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Final: Revolution 2, Chicago Fire 2 — Revs rebound from a slow start, gain a point on the road

THE TEAMS: Revolution at Chicago Fire
THE SITE: Solider Field, Chicago, Ill.
THE TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET
THE SKINNY: The 26th season of Major League Soccer and the Revolution gets underway tonight, and The Boys In Blue are looking to get a solid start against Chicago.

We’re underway in Chicago. Your starting lineups and benches are available, and your match notes are below. Updates are periodic.

1′ Fire get a corner.

4′ Solid possession there by the Revs. Buchanan is partially blocked, then Gil has a slow roller. Buksa and Buchanan were physical. Good to see.

5′ GOAL CHICAGO. Robert Beric with a tap-in. Giveaway in the back by the Revs. Dear oh dear.

9′ Corner for the Fire. Shot by Beric into the side netting. He was on-side, but he shook the defender.

11′ GOAL CHICAGO. This time it’s Stojanovic, and he has a free run into the box, unmarked, as he takes Beric’s pass from the near post and buries it. 2-nil. This is devastating.

14′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and Adam Buksa opens his 2021 account! He heads in the corner service, Bobby Shuttleworth is frozen, and now it’s 2-1. We’re quarter of an hour into the season.

18′ Corner to the Revs.

21′ Gimenez with a go, wide.

22′ Better defending there with Polster denying a deeper line to the box.

24′ Gil shoots wide, although I think it was deflected… nope, I’m wrong. Wide. He had Buksa on the overlap.

27′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou equalizing! He slides and taps the ball past Bobby on that cross and well-timed run by Tajon Buchanan. Huge throw-in by Brandon Bye, too. It’s 2-2. Someone pass the oxygen, please.

29′ Giveaway Revs, Beric shot, Turner save.

33′ Corner to the Revs after a fantastic ball by Bou toward Buksa.

34′ And another as the short corner is snuffed out.

35′ Sloppy in the midfield. Really, really sloppy.

37′ Bobby with a save on Tajon.

39′ Free kick Revs in a dangerous area after that foul on Bornstein. Gil over it…. right to Buksa, but the Pole puts it over the bar. Should be 3-2.

42′ Gil just wide, and Chicago gave him waaaay too much space to shoot.

45′ One minute minimum added on.

45+1′ Corner to the Revs… Buksa heads wide, Tajon tries to karate kick it.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

Well, that was quite the turnaround.

Revs’ counterattack is devastating. Midfield is sloppy. Defense was torn to pieces, now playing OK.

45.4 percent possession

10 shots, 5 on-target

71.9 percent passing accuracy

Second Half Underway

48′ Aggressive start, Revs.

49′ Corner to Chicago.

50′ Another one.

51′ Another.

54′ Corner to the Revs after some extended possession, and DeJuan Jones won that with a penetrating run into the box.

55′ Gil is down after a hard foul by Stojanovic. Now he’s up. Limping a bit.

57′ Buksa goes down, no penalty. Right call.

59′ Corner to Chicago.

60′ Turner slows an attack down, scoops up a long pass from Beric.

61′ Teal Bunbury on for Tajon Buchanan. First sub of the season.

62′ Corner to the Revs.

65′ Aliseda on for Stojanovic.

75′ Navarro on for Offor.

77′ Turner with a hop toward the crossbar to stop Beric’s try.

80′ Kappelhof is booked for that tackle on Tommy Mac.

81′ Edward Kizza on for Buksa, Wilfrid Kaptoum on for Tommy Mac.

85′ That was pretty close as Beric shoots just wide.

87′ ALMOST for Kizza.

90′ Three minutes minimum added on here.

90+2′ Penalty shout for Chicago, Jones on Frankowski, but it’s outside the box… and we have a red card issued to DeJuan Jones for DOGSO. He’ll miss the home opener.

90+3′ And now the referee is going to have a look at this.

90+6′ Red card stands…. free kick to Turner.

Full Time

For the Revs:

Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Buchanan, McNamara, Polster, Gil; Bou, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Bell, Bunbury, Boateng, Caldwell, De La Garza, Kaptoum, Kizza

For Chicago:

Shuttleworth; Sekulic, Bornstein, Kappelhof, Calvo, Stojanovic, Offor, Medran, Frankowski, Beric, Gimenez
Bench: Slonina, Omsberg, Espinoza, Navarro, Reynolds, Pineda, Casas, Aliseda

As expected, no Arnór Traustason for the Revolution tonight as he is in the Health and Safety protocols after his arrival in Foxborough this week. For Chicago, Ignacio Aliseda (left thigh) and Miguel Navarro (right ankle) are questionable, while Elliot Collier (left ankle), Fabian Herbers (right knee), Stanislav Ivanov (left knee), Kenneth Kronholm (right knee), and Carlos Terán (thigh) are listed as out.

The Revs are looking for their first season-opening victory since 2013, when they pulled out a 1-0 win over the Fire in Bridgeview.

This is also the 13th consecutive season the Revolution open the season on the road.

Should Andrew Farrell make an appearance — and we totally are expecting him to — it will be appearance No. 240 in a New England shirt.

The Revolution are 23-27-14 against Chicago, and 6-17-9 against the Fire when playing in the Land of Lincoln. But New England is 2-0-1 in the two sides’ last three meetings, including a 2-1 win here last September.

Tonight is the 65th meeting between the two sides in league play.

New England’s last loss against Chicago came on May 8, 2019, and was the last match of the Brad Friedel Era.

No one is on Yellow Card Watch… naturally.

The Revs have won three out of their last four matches away from Gillette.