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Rapid Reaction: Revolution 1, Timbers 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Charlie Davies scored in his second straight game, but Liam Ridgewell equalized just after the hour as the New England Revolution and Portland Timbers settled for a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Davies, who scored his first Revolution goal two weeks ago in New York, secured the opening strike on Saturday in the 27th minute. The goal stood until the 65th minute, when Ridgewell, who joined the Timbers in June, scored his first MLS goal.

With the draw, the Revolution are now winless in 10 of their past 11 (1-9-1), while the Timbers have gotten results in four of their past five (3-1-1).

What it means: The hard week of training that the Revolution endured during the bye paid early dividends, but once again, it was team defense that undermined them in the second half. If there was any doubt about the state of the Revolution's defense, just look at the film from Ridgewell's goal. Two players -- Kelyn Rowe and Andrew Farrell -- both had the opportunity to stop Ridgewell in his tracks. But neither was able to thwart the English defender, who raced from the midfield into the box virtually unimpeded before slipping the ball past Bobby Shuttleworth. Say what you will about the Revolution's inability to strengthen the early lead -- which they certainly had opportunities to do. The fact is that the team's collective defense needs to be much sharper down the homestretch if the Revs plan on making another late playoff push this season.

Scoreboard watch: The 1-1 draw keeps the Revolution in sixth place, one point below the red playoff line.

Stat of the match: After starting off the season 7-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, the Revolution are now winless in their past two (0-1-1) when beating their opponents to the board.

One change to lineup, and familiar face makes the game-day roster: Coach Jay Heaps made only one change to the lineup he fielded two weeks ago in New York, slotting in Diego Fagundez on the left for Steve Neumann. Perhaps the most notable change to the game-day roster: the inclusion of fan favorite Shalrie Joseph, who was eligible for selection for the first time since the Revolution re-signed him earlier this season. Joseph spent nearly 10 years in New England (2003-2012) before he was traded to Chivas USA midway through the 2010 season.

Early exit for Alston: Kevin Alston's night came to a premature end moments after he injured his right hamstring, which appeared to happen while he was making a recovery run in the 29th minute. Darrius Barnes took over for Alston minutes later at left back. The early exit marked the third time this season that an injury forced Alston out of the game in the first half.

Renewing old acquaintances: Saturday's match marked a mini-reunion for a handful of former Akron Zips. Among those in attendance: Timbers coach Caleb Porter (who led the school to a national championship in 2010), striker Darlington Nagbe and midfielder Steve Zakuani. The Revolution contingent included midfielders Teal Bunbury and Scott Caldwell.

Another home match on tap: The Revolution will play their second straight game at home on Saturday, Aug. 23, when they host Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. The intraconference clash will mark the only time the teams will meet during the regular season. Last year, they split the difference in a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center on June 29, 2013.