Edward Kizza

Major League Soccer 2021: New England Revolution 2-2 Chicago Fire

Striker Edward Kizza made his long awaited debut in the Major League Soccer (MLS) during New England Revolution’s 2 all draw with Chicago Fire at the Soldier Field.

This was the first time of asking for Kizza in the MLS after a colorful tenure at Pittsburgh Panthers community where he scored 31 goals, 7 assists in 53 outings.

Kizza was introduced in the final 7 minutes of the game for Adam Buksa, scorer of New England’s first goal.

Edward Kizza featured in the final 7 minutes of the game on his debut and hit the cross bar

He nearly marked a colourful start in the MSL, heading a shot off the cross bar.

“I am happy to make my MLS debut last night. Unlucky to not grab the winner late. We shift our sights to the home opener next weekend” Kizza disclosed after the match via his official twitter handle.

The Ugandan, standing at five feet, nine inches was selected by New England Revolution with the 24th overall mark in the first round of the 2021 MLS draft in January 2021.

New England Revolution rallied from two goals down to earn a point off Chicago Fire.

Robert Berić gave Chicago Fire the lead as early as the 5th minute and Luka Stojanović added the second strike 6 minutes later.

Buksa and  Gustavo Bou replied for New England Revolution in the 14th and 27th minutes respectively.

Edward Kizza in limbering session at New England Revolution

He was among the four players selected alongside Nico Campuzano, Alexander Dexter and Jasper Loeffelsand.

Last season, New England Revolution finished 15th in the league; 8th in the Eastern Conference before falling 1-0 to Columbus Crew in the play-offs.

Meanwhile, New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena and the rest of the technical team as well as the players look forward their next match on 24th April 2021 against DC United at the Gillette Stadium.

Team Line Ups:

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster, Tommy McNamara (Wilfrid Kaptoum 83’); Tajon Buchanan (Teal Bunbury 61’), Carles Gil (Captain), Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa (Edward Kizza 83’)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Jon Bell, Emmanuel Boateng, Scott Caldwell

Chicago Fire FC: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jonathan Bornstein, Francisco Calvo (Captain), Johan Kappelhof, Boris Sekulić; Gastón Giménez, Luka Stojanović (Ignacio Aliseda 66’); Chinonso Offor (Miguel Ángel Navarro 75’), Álvaro Medrán, Przemysław Frankowski; Robert Berić

Substitutes Not Used: Gabriel Slonina, Andre Reynolds, Wyatt Omsberg, Javier Casas, Jhon Espinoza, Brian Gutierrez, Mauricio Pineda

Match Officials:

Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referee: Brian Poeschel (AR1), Peter Manikowski (AR2)
Fourth Official: Lukasz Szpala
Video Assistant Referee: Malik Badawi

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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