HARRISON, N.J. – The New England Revolution snapped a club-record 394-minute scoreless streak in the early stages but it wasn’t enough to overcome the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night as the Revs suffered a 4-1 loss at Red Bull Arena.
A hectic opening period saw the teams combine for three goals inside the first eight minutes, as the Red Bulls got strikes from Dax McCarty and Fabian Espindola sandwiched around a Brandon Barklage own goal. The Revs pressed for an equalizer throughout the second half but were ultimately twice hit on the counter as Thierry Henry and Jonny Steele scored late goals to put the result beyond doubt.
The Revs (1-3-2, 5 pts.) remain winless since their season opener, while the Red Bulls (3-4-2, 11 pts.) have now won two of their past three.
There were two changes to the Revolution side which played to a 0-0 draw with Seattle Sounders FC last weekend. Diego Fagundez entered to partner Jerry Bengtson up top, while central midfielder Andy Dorman made his first start since returning to the Revolution this past offseason.
After an emotional pregame ceremony which included several tributes to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy, both sides came out attacking and proceeded to combine for three quick-fire goals.
New York got the scoring started in the fourth minute when Tim Cahill laid off a short pass to McCarty, who took one touch to settle before lashing a low, left-footed shot inside the right post from 20 yards.
The Revs responded with an immediate equalizer just two minutes later when Barklage directed the ball into his own net after Lee Nguyen’s in-swinging free kick created the danger. The goal snapped the Revolution’s lengthy scoreless streak, which dated back to the season opener in Chicago.
Espindola provided the Red Bulls’ own response in the eighth minute, however, restoring the home side’s advantage at 2-1. Barklage’s searching ball out of the back sent Espindola streaking into the box, where he cut back onto his left foot and finished past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
The scoring slowed as the half progressed, but the hectic pace did not as the Revs pressed at every opportunity. Dorman’s low pass skittered across the face of goal in the 19th minute, while Bengtson had the ball redirect off his thigh from Chris Tierney’s cross in the 27th minute. Four minutes later, Bengtson was put through on goal by Kelyn Rowe, but was pushed too wide as he tried to round Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Not to be outdone, the Red Bulls had two more chances of their own before halftime. Cahill’s header from Henry’s free kick narrowly missed in the 39th minute, while Barklage’s powerful header from an Henry corner kick forced a strong save from Shuttleworth in the 44th minute.
Set pieces continued to be a threat for both sides and the Revs almost capitalized in the 62nd minute when a corner kick fell to Jose Goncalves, but Robles was on hand to make a big save on the close-range effort.
The Revs brought on Saer Sene and Juan Toja for the final half hour to bolster their attacking efforts, but eventually the Red Bulls took advantage by hitting on the counter.
Henry made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute when he ran onto Steele’s through ball and calmly finished inside the far post, while Steele got on the score sheet himself in the 89th minute, providing the finishing touch on a well-worked move which had Andre Akpan and Eric Alexander combine down the right side.
The Revs return to Gillette Stadium for their first home game in almost a month next weekend, when they’ll host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, April 27.
New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls
April 20, 2013 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
New York Red Bulls 4, New England Revolution 1
NYRB – Dax McCarty (Tim Cahill) 4
NE – Own Goal (Brandon Barklage) 6
NYRB – Fabian Espindola (Brandon Barklage) 8
NYRB – Thierry Henry (Jonny Steele) 82
NYRB – Jonny Steele (Eric Alexander, Andre Akpan) 89
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares (Stephen McCarthy 18), Andrew Farrell, Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman (Juan Toja 61), Kalifa Cisse, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez (Saer Sene 61), Jerry Bengtson
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Soffner, Ryan Guy, Clyde Simms, Darrius Barnes
STATS: Shots 7, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 2, Saves 3, Fouls 9, Offsides 1, Passes 520 (81.3%), Possession 51.7%
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles, Roy Miller, Heath Pearce, Markus Holgersson, Brandon Barklage (Jamison Olave 81), Jonny Steele, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill (Lloyd Sam 61), Eric Alexander, Fabian Espindola (Andre Akpan 83), Thierry Henry ©
Substitutes Not Used: Santiago Castano, Marius Obekop, Connor Lade, Kosuke Kimura
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 7, Corner Kicks 6, Saves 3, Fouls 10, Offsides 1, Passes 474 (83.1%), Possession 48.3%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
NE – Kalifa Cisse (caution) 35
NYRB – Luis Robles (caution) 78
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry (AR1), Matthew Kritzer (AR2)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger
Weather: Clear and 61 degrees
New England Revolution – 1-3-2 (5 pts.)
New York Red Bulls – 3-4-2 (11 pts.)
- With the loss, the Revolution moved to 26-20-13 in MLS regular-season action against New York
- The loss also moves the Revs’ away record against New York to 8-16-7
- The loss pushed the team’s record at Red Bull Arena to 0-4-0 … the facility opened in 2010
- By allowing four goals tonight, the Revs doubled the team’s season total in goals allowed entering this game (2) … despite allowing four goals, the team’s goals against average is only 1.00 through six games
- The last time the Revs allowed four goals in a game was August 25, 2012 – a 4-3 loss at Columbus
- The three goals combined between New England and New York in the first eight minutes of the game matched the total number of goals scored by the Revs and their opponents in the Revolution’s first five games
- Brandon Barklage’s own goal for the Revolution snapped the Revs’ club-record 394-minute scoreless streak that extended from the first game of the regular season.
- Tonight marked the first time the Revs allowed two or more goals since a 2-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 29, 2012
- Tonight’s game marked the first time this season the Revs trailed at halftime … the Revs were down 2-1 at the break tonight
- Tonight marked the first time in his career that Chris Tierney served as team captain for an MLS regular-season game … previously, he has been the team’s captain for U.S. Open Cup matches and MLS Reserve League matches
- Bobby Shuttleworth made his third consecutive start in goal and his fourth of the season … it was Shuttleworth’s 24th career start
- Andy Dorman made his first start of the 2013 season … it came in his fourth appearance of the year
- Andy Dorman’s start was his first regular-season start for the Revs since Sept. 15, 2007 – a 4-2 Revs win over FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium
- Andy Dorman moved into a tie with Kevin Alston for ninth place in the Revs’ career appearances chart … Dorman now has 116 career appearances for the Revs
- Stephen McCarthy made his first appearance of the season when he checked in for an injured A.J. Soares in the 18th minute
- Kalifa Cisse – playing his first 90-minute match since March 9 at Chicago – completed 71-of-76 passes in the central midfield tonight for a 93.4% passing percentage
- Goalkeeper Matt Reis did not travel with the team to New York, instead remaining in Boston with family as his father-in-law, John Odom, remains in the hospital in critical condition with injuries suffered in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings