Head above the rest: Revs stun D.C.
making his first start of the year with Matt Reis suspended -- and thundered off the back support inside the goal for his fourth league goal this season.
United narrowly missed doubling their lead on several occasions before the break. Ben Olsen ripped a sizzling volley from the right side of the goal that Warren was able to dive to his right to parry, his first save on the campaign.
Then in the 45th minute United won a free kick just outside the area and Gomez came close, just bending it outside of the left post. Jaime Moreno then also just went wide.
The Revolution pulled level in the 47th minute through some real fortune. A long ball out of midfield from Jay Heaps was headed back by Boswell toward his own goalmouth, and it flew over Rimando in the United net. It was the second successive league game the rookie defender had knocked the ball into his own goal, and the third time this season.
The teams quickly traded clear chances. A shot from Pat Noonan -- back in the lineup for the first time in seven league matches -- beat Rimando but the shot flashed outside the post. Then United went to the other end on the counter and a Quaranta cross found Olsen, but his first-time effort went right to Warren.
Twellman and Erpen continued their duel on a number of restarts, then things got a little ugly in the 88th minute when the two battled for a high ball then swiped at each other. Erpen fell to the ground though he didn't appear to be touched, and was booked for exaggeration.
United then went a man down just after the 90 minutes ticked over when Kovalenko was sent off for a vicious tackle from the side on Revolution midfielder James Riley. And it took the home side just a few minutes to punish the indiscretion.
Noonan laid the ball back to substitute Andy Dorman, and he lofted an early cross from the right into the goalmouth. Twellman had the last laugh as he rose up over Erpen and flicked a curling header into the upper right corner to tie for the league lead with his 11th goal, the sixth Revolution goal scored in stoppage time and one that was as equally as dramatic as Twellman's 92nd-minute goal that gave New England a 3-2 win against FC Dallas on July 16.
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
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