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Subs of the Month (NYCFC-New England Revolution Recap, 05.31.17)

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NEW YORK — Substitute Xavier Kouassi headed home the game-tying goal in the 86th minute to give the New England Revolution a road point, earning a 2-2 draw against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Both goals from the Revolution came after they had trailed in the contest, with substitute Miguel Camargo heading home a cross in the 64th minute to give NYC a 2-1 lead. Camargo, who had just come in three minutes earlier for fellow midfielder Tommy McNamara, scored his first-ever goal in Major League Soccer, as his header glanced off of wingback Kelyn Rowe and past goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

Rowe, however, would have part in the final say of this match, as it was his inch perfect cross that found the head of Kouassi, who came on as a substitute in the 67th minute, with the latter’s header creeping past NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson to tie the score. Kouassi’s goal was the first goal that NYCFC had given up in the final 15 minutes of a contest this season.

Unlike in Sunday’s 3-1 loss on the road to Atlanta United FC, New York got toff to a much faster start, absorbing pressure to begin the game before catching the Revolution on a counterattack to score the game’s first goal. Striker David Villa took a pass just past the midfield stripe and barreled down the middle of New England’s back line before setting up Jack Harrison, who fired in a shot from the top of the 6-yard box in the 17th minute for a 1-0 lead.

It took just seven minutes for the Revs to tie the scorer, as Lee Nguyen’s corner kick from the right was headed in by striker Kei Kamara, who beat Villa to the ball in the box and headed past Johnson to square the game. For Kamara, that was his fourth goal of the season, with Nguyen providing his team-leading sixth assist.

The Revolution still have yet to win on the road this season, with tonight’s draw marking the third time in those eight games away from Foxboro this season in which New England came away with a point.

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