FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With their 1-1 draw to the Portland Timbers, the New England Revolution are now 5-0-3 in first meetings with expansion sides since 2000. It’s also the second consecutive match in which the Revs claimed a 1-1 draw in their first match against an expansion side. Last year, New England and Philadelphia scored one goal apiece at PPL Park on Aug. 2.
The Revolution are now 9-8-5 all-time against expansion squads in their first year.
-- For the fourth consecutive match, the Revs scored the first goal of the match. In fact, the Revs have scored all four of their goals this season before the 30th minute.
-- Stephen McCarthy’s 22nd-minute goal was the first of his Major League Soccer career. It also marked the latest goal time-wise of the season thus far for the Revs and was the first goal scored by a Revolution rookie this season.
-- Kenny Mansally, who was recently called up to the Gambia National team, appeared as a 58th minute substitute after replaced McCarthy.
-- New England will travel to Vancouver to face another expansion team -- the Whitecaps -- for a Wednesday night match at BC Place.
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.