Revs Lose Fifth in a Row as NYRB Dominate
Poor defense has been a pattern this month for the New England Revolution, and nothing changed in that regard on Saturday: the Revs dropped their fifth straight game, losing 4-1 to the New York Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls got going early, and New England’s eleven knew that it would be hard to come back after giving up the first goal so early, in the fourth minute. Andrew Farrell, who returned from his one-game red card suspension, gave Lloyd Sam too much space on the end line, as Sam poked a cross in front of the net only for Bradley Wright-Phillips to head the ball into the net. It wouldn’t be the only early damage for Sam to deliver. In the ninth minute, the Red Bulls sliced through the Revs defense in the final third on a wonderful sequence of play and Sam found himself in front of the net with only a simple point-blank shot to finish.
Two goals in ten minutes wasn’t enough for New York. Two minutes later, midfielder Dax McCarty laid a perfect through-ball to Wright-Philips at the top of the box. Wright-Phillips trapped it in stride and beat Andrew Farrell before netting the goal. Just like that, the game seemed over in the first fifteen minutes.
All hope was not lost. In the 37th minute, Revs midfielder Andy Dorman trapped a deflected cross five yards out from the goal and tapped it past Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles to set the score at 3-1. It was originally disallowed by the sideline ref due to a nonexistent offside player, but the head referee overruled him.
The second half wouldn’t bring better news for the Revs. In the 56th minute, Anthony Wallace finished off the Revs with an outside shot that deflected off of Jose Gonçalves into the net, setting the score at 4-1.
The Revs continued to give up opportunities. Gonçalves fouled Sal Zizzo in the box in the 88th minute, picking up his second yellow card for the match. On a brilliant play, New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth saved Zizzo’s penalty kick and ensuing second attempt, preventing a four-goal loss.
The Revolution’s defensive effort was embarrassing, as they conceded nine shots on goal as they lost their fifth match in a row. They will look to improve when they return home next Saturday to play the other team from the empire state: NYCFC.