July 31, 2016
CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT
Revolution wilt against Orlando City
ORLANDO--Kei Kamara put the New England Revolution up early but Orlando City SC scored three times after intermission to present new coach Jason Kreis with a convincing 3-1 comeback win on a steamy Sunday night at Camping World Stadium.
|Charlie Davies returned to action for the Revolution in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Orlando City.
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Cyle Larin’s eleventh goal, off Kevin Molino’s assist drew Orlando level in the opening minute of the second half and Molino scored twice to put the Lions on top and bring his season total to nine as the Revs collapsed under sustained pressure in the central Florida heat.
One bright spot for the Revolution in an otherwise dismal second half was the first appearance since April 27th of Charlie Davies, who looked sharp as a late substitute, forcing a leaping save from Orlando ‘keeper Joe Bendik in the final minute of regulation.
The outcome ended the Revolution’s modest three-game unbeaten streak and left Orlando (5-5-11, 26 points) and New England (6-8-8, 26 points) even on points as they jockey for the sixth and final playoff spot in the East.
There were no changes to the Revolution starting lineup after last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Chicago. New England Head Coach Jay Heaps left Je-Vaughn Watson in the defensive midfield for the opening hour and brought Gershon Koffie, who returned from injury to make a late appearance against the Fire, off the bench.
Kamara put the red-and-white-clad Revs ahead against the run of play on the stroke of nineteen minutes, gathering a pass along the right sideline from Kelyn Rowe on the New England counterattack, outrunning the Orlando back line, and firing over the right shoulder of Bendik as he raced into the penalty area.
The Revs dodged a bullet ten minutes later when Larin and Hadji Barry worked a give-and-go to free Larin alone on goal, but the big Canadian striker scuffed his short-range effort high and wide.
Meanwhile Kamara continued to sparkle at both ends for the Revolution, tracking back to deflect a Kaka dagger to safety and dazzling with fancy hold-up footwork as a target forward.
The New England lead lasted less than a minute from intermission as Larin struck a deflected pass from Molino first time with his left foot as he streaked down the left channel, directing it expertly inside the far post.
The home side stepped up the pressure and nearly took the lead in the 52nd minute when former Rev Kevin Alston crossed to the near peg from the right corner and Molino’s touch redirected just outside the post. Twelve minutes later the Trinidad and Tobago international and man-of-the match got his go-ahead goal.
Moments after entering for Chris Tierney, Koffie tripped up Kaka ten feet beyond the arc. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth alertly punched away the ensuing free kick from David Mateos, but the Revs failed to clear and after an attacking Orlando throw-in, Brek Shea cut back to the top of the six where Molino beat Andrew Farrell to the ball and glanced his header neatly inside the left post.
In the 67th minute Kamara took a hard body check from Mateos off the the ball and after a brief stoppage of play, it was Teal Bunbury giving way to Diego Fagundez, who had provided the decisive spark off the bench the previous weekend but failed to make a difference this time.
Shuttleworth kept the Revs within reach in the 76th minute with a kick save on Shea after a through pass from Larin, but the Revolution ‘keeper could only get a hand on Molino’s well-placed effort from near the penalty spot seven minutes later off a nifty give-and-go with Kaka.
Davies came close late but the Revs were unable to reverse the Orlando second-half surge.