FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution forward Milton Caraglio scored his first two MLS goals to stake the home side to a 2-0 halftime lead, but New York Red Bulls forward Dane Richards answered with a pair of strikes in the second half as the sides played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Caraglio – the Revolution’s first-ever Designated Player – struck in the 15th and 37th minutes to open his MLS account and give the Revs (4-11-11, 23 pts.) a precious two-goal lead, only for Richards to convert his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the 53rd and 87th minutes to make sure the Red Bulls (6-6-14, 32 pts.) claimed a share of the spoils.
It was the second straight game in which the Revolution conceded a late equalizer, as the Revs were pegged back by Bobby Boswell’s 90th-minute goal in a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo this past Wednesday night.
Both teams had players sent off for two bookable offenses in the second half, as New England’s Kenny Mansally was ejected in the 55th minute and New York’s Teemu Tainio was issued his marching orders in the 69th minute.
Rajko Lekic returned to the Revolution’s starting lineup after missing three games with a fractured toe, forming a strike partnership with Caraglio for the first time. At the other end of the field, third-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made his fourth start of the season, filling in for the suspended Matt Reis.
The Revs began the match on the front foot and came inches from opening the scoring in the fifth minute. Mansally’s looping cross from the left wing found Caraglio free at the back post, where the 22-year-old angled a header into the ground past New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Although the effort beat Coundoul and was directed on target, it bounced over the crossbar.
It took Caraglio just 10 more minutes to make the breakthrough, however, as the Argentine striker put the home side ahead 1-0 in the 15th minute. After fighting through a trio of Red Bulls defenders, Caraglio broke in alone on goal and saw his first effort denied by Coundoul before corralling his own rebound, eluding another defender and finishing inside the left post.
Caraglio doubled his haul in the 37th minute, finishing off Mansally’s set-piece service to give the Revs a 2-0 lead. From a free kick in the right channel, Mansally delivered an in-swinging cross into the box where Caraglio escaped his marker and sent a glancing header past the outstretched right arm of Coundoul.
It appeared as if the Red Bulls would have a chance to pull one back before the halftime break when Dax McCarty went down under the challenge of Shuttleworth inside the box, but rather than point to the spot, referee Juan Guzman issued McCarty a yellow card for simulation.
Although the Revs took their 2-0 lead into the break, the Red Bulls cut the deficit to 2-1 shortly after the restart in the 53rd minute. Tim Ream’s long pass over the top of the Revolution’s backline sent Richards on a clear breakaway, and the Jamaican speedster made no mistake with an emphatic finish past Shuttleworth.
New York’s comeback effort received a further boost in the 55th minute when Mansally was issued his second yellow card for an errant elbow and was subsequently ejected, reducing the Revolution to 10 men. That advantage lasted only 14 minutes, however, as Tainio was sent off after receiving his second caution for a tackle from behind on Shalrie Joseph in the 69th minute.
The Revs almost extended their lead just one minute later when Benny Feilhaber’s blistering 20-yard drive flashed just wide of the upper left corner, but it was ultimately the Red Bulls who took advantage of the extra space in the 87th minute. Joel Lindpere worked free down the left wing and drilled a sharp cross into the box for Richards, who converted from close range to pull the visitors level and provide the final 2-2 score line.
The Revs will close out their August slate next weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania for a showdown with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Aug. 28. Kickoff from PPL Park is set for 7 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls
August 20, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New York Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 2
NE: Milton Caraglio (unassisted) 15
NE: Milton Caraglio (Kenny Mansally) 37
NY: Dane Richards (Tim Ream) 53
NY: Dane Richards (Joel Lindpere, Rafael Marquez) 87
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs, Sharlie Joseph ©, Benny Feilhaber, Kenny Mansally, Rajko Lekic (Stephen McCarthy 58), Milton Caraglio
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Diego Fagundez, Pat Phelan, Otto Loewy, Zack Schilawski, Ryan Guy
New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright (Carlos Mendes 80), Rafael Marquez ©, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dax McCarty, Medhi Ballouchy (Stephane Auvray 72), Teemu Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Horwath, Corey Hertzog, Stephen Keel, John Rooney,
STATS*: Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 4; Fouls Committed: 20
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NE: Caraglio (caution) 17
NE: Mansally (caution) 34
NY: McCarty (caution) 45
NY: Tainio (caution) 49
NE: Mansally (caution) 55
NE: Mansally (ejection/second caution) 55
NY: Tainio (caution) 69
NY: Tainio (ejection/second caution) 69
NY: Miller (caution) 89
NY: Marquez (caution) 92+
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Fabio Tovar, Ian Anderson
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo
Weather: Clear and 79 degrees
- Tonight marked the 63rd all-time meeting between the Revolution and Red Bulls in MLS regular-season, postseason and tournament action combined, tied for the most meetings against any opponent in club history (D.C. United, also with 63 meetings after their meeting at RFK Stadium in July.)
- Despite the draw, the Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 25-18-12
The draw gives the Red Bulls the season series for the first time since New York re-branded in 2005 … the Red Bulls previously defeated the Revolution 2-1 on June 10 at Red Bull Arena …the Revs are now 7-2-6 in their last 15 against New York
- The Revs have been unable to secure a win against the Red Bulls in three tries now … earlier this season, New York’s 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on June 10 marked the Red Bulls’ second win in a row over New England after the Revs ran off a 14-game regular-season unbeaten streak against the New York club, dating back to the end of the 2005 season
- With the draw, the Revs are 10-0-4 in their last 14 home games against the Red Bulls dating back to 2002 … New York hasn’t won in Foxborough since June 29, 2002 – a 2-0 win in the club’s first-ever visit to Gillette Stadium
Milton Caraglio’s two goals was the first time in 47 games that a Revs player has netted two goals in a half … Zak Boggs scored twice in the first half against Columbus on May 8, 2010 in the Revs’ 3-2 loss
- Caraglio’s two goals in the first half – in the 15th and 37th minutes – was also the first time the team has had a two-goal lead since the Independence Day match at Real Salt Lake … Rajko Lekic and Chris Tierney scored in the first half on July 4 to give the Revs a two-goal lead before the game ultimately ended in a 3-3 draw
- The Revs’ league-high nine red cards are a new club single-season high and the total is coming close to the league record with eight games to play… the MLS season record for red cards is 11, set by the 2000 MetroStars ... three times teams have finished the year with nine red cards: D.C. United in 1999, New York in 2002, and Miami Fusion in 2000
- The draw was the sixth draw on the season at Gillette Stadium …the Revs are now 3-4-6 at home, with the last win coming in a 1-0 decision against Vancouver on May 14
- Shalrie Joseph, a New York product, is the team’s active leader in scoring against New York, with two goals and eight assists in 26 games … two of his assists came in last year’s May 29 meeting at Gillette Stadium
- After Shalrie Joseph’s 26 appearances and Matt Reis’ 22 appearances, no other player has made more than nine appearances against New York
- The Revs scored first for the fifth time in six games – dating back to July 23 at Colorado – but have compiled a 0-1-4 mark in those games … the Revs are now 4-2-7 when scoring first this season
- With Saturday’s 2-2 result, the Revs picked up their 11th draw this season, coming in only 26 contests … the team’s 11 draws is the second-greatest season total in club history, one behind the club-record 12 draws in the 32-game 2006 season