FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Darrius Barnes scored his first career goal deep into second-half stoppage time as the New England Revolution rescued a dramatic 1-1 draw with the visiting New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Barnes rose above the pack to head home Ryan Guy’s right-wing cross in the 95th minute, spectacularly drawing the Revs (7-15-8, 29 pts.) level four minutes after Joel Lindpere had seemingly grabbed a late winner for the Red Bulls (14-8-8, 50 pts.). The visitors played the final 16 minutes a man down after defender Connor Lade was issued a pair of second-half yellow cards.
The result extended the Revolution’s current home unbeaten run to four games (1-0-3), while it also extended the club’s home unbeaten run against New York to 16 games (11-0-5) dating back more than a decade. New York hasn’t won at Gillette Stadium since June 29, 2002.
A.J. Soares returned to the Revolution’s starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 29 as he replaced Stephen McCarthy in central defense, while backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was handed a start between the pipes.
The hosts thought they’d gotten off to the perfect start in the fourth minute when Jerry Bengtson rifled a shot into the near upper corner, but the Honduran forward was ruled offside despite replays confirming he was level with the last defender when Lee Nguyen delivered the killer pass.
New England continued to be the aggressor in the early stages and forced Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette into a pair of stops in the 16th and 18th minutes. Gaudette first went to his left to make a strong save on Diego Fagundez’s tight-angle drive, while he dove to his right to push away Nguyen’s free kick moments later.
Gaudette came up huge once more before the halftime break, this time getting a bit of help from the woodwork in the 43rd minute. Clyde Simms used a deft header to direct Bengtson into the box and the 25-year-old unleashed a right-footed rocket, but Gaudette reacted quickly to get a slight touch and push the ball onto the crossbar.
After going untested in the first half, Shuttleworth was pressed into action in the 72nd minute. New York forward Tim Cahill rose highest to meet a corner kick and flashed a header on target, forcing Shuttleworth into a smart save going to his right.
The game took a turn in the 74th minute when the Red Bulls were reduced to 10 men as Lade was issued his second caution. Benny Feilhaber drew the decisive foul with a surging run down the left wing just moments after coming onto the field.
Despite playing a man down it was the Red Bulls who scored first against the run of play just as the game entered stoppage time. Shuttleworth came off his line to collect a left-wing cross but the ball popped loose as Cahill challenged, opening the door for Lindpere to nod in a header from close range.
That simply set the stage for Barnes’ stunning equalizer, however, as the defender – pushed from center back to right back following a first-half injury to Flo Lechner – leapt above a crowd to powerfully head home Guy’s curling right-wing service following Kelyn Rowe’s short layoff.
Next up for the Revs is their first-ever trip to BBVA Compass Stadium, where they’ll visit the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Sept. 29.
New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls
September 22, 2012 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 1, New York Red Bulls 1
NY – Joel Lindpere (unassisted) 91+
NE – Darrius Barnes (Ryan Guy, Kelyn Rowe) 95+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Flo Lechner (Stephen McCarthy 35), Lee Nguyen, Ryan Guy, Clyde Simms © (Juan Toja 58), Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez (Benny Feilhaber 73), Jerry Bengtson
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Fernando Cardenas, Dimitry Imbongo, Blair Gavin
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 3, Fouls 11, Offsides 2, Passes Completed (percentage) 289 (70.9%), Possession 46.4%
New York Red Bulls: Bill Gaudette, Connor Lade, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce, Wilman Conde, Dax McCarty, Teemu Tainio (Brandon Barklage 79), Rafa Marquez (Joel Lindpere 35), Jan Gunnar Solli, Sebastien Le Toux (Lloyd Sam 93+), Tim Cahill
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Robles, Kenny Cooper, Corey Hertzog, Stephen Keel
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 4, Fouls 19, Offsides 0, Passes Completed (percentage) 331 (73.0%), Possession 53.6%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NY – Connor Lade (caution) 54
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 58
NY – Teemu Tainio (caution) 62
NE – Darrius Barnes (caution) 62
NY – Wilman Conde (caution) 68
NY – Connor Lade (caution) 74
NY – Connor Lade (ejection, second caution) 74
NY – Bill Gaudette (caution) 88
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Bill Dittmar
Fourth Official: Mathieu Bourdeau
Weather: Clear and 68 degrees
New England Revolution: 7-15-8 (29 pts.)
