New England Soccer Today

A Wild Goodbye from Casa Grande

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

The Revolution closed out their first Copper State excursion of the winter in wild fashion as a pair of equalizers authored by Foxboro outfit went for naught in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Vancouver reached the board first by virtue of Masato Kudo’s 31st minute goal to give his side an advantage that disappeared 11 minutes later when Charlie Davies scored his second preseason goal from a Chris Tierney free kick in the 42nd minute to make it level going into the break.

The second half saw Debyi Flores restore the Whitecaps lead in the 53rd minute before rookie fullback Jordan McCrary equalized in the 66th minute. McCrary’s goal, though, stood for only seconds as Kekuta Manneh put the Whitecaps back on top for good in the 67th minute.

Octavio Rivero, who scored twice against the Revolution during the 2015 preseason, nearly made it a two-goal game when he clanked the crossbar in the 77th minute.

With the loss the Revolution exit Casa Grande with a 1-2-0 record, scoring a total of five goals while conceding five during their trip.

The locals will return to Foxboro next week to prepare for the Desert Diamond Cup tournament, which will run from Feb. 17-27. The Revolution will open the tourney with a Feb. 17 match against Real Salt Lake at 10:00pm ET.

Revolution first half XI: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, London Woodberry; Scott Caldwell, Steve Neumann; Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Juan Agudelo; Charlie Davies

Revolution second half XI: Bobby Shuttleworth (Brad Knighton 60′); Jeb Brovsky (Dominic Samuel 71′), Josh Phillips, Darrius Barnes, Jordan McCrary; Tyler Rudy, Zach Herivaux; Donnie Smith, Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 59′), Michael Gamble; Sean Okoli

Notes: Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi and Femi Hollinger-Jenzen both missed their third straight games due to what the club termed “minor” injuries…Midfielder Teal Bunbury was unavailable due to an illness…Darrius Barnes wore the captain’s armband in the second half…Josh Phillips was booked in the 74th minute…Scott Caldwell made a couple of deft defensive stops early before Kudo opened the account shortly after the half-hour mark…

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