Sunday, June 8, 2014
Revs come up empty against Red Bulls
By Brian O'Connell
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The shorthanded New York Red Bulls scored early and held on to secure a 2-0 win over the first-place New England Revolution on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The Red Bulls opened the account in the 17th minute when Eric Alexander scored from a Lloyd Sam free kick, while Peguy Luyindula widened the gap in the 76th minute. Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles made a season-high 10 saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season.
The win secured the Red Bulls' first victory in Foxborough since 2002 and snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). On the other side of the scoreline, the loss sent the Revolution to their second straight defeat.
What it means: Two weeks ago, the Revolution were one of the hottest teams in the league, boasting a seven-game unbeaten streak and an offense that was firing on all cylinders. But on Sunday, the Revolution couldn’t buy a goal for the second straight week. They fired a total of 22 shots against their shorthanded opponent, but the breakthrough never came. The early exit of Patrick Mullins raised a few eyebrows, but even without their target man, there were plenty of chances to get on the board. Though Sunday’s performance was an improvement from the one they put together in Montreal, the Revolution will be forced to mull their last two losses going into the three-week World Cup break.
Stat of the match: Sunday’s loss was the first the Revolution suffered at home since a 5-2 loss to Montreal on Sept. 8, 2013.
Red Bulls shorthanded on Sunday: The Red Bulls were without a number of key players for Sunday’s match, and for a myriad of reasons. Tim Cahill and Roy Miller were both unavailable due to World Cup duties, while Dax McCarty was out with a knee injury. Finally, Jamison Olave and Thierry Henry, who have often bypassed participating in matches on turf, did not travel with the team to Foxborough.
Mullins comes off at halftime: Starting striker Patrick Mullins exited the match at halftime, when he was replaced by Kelyn Rowe. With Mullins off, winger Teal Bunbury took over up top, while Rowe slid into Bunbury’s spot on the right.
Kobayashi returns to the XI: After sitting out last week’s match in Montreal due to a back injury, midfielder Daigo Kobayashi was back in the lineup for Sunday’s game. With the Japanese international back in the mix, Rowe was back on the bench among the substitutes at the start of the match.
Break time: With the league on break for the next three weeks due to the World Cup, the Revolution will return to league play on June 28, when they host the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. But all won’t be quiet for the local XI during the break, as they’ll head down to Richmond, Virginia on June 18 for a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup clash against the Richmond Kickers (USL-PRO).