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Revolution 1, Orlando City 1

Carles Gil scores a stunner, but Revolution settle for a draw with Orlando City

Carles Gil, pictured here on March 5, scored a long-range curler against Orlando City on Wednesday.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH – The Revolution try to present an unpredictable attacking style in an attempt to catch opponents off balance. But the Revolution have short-circuited by following a predictable script, surrendering the lead in 10 successive games after a 1-1 tie with Orlando City SC Wednesday night.

This time, Carles Gil gave the Revolution the advantage in the 22d minute, but defender Robin Jansson tied it 13 minutes later. The Revolution (5-5-5, 20 points), who play host to Minnesota United Sunday, have gone 4-2-4 after going in front since April 2.

Gil opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season, the fifth successive game the Revolution have converted the first goal. Gil finished from the edge of the penalty arc, curling a shot into the left side of the net past a diving Pedro Gallese. Gustavo Bou set up the goal, avoiding two defenders near the halfway line on the left, then finding Gil on an open right wing run.

After Orlando (6-6-4, 22 points) earned a corner kick off an attempted Jon Bell clearance, Jansson went past three opponents to equalize in the 35th minute. Jansson took possession at the top of the penalty area off a corner kick and, as teammate Rodrigo Schlegel appealed for handball, went directly to the end line, finishing past Djordje Petrovic.


The Revolution switched from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-4-2 after halftime, Jozy Altidore joining Bou up front. The pairing failed to click immediately, with Altidore hit by a goal-bound Bou header in the 49th minute. Emmanuel Boateng and Sebastian Lletget joined Tommy McNamara to provide midfield support for Gil, but the Revolution struggled to finish in improving their unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3).

“Hard-fought game,” Revolution sporting director/head coach Bruce Arena said. “We made a couple mistakes defending that corner. Give them credit. We did poorly not winning the initial header, not doing a good job stepping to the player when two players probably could have stood the guy up. We didn’t get it done.”


Observations from Wednesday’s game:

▪ Revolution players did not appear discouraged, despite failing to capitalize on what appeared to be a winnable game. “Obviously good and bad, right?” Altidore said. “You start the game [leading], putting the other team on their heels. But then giving up goals, you have to look at how you’re giving up goals. And like tonight, it’s a good goal on their part but if you look at the play as a whole, I think we’ll be disappointed because it’s a second ball, a recycled ball and he fires one in their from the top of the [goal area]. It’s a little frustrating.

“But, you get points, a game like this we lose five weeks ago. So we have to look at positives. We’re moving in the right direction and Sunday’s another good opportunity to take three points.”

Arena acquired Altidore in anticipation of losing Adam Buksa, who was given a sendoff at the game on the way to joining RC Lens in France on a $10 million transfer. Altidore has scored one goal in 11 appearances.

“It’s going to take a little time,” Arena said of the Altidore-Bou combination. “I thought Jozy had a good game.”

▪ Orlando City’s Kyle Smith, starting in place of Brazilian right back Ruan, shut down the Revolution left wing for most of the match, until being cautioned for a foul on DeJuan Jones that led to the free kick in the 88th minute. But the Revolution squandered the chance, Gil touching on to Bou, who sent the shot well over the bar.


▪ Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner attended the game but was not available after returning from the US national team’s visit to El Salvador Tuesday night. Turner will make his final Revolution appearance Sunday before joining Arsenal on a $7 million transfer. Gallese started for Peru in a penalty kicks loss to Australia in a World Cup qualifier in Qatar Monday. Petrovic, making his second successive start, made an impressive diving save on Smith in the 80th minute.

▪ Orlando City striker Alexandre Pato, 32, showed flashes of the guile and skill that have earned him $66 million in transfer fees across his career. Pato made his fourth appearance at Gillette Stadium, dating to 2008, when he was with Brazil for a 2-0 loss to Venezuela; followed by games with AC Milan (2-0 loss to Inter Milan in 2009) and another for Brazil (3-1 victory over Portugal in 2013).

▪ Arena said the Revolution were still recovering from their 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City, played in near-90 degree temperatures Sunday. The Revolution started this game fast, but might have struggled physically as the contest went on.

“We had a little bit of a disadvantage coming into the game, having played Sunday under those conditions,” Arena said. “We were a little heavy-legged, for sure.”


Frank Dell'Apa can be reached at frankdellapa@gmail.com.