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Twellman stuns Fire in amazing 3-1 comeback win
FOXBORO, MA. – The New England Revolution got a crucial comeback victory over the Chicago Fire, thanks in part to two goals from Taylor Twellman. The past two years team goal scoring leader scored the game winner and an insurance goal to help pull the Revs (4-8-4) within a win of the Chicago Fire (4-6-6) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. The night was bittersweet for Twellman, however, as he received a red card in the 90th minute, meaning he’ll miss the Revs next match. Rookie Clint Dempsey, who along with Pat Noonan was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, recorded a goal and an assist in the match.

The Revs were finally able to put out a starting line-up that looked close to their best eleven with Jose “Pepe” Cancela and Shalrie Joseph back from hip injuries. “We took a bit of a chance,” Head Coach Steve Nicol said after the match. “Shalrie and Pepe weren’t 100%. We’d rather be conservative; it was a big game for us tonight. We decided just to take a gamble on them and obviously it paid off.” Neither played the whole match as Joseph was subbed out in the 68th minute for Marshall Leonard and Cancela was subbed out in the 75th minute for Andy Dorman. Brian Kamler and Taylor Twellman were making just their second start since returning from injury. Still missing from the line-up were potential starters Adin Brown (concussion), Rusty Pierce (right quadriceps contusion), Joe-Max Moore (right knee sprain), Carlos Llamosa (left knee sprain) and third string keeper Kyle Singer (right shoulder sprain).

Throughout the first half the Revolution midfield failed to provide good crosses into the box for forwards Taylor Twellman and Clint Dempsey, who along with Pat Noonan, was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, who were starting up front for the first time this season. Most of the Revs first half chances came from long range shots including one in the 11th minute that Clint Dempsey saw deflect off a defender and go just wide of the post. Seventeen minutes later, Shalrie Joseph saw a long range effort denied by the crossbar.

The Revs had their best opportunity to take the lead in the 34th minute, when a Brian Kamler cross was deflected by Chicago goalie DJ Countess, who was making his first start in goal this season. The ball went right to Shalrie Joseph, who sent a pass to Taylor Twellman about 6 yards from goal. Twellman spotted Clint Dempsey wide open to his right and sent the ball to him. Dempsey’s shot was right at Countess, who easily prevented a goal.

Twellman, who leads the league in offsides with 19, despite missing 6 games to injury, was denied a potential breakaway in the 39th minute because of a questionable offside call. A Pat Noonan through ball put Twellman with a clear path to goal. Twellman seemed to have timed his run right, staying in line with Fire defender Jim Curtain, but the linesman flagged for offsides.

Less than a minute later, Chicago took the lead when DaMarcus Beasley found Andy Williams unmarked in the left side of the box. Williams sent the ball into the upper left corner, out of reach of Revs goalie Matt Reis.

Three minutes later Reis denied Chicago a golden chance, when DaMarcus Beasley beat his defender and got to a pass from Damani Ralph. Beasley was one-on-one with Reis, but Reis had charged out to cut down the angle forcing Beasley to send a shot right at him.

Richie Baker came on at halftime for Pat Noonan and provided an immediate spark. Just two minutes into the half he send a cross into the box that rookie Clint Dempsey got on the end of, heading the ball past Countess for his 5th goal of the season.

Just four minutes later, Taylor Twellman gave the Revs the lead when his pass was deflected, but fell right to Clint Dempsey. Twellman than charged into the box and got on the end of a through ball from Dempsey, shaking off three defenders before sending a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

In the 64th minute the Revs had a scare, when referee Alex Prus signaled for a penalty kick after a Jay Heaps challenge on Damani Ralph. After some arguing, the Revs got Prus to consult his linesman, who had signaled for offsides before the challenge took place.

Three minutes later, the Revs scored an insurance goal, when Brian Kamler headed a Jose Cancela corner towards the far post. Taylor Twellman, who was less than a yard from goal easily headed home the shot.

The match started to get ugly in the second half and ended with two ejections. Despite five yellow cards, four of which went to Chicago players, in the first 63 minutes, it took till the last minute of regulation for the first red card. Twellman was sent off for a late, reckless and unneeded tackle on Andy Williams. The tackle, although it warranted a red card, was not the worst of the match and many other players got off with a yellow or no card for equally bad or worse challenges. Chicago also went down to ten men less than two minutes later, when Scott Buete received his second yellow card for a late and reckless challenge on Brian Kamler.

The win puts the Revs a win from a playoff spot and just two wins from the first-place Metrostars. The Revs will look for another positive result when they face the Columbus Crew, who they trail by just one win, on July 17th. The match can be seen live on the WB56 at 7:30PM.
July 15, 2004 Sean Donahue


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