On a night where the weather played a factor and some hard fought challenges were being given all over the field, the Red Bulls were able to survive and defeat the New England Revolution by a final score of 2-0.
The opening goal came towards the middle of the second half as the Red Bulls were trying to get on the score sheet and needed to score quickly before the Revolution were going to sneak one past them.
In the 69th minute a free kick was given to the home side and the man who scored twice in the comeback victory last week, was the one to take the set piece. As Marc Rzatkowski bent a great ball from the near side of the field, magic was created on the far side.
As the ball sailed along the six yard box and missed Michael Murillo, Daniel Royer who always makes these far post runs found himself getting to the ball and he just taps it in past Revolution keeper Matt Turner.
“We know we can be effective on set pieces and Marc serves great set pieces as we can see and once again a great free kick and just tried to be at the second post and it went in.” said Daniel Royer.
“He always puts them into the dangerous spaces, so we all know where to run. It’s not only my spot that is dangerous, there are a lot of spots that are dangerous. He serves them great and we all know where we should end up and it was a great one.”
Bradley Wright-Phillips is getting closer and closer to his 100th career MLS Goal. On this crazy, rainy evening at Red Bull Arena he was going to get one goal closer to that feet as he converted the second goal of the night in the 80th minute.
This time during the run of play he was preparing himself to get into a run and the man that would allow him to convert the chance was Kaku. Alejandro Romero Gamarra was able to serve a delicious ball that was bending and floating towards the net. When Wright-Phillips gave a slight touch off the top of his head, he beats Turner to the far post and converts his 99th career MLS Goal.
“I didn’t get many chances tonight, I wanted to get a chance or two but it was a great play by Kaku to get me that opportunity.” said Wright-Phillips, “It was never going to be a beautiful game of football when you play against New England. A set piece opened the game up thanks to Danny (Royer) and then they were chasing the game.”
There was a chance that BWP was going to get a chance to convert from the spot late in the second half when Ismail Elfath whistled the Revolution for a hand ball inside the area, but VAR assistant Referee Jorge Gonzalez called him to go over the video monitor.
The shot that hit the arm of a New England defender was so quick and close to the body, that the deflected ball which did go over the end line was called back. Elfath made the motion after VAR and wiped out the spot kick and gave the Red Bulls a corner instead.
But on a night like this where the game was choppy, hard fought and the Revolution blocking the passing lanes, the head coach in Chris Armas knew that his side was able to adjust after halftime and went after it in the second half.
“Yeah, look, the first half was a little bit in the balance, back and forth. It’s two teams, probably the only team in the League that plays closest like us and us like them. Yeah, the key was to be able to put together a play and not get too frustrated and that was a little bit the message at half time.” said Armas.
“So I think once again, our guys -- actually, I thought we started the game in a good way and then we started the second half in a good way. Just to stay with it is a reminder and to not get frustrated and to keep being us and to keep doing the things that make us good.”
So the Red Bulls after getting a big win at home against the Revolution, find themselves within a short week as they will travel down to our Nation’s Capital and take on DC United a they will make their first ever visit to the brand new Audi Field.