The Red Bulls traveled down four men due to international callups for the USA and Panama, as they went to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Revolution and unfortunately they came home pointless as their five match unbeaten streak came to an end with a two goals to one loss.
It was a great start to the match for the Red Bulls as they looked engaged and ready to do battle and they were able to get on the board first in the eighth minute as the Red Bulls leading goal scorer was able to get a goal.
It started with a corner kick along the far side that was struck by Sean Davis. The ball wasn't struck well as it bent away from goal. The Revolution took control and tried a run, but they lost possession as Vincent Bezecourt took it back.
He quickly passed to the far side and saw Davis wide open. Sean Davis took a touch and then bent a cross into the Revolution area and finds Bradley Wright-Phillips who leapt in the air and beat Matt Turner for his 9th of the season and his 95th career league goal.
Ryan Meara tried to keep the Revolution off the scoreboard as much as he could, making some spectacular saves and made a play where he didn’t extend his arms to allow the ball to bend away from him and go out for a goal kick.
But inside the only minute of first half stoppage time is when the Revs took away some momentum going into halftime. Diego Fagundez who got a quick pass from Krisztain Nemeth blasted a fantastic ball across the face of goal that Meara couldn’t get to and beat him inside the far post.
All throughout the second half you could throw out the words pretty football as the Revolution came out for a dirty, gritty game that they took advantage of and found a way to get that second goal from a familiar nemesis in Teal Bunbury.
78th minute saw the Revolution once again forcing the Red Bulls defenders to follow the ball and forget to mark their men. As Cristian Penilla ran to get the ball back and restart a play, he delivered a great cross to Bunbury who stepped behind Aurelien Collin and found the ball for an easy tap in as Meara left an open goal for the ball to get buried.
After the ninety minutes ended the Revolution found a win and earned the three points at home and that left a sour taste inside Jesse Marsch’s mouth. What did the Red Bulls Head Coach think about this match at the razor.
“I think just not good enough. We were pretty honest with ourselves after the game, not enough good performances. Not enough desire on the field to take care of the game. Not enough sharpness to create chances. Then, it winds up that when you play against a combative team that you’re not rewarding yourself for creating little moments, because you’re just not able to be sharp.” said Marsch, “I don’t think we got enough out of our pressing and counter-pressing. I don’t think we got enough out of our play with the ball. I don’t think we got enough out of our game plan. I don’t think we did well on set pieces. We gave up two goals off of throw-ins – one at the end of the half. In a lot of ways, just short. Just short in a lot of areas. If you combine that with not having good performances, then you’re going to probably be on the wrong end of the result.”
And now the club will have to say good bye to Alejandro Romero Gamarra as he will fly with the Paraguayan National Team for a friendly in Japan and the club will be ready to play in their first US Open Cup match in 2018 as they will be gearing up again for the Hudson River Derby and see if they can recreate their magical run from last season.