Note: This was a simulated match between the Revolution and Timbers in EA Sports FIFA 20, none of what happened was real and the Revs record still is 0-1-1 as the season is on a pause due to the coronavirus.
The MLS suspended their season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that didn't stop the New England Revolution from taking on the Portland Timbers in a simulated match of EA Sports FIFA 20.
Unfortunately for the Revs, they once again failed to get in the win column after a 4-4 draw with the Timbers at Gillette Stadium in their second home match of the season. However, they came back from a two-goal deficit proving they are a resilient group of guys.
Here's how the Revolution starting XI looked in today's simulated match:
- Brad Knighton
- Brandon Bye
- Andrew Farrell
- Henry Kessler
- DeJuan Jones
- Wilfried Zahibo
- Diego Fagundez
- Cristian Penilla
- Teal Bunbury
- Gustavo Bou
- Adam Buksa
The substitutes were as follows:
- Carles Gil
- Tajon Buchanan
- Scott Caldwell
- Michael Mancienne
- Justin Rennicks
- Kelyn Rowe
- Jeff Caldwell
While they failed to get the win, they did get some quality goal-scoring from their attack with Cristian Penilla picking his spot on a free kick 20 yards out to give the Revs a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
The Revs defense faltered following the club's opening goal, allowing Diego Valeri to score on a two-on-one opportunity in the 40th minute. Brandon Bye and Andrew Farrell allowed Valeri to break through their back line, thus leaving no chance for Brad Knighton to make a stop in goal.
That wasn't the only time the Timbers penetrated the defense either, as Sebastian Blanco carved up the Revs to put Portland up 2-1 ahead of the half.
The second half was a better one for the defense as they backed the attack allowing Adam Buksa to notch his second goal of the season -- an eerily similar goal to his first one, a left-footed strike to tie the game at two a side in the 54th minute.
The next goal came courtesy of Felipe Mora in the 60th minute as he was left wide open in the 18 -- leaving Knighton with no chance at a stop once again -- giving Portland a 3-2 lead.
Carles Gil made his first appearance of the season, and as predicted, came on as a sub in the 71st minute -- getting his first taste of MLS action this season. Gil failed to notch a goal, but he still is working his way back from a foot injury that saw him miss the first two games of the season.
Later in the match, Darion Asprilla notched a goal in the 86th minute, making things seem like the Revolution were headed for yet another loss as the Timbers made it a 4-2 game in the final minutes.
When things seemed like they were over, who else but Buksa to notch his second of the game to put the Revolution within one during stoppage time.
And another gorgeous strike from Teal Bunbury tied the game in the 94th minute, allowing the Revolution to tie the Timbers 4-4 and move to 0-1-2 on the season.
Honestly, what was weird about this simulated match was that the defense was unbelievably bad for the Revolution. FIFA 20 made them look like swiss cheese. There has been nothing in the first two real matches of the season we've seen that would make us think the defense would be this bad.
In real action, the Revs would never have allowed the Timbers to penetrate their back line so easily. Especially because youngster Henry Kessler has held his own on the back line as a rookie.
Regardless, though, New England avoided the loss and a two-goal performance from Buksa proved promising in the 4-4 draw.
You can watch the full game below:
And here's a highlights package the Revolution put together: