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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Red Bulls 2, Revolution 1

By Brian O'Connell

Charlie Davies’ first goal in a New England Revolution uniform gave his squad an early lead, but the New York Red Bulls grabbed a pair of short-handed goals to secure a 2-1 win on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

The Manchester, N.H., native scored in the 20th minute, and the Revolution marched into halftime with the lead and the man-advantage after Matt Miazga was red-carded in the 45th minute.

But Dax McCarty canceled out Davies’ strike on a 47th-minute chip to level the match, while Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his league-leading 18th goal of the season in the 63rd minute to send the shorthanded Red Bulls to an improbable win.

The setback sends the Revolution into their first bye week of the season with an 8-12-2 record (26 points), while the Red Bulls improved their mark to 6-6-10 (28 points).

Scoreboard watch: The road loss dropped the Revolution to fifth place in the East, as the Red Bulls leapfrogged from sixth to fourth place.

What it means: It certainly wasn’t the way the Revolution wanted to go into the bye week. After a bright start that saw Davies put his team on top early, the guests appeared to be in good position to secure their second straight win, especially after Miazga was sent off. But the Red Bulls were far from finished, despite the odds. Not only did they equalize right after the break, but the shorthanded hosts managed to score the game-winner just after the break to send the Revolution to a disappointing loss. There will be plenty coach Jay Heaps won’t like when he watches the tape on this one, especially when he looks at the final 45 minutes and sees a shorthanded side -- albeit a talented one -- stretching his defense time and time again.

Stat of the match: The loss marked the first time this season the Revolution found themselves in the loss column after scoring the first goal of the game. Prior to Saturday, the Revolution were 7-0-0 when scoring first.

Neumann in, Fagundez out: Revolution coach Jay Heaps made only one change to his lineup on Saturday by putting rookie Steve Neumman out on the left wing in place of Diego Fagundez, who started the game on the bench. Neumann earned his first pro start two weeks ago in a 2-0 loss to Dallas on July 19. As for Fagundez, the 19-year-old winger will head down to South America next week for a pair of friendlies with the Uruguay U-20 squad.

Long awaited rest on tap: The Revolution head into their first bye week (outside of the World Cup break) of the season before returning to action at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 against the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium. The Week 22 bye is the latest among all MLS clubs save for Portland, who will not get a bye week this season.