The Revs suffered their first loss of the preseason when they fell to Chivas USA, 3-2, in the Desert Diamond Cup.
The Revs built a 2-0 lead behind goals from Lee Nguyen and Teal Bunbury, but the Goats clawed back and Mauro Rosales kicked the game-winner in the 74th minute off a free kick.
Coach Jay Heaps used his starting group for much of the game, and it buzzed around in the first half.
Nguyen got taken down just outside the box after chasing down a long ball over the midfield from Jose Goncalves, setting up a free kick from 19 yards. He stepped up and his shot found space in the Chivas USA wall and sailed past Jackson for a 1-0 Revs lead.
The Revs pushed the score to 2-0 when Fagundez connected with recent acquisition, Teal Bunbury. Fagundez raced down a ball over the top toward the left sideline and sent a pass in to the on-coming Bunbury. After a touch, Bunbury put his low shot inside the far post to push the Revs’ lead to two goals.
Chivas USA pulled one back in the 26th minute when Erick Torres, volleyed home a clearance attempt off the end line. Goncalves tried to backheel a ball along the endline into safety, but his attempt found El Cubo in the heart of the box where he lined up his first-time shot past Bobby Shuttleworth.
The Goats leveled almost 10 minutes into the second half when Shuttleworth saved Torres’ hard-angled shot, but the rebound landed at Carlos Alvarez’s feet and he tapped in for the game-tying goal in the 54th minute.
Mauro Rosales then gave Chivas USA the lead in the 74th minute, capitalizing on a free kick awarded just outside the edge of the Revs’ penalty area. Jerry Bengtson brought down Torres as he chased down a long pass, and Rosales stepped up and curled his in-swinging free kick just inside the far upper 90 of Shuttleworth’s goal.
The Revolution returns to the field Wednesday, Feb. 26, when the team faces the Chicago Fire at 5:30 p.m.