sent shots wide of the Revolution goal.
While the first 45 minutes was scoreless, the second half burst to life just more than two minutes after the restart as the Rapids broke the deadlock. A long punt up field from Clint Irwin found the head of rookie Dominique Badji who flicked the ball forward for Gabriel Torres who slipped behind Jose Goncalves and angled a low shot past the slide of Shuttleworth, giving the Rapids a 1-0 advantage. That goal was the first allowed by the Revs’ first choice central defensive pairing of Goncalves and Andrew Farrell so far in the preseason.