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Open Cup 4th Round: Red Bulls Crash Out

A dismal, dismal display from the Red Bulls takes them out of contention for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.

June 12, 2013: Revolution 4, Red Bulls 2

The Red Bulls didn't come to play and the New England Revolution punished them for it.

Right off the bat, the Revs took control of the game and Kelyn Rowe put them up 1-0. The Red Bulls would pull one back thanks to Fabian Espindola taking advantage of a Revolution mistake. Rowe would help the Revolution retake the lead before the half and after the interval, it was all Revolution, aside from a Jonny Steele goal that gave the Red Bulls a lifeline.

It was a winnable game, even without Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave, but it just seemed like the Red Bulls didn't quite care enough to try. Which is infuriating, especially since they stayed in the game for such a long period despite playing like crap.

Anyway, the Red Bulls are only eligible for two trophies. Without mid-week Open Cup games to worry about, maybe they can focus (even more) on the league...

Positives

  • None

Negatives

  • We tackled how flat the team came out above. But, yeah, they didn't seem ready to play. At all.
  • The yellow cards were terrible. Three in the first half and they weren't even good, professional foul-type cards.
  • If I listed how I really felt about this game, it'd so full of expletives, the fine people at SBNation probably wouldn't be too happy about it.

Notable Quotes

Mike Petke, via the New York Post...

"I am not going to make excuses. Like I said, we lost to a mediocre team because we were way less than mediocre. They deserved to win today."