This match was the battle of two Premier League legends, Brad Friedel and Patrick Vieira, and it did not disappoint.
Brad Friedel’s men took an early lead when they made the breakthrough in the 11th minute following a scramble in midfield. The ball fell to Diego Fagundez who turned nicely before curling past Sean Johnson from distance.
NYCFC created a chance to equalise from nowhere when Yangel Herrera showed great technique to fire a shot goalwards, however Revs keeper Matt Turner kept the ball out in impressive fashion.
New York’s Ismael Tajouri was handed a yellow card in the latter stages of the first half after he was adjudged to have dived, and the referee got it spot on. The attempt at deceiving the referee was embarrassing.
The visitors equalised five minutes into the second half as Abdul-Salaam made a brilliant overlapping run before playing it back to Tajouri who did the rest. A fine team goal.
The Revs restored their advantage in the 62nd minute after Juan Agudelo rose above his opponents to head home, making it 2-1 just minutes after he entered the field as a substitute.
NYCFC were back level once again in the 75th minute, and it was that man Ismael Tajouri who found the net once more. He gave Revs keeper Matt Turner absolutely no chance at keeping the ball out.
After the dive earlier on in the game, it was nice to see Tajouri show off his real capabilities. I was very impressed with his overall performance.
The match finished with both teams getting a share of the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Gillette Stadium.