New England Revolution: New York Red Bulls
After a 14th-minute Fabian Espindola goal put the Revolution in an early hole, the guests grabbed one back when Lee Nguyen converted an 85th-minute penalty attempt. After Andy Dorman was sent off a minute later, the Revolution found a way to score a short-handed goal when Diego Fagundez struck in the 90+1 minute. But Cahill’s header in the 90+7 minute sealed the draw, and allowed the Red Bulls to clinch a postseason berth.
With the draw, the Revolution (11-11-9, 42 points) moved up to seventh place with three games left in the regular season. For the Red Bulls (15-9-8, 53 points), the draw allowed them to become the first Eastern Conference side to punch its ticket to the postseason.
What it means: This will be a tough one to stomach for the Revolution. Espindola’s 14th-minute strike put the Revolution in an early ditch, and they spent much of the match trying to figure out a way to not only stop the Red Bulls, but to fight back and equalize. The Revolution did just that in the 85th minute, albeit in controversial fashion. Referee Fotis Bazakos awarded them a generous penalty call after Jamison Olave was called for a hand ball inside the box. Lee Nguyen stepped up and slotted it through, but Dorman’s straight red card seemed like it would put the brakes on the Revolution’s search for a second goal. However, when Fagundez found the back of the net a minute into stoppage time, it appeared the Revolution were poised to get their first win at Red Bull Area, and at an opportune time. But Cahill’s header seconds before the final whistle doomed the Revolution to a second straight draw at a time when they needed three points to keep pace with the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the draw, the Revolution can only hope that the out-of-town scoreboard is kinder than it was on Friday, when the Fire and the Dynamo put more distance on the Revolution as the season approaches its final three weeks.
Stat of the game: Nguyen’s 85th-minute goal was the first scored by a Revolution player at Red Bull Arena since a 54th-minute Zak Boggs strike that came in a 2-1 loss on June 10, 2011.
Agudelo returns: Juan Agudelo was among the Revolution starting XI for the first time in more than a month. The 20-year-old striker, who suffered a hamstring injury during a 1-1 draw on Aug. 30 at Toronto, made a pair of cameos since then, but hadn’t been healthy to return to the lineup until Saturday. Incidentally, Saturday’s match also marked the first time Agudelo, a former Red Bulls Homegrown Player, faced off against his old team in league play.
Davies unavailable: Former Boston College product Charlie Davies was not among the Revolution’s game-day 18. The Revolution acquired Davies via loan on Aug. 9, but he has struggled to find playing time. Since arriving in Foxborough, Davies has been limited to four substitute appearances for a combined 23 minutes on the pitch. His last appearance came in the latter stages of a 3-2 loss at Chicago on Sept. 14.
Next up: The Revolution hit the road again next Saturday when they face the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.
Barnes' goal arrived in the 95th minute -- just moments after Joel Lindpere scored the first goal of the game in the 91st minute.
With the draw, the Revolution's mark goes to 7-15-8 (29 points), while the Red Bulls' record goes to 14-8-8 (50 points).
The crowd comes out: The 24,364 fans in attendance for Saturday's clash marked a season-high for the Revolution, and was the 17th-biggest soccer crowd at Gillette Stadium since its opening in 2002.
Revs extend streak against Red Bulls: With the draw, the Revolution are 11-0-5 in their past 16 matchups against the Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium.
Soares back in action: After missing the team's previous three games, center back AJ Soares returned to the starting lineup on Saturday. He played the full 90 and nearly scored in stoppage time.
Henry suspended: The Revolution dodged a bullet when MLS suspended New York striker Thierry Henry for Saturday's game. The Frenchman disciplined by the league after he slammed into Sporting K.C.'s Kei Kamara in Wednesday's 1-0 K.C. win over New York.
McCarthy on the bench: Center back Stephen McCarthy, who started the team's previous ten games, was among the seven substitutes listed for Saturday's game. However, he came on to the pitch in the 35th minute after Flo Lechner left the game with a left knee injury.
Shuttleworth gets the nod: Backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was given the start in place of Matt Reis for Saturday's game. Incidentally, the last time the Red Bulls visited Gillette Stadium -- on July 8 -- Shuttleworth got the start and earned his second career shutout in a 2-0 Revolution win.
Reserve division rematch: Following the 0-0 draw, New York's and New England's reserve squads met for reserve division action.
