Everything you need to know about the Revolution’s 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls Saturday night in quickie form, complete with Bay State Soccer Sentinel insight and analysis:
Revs, 10-man Red Bulls fight to 1-1 draw: Despite having loads more of the ball — including a ton of opportunities in second-half stoppage time — the Revolution had to settle for a point at home against the Red Bulls, which went down to 10 men after referee Jair Marrufo sent New York’s Tim Parker off for a high foot into Tajon Buchanan’s gut. The draw sees both New York and New England to fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference, both sides on 11 points. The Revs have now gone seven league matches without a loss since the season-opening defeat to Montreal.
Another slow start by New England, half ends level, 1-1: Much like Tuesday, the Revolution had a slow start and had difficulty in breaking the lines. New York played a multi-high line of contention, and when the Revs did break it, they had difficulty in stringing the cross from Brandon Bye to the attackers. Matt Turner was called into action quickly; he made two big saves, but he couldn’t stop Omir Hernandez in the 35th minute as the defending was poor and disorganized. It was the first time the Revs had conceded the opening goal this season. But seven minutes later, Gustavo Bou scored his third of the year on a helper from Teal Bunbury, after Cristian Penilla saw Bunbury unmarked, the Red Bulls not reacting quick enough.
One change to the Revs’ XI: Only one change, and that was Leominster’s Diego Fagundez with his 249th career appearance in place of Kelyn Rowe in the midfield. New acquisitions Kekuta Manneh and Tommy McNamara made the bench in their first New England squads, with McNamara making his Revs debut in the 73rd minute; Antonio Delamea also returned to the squad after he picked up a knock recently. Outside of that, it was status quo for the Revolution.
Matt Turner: We can’t fault him for the goal, and we will credit him with three saves, two of which in the early goings when the Revs were just trying to find the game.
Teal Bunbury: OK, everyone’s going to think I’ve lost my mind. Consider: Bunbury had five shots, none on-target. And most of those — four — were blocked, so credit the Red Bulls there. Why hot, then? We really liked Teal’s aggressiveness to shoot, and we thought one of those would go in. He got the goal earlier this week, he had the assist on Bou on this night. Getting the goal is giving him that confidence, and we’re hoping to see Teal go into Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop mode again.
Adam Buksa: He had two on-target shots, sure, but outside of that, he was absolutely invisible. Taylor Twellman — he knows a little something about goal-scoring — wanted to know where Buksa was early in that second half.
The lack of creativity: Whatever happened to the creativity the Revolution utilized in the last two matches? We did not see that at all Saturday night.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
60.7 percent possession for the Revolution
14 shots, 5 on-target; it was 4 and 3 after the first 45.
78 percent passing accuracy. 66 percent in the attacking half.
Fagundez only had six unsuccessful passes. Polster had three.
FS1 had an interesting stat: the Revs have not scored a goal in the final half an hour of their nine matches this season. The latest Revs goal? Carles Gil in the 56th minute against Montreal in Orlando.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Buksa needs a break. Really. He really does. But herein lies the problem: do you sit him and further hurt his confidence by not playing him, or do you risk further missed chances and opportunities by playing him? Sure, he’s a professional, a highly paid player. But he’s just not confident right now. I say sit him this midweek, then get him focused on Chicago and what the Fire do defensively.
From our view, if Matt Polster closed down faster and got into their shorts, that whole goal-scoring sequence by the Red Bulls just doesn’t get started. Sure, lay blame on the defense for ball-watching or whatever you want, and that’s fair, but you must lay equal amounts of blame on Polster.
It’s another quick turnaround for the Revs, this time a midweek tilt in the Bronx. New York City FC is the opponent, and that one will get started at 8 p.m.