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Revolution comeback to tie ‘Quakes in season opener
San Jose, CA. – The New England Revolution came back from a two goal deficit to tie the San Jose Earthquakes in their season opener Saturday night. The Revs fell behind by two goals just 21 minutes into the first half, but managed to take control of the match in the second half and tie the game on goals by Pat Noonan and Taylor Twellman.

San Jose quickly took control of the game, creating several good chances and dominating most of the possession. Revs' goalie Matt Reis was forced into a save in just the 4th minute when Ronald Cerritos put a Wade Barret cross on frame. Cerritos’ powerful shot from close range was right at Reis, however, and he easily saved the shot.

Brian Ching gave the Earthquakes the lead in the 13th minute, when he lost the Revolution defense before heading home a Brad Davis cross. The goal came as a result of the Revs being disorganized in defense. Rookie Michael Parkhurst got his first start in central defense with Jay Heaps on his right and Marshall Leonard on his left. As the match went on the defense gradually became more organized, showing promising signs for the future.

The ‘Quakes doubled their lead 8 minutes later, when Ricardo Clark broke free of the Revolution defense and was in alone on goal. Matt Reis ran out to challenge, but came in a second late, taking out Clark and missing the ball. Referee Baldomero Toledo immediately pointed to the spot for a penalty kick and issued Matt Reis a yellow card. Ronald Cerritos stepped up to take the penalty sending the ball to Matt Reis’ right and giving the Earthquakes a 2-0 lead.

The Revs managed to start taking control of the match in the end of the first half and carried it into the second half, coming out of the break with renewed vigor. Pat Noonan brought the Revs back within one in the 52nd minute, when Clint Dempsey sent a through pass that split San Jose’s defense. Taylor Twellman and Noonan were both free of the ‘Quakes defense, but Noonan opted to take it, sending a shot past goalie Pat Onstad and off the post before going into the net.

In the 54th minute, a Brian Mullan shot, off a Ronald Cerritos cross, beat Reis, but hit the cross bar and came back into play before being cleared by the Revs.

Taylor Twellman, who seemed to take his game to the next level in the second half, had two great chances to score the equalizer. In the 58th minute, Twellman saw his hard volley off a great long pass from newly named captain Shalrie Joseph saved by Onstad. Two minutes later, a spectacular pass by Jose Cancela and some deft touches by Twellman sprung him on a breakaway, only to see his shot carom off the crossbar.

San Jose went down a man in the 70th minute when Eddie Robinson took out Joseph on a late tackle. Robinson was shown a straight red with no hesitation by Toledo, who was in a good position to see the foul.

The Revs finally equalized in the 73rd minute, when second half substitute, rookie James Riley sent a long pass from midfield to Twellman. Twellman took the ball around both Troy Dayak and Onstad, before slotting the ball into the back of the empty net, evening the score at 2-2.
"When you get a point away from home, you should be relatively happy," said Head Coach Steve Nicol to MLSNet.com. "But after all the chances we had to take the three points, we're slightly disappointed."

The game marked the introduction of three players for the Revs. Brazilian midfielder Cassio and rookies Michael Parkhurst and James Riley all made their debuts. The Revs next head back to Foxboro to take on the Columbus Crew on April 9th at 7:30PM in their home opener. The game will be televised on WB56 and will feature a performance by the Big Apple Circus at half time.
April 03, 2005 Sean Donahue



Email: sean@mlsfan.net

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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1