Saturday, May 11, 2013
Rapid reaction: Revs 1, Red Bulls 1
By Brian O'Connell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Diego Fagundez netted his second goal of the season, but Lloyd Sam pulled one back a minute later as the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls battled to a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Fagundez scored in the 54th minute to give the Revolution a lead they could enjoy for just a minute, as Sam quickly responded in the 55th minute. Fagundez nearly netted another in the 80th minute, but goalkeeper Luis Robles made a diving save to keep it at 1-1.
The draw extended the Red Bulls' winless streak at Gillette Stadium to 17, with their last win in Foxborough dating back to Jun. 29, 2002.
The draw also kept the Revolution winless in their last three (0-1-2), while the Red Bulls ran their undefeated stretch to five straight (4-0-1).
What it means: Once again, the Revolution's best efforts weren't enough to walk away with three points in their back pocket. Fagundez was clearly the best player on the field, and collected a game-high six shots on goal. His presence inside the 18 kept the Red Bulls on their toes, and he was perhaps unlucky not to score on the shot that Robles saved. But the weight of the offense cannot continue to fall squarely on one player if the Revolution want to make themselves a contender this year.
Stat of game: The Revolution completed 81 percent of their passes on the evening, in one of their most consistent performances of the season. In addition to Fagundez, Ryan Guy and Dimitry Imbongo benefitted from the Revolution's resurgent form on the attack.
Henry a no-show ... again: Red Bulls leading scorer Thierry Henry, who has not played at Gillette Stadium during his four seasons in MLS, was a predictable scratch from Saturday's lineup. Henry has never been a fan of playing on artificial turf, and has found a way to escape playing in Foxborough ever since coming over to MLS from Spanish powerhouse Barcelona.
Bengtson benched: Starting forward Jerry Bengtson wasn't listed in the Revolution starting XI, and didn't see action until the 74th minute, when he came on for Imbongo.
Imbongo gets start: Imbongo, who's been limited to 19 minutes so far this season, got the surprise start up top against the Red Bulls. In the 38th minute, he put the first shot of the game, but Robles dove to make the stop.
Next up: The Revolution will look to snap their three-game winless streak at BBVA Compass Stadium next Saturday, when they face conference rival Houston Dynamo for the first time this season. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.