Revs Tame Red Bulls At Gillette
The New York Red Bulls came to Gillette Stadium on Saturday as the only undefeated team left in Major League Soccer. They left disappointed, as the New England Revolution beat their Eastern Conference rival, 2-1.
New England’s star midfielder Lee Nguyen began the game on the bench as Jermaine Jones continued to play center back in place of club captain Jose Gonçalves. Defensive midfielder Andy Dorman got another start alongside Scott Caldwell as Kelyn Rowe saw the starting eleven for the first time in a few games.
It didn’t take long for the Revs to impose their will. In the ninth minute, right back London Woodberry (who has filled in admirably for Kevin Alston and looks to be a starting fullback now) whipped a pacey cross into the box. Striker Charlie Davies met the ball with a sharp diving header into the back of the net to open the scoring at 1-0. It was Davies’ third goal in as many games.
The rest of the first half was a midfield battle as neither team threatened too much, with the exception of a penalty kick no-call in the 42nd minute as Teal Bunbury appeared to trip New York’s Felipe Martins from behind in the box. The Revs were glad to have escaped what would have surely been an equalizing penalty kick.
The 54th minute saw a great scoring opportunity for New England following an excellent one-two pass combination from Davies and Rowe, eventually culminating in a Teal Bunbury through-ball that was foiled by Robles.
The Revs found another hole in the 60th minute, as superb ball movement led to Bunbury putting the ball into the back of the net. In a stunning five-player, six-pass buildup that cut through the Red Bulls defense, Bunbury neatly slotted the ball home for what is surely the Revolution’s best goal of the season so far.
In the 70th minute, Charlie Davies created an excellent fast-break opportunity in his own half, but narrowly missed wide right after running the length of the field with two New York defenders on his heels.
Three minutes later, New York found their opportunity as forward Mike Grella headed it forward to Sacha Kljestan, who easily faked out New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and calmly scored to make it 2-1. The Red Bulls threatened twice in the final 20 minutes, but the whistle blew at a final score of 2-1.
Jose Gonçalves saw the field for the first time since his injury as he replaced Andy Dorman (moving Jermaine Jones into defensive midfield) in the 74th minute to play center back. Lee Nguyen came on for Kelyn Rowe in the 56th, and Diego Fagundez replaced Juan Agudelo in the 83rd.
It was an encouraging game from the whole team, but Charlie Davies’ effort stood out above the rest as he looks to be fulfilling his potential. Andrew Farrell continues to impress at center back as a consistently excellent contributor.
The Revs look to continue their momentum in Orlando next Friday at Orlando City SC.