FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez and Lloyd Sam traded goals one minute apart early in the second half as the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Fagundez gave New England (2-4-4, 10 pts.) the lead in the 54th minute when he notched his team-leading second goal of the season, but Sam hit back for New York (6-4-3, 21 pts.) just one minute later.
The draw extended the Revolution’s home unbeaten run against the Red Bulls to 17 games (11-0-6), while it also snapped New York’s four-game winning streak. New York hasn’t won in Foxborough since June 29, 2002.
Playing for a second time in four days, there were two changes to the Revolution side which faced Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night. Kalifa Cisse returned to the starting lineup in a holding midfield role, while Dimitry Imbongo earned his first start of the season as the lone forward.
Imbongo had the best chance of the first half in the 38th minute when he raced at the Red Bulls backline before drilling a low blast which goalkeeper Luis Robles saved with a dive to his left.
After the sides combined for just one shot on target through 45 minutes, both found the back of the net in quick succession after the halftime break.
Fagundez put the Revolution in front in the 54th minute when he finished off his own rebound. Chris Tierney’s corner kick was turned on target by Fagundez only to be cleared off the line, but the teenager was quickest to react and bundled home at the second attempt.
New England’s lead lasted just one minute, however, as Sam immediately pulled the visitors level. Andre Akpan’s pass slipped Sam into the right side of the box, where he placed a low shot inside the far post.
Robles came up with a massive save in the 80th minute to deny Fagundez his second goal. Tierney’s low cross from the left wing was met well by the Revs youth product, but Robles got down to his right to make a strong stop.
Fagundez had one last chance to grab a game winner deep into stoppage time when Ryan Guy found him in the center of the box, but Fagundez’s first-time effort flew over the bar and the teams remained deadlocked.
After back-to-back home games, the Revs will return to the road next weekend when they’ll visit the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution
May 11, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New York Red Bulls 1, New England Revolution 1
NE – Diego Fagundez 2 (Chris Tierney 1) 54
NYRB – Lloyd Sam (Andre Akpan, Kosuke Kimura) 55
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kalifa Cisse (Andy Dorman 77), Kelyn Rowe (Saer Sene 70), Ryan Guy, Dimitry Imbongo (Jerry Bengtson 74)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 2, Saves 0, Fouls 9, Offsides 2, Passes 448 (81.5%) Possession 55.0%
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles, Roy Miller, Heath Pearce, Markus Holgersson, Kosuke Kimura, Jonny Steele, Tim Cahill (Juninho 45), Lloyd Sam (Brandon Barklage 76), Eric Alexander, Fabian Espindola, Andre Akpan
Substitutes Not Used: Santiago Catano, Michael Bustamante, Connor Lade, Dax McCarty, Marius Obekop
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 3, Fouls 11, Offsides 5, Passes 363 (74.4%), Possession 45.0%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
NE – Kalifa Cisse (caution) 19
NE – Jerry Bengtson (caution) 76
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson (AR1), Jeff Muschik (AR2)
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.
Weather: 60 degrees and rain
New England Revolution – 2-4-4 (10 pts.)
New York Red Bulls – 6-4-3 (21 pts.)
- With the draw, the Revolution moved to 26-20-14 all-time in MLS regular-season action against New York
- The draw moves the Revs’ home record against New York to 18-4-7 all-time
- Saturday’s tie extended the club’s current home regular-season unbeaten streak against New York to 11-0-6 … New York has not won a regular-season game in New England since June 29, 2002
- Saturday’s draw saw the Revs extend its home unbeaten streak to 6-0-4 against New York since the club re-branded to the Red Bulls in 2006
- This was the second of three regular-season meetings between the clubs this season … New York won the first game of the three game series 4-1 on April 20 at Red Bull Arena … the teams close out the series at Red Bull Arena on October 5
- Both clubs have wasted little time answering when the opponent has scored this season ... five of the teams’ seven combined goals scored have come within two minutes of each other – April 20 (L, 4-1: NYRB – Dax McCarty (Tim Cahill) 4; NE – Own Goal (Brandon Barklage) 6; NYRB – Fabian Espindola (Brandon Barklage) 8 … Saturday (T, 1-1) NE – Diego Fagundez (unassisted) 54; NYRB – Lloyd Sam (Andre Akpan, Kosuke Kimura) 55
- Saturday’s game against the Red Bulls was the second game of a five-home-games-in-six-games stretch for the Revs
- Bobby Shuttleworth made his eighth start of the season against the Red Bulls on Saturday, setting a new season high for starts … the goalkeeper made seven starts in each of the last two seasons (2011, 2012)
- Defender Chris Tierney has made all 99 career starts with the Revs … he is now just one start away from 100 in his MLS career
- Diego Fagundez scored his second goal of the season against the Red Bulls on Saturday night … he is now the team’s leading goal scorer … the goal was the sixth goal of his career.
- Diego Fagundez also made his fifth consecutive start on Saturday for the Revs
- Andy Dorman made his first appearance since April 20, the last time the Revs and Red Bulls met … the midfielder replaced Kalifa Cisse in the 77th minute on Saturday
- Dimitry Imbongo made his first start of the season for the Revs … Imbongo recorded one shot on goal in 74 minutes