United (2-7-5) played well enough to draw which is a minor win in these dark days. Unfortunately, Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa scored a goal in the final minutes as the Revolution (5-3-6) cut DC’s record to 1-5-3 since MLS resumed market games last month.
United haven’t scored in four of their last five games and have faded in the last 30 minutes in the last 30 minutes after a slightly promising Sunday in the first half.
“They knocked on the door in the second half, let’s face it,” said United manager Ben Olsen of the revolution. Olsen cited New England’s superior “legs and lungs. In the second half they had more and we ran out of gas. “
United fared better than they did on Wednesday when a 1-0 defeat in Nashville sparked angry comments from Olsen’s starters.
“It was a good response from a labor rate [standpoint]and everyone gave everything they had, ”he said on Sunday. “That’s all I can ask of this group now.”
The result spoiled the debut of striker Yordy Reyna, who was taken over from Vancouver last weekend. 16-year-old midfielder Moses Nyeman started the regular season for the first time, and 18-year-old winger Griffin Yow made his second start.
Julian Gressel, an important acquisition in the previous season, has been removed from the list. He was the only player to have started in every previous game, but his contributions fell short of expectations.
Clifton, Va., Yow tied for a sensational equalizer in the final moments of a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC last weekend. Nyeman of Riverdale Park, Md., Replaced Russell Canouse, who was banned from red cards.
The starting challenge “was a really good experience for both of them,” said Olsen.
Nyeman and Yow have attended United Academy together and have a sense of each other’s strengths and tendencies. They tried to connect in the 16th minute but Nyeman’s Pass was a bit ahead of his teammate.
Kevin Paredes, a 17-year-old winger from South Riding, Virginia, would likely have started too, but missed his second straight game with a hamstring problem.
Injuries further restricted Olsen’s options: six regular guests were canceled.
United were buoyant and engaged in the first half, a notable improvement after the Nashville dud. It was a good place to start, but those characteristics didn’t make up for the attack’s shortcomings. Build up and engagement were better, but revolutionary goalkeeper Matt Turner wasn’t tested.
“We had a few chances that we have to do better,” said Olsen. “We’re never a team that fires 10 to 12 shots. we haven’t been for a few years. We have been successful when we are efficient. “
At the beginning of the second half, both teams were ready to overcome the impasse. United’s Ola Kamara prepared for a distraction in the box, but Andrew Farrell intervened at the last moment.
New England’s Teal Bunbury threw a fleeting header over the bar and missed a golden chance from 10 yards.
In the middle of the half, Olsen turned to his bench, including Gressel, for an attack boost. The chances remained slim: a hopeful long ball, a gentle effort in the penalty area, a bid from a distance.
The revolution took advantage of the dwindling moments. Bou found a pocket in the top of the box. Cristian Penilla crossed from the right. Without immediate pressure, Bou caught the ball and shot a low 16-yard shot past Bill Hamid.
After United pushed forward, the Revolution doubled their lead in a 90th-minute counterattack when Penilla Buksa pitched for a chip over the advancing Hamid.
“Of course we are disappointed because we needed three points,” said defender Frédéric Brillant. “For me it is unacceptable to be here in the last seat of this conference with the team we have and the quality we have. This is unacceptable. “
Notes: In a frightening moment towards the end of the first half, play was paused for a few minutes after Reyna’s rear foot caught Matt Polster on the side of his head when the Revolution midfielder attempted a slide tackle. Polster was helped off the field and examined for a possible concussion. …
United host Atlanta (4-8-2) on Saturday.