Saturday afternoon’s nationally televised match-up between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire was quite the roller coaster with the Fire taking the early lead through Quincy Amarikwa only to give it up 15 minutes later through a Lee Nguyen penalty kick. New England then was handed a man advantage for nearly the final 20 minutes, but the Fire were still the more dangerous team and had a chance to win the game with a stoppage time penalty kick that was denied by a Bobby Shuttleworth save.
Here are some of the key stats from Saturday’s crazy game:
0 – Outside of the penalty kick, New England failed to turn a single set piece into a shot. Chicago managed six shots off their set pieces.
1 – The Revolution managed just one shot in the entire first half: Lee Nguyen’s penalty kick goal.
2 – Referee Sorin Stoica handed out two penalty kicks and two red cards – one of each to the Fire and the Revolution. Nguyen converted his penalty for New England, while Juan Luis Anangonó saw his saved, forcing the Fire to settle for a draw.
3 – Nguyen was fouled three times, leading the Revolution in that category. The Fire’s Bakary Soumaré and Patrick Nyarko were each fouled four times to lead the game.
4 – Despite playing just the second half, Chris Tierney led the Revolution with four crosses – accounting for 40% of the team’s total of 10. New England failed to connect on a single cross. The Fire attempted 22 crosses, finding teammates with six of them.
5 – The Revolution blocked five shots in the match, let by Andrew Farrell with two. Nguyen, A.J. Soares, and Kevin Alston each blocked one shot.
5 – Teal Bunbury led the game with five fouls committed. Soumaré and Former Revolution midfielder and current Fire captain Jeff Larentowicz each committed four.
5- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado played a key role in disrupting the Revolution attack with a game leading five interceptions.
6 – Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves to help his team head home with a point. His double save, first on Anangonó’s penalty kick and then on Larentowicz’s follow-up was perhaps the play of the game.
6 – Larentowicz led the game with six tackles. Soares was second overall with three.
7 – The Fire had seven corner kicks – five more than New England – but neither team could convert on any of them.
17 – The Fire finished the match with 17 shots, compared to just four for the Revolution.
22 – New England was called for 22 fouls in the match, compared to just 13 for Chicago.
35% – The Revolution had less than 35% possession in the first half against the Fire, but would control enough of the possession in the second half – particularly when holding a man advantage – to raise that number to 48.1% by the end of the match.
62% – The Revolution won 62% of the aerial duels in the match.
63% – Bunbury and Diego Fagundez each completed just 63% of their passes – the lowest of any starting field players in the match.
70 – Nguyen led the Revolution with 70 touches. Only Soumaré (73) had more touches in the match.
91% – Andy Dorman completed 91% of his passes, the most of any starting player in the game.
Stats from MLSSoccer.com and WhoScored.com.