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Revs complete spectacular comeback, score two late goals to win
Foxboro, MA. – The New England Revolution completed a spectacular comeback coming back from a goal down in the 90th minute to win against the top team in the West, FC Dallas, by a score of 3-2. Taylor Twellman was the hero of the night getting his second hat trick as a member of the Revs.

With the US Mens’ National Team playing the game before as part of a tripleheader featuring two Gold Cup Quarterfinals and the Revs vs. FC Dallas, Revolution players Pat Noonan, Clint Dempsey and Steve Ralston were all available for the US. Ralston was the only one who played and Bruce Arena released Pat Noonan and Clint Dempsey to play for the Revs. Both were inserted into the Revs’ starting line-up. Avery John was also available as Trinidad and Tobago were already eliminated from the Gold Cup. FC Dallas were missing Eddie Johnson and Richard Mulrooney to injury as well as Greg Vanney who played for the US in the earlier game.

The Revs started the game quickly and seemed to be the stronger team until Dallas got an early goal. The Revs looked to have scored first when Twellman sent home a pass from Pat Noonan just two minutes in, but was called offsides.

Five minutes later FC Dallas took the lead. Arturo Alvarez broke free in the box. His initial shot was saved, but he got on the end of the rebound and slotted it into the empty net.

Just before halftime the Revolution temporarily equalized the score, when Pat Noonan dribbled all through Dallas’ box before sending a cross to Taylor Twellman, who headed it into the far corner of the net, far out of Scott Garlick’s reach.

“It’s an absolute pleasure playing with Pat [Noonan] up front,” Twellman said. “He does the little things very well and he tells me before every game ‘just get open and I’ll find you’. All the guys, you can go down the line and it’s just fun to play with [the team].”

The tie would not stand going into halftime, however, as Dallas took back the lead quickly. Ronnie O’Brien had an amazing solo effort, dribbling through the Revs defense and around Matt Reis before slotting it into the empty net.
Matt Reis came up huge after the break denying Chris Gbandi with a kick save on a free header.

Twellman had a good chance to tie the score in the 67th minute, but Bobby Rhine forced him to shoot from a tough angle and Scott Garlick got a hand to it, deflecting it off the bar and out of play.

The Revs had two chances in the 87th minute, with a long range shot by Jose Cancela forcing Garlick into a diving save that tipped it out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, Khano Smith had an open header, but sent the shot just wide of the net.
Dallas should’ve put the game out of reach two minutes later, but substitute Drew Moor sent a shot from close range well high after a nice run.

Twellman knotted the score at two in the last minute of regulation time. Breaking free in the box, he chipped it up into the air. Clint Dempsey headed it towards goal and Twellman got a head to it before it went over the goal line.

In stoppage time Twellman finished off the scoring. Unmarked in the box, Twellman volleyed a nice Shalrie Joseph pass into the net for his league leading 9th goal of the season.

“That’s probably as good of a game as you’ll see all season,” said Revolution Head Coach Steve Nicol after the match. “They have a good side, they pass the ball well. [Ronnie] O’Brien and [Carlos] Ruiz are huge for them. We started great, we couldn’t have started any better. Obviously we would’ve liked to have got our nose in front. The first goal they got was just a completely lucky break off a tackle. The guy’s through [the defense], hits it straight at the goalie, gets it back and it goes in. From then we were really chasing the game. It’s hard to do that, particularly when you are playing against a team who certainly the way they played tonight, they were set up to keep it tight and hit us on the break and they did that well. Matt Reis has had a lot more saves than we’d like to make tonight. He came up huge. We were forcing the issue most of the time. We had to get ourselves forward and leave holes, which made it easier for them, but again major heart, some skill, some good play, never say die attitude and we pulled the game out.”

“They sure are a strong team and they showed it,” Pat Noonan said of FC Dallas, agreeing with Nicol’s assessment. “I thought we had the better of them in the first half and we are down 2-1. You can’t give teams like that [the chances we did] and they are going to pounce on them and finish and they did. They are definitely a talented team and it was a big win for us.”

The Revs now sit one point behind Chicago for the league’s best record and have played three less games.
July 18, 2005 Sean Donahue



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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