Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Revs top Red Bulls in Open Cup
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kelyn Rowe continued his torrid run in U.S. Open Cup action by scoring twice and leading the New England Revolution to a 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls in Wednesday’s fourth-round match at Harvard Stadium.
Rowe scored in the fourth and 37th minutes on Wednesday to give him four goals in his last two Open Cup performances. Fabian Espindola brought one back for the Red Bulls in the 30th minute to make it a one-goal game at the half, but Dimitry Imbongo countered in the 51st minute. Jonny Steele put the Red Bulls within striking distance in the 61st minute, but Chris Tierney’s 87th-minute goal sealed it.
With the win, the Revolution advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Open Cup and will face D.C. United on June 26.
Third time’s a charm vs. Red Bulls in Open Cup: Wednesday’s match marked the first time the Revolution got the better of the Red Bulls in Open Cup play. The Red Bulls previously bounced the Revolution from the tournament in 2003 and 2010.
Imbongo a go: After missing the last three league games with a groin strain, Revolution striker Dimitry Imbongo got the start alongside forward Chad Barrett. His 51st-minute strike marked his first goal in Open Cup action.
Rhinos make appearances: Revolution loan players Gabe Latigue and Tyler Polak were called up from Rochester and started against the Red Bulls. Both went the full 90, and Latigue chipped in an assist on Rowe’s first goal.
Goals aplenty in Open Cup: With the four-goal effort, the Revolution have collected nine total goals in this year’s tournament. In last month’s third-round match, they staked a 5-1 win over the Rochester Rhinos (USL-PRO).
Next up: The Revolution return to league action this weekend when they head west to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET.