Recap: Espíndola, RSL rally for wild draw against Revs

Despite Borchers red card and a 2-0 hole, RSL fight back for 3-3 finish

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Photo Credit: 
Melissa Majchrzak / Real Salt Lake

SANDY, Utah - Fans filing into Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday night
expected fireworks. What they got was a classic in the annals of MLS
games played on July 4.

Fabian Espíndola scored the last of six goals on the night in the 83rd
minute to help Real Salt Lake (7-3-6)  overcome both an early two-goal
deficit and a red card to defender Nat Borchers in a wild 3-3 draw
against the visiting New England Revolution (3-8-7).

Sharlie Joseph gave the Revs their second lead of the night in the 63rd minute when he headed home a Benny Feilhaber free kick, but a second yellow card to defender Ryan Cochrane in the 67th
minute helped RSL work their way back into the game and somehow
overcome both a one-man disadvantage for much of the match and a 2-0
deficit less than 20 minutes after the opening whistle.

Perhaps the biggest play of the match came in the opening minutes, when
Borchers was whistled for a controversial breakaway foul on a streaking
Feilhaber in the box, and promptly issued a red card for the last-gasp
foul. Rajko Lekic put the penalty kick away with ease, and Chris Tierney
added a second goal in the 16th minute with a low, hard shot off a free kick that beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

RSL responded in the 24th minute, as a free kick from
midfielder Andy Williams caromed off the post before Will Johnson coolly
tapped in the rebound to cut the lead to 2-1.

The hosts pulled even at 2-2 in the 56th minute, after
Revolution defender Kevin Alston was whistled for a handball in the box
on an RSL cross. Álvaro Saborío promptly buried the ensuing penalty kick
for this third goal in two games.

Then came Joseph’s goal that put the Revs back in front – his fifth
this season – but on this night, it wouldn’t hold up. Espíndola’s goal
was the best of the bunch, a nifty breakaway finish after a through pass
from Saborío and a pin-point pass from defender Jamison Olave that set
the play in motion.

RSL remain in fourth place in the Western Conference with a home
matchup against FC Dallas on July 9, while New England are now winless
in nine games on the road this season and two points off Toronto FC’s
pace for last place in the Eastern Conference. The Revs return to action
on July 17 at home against Philadelphia.

Scoring Summary:
NE -- Rajko Lekic 3 (penalty kick) 4
NE -- Chris Tierney 2 (unassisted) 16
RSL -- Will Johnson 2 (unassisted) 24
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 3 (penalty kick) 56
NE -- Shalrie Joseph 5 (Benny Feilhaber 3) 63
RSL -- Fabian Espindola 5 (Alvaro Saborio 1, Jamison Olave 1) 83

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston
(Didier Domi 86), Ryan Cochrane, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes (Kenny
Mansally 46), Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 65), Shalrie Joseph, Benny
Feilhaber, Pat Phelan, Chris Tierney, Rajko Lekic.

Substitutes Not Used: Franco Coria, Ryan Guy, Zack Schilawski, Bobby Shuttleworth.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Rajko Lekic 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Rajko Lekic 3);
FOULS: 12 (Ryan Cochrane 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Rajko Lekic 1); CORNER KICKS: 1
(Chris Tierney 1); SAVES: 10 (Matt Reis 10)

Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell (Kyle
Beckerman 46), Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Andy Williams,
Ned Grabavoy, Collen Warner (Chris Schuler 9), Will Johnson, Alvaro
Saborio, Luis Gil (Fabian Espindola 63).

Substitutes Not Used: Jean Alexandre, Nelson Gonzalez, Chris Wingert, Kyle Reynish.

TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Andy Williams 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 13 (Jamison Olave 3,
Andy Williams 3); FOULS: 14 (3 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 6
(Kyle Beckerman 3, Will Johnson 3); SAVES: 2 (Nick Rimando 2)

Misconduct Summary:
RSL -- Nat Borchers (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Foul)) 3
NE -- Shalrie Joseph (caution; Persistent Infringement) 13
NE -- Ryan Cochrane (caution; Tactical Foul) 23
NE -- Rajko Lekic (caution; Dissent) 55
NE -- Ryan Cochrane (caution; Tactical Foul) 67
NE -- Ryan Cochrane (ejection; Second Caution) 67
RSL -- Kyle Beckerman (caution; Tactical Foul) 85
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio (caution; Delaying a Restart) 93+

Referee: Yader Reyes
Referee's Assistants: Peter Balciunas; Mike Kampmeinert
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 6,139
Time of Game: 1:56
Weather: Cloudy-and-81-degrees