MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 1, Red Bulls 1 — Revs have plenty of chances, but can’t score the winner

WHO: Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
TV/RADIO: FS1/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: Back to action for the first team as they host the Red Bulls, where New England will look to make it two wins in a row for the first time in 2020.

We’re underway from Gillette. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the running feed. Updates are periodic, about every 15 minutes or so.

Thanks for joining us tonight.

A quick knee taken before Adam Buksa gets us started.

2′ Bunbury tries to feed Buksa, but that pass is a touch too hard and long.

4′ TURNER. Big save on the counterattack after the Red Bulls beat Fagundez off the 50/50. Barlow with the shot, Turner gets low. Kick save and a beauty.

9′ Bou is down, grabbing his left ankle…. he’s up, thank Cthulhu.

12′ Corner to the Red Bulls…. Polster clears it.

17′ Another save by Turner on Barlow.

23′ Good movement there by the Revs. Not looking good in passing accuracy in the final third, when they get there. The Red Bulls have a good scheme in the midfield that is flummoxing the Revs.

24′ Bou mis-fires on the volley by Polster.

26′ Good movement again, but the Revs can’t break this back line.

27′ Bou’s header saved by Meara, quickie reflexes by Meara to get that near the crossbar.

28′ Good tracking back by Bunbury to dispossess, Revs get it forward, but Bou was offside.

29′ Approaching the half an hour mark, Revs with 68.8 percent of the ball….header by Mines, a center back, on the ball from Kaku, into the roof of the net.

35′ GOAL RED BULLS, and that was Fernandez. At fault there is Polster as he didn’t close down hard enough to dispossess. Red Bulls get that into the Bronx native, and there are some Navy Blue statues as Fernandez scores. 1-nil New York.

37′ Buksa with the header on Bye’s cross.

42′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Gustavo Bou on a pass from Bunbury! The Red Bulls were napping and gave TB10 too much space. Credit Penilla to see Bunbury unmarked. 1-1. Third goal of the year for the Argentine.

45′ One minute minimum. No hydration break that I saw, by the way.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

A really slow start by New England for the second straight game, had difficulty in breaking the high lines of contention by New York, and when they did, always to Bye, he had difficulty in connecting the cross.

Disappointed in the defending and Polster not closing down fast enough on the goal. But really solid of the Revs to come back and get that goal.

67.2 percent possession for New England. Four shots, three on-target. That’s good.

69 percent passing accuracy in the attacking half needs to be better.

Second Half Underway. Revs headed toward The Fort in the second half.

48′ Bunbury misses a sitter as Bye dummies on Bou. Should be 2-1 to the Revs if he gets behind that, not under. He blazes into The Fort.

50′ Shot by Buksa, easily handled by Meara.

51′ Free kick to the Red Bulls after a crazy sequence sees Valot reclaim a failed clearance.

52′ Nothing.

53′ Woah. Fernandez keeps it in, Turner comes out but the ball goes by him… ball headed out for a throw-in… and Büttner with a foul. Free kick New York.

57′ ALMOST. Nice cross by Bye, but just out of Bunbury’s reach.

59′ Farrell is dispossessed by Kaku, he crosses, and Kessler is there to intercept. Corner to the Red Bulls.

60′ Crappy corner, Bye kicks it into the Banner End…. another corner, Polster clears.

63′ Meara corrals a ball from Bou meant for a charging Bunbury, but Buksa was calling for it.

64′ Free kick Red Bulls, Penilla pulling Mines back.

65′ Big save Turner…. other way, corner to the Revs. First of the night after Penilla tries to hold up play.

66′ MEARA. Bou has a go, but there’s a foul somewhere and it won’t count as a save. Great save that won’t count. It should, though.

69′ Tarek is down, and it looks like he’s grabbing his ankle… tried to make a stop on Buksa.

72′ Corner to the Red Bulls.

73′ Polster off, Rowe on… McNamara on for Buksa. Bunbury and Bou up top.

74′ Corner to the Red Bulls. Long on for Mines…. excellent tracking back to Fagundez to force a goal kick.

80′ Good counter, Bou to Penilla to Rowe, but Rowe can’t get a hold of it, and it’s a corner…. that curls out of bounds. Stroud in for Egbo.

82′ Corner to the Revs after Rowe tries to cross it. Revs need to find some space with a three-man back line.

83′ Penilla puts it into the Lighthouse Tunnel.

84′ Jones on, Büttner off.

87′ New York has a shout for a pen as Casseres goes down under a touch by Jones in the box, but nothing given except a corner.

88′ And another…. and now a Revs throw-in. Buchanan in for Fagundez.

90′ McNamara’s shot blocked by Parker… four minutes minimum added on.

90+1′ Bunbury blocked, Rowe with the rebound, saved by Meara.

90+2′ STRAIGHT RED. Jair Marrufo goes to the back pocket to show Tim Parker a straight red card after he catches Buchanan in the gut. Red Bulls down to 10 men.

90+3′ Long gets a touch to deflect Bunbury’s shot over… corner to the Revs, Bunbury heads over, but that gets touched and it’s another corner.

90+4 Another corner. Hey, there’s Pehota!

90+5′ Meara catches…. and that’s it.


For the Revs:

Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Polster, Fagundez, Penilla, Bunbury; Bou, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Rowe, Rennicks, Mancienne, Buchanan, Delamea, Jones, Manneh, McNamara

For the Red Bulls:

Meara; Seagrist, Parker, Tarek, Egbo; Fernandez, Mines, Kaku, Valot; Casseres, Barlow
Bench: Jensen, Duncan, Stroud, Nealis, Jorgensen, Davis, Long, White, Rzatkowski

Scott Caldwell and Bruce Arena won’t be available tonight, with Caldwell sent off Tuesday while Arena sits out for the third and final match.

No new Revs injuries to report.

New signings Kekuta Manneh and Tommy McNamara are expected to have some sort of a debut tonight. Manneh would be making his 150th appearance in Major League Soccer.

We know how streaky Teal Bunbury gets, and his next goal would move him into a three-way tie with Pat Noonan and Shalrie Joseph with 37 goals.

Interesting to keep in mind: both Matt Turner and Brandon Bye are approaching the 5,000-minutes played mark in MLS. Turner is at 4,736, while Bye is five minutes behind. Still a ways to go to reach that marker.

Gustavo Bou is at 22 chances created. That’s second highest in the league, second only to Alejandro Pozuelo (31).

Adam Buksa is tied with former Revolution striker Kei Kamara with aerial duels won this season, both with 25.

SuPeRdRaFt Is MeAnInGlEsS: Henry Kessler leads all MLS rookies in starts and minutes played (five starts, 518 minutes).

Tonight will be the 75th time the Revolution and Red Bulls have met in MLS play. New England is 31-27-16 against New York, with 23 wins at either Route 1 location. Both of New York’s last two trips to Gillette have resulted in New England W’s.

Kyle Duncan leads New York with a pair of goals this season.

Diego Fagundez is the current Rev with the most goals against the Red Bulls with five.

No injuries for the Red Bulls.

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