The Red Bulls will be very happy with their victory, seeing as it propels them up the Eastern Conference standings where they rightly belong. For the Revolution, it's more struggles. They showed some of their best passing and possession of the season at times, but were chaotically unorganized in defense. You just can't blame Bobby Shuttleworth for all four of those goals. And yes, there may be a "1" next to "Revolution" on the scoreboard, but that was an own goal. So make no mistake, this team's scoring woes are not over. A Revolution player has not scored since they last won on March 9, a streak that is now 478 minutes long. Saer Sene, Jerry Bengston, Diego Fagundez have to do whatever it takes to shoot when it is most advantageous. And Jay Heaps needs to decide who his midfield core is.
Final: Red Bulls 4, Revolution 1
88th minute- Goodnight, Revolution. Red Bulls make it 4-1 as Jonny Steele scores.
82nd minute- Probably game over right there. Thierry Henry runs onto Jonny Steele pass and slots ball into the back of the net.
80th minute- Jamison Olave comes on. Could be trouble for the Revolution. He is a brick wall, even if he is carrying a slight injury.
78th minute- Revolution finding their auxiliaries as they continue to push and maintain possession. Not much left in it. Is there a goal?
70th minute- Is there an equalizer in New York for the Revolution? Can the write the boat? Time ticking away...
64th minute- Revolution very fortunate as Bobby Shuttleworth takes down Henry in penalty area following an errant back pass by Chris Tierney.
62nd minute- Chris Tierney plays in a corner kick and Jose Goncalves slides onto it. The shot is tipped away by Robles.
58th minute- The Revolution are hanging in there but are really struggling to create opportunities.
53rd minute- Kalifa Cisse on thin ice right now after he commits a foul and gets another talking to from the referee. Both teams with very positive spells of passing to start the second half.
45th minute- The Revolution escape the first half down by just one goal. They showed some of their best stuff in parts of the half, though in truth the Red Bulls reclaimed the momentum in the last ten minutes.
37th minute- Tim Cahill heads Henry freekick off the crossbar.
31st minute- Jerry Bengston rounds the keeper but loses his angle, sending his shot over the crossbar.
27th minute- It's been all Revolution since they surrendered the lead the second time. Tierney pops in a cross for Fagundez, who volleys it over the crossbar.
20th minute- The Revolution may have allowed two goals, but they look like they've calmed the game down and are doing well to create opportunities and keep the ball.
18th minute- Stephen McCarthy will replace Soares. It's his first appearance of 2013. Will be interesting to see how he gels with the rest of the defense.
13th minute- Soares goes down in his own penalty area and appears to be clutching hims hamstring. Doesn't look like he'll be able to continue.
8th minute- Wow. A shootout going on in New York. Holy smokes. Fabian Espindola cuts past Tierney and fires a low, hard shot into the back of the net past Shuttleworth. Let's see how the Revs respond to that.
6th minute- Brandon Barklage deflects Chris Tierney freekick off the turf and into the back of the net for an own goal. It's just the second goal the Revolution have scored this season, snapping a 394-minute scoreless streak.
4th minute- Dax McCarty score off a half-volley from just outside the penalty area. Just the third goal they've given up this season. Not at all the start they wanted.
Keys to the Game:
New England: the Revolution have only scored once this season and need to create more chances to put the ball in the back of the net. They need to control the midfield and possession...New York: Create chances and take control of possession early. Avoid defensive errors despite loss of Jamison Olave (injury).
New England- GK:. Bobby Shuttleworth, D: Chris Tierney, AJ Soares, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, M- Lee Nguyen, Kalifa Cisse, Andy Dorman, Diego Fagundez, Juan Toja, F:- Jerry Bengston
New York: GK- Luis Robles, D: Heath Pearce, Roy Miller, Markus Holgersson, Brandon Barklage, M: Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele, Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill, F: Thierry Henry, Fabian Espindola
New England Revolution (1-2-2, 5 points, 7th in Eastern Conference) at New York Red Bulls (2-4-2, 8 points, 5th in Eastern Conference)...Kick-off at 7 PM from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.
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