On paper this seemed like an obvious loss for the Red Bulls in one form or another: Playing as the away team vs the New England Revolution - a team they've only beaten once at Gillette Stadium since 2003; a second-string defense with starting defenders Kemar Lawrence, Aurelien Collin and Michael Murillo all unavailable; the Red Bulls' notorious road struggles and New England's more notorious homefield advantage.
It looks like the soccer gods forgot to tell Gonzalo Veron that the Red Bulls weren't supposed to win this one.
Despite erasing a one-goal deficit twice during the game, the Revs still looked like the better team for most of the game. Diego Fagundez, Kei Kamara and Lee Nguyen were all in top form and creating serious headaches for the likes of Sal Zizzo, Damien Perrinelle and company.
However, in the 90th minute, the Red Bulls' million-dollar benchwarmer received a beautifully placed ball from Felipe that he smashed past a prone Cody Cropper and into the far post to give the Red Bulls their first lead of the game.
New England's late rally fell short and the Red Bulls won their second consecutive road game with a 3-2 victory.
Here are the RBNY player ratings:
Luis Robles - 5
That was the first time I've ever seen Robles get 'megged. He seemed especially off his game in this one.
Connor Lade - 7
Aaron Long - 7
Damien Perrinelle - 6
Sal Zizzo - 6
Sean Davis - 6
Felipe - 8
That was exactly the kind of contribution on offense this team needs to get a spark in this second half of the season. Two assists and a strong defensive effort at defensive midfielder would have earned him Man of the Match honors half the time.
Alex Muyl - 6
Sacha Kljestan - 5
Yet another poor effort from Kljestan that required everybody else to make up for his mistakes.
Daniel Royer - 7
Aside from his penalty kick, Royer didn't do a whole lot in this one.
Bradley Wright-Phillips - 7
BWP continues to do the only thing he does well: Score. Unfortunately, his abilities as a chance creator are limited and its cost the team shots on goal on too many occasions.
Derrick Etienne Jr. - 5
Gonzalo Veron - 9 (Man of the Match)
This is probably the only time I'll ever get a chance to give him MotM honors, so just let him enjoy that goal. The Argentine has now contributed three goals in his last two road games. Not a bad haul.
Dan Metzger - n/a
The NYRBII stud made his debut with the first team but didn't make a whole lot of impact on the final minutes.
The Red Bulls will have another full week to recover and lick their wounds before facing the Revs again - this time in the U.S. Open Cup Quarter-Finals. One can only hope that the manner in which the Red Bulls won will inspire the confidence needed to secure that particular victory.