THE STREAK IS OVER
The last time the Red Bulls won in Foxborough they were the MetroStars, Tim Howard was in goal and Mike Petke was playing centerback. That was 17 trips to New England without a win. It was getting ridiculous.
But now, it's over.
Luis Robles stood on his head and Peguy Luyindula and Eric Alexander scored, and the Red Bulls leave Gillette Stadium with a win.
Even better, it broke the Red Bulls out a more more pressing funk. Coming into the game, they were 1-3-2 in their last six and 0-3-1 in their last four. They were limping toward the World Cup break -- which really starts next Sunday after the Open Cup game against the Cosmos -- and looking lifeless.
Pulling out a win against the team currently sitting on top of the East will go a long way in terms of confidence. Because the Red Bulls will need it if they're going to make a playoff push once they come back from break later this month.
None of the above would've happened if it weren't for the man in goal, Robles. The Revolution saw more of the ball and had 22 shots to the Red Bulls' 8. But Robles made 10 saves -- a few of them pretty spectacular -- to keep his team in it.
There's really no other way to say it: Without Robles, the Red Bulls lose that game, plain and simple.
The Revolution were hot, 4-1-0 in their last five with 21 goals for, and are one of the more ambitious attacking teams in the league, so you'd be forgiven for worrying about the 18-year-old centerback being pressed into starting duty due to injuries.
But Miazga acquitted himself well in his first ever MLS start. He looked like he'd been out there for years and you never heard his name until he made a big tackle. The only blemish on his day wasn't his fault: the referee awarded the youngster a questionable yellow card in the second half.