The New England Revolution are in dire straits with less than ten minutes to go against D.C. United after substitute Chris Pontius put United ahead with an excellent finish. Rookie Nick Deleon beat Kevin Alston to a header and played Pontius into the left of the box. The DC attacker, still completing a comeback from a broken leg suffered in 2011, dragged the ball back and out-foxed Stephen McCarthy before finishing with aplomb inside the far post.
The goal followed an extended spell where both sides enjoyed attacking opportunities and sparred a bit, but New England appeared to have the advantage.
Revolution forward Bjorn Runstrom made his MLS debut in the 79th minute, replacing goalscorer Jose Moreno. The Swedish striker is a like-for-like substitution who will likely be expected to hold the ball up and try to bring others into the play. Minutes after conceding the goal, Fernando Cardenas replaced Kevin Alston, indicating Jay Heaps attacking intent.