HOUSTON—The New England Revolution stunned the Houston Dynamo in both the opening and closing minutes of a wild opening-day affair at sunny BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, as Diego Fagundez and Daigo Kobayashi scored clutch goals to steal a point for the visitors in a 3-3 draw.
Fagundez got the visiting Revs off to a flyer as he drilled a vicious half-volley inside Joe Willis' right post from long range just minutes after kickoff. But a defensive gaffe by the visitors gifted Houston an equalizer just before halftime as Cristian Maidana made Bobby Shuttleworth pay.
Dynamo debutant Andrew Wenger struck to give his side the lead in the 50th minute, taking a pass from Will Bruin in the box and finishing to the far corner. But Houston were pegged back barely two minutes later as Charlie Davies scored on the second time of asking after New England beat a poorly-executed Dynamo offside trap.
Dynamo star Giles Barnes stroked home a well-taken finish off another Bruin pass in the 77th that looked likely to be the game-winner. But his defensive mates were pinned back by a furious late Revs rally that concluded with Kobayashi thumping home Fagundez's cross deep in injury time to shock the home faithful.
Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution
MLS Regular Season
March 6, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
New England: Diego Fagundez (unassisted) 3
Houston Dynamo: Cristián Maidana (unassisted) 45 +1
Houston Dynamo: Andrew Wenger (Will Bruin, Ricardo Clark) 50
New England Revolution: Charlie Davies (Diego Fagundez) 52
Houston Dynamo: Giles Barnes (Will Bruin) 77
New England: Daigo Kobayashi (Diego Fagundez) 90+3
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raúl Rodríguez, DaMarcus Beasley (Boniek García; Ricardo Clark (David Rocha 64), Alex, Andrew Wenger, Cristián Maidana (Mauro Manotas), Giles Barnes; Giles Barnes ©; Will Bruin
Substitutes Not Used: Calle Brown, Agus, Leonel Miranda, Erick Torres
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Andrew Wenger, Giles Barnes tied with 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Andrew Wenger 2); FOULS: 10 (Andrew Wenger, Will Bruin tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Andrew Wenger); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Cristián Maidana 5); SAVES: 3 (Joe Willis 3)
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Je-Vaughn Watson, Andrew Farrell, José Gonçalves ©, Chris Tierney; Kelyn Rowe (Scott Caldwell 46), Gershon Koffie (Daigo Kobayashi 85), Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo 69), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies
Substitutes Not Used: Darrius Barnes, London Woodberry, Zachary Herivaux, Brad Knighton
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Diego Fagundez, Charlie Davies tied with 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Charlie Davies 2); FOULS: 17 (Teal Bunbury 5); OFFSIDES: 4 (Charlie Davies 3); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Chris Tierney, Lee Nguyen tied with 1); SAVES: 2 (Bobby Shuttleworth 2)
NE: Teal Bunbury (caution) 27
NE: Je-Vaugn Watson (caution) 49
HOU: Jalil Anibaba (caution) 55
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi