HARRISON, N.J. – The New England Revolution conceded three goals in the opening 12 minutes and suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the host New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice and had an assist while Lloyd Sam had a goal and an assist – all of which came in the opening 12 minutes – as the Red Bulls leap frogged the Revs into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Andy Dorman scored New England’s only goal, finishing a Lee Nguyen cross in the 37th minute, but that was not enough as the Revs suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in the league and sixth straight in all competitions.
The two sides first met this season back on May 2 with the Revs opening the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes en route to a 2-1 victory. But this time, it was the Red Bulls who would take the lead shortly after the opening whistle as Sam got free on the right wing and clipped a cross to Wright-Phillips, who outjumped the Revolution defense to give his side a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.
Five minutes later it was Wright-Phillips, and Mike Grella, setting up Sam inside the penalty area and the New York winger fired a right-footed shot past the dive of Bobby Shuttleworth, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Red Bulls. That was the first time since a 3-2 loss to Chicago on Sept. 25, 2011 in which the Revs had conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes. However, things would only get worse three minutes later as Wright-Phillips added his second goal and New York’s third, getting behind the New England defense and finishing low, past Shuttleworth off a pass from Dax McCarty, making the score 3-0 in the 12 minute.
Grella would go close to making it four in the 27th minute, only to be denied by Shuttleworth, before the Revolution pulled a goal back late in the half. Teal Bunbury played Lee Nguyen in on the right wing and the midfielder’s cross took a deflection off a New York defender before falling to Dorman in the center of the box. Dorman took one touch and prodded his shot past New York goalkeeper Luis Robles, making the score 3-1. That goal was originally flagged for offside by assistant referee Sean Hurd, but he was correctly overruled by referee Alan Kelly, allowing the goal to stand.
However, that would be as close as the Revs would get in a wild second half that saw Kelly shown six yellow cards, including a second to Revolution captain Jose Goncalves in the 88th minute, causing Goncalves to be sent off.
Anthony Wallace scored his first goal of the season for New York in the 56th minute, hitting a powerful left-footed shot from long range that deflected off Goncalves and past Shuttleworth to make the score 4-1.
Late on, after the Goncalves red card, Shuttleworth kept the Revolution deficit at three, saving a Sal Zizzo penalty kick in the 89th minute and then sprawling to deny Zizzo on the rebound to keep the score at 4-1.
Full match highlights and statistics can be found here.
LEE NGUYEN– The Revs’ most dangerous attacking threat for most of the game, Nguyen had set up Andy Dorman’s goal in the 37th minute and had a team-high four shots while also appearing to draw a penalty midway through the second half after being pulled down inside the area, but no call was made.
The Revolution will be back in action at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 18 when they host New York City FC for the first time ever. That game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on MLS LIVE. The game will also be available locally on the radio, in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls
July 11, 2015 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
New England Revolution 1, New York Red Bulls 4
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 7 (Lloyd Sam 4) 4’
NY – Lloyd Sam 5 (Mike Grella 3, Bradley Wright-Phillips 6) 9’
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips 8 (Dax McCarty 2, Sacha Kljestan 4) 12’
NE – Andy Dorman 1 (Lee Nguyen 4, Teal Bunbury 4) 38’
NY – Anthony Wallace 1 (Dax McCarty 3) 56’
NE – Jose Goncalves (Yellow Card) 35’
NY – Felipe (Yellow Card) 54’
NE – London Woodberry (Yellow Card) 58’
NY – Dax McCarty (Yellow Card) 62’
NY – Luis Robles (Yellow Card) 65’
NY – Connor Lade (Yellow Card) 76’
NE – Jose Goncalves (2nd Yellow Card/Red Card) 88’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, Chris Tierney; Andy Dorman (Daigo Kobayashi 58’), Scott Caldwell; Teal Bunbury (Diego Fagundez 57’), Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo (Kelyn Rowe 67’); Charlie Davies.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Donnie Smith, Jeremy Hall, Steve Neumann.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 3, Saves 4, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 1, Fouls 16, Possession 49.3%, Passes 349 (74.2%)
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Matt Miazga, Anthony Wallace; Felipe Martins, Dax McCarty ©; Lloyd Sam (Anatole Abang 69’), Sacha Kljestan (Sal Zizzo 80’), Mike Grella; Bradley Wright-Phillips (Sean Davis 84’).
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Shawn McLaws, Manolo Sanchez, Leo Stolz.
