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New England draw 1-1 with Orlando City amid big changes

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Thursday’s football news starts at Major League Soccer. The New England Revolution and Orlando City drew 1–1 at Gillette Stadium. Carles Gill took New England out in the 22nd minute and Robin Jansson equalized for the Revs in the 35th. New England landed three of nine shots on goal, while Orlando landed five of 13.

“I think they started the game very well,” New England forward Josie Altidore said of Orlando. “They made life difficult for us and they had more play. I think you expect after Sunday’s game, you know, in the heat. I think it was hard for us to travel and all that, but I think we held up well in the game. Obviously, we scored the first goal and in the end I think we will be disappointed by giving up this goal.”

With some MLS teams taking off the June international break, the games played are once again distorting the tables in MLS. New England moved up to 6th with 22 points, two points behind 5th placed Orlando with both teams playing 15 games. All 4th to 7th in the East have played 15 games, but no team lower than the table has played 15 games. 10th-place Columbus, 11th-place Atlanta, and 13th-place DC have yet to play their 14th game.

To put this into perspective for New England, 8th-placed Cincinnati is three points behind them in 14 games played. Though the schedule isn’t exactly conducive to a march up the table in Philadelphia, ranked 2nd on Saturday, before hosting Orlando the following Friday and ending June with a Wednesday home game against No. 1-ranked NYCFC, by the time they will play in New England on July 2, the Eastern Conference may look different.

New England gets another game with USMNT goaltender Matt Turner on Sunday at home against Minnesota. After finishing 9th in the Western Conference, United are tied with 8th-placed Houston and 10th-placed Colorado with 18 points in 14 games. They are all one point behind Seattle in 7th place and the Saunders have a game in hand.

While comparisons between conferences favor New England, this is the time of the season when enough teams are in transition to expect change. Even strong clubs making additions when the July window opens need to be careful not to disrupt what is already working. It’s a tricky situation to manage up and down the table.

For New England, saying goodbye to Adam Buxa on Wednesday and then Turner on Sunday means compensation for the league’s top scorer and one of the league’s top goaltenders. Compensation is different from substitution as the Revolution has no choice but to focus on how to keep what is currently 0 balls.

“Well, it’s going to take a little while,” New England coach Bruce Arena said of Gustavo Bow and Altidore’s partnership. “But I thought Josie had a good game. And remember, we had a slight disadvantage early in the game as we played on Sunday (at) Kansas City in those conditions. So tonight we were a little heavy.”

Turning to football news, Goal’s Ryan Tomlich has its own conclusions USMNT in June window. CBS Sports Roger Gonzalez With what we learned about USMNT. Los Angeles Times Kevin Baxter on the two Los Angeles stadiums are arguing to host the 2026 World Cup games. DV asks about Borussia Dortmund without Erling Haaland.

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