New York Red Bulls (14-8-8, 50 pts.)
- With the draw, the Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 26-19-13 … the Revs are 18-4-6 against New York in Foxborough – including a 11-1-5 record at Gillette Stadium
- The draw extended New England’s undefeated streak at Gillette Stadium at home against New York to 16 games (11-0-5), dating back to 2002
- With the draw, the two teams split the regular-season series, 1-1-1 … earlier this season, New York defeated the Revs, 1-0, on April 28 at Red Bull Arena, while the Revs defeated New York, 2-0, in the last meeting on July 8, in Foxborough
- Five of the last seven games against New York have been one-goal games or draws, dating back to May 29, 2010 … the largest margin of victory in that span was the Red Bulls’ 2-0 victory on Oct. 21, 2010 and a New England 2-0 win on July 8, 2012 … in those four games, the Revs are 1-2-1
- The Revs conceded a 91st minute goal to give the Red Bulls a brief 1-0 lead … it was the sixth goal the Revs have conceded in the 75th minute or later, but Lindpere’s goal was the first of the six that was neither game-winning nor game-tying goals against
- With the draw, the Revs are unbeaten (1-0-3) in their last four home games dating back to August 29 against Chivas USA
- Darrius Barnes recorded his first career goal on a header in the 95th minute … the defender now has one goal in 88 appearances
- Barnes’ 95th minute goal was the Revs’ third game-tying goal in the 94th minute or later this year … Chris Tierney scored a 94th minute goal on June 23 at Toronto and Diego Fagundez scored in the 94th minute on June 30 against Seattle
- The Revs’ 95th minute goal marked the third time in club history that the team has scored a goal in the 95th minute or later … Steve Ralston scored a game-tying goal in the 95th minute on July 29, 2006 in the 1-1 draw against KC and Taylor Twellman scored a 95th minute goal in the 3-0 win against Chicago on April 27, 2005, per Elias Sports Bureau
- With New York’s 91st minute goal and the Revs’ 95th minute equalizer, tonight marked just the second time in club history that the Revs have traded goals with their opponents in second-half stoppage time … in the 3-3 draw at Chicago on June 11, 2006, the Revs scored twice in the 93rd and 94th minutes after allowing a 91st minute goal, per Elias Sports Bureau
- Darrius Barnes became the 15th Revolution player to score a goal this season … in 2011, 16 different Revolution players recorded a goal
- Ryan Guy recorded his second assist of the season on Darrius Barnes’ goal … it was Guy’s first assist since March 31 at LA
- Kelyn Rowe recorded his fourth assist of the season on Darrius Barnes’ 95th-minute goal … with four assists, Rowe is now tied with Chris Tierney for the club lead
- Blair Gavin was dressed in the game-day 18 for the first time this season … Gavin missed the first seven games since joining the Revs on August 1 with hamstring soreness.
- A.J. Soares returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 29 against Chivas USA
- Flo Lechner was replaced by Stephen McCarthy in the 35th minute … Lechner left with a right knee injury
- New York’s Connor Lade was issued a second yellow card and subsequent red card in the 74th minute … it marked just the second time this season that a Revolution opponent was issued a red card … the first opponent ejection of the season was Will Johnson of Real Salt Lake on May 5 in the 59th minute at Rio Tinto Stadium
- Tonight’s attendance was a season-high 24,364 and was the 17th largest soccer crowd in Gillette Stadium history