CARSON, Calif. -- The Revolution accomplished what most visiting soccer teams hope to in a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy last night. But the Revolution were discouraged by the result, despite a dramatic tying score by Andy Dorman in the fourth and final minute of injury time.
''If you were in here right after the game, it was quiet," said Revolution captain Joe Franchino, whose free kick set up Dorman's goal. ''It feels like a loss more than anything, because of the way we played. I don't know what it was, because this is a big field and there was a lot of space. But we were taking one too many touches in midfield, the speed of play was too slow. We usually possess the ball, and if we had done that, it would have opened things up."
Both teams lost players to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the continental championship which starts tomorrow, and the quality of play suffered.
Substitutes played decisive roles in the match.
The Galaxy (7-5-4) took the lead in the 87th minute on Michael Enfield's first MLS goal off a cross from Herculez Gomez.
Ryan Latham, who replaced Marshall Leonard in the 75th minute, drew a foul near the left sideline to set up the Revolution goal. Franchino sent the free kick to the back post, Taylor Twellman headed it back toward the goal area, where Shalrie Joseph touched the ball on to Dorman, who roofed the shot past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
The Galaxy added speed to their attack with Mubarike Chisoni in the 62d minute and Gomez two minutes later. But Chisoni was often retreating into defense as the game opened up, both teams finding space as players became more attack-minded and midfielders tired. The addition of Connally Edozien, replacing Khano Smith in the 70th minute, refreshed the Revolution. But both teams' inability to combine passes resulted in few good offensive threats. Cobi Jones was replaced by Enfield in the 81st minute, and within a minute, a through ball sent Enfield in alone on Matt Reis. But Enfield failed to take a shot, the full-house crowd of 27,000 reacting with boos.
Enfield compensated five minutes later. Gomez controlled the ball on the right side of the penalty area, drew the defense, and lofted a cross to the other side of the penalty area, with Enfield heading it past Reis.
Two minutes later, Jose Cancela was fouled and his deflected free kick was tipped away by Hartman for a corner. The Revolution (9-1-5) continued to pressure and Latham was fouled, setting up Dorman's goal 30 seconds before the final whistle.
''We had the two best chances and we scored with one," Revolution coach Steve Nicol said. ''But outside of those two chances we weren't good. Everyone was just off and we were giving the ball away. We have to get better with the ball. Everything was set up -- the field was perfect, it is a big field, but we didn't take advantage of it."
The Revolution will again be without US national team players Clint Dempsey, Pat Noonan, and Steve Ralston, plus Trinidad and Tobago's Avery John, for a visit to Chicago Saturday.
''We have good enough players, we should be all right," Nicol said. ''We have enough quality."
Twellman, making his first MLS appearance since straining his left hamstring June 4, appeared to struggle with his timing, but his aggressiveness and strong running threatened the Galaxy defense in the first half. But other Revolution players also started slowly.
The Revolution had the best opportunity of the game as Joseph's through ball sent Twellman in alone on Hartman in the 23d minute. Hartman tipped Twellman's attempted chip but the Galaxy failed to clear, allowing Cancela a free shot. But Hartman recovered and Cancela's low drive went directly to him.
Twellman had other chances: following a Leonard advance in the 32d minute, his left-footer looping wide; his one-timed left-footer skidding wide in the 39th minute; and four minutes into the second half, Hartman made a diving stop of Twellman's header in front of the goal, the sequence set up by a cross from Dorman to James Riley at the back post.
The Revolution failed to exploit the wings, but when Leonard or Riley did advance they caused major upheavals in the Galaxy defense.