Next up: The Revolution hit the road next weekend for a conference clash against the Dynamo on Sept. 29 at BBVA Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was a memorable first impression for the Revolution's newest Designated Player on Sunday, one that won't be soon forgotten by the Revolution faithful.
Twenty-four minutes after stepping onto the Gillette Stadium field for the first time, Jerry Bengtson bagged his first Revolution goal before a crowd of 14,374, who loudly voiced their approval of the recently acquired Honduran striker.
For Bengtson, there was no doubt that he could deliver the goods in his Revolution debut. No doubt whatsoever -- even if he was afforded only a half-hour to do so.
However, before Bengtson could make his mark on the match, there was one important thing Revolution head coach Jay Heaps wanted Bengtson to do: watch. Watch his teammates move the ball and play it forward.
While Heaps wanted Bengtson to observe his teammates' tendencies, he also wanted to handle Bengtson's introduction with care. No need to rush him into action with the ink yet to dry on his contract.
"You can't just expect a player to come in and start," Heaps said. "He's coming in, getting to know the team. But to throw him out there for more than (30 minutes) would've been unfair to him."
So at halftime, Heaps gave his new striker the heads up: Be ready to go in the second half.
With his squad up a goal in the 60th minute, Heaps summoned Bengtson from the bench. It was time to show the crowd what Bengtson could do.
Out on the field as the lone striker with Saer Sene going out wide, the Bengtson battled for 50-50 balls and stretched the defense with his speed and positioning.
"(This) was the kind of game where we wanted him to fight for headers," Heaps said. "He was all by himself on an island just to kind of open up the defense."
While Bengtson may have found himself isolated up top, it was evident he applied what he observed on the bench out on the pitch.
When Sene tucked inside, Bengtson went wide. And when Sene went out on the right, Bengtson cut inside, anxious to put one into the back of the net.
And that's exactly what he did in the 84th minute. With the Revolution pressing for an insurance goal, Sene played a give-and-go with Shalrie Joseph and barreled through Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde before Ryan Meara stopped his close-range shot. But Bengtson arrived late to shove the rebound into the back of the net.
"It was a beautiful play by my teammate," Bengtson said. "It was very unlucky that he took as a shot and the keeper made a save. But I was focused enough to lead it into the goal. I never lost focus on following the play."
It wasn't the prettiest or most technically sound strike. Some may call it the quintessential "garbage goal." But it's the kind of goal that Heaps expects his newest striker to score.
"I think you're going to see more goals like he scored where it's a poacher's goal," Heaps said. "He's offside on the first part of the buildup, but then he comes back onside and he fights off the goalkeeper and scores. Those are his kind of goals and we need someone who puts those away."
Meanwhile, Bengtson credited his teammates and coaches for helping him transition not only to a new squad, but a new country.
"All of my teammates and the coaching staff have always supported me and helping me out," Bengtson said. "But the more important thing is the fans. The fans have been key for me."
And the fans? If the applause and cheers following Bengtson's 84th minute goal were any indication, the fans are just as happy to have him here.
• With their sixth win of the season on Sunday, the Revolution surpassed their victory total from all of last season (5).
• The 2-0 win extended the Revolution's unbeaten streak to five (2-0-3).
• The Revolution have scored two goals in four of their past five games.
• The shutout was the Revolution's fourth of the season.
• Lee Nguyen's 24th-minute goal was his first since a 74th-minute strike against Vancouver on May 12.
• Blake Brettschneider led the Revolution with four shots on goal during Sunday's match.
• In his first start of the season, second-string goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth earned his first career MLS shutout.
• Shalrie Joseph, who was listed as "doubtful" with a knee injury on the team's injury report on Friday, came on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Benny Feilhaber.
• Saer Sene, who started on the right side of the midfield last week, returned to his familiar striker's spot up top to start the match.
• Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was not available for selection on Sunday.
• After suffering a hamstring strain during the first half of the June 23 match at Toronto, right back Kevin Alston returned to action on Sunday and went the full 90.
• When Joseph came on in the 73rd minute, it marked the first time in Revolution history that two of its Designated Players were on the field at the same time.
• Revolution midfielder/forward Diego Fagundez, who scored the 94th-minute equalizer in last week's match against Seattle, came on as an 89th-minute substitute for Kelyn Rowe.