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on target 8, Saves 2, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 2, Fouls 12, Possession 50.7%, Passes 364 (73.4%)
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd and Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: Clear and 84 degrees
New England Revolution: 6-9-6, 24 pts.
New York Red Bulls: 7-6-5, 26 pts.
Additional Game Notes
- With the loss, the Revolution are now 6-9-6 and they remain on 24 points on the season.
- This is the first time that the Revs have been outside of the top two in the Eastern Conference since April 4. They are currently tied with Columbus Crew SC and Orlando City SC for third place in the East after all three sides lost this evening.
- New England has lost their last five games in the league and six in all competitions dating back to June 17.
- Since beating the Red Bulls 2-1 on May 2, the Revs are 1-7-4 in 12 league games.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that lost 3-0 on the road last weekend against FC Dallas. Andrew Farrell, Andy Dorman and Juan Agudelo each returned to the starting lineup in place of the injured Kevin Alston and Daigo Kobayashi and Diego Fagundez who each began the game on the bench.
- In addition to Alston, the Revs were also without Darrius Barnes and Jermaine Jones who each missed the game because of injury.
- New York took a 1-0 lead in just the fourth minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips headed home a Lloyd Sam cross.
- That was the third time in the last four games that the Revs have allowed a goal inside the opening 10 minutes.
- After scoring first in 10 of 11 games between April 25 and June 27, the Revs have now fallen behind 1-0 in each of their last three games. This is the first time that the Revs have conceded first in three straight games this season.
- The Red Bulls doubled their lead in the ninth minute when Sam scored his fifth goal of the season and first against New England since 2013.
- This was the first time that the Revolution had allowed two goals in the opening 10 minutes of a game since Sept. 25, 2011 when they did in a 3-2 loss to Chicago.
- It was 3-0 in the 12th minute when Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the game and eighth of the season.
- This was the second time this season that the Revs had allowed three goals in a half, having conceded three goals in a 14 minutes span late in the first half of a 4-2 road loss to Sporting Kansas City on May 20.
- Wright-Phillips now has four goals in five all-time MLS games (regular season and postseason) against New England.
- Wright-Phillips is sixth different player to score multiple goals in a game against New England this season. The Revs are 0-6-0 when allowing a player to score more than a single goal compared to 1-0-0 when a New England player does so.
- Andy Dorman pulled a goal back for New England in the 37th minute, making the score 3-1. That was his first goal of the season, making him the ninth Revolution player to do so this year.
- That was Dorman’s first goal in an MLS regular-season game since July 14, 2007 when the Revs beat the Red Bulls 1-0 at Giants Stadium. Dorman did score in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Sporting Kansas City in 2013.
- He now has 18 career goals for New England to go along with 20 assists. He is now two goals away from becoming the sixth player in club history with 20 goals and 20 assists.
- Lee Nguyen and Teal Bunbury were each credited with their fourth assist of the season on the goal. They are now tied with Scott Caldwell for second on the team in assists. Only Kelyn Row, who has five, has more.
- Nguyen now has 18 assists to go along with 27 goals in his Revolution career, leaving him two shy of becoming the sixth player in club history with 20 goals and 20 assists.
- New York rounded out the scoring in the 56th minute with the first goal of his MLS career, making the score 4-1. This was just the second time this season that the Revs have allowed four goals in a game.
- Dax McCarty was credited with the only assist on that goal, giving him two on the game. He joins Benny Feilhaber as the only two players to record multiple assists in a game against the Revs this season.
- Jose Goncalves was sent off after being shown his second yellow card in the 88th minute. He is one of two MLS players to be sent off twice this season after also being shown a red card at Yankee Stadium on March 15 against NYC FC. Entering this season, Goncalves had never been sent off in an MLS game.
- The Revs have now been shown five red cards this season. That is the second most in MLS this season.
- Bobby Shuttleworth saved the resulting penalty in the 88th minute, keeping the score at 4-1. He also saved the rebound for two of his four saves on the night.
- That was the first penalty saved by a Revolution goalkeeper this season and the first for Shuttleworth since Sept. 20, 2014 against Columbus. He now has three penalty saves in his MLS career.
- That was the sixth penalty conceded by New England this season.
- The Revs are now 0-9-2 on the season when allowing more than a single goal compared to 6-0-4 when allowing zero or one goal.
- London Woodberry was shown a 58th minute yellow card and is now one caution away from a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
- Teal Bunbury was not booked in the game, leaving him one clean game away from having a card expunged from his record.