FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Boston Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards refers to it as “the vulnerable minute.” That period directly after a team scores when emotions are high and concentration has a tendency to dip.
The Revs were victims of that momentary lack of focus on Saturday night as they allowed New York Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam to equalize just one minute after Diego Fagundez had handed them the lead.
“It’s disappointing to give up the goal the way we did,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “It’s right after we scored. We didn’t have any time to regroup. It was a momentary loss of concentration and boom, they score. That kills us.”
Fagundez was active all night – registering a game-high six shots – and was rewarded for his industriousness with the game’s opening goal in the 54th minute when he bundled home his own rebound from Chris Tierney’s corner kick.
But before the Gillette Stadium public address announcer even had time to announce the goal, the score was level again. Kosuke Kimura and Andre Akpan combined down the right side to send Sam into the box, where he made the most of New York’s lone shot on target by finishing to the far post.
“It seemed like a little breakdown,” said Tierney. “We always stress the first five (minutes) after either the half, the start of the game or scoring a goal. Obviously we didn’t do a good enough job taking care of those five minutes.”
Although Fagundez had a pair of late chances to claim victory for the Revolution, the club ultimately finished a brief two-game home-stand with just one point. It’s a disappointing haul, but something the Revs will need to put out of their minds as they prepare for next weekend’s trip to Houston.
“It’s one point from two (games) at home, which we all know isn’t what we’re shooting for,” said Tierney. “You’ve just got to put it behind you in this league. The next game comes quickly. We’ll look over what we’ve done well and what we haven’t, make the necessary adjustments and look to take three (points) on the road next week.”