Rooney sets up Amarikwa as D.C. draw with Revs

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Quincy Amarikwa scored the equalizer off a Wayne Rooney free kick in the 86th-minute, as D.C. United rallied from a two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw with the visiting, 10-man New England Revolution on Friday night.

United (8-5-8) has just one victory over its last nine MLS matches, but took advantage of a 63rd-minute red card given to New England’s Wilfried Zahibo to manage a point. Amarikwa brilliantly converted Rooney’s free kick late to make sure D.C. salvaged something from the match.

Though victory slipped away, the resurgent Revolution (6-8-6) are 4-0-4 since firing coach Brad Friedel on May 9. They’re 3-0-2 with legendary coach Bruce Arena physically on the touchline in 2019.

After Rooney nearly missed for D.C. early, Teal Bunbury continued his strong form by giving the Revolution the lead in the fourth minute. The veteran received a well-placed header from Juan Fernando Caicedo, pushed down the right side, then delivered a cross-shot past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid that found the left corner.

All four of Bunbury’s MLS goals this season have come over the last five matches. The Revolution, though, were not done in the first half. Carles Gil netted his fifth of the campaign in the 32nd minute on a rebound off Hamid’s save of Juan Agudelo‘s header in the box.

D.C., however, pulled one back on 43 minutes. Leonardo Jara scored off a stellar, long-range cross from Paul Arriola, who returned from his Gold Cup duties with the U.S. national team.

United showed more life in the second half, and got a huge break when Zahibo was sent off just over the hour mark after receiving his second yellow card of the match for a hard foul. With New England down to 10 men and several quality chances to follow from the hosts, D.C. finally equalized with Amarikwa’s sensational one-timing drive.

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