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Late Boswell goal salvages point for Dynamo

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By IAN HOLIDAY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Ryan Cochrane scored early and Bobby Boswell struck late as the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo split the points in a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

For the Revolution (4-11-10, 22 points), the result will feel like two points lost, as Boswell's 90th minute goal spoiled a superb individual effort from goalkeeper Matt Reis, who made seven saves and single-handedly preserved the Revs' lead on multiple occasions.

After the game, Revs defender A.J. Soares called Reis "the best goalie in the league."

"He kept us in the game the whole time," Soares said. "Everyone does a job, and he did a great job tonight."

The Dynamo (7-7-11, 32 points) got its goal on the rebound of the Reis' final save of the night. Second-half substitute Carlo Costly headed down one of 12 Brad Davis corner kicks and Reis dove to his left to make the save. The 'keeper couldn't control the rebound, however, and Boswell was there to poke home the rebound.

It took less than four minutes for Cochrane to open the scoring, cleaning up a messy sequence off of a corner kick that Hall couldn't control. Revolution designated player Milton Caraglio put a shot on goal that was cleared off the line, but only as far as the waiting Cochrane. The corner kick came after Teirney had hit the post with a well-hit free kick moments earlier.

Houston nearly equalized on a corner kick of their own just two minutes later, but Revolution right back Kevin Alston was well positioned to clear Boswell's header off the goal line and perserve the lead. The play was indicative of things to come for the Revolution.

"We were under a lot of pressure tonight, and we stood up well, but we just couldn't hold on in the end," said Revs head coach Steve Nicol.

The Revolution goal seemed to enliven the Dynamo, which had started the game on the back foot, but picked up its play and ended up creating more chances then the Revolution in the first half.

In the 19th minute, the Dynamo's improved play looked to have paid off when Cam Weaver got behind the Revolution defense and fired a shot past Reis, but he was ruled offside. Reis made two of his more impressive saves to keep the home side ahead in the 24th and 25th minutes, first tipping a point-blank Je-Vaughn Watson header over the bar and moments later diving to deflect a driven long-range shot by Adam Moffat.

Late in stoppage time, both Reis and Moffat were sent off for their involvement in a skirmish that broke out when Moffat fouled Pat Phelan as he was on his way out of bounds. Moffat received a second caution for the foul itself, and Reis was issued a straight red card for shoving the Houston midfielder and using "abusive language" in retaliation.

Both players will be suspended for their clubs' second games of the week on Saturday. New England will host the New York Red Bulls and Houston will host Real Salt Lake.

Comments

  1. No more defenseless than any other player shielding a ball going into touch. That play happens multiple times a match, the guy got hurt because Reis was right in front of him. Reis should know better than to put his hands on another player’s face.

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  2. It sure was. Hall seems to make the wonder reflex save but he decision making process on if/when to leave his line is suspect at best.

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  3. At the same time, Reis should have recognized his importance to the team and acted in a mature fashion. Moffat was duly penalized… Reis had nothing more to contribute.

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  4. What on earth was Tally Hall doing on the New England goal? Coming off his line, flailing, missing everything. Terrible mistake

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  5. Is that how Moffat’s tough guy reputation was made? By taking runs at defenseless players as time expires?

    Reis was magnificent. A shame we won’t be able to see him play Saturday.

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