Going into this match, fans were following so. Many. Storylines. Sunday night marked the first Orlando City game with new head coach Jason Kreis at the helm. It also marked the return of superstar Kaká, fresh from MLS All-Star duty, but missing from several previous matches thanks to injury.
And then, on the Revs’ side, there was the bombshell news released earlier in the weekend that fan favorite Charlie Davies had secretly fought and beat liposarcoma – and was back available as a sub. Oh, and there was the little worry for Orlando about striker Kei Kamara.
And worry them he did. Though Orlando played in a familiar 4-2-3-1 and pressed hard, a bounce at 19’ let Kamara make a dangerous break from midfield, and slot the game’s first goal past Orlando ’keeper Joe Bendik.
But the press continued, and after the second half started, the Lions stopped the Revs’ road celebrations. Just 50 seconds in, Cyle Larin lobbed a left-footed rocket inside the far post to equalize – and at the 64th minute Kevin Molino happily headed in a cross from Brek Shea. And then, just to add some extra insult to injury, Molino made it a brace at the 83rd minute. He outsmarted the Revs’ defense, easily slotting home a ball from Kaká and making Jason Kreis' first game in Orlando a victory.
FOXBORO -- New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel has been named to the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. In addition, general manager Michael Burns is one of nine former players eligible for election as a Veteran candidate.
Friedel is in his first year of eligibility after completing his playing career in 2014 as one of the most acclaimed American goalkeepers in history. In addition to earning 82 career caps and appearing in six FIFA World Cup matches, Friedel enjoyed a 17-year career in the English Premier League, where he made 310 consecutive starts in goal and ranks among the top 10 all-time with 132 clean sheets. He has won many individual honors over the years, including being named Major League Soccer goalkeeper of the year in 1997, English Premier League goalkeeper of the year in 2003, and the U.S. Soccer Federation’s men’s athlete of the year in 2002.
Burns, who played in 75 international matches for the USMNT between 1992 and 1998, remains on the ballot as a Veteran candidate. Now in his seventh season as General Manager of the Revolution, Burns was a member of the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, and competed in the 1992 Olympics Games. His club career was highlighted by a seven-year playing career in Major League Soccer from 1996-2002, where he made 75 total appearances for New England, San Jose, and Kansas City.
In addition, former Revolution players Taylor Twellman (2002-09) and Steve Ralston (2002-09) remain on the 2018 Player ballot.
Voting begins today and runs through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player, and Builder categories. The results of voting will be announced at a later date, and the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame is set for the weekend of October 20-21, 2018.
FOXBORO - Chris Tierney scored on a free kick in the 93rd minute to give the Revolution a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Revs' home opener on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Wilfried Zahibo drew a foul against Niki Jackson to set up Tierney, whose left-footed shot went through with a deflection off Colorado's wall.
Jackson, who was making his MLS debut, tied it in the 66th minute for the Rapids. He raced behind the central defense on Johan Blomberg's diagonal cross and crossed in front of goalkeeper Matt Turner to get his head on it.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revolution (1-1-0) in the 48th minute, settling Cristian Penilla's short cross with one touch and finishing a low shot into the middle of the goal.
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