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Desert Diamond Cup: New England, Kansas City end level

US nats Zusi, Bunbury score for their sides

  • Kevin Ellis (12) was one of many long time-SKC players brought in at the hour mark.
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolKevin Ellis (12) was one of many long time-SKC players brought in at the hour mark.
  • New England's Diego Fagundez moves the ball up field.
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Diego Fagundez moves the ball up field.
  • New England's Diego Fagundez
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Diego Fagundez
  • New England's Juan Agudelo was brought in just past the hour mark to replace Charlie Davies
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Juan Agudelo was brought in just past the hour mark to replace Charlie Davies
  • Kansas City's Connor Hallisey slows up New England's Zach Herivaux
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolKansas City's Connor Hallisey slows up New England's Zach Herivaux
  • New England's Zach Herivaux
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Zach Herivaux
  • One time SKC player Teal Bunbury scored New England's only goal of the match
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolOne time SKC player Teal Bunbury scored New England's only goal of the match
  • New England's Charlie Davies slips by Seth Sinovic to take a shot on goal.
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Charlie Davies slips by Seth Sinovic to take a shot on goal.
  • Seth Sinovic (l) and Teal Bunbury (r) face off near the touch line
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolSeth Sinovic (l) and Teal Bunbury (r) face off near the touch line
  • New England's Diego Fagundez
    Serina Gutierrez/Desert View High SchoolNew England's Diego Fagundez

New England’s Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen had numerous chances on goal, but it fell to Teal Bunbury to even things up for the Revs when they took on Sporting Kansas City at Kino North Stadium on Saturday night.

New England had the run of play in the opening minutes of the match and only allowed one offensive chance for Kansas City. The boys in the lighter shade of blue made the most of it as Jordi Quintanilla and Graham Zusi combined for the first goal of the match.

New England’s comeback had to wait until just before the hour mark. Diego Fagundez found a free Bunbury. Bunbury only needed one touch to get it past Sporting’s Tim Melia.

Given that the match was a tie, it was unsurprising that New England coach Jay Heaps’s feelings were mixed.

“It was important for us to start on the right foot, and I thought they did. We were very good for the first 10 or 11 minutes,” he said. “Then they scored a really goal on a counter attack, a really good goal by Graham Zusi. It really rattled us.”

“I liked the way we finished the half, and I liked the way we started the half,” he added. “Right now it’s about managing minutes but getting our fitness levels up.”

New England faces off with Houston on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., with Kansas City and Colorado following at 8 p.m. All four teams will be looking for their first win in the tournament.

A certain lack of symmetry

Teal Bunbury scored against his former club on Saturday night. Bunbury spent four seasons at SKC before being traded in February of 2014. Tucson soccer watchers may note that he played in preseason matches for both New England and SKC at Kino that year.

Kansas City has two players who played for New England: Seth Sinovic and Benny Feilhaber. Sinovic played an hour on Saturday, with Feilhaber coming in with the platoon substituted in at the hour mark.

Neither one scored, however, which prevented a certain smart-alecky soccer writer from writing about the serendipity of it all.

Ted Prezelski owns a Blackberry and writes about all things soccer, fútbol and piłka nożna for TucsonSentinel.com and at the blog How Flair is Punished (mindingthe.net).


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