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Revs tell Seattle, "Nuh uh, not today" with late equalizer

Revs tell Seattle, "Nuh uh, not today" with late equalizer

Jim Rogash

A stoppage time header from Diego Fagundez kept the Revs' home unbeaten streak alive despite a timid performance against Seattle.

FOXBORO, Mass. -- For the second game in a row, the New England Revolution grabbed a equalizer in the fourth stoppage time, this time 17-year-old Diego Fagundez providing the late drama against the Seattle Sounders.

The Revs haven't lost at home since April 14.

"It shows that we have that instinct that says, 'Nuh uh, not today.' We’re going to fight to the end," Revs coach Jay Heaps said. "Unfortunately, the two games were almost mirror images of each other."

Despite an early goal in the 12th minute from Saer Sene, the Revolution lost possession and constantly exposed the back line. Sounders forward Eddie Johnson took advantage of shoddy marking, scoring two goals from unchallenged crosses.

"I thought we could have scored again," Heaps said. "I thought we could've had two, three goals in the first couple of minutes. And then we made two mistakes and they scored two goals, and the rest of the game was trying to get back in."

Fagundez entered the game in the 81st minute and instantly had an impact, as New England held the ball in the final third for the last 10 minutes of the game.

"When you’re losing the first thing you think is let’s go forward and let’s try scoring," Fagundez said. "So going into the 81st minute, I was thinking we need to score. I just gave it all I had."

Fellow substitute Fernando Cardenas placed a long ball into the box which was headed home by Fagundez in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

"I don’t know where Fernando was going; it could have gone either way. But we scored so that’s all that matters right now," Fagundez said.

The homegrown teenager was the third substitute, following Kelyn Rowe and Cardenas. Wit the game going stale and the Revs trailing, Heaps needed a shift in momentum.

"Did I sub the kitchen sink in at one point? I think if you noticed, we tried to play up through them," Heaps said. "So rather than just bringing in just bodies, we wanted to try to piece them apart because they were sound defensively."

The substitutes may have helped salvage a draw, but Heaps was far from pleased at the performance.

"As the game went on, we made the exact same mistakes we made in Toronto," he said. "And believe me, we worked on that all week, so that's even more frustrating."