Sunday, the New York Red Bulls snapped the New England Revolution’s season long home undefeated streak with a 2-0 loss at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. for a crowd of 23,950. The attendance was the largest crowd the Revolution have attracted this season, and the seventh highest Revolution attendance at Gillette Stadium ever.
Now the Revolution take a two-week break from regular season play for 2014 World Cup Brazil, along with the rest of MLS. But New England will enter the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. The Revolution will travel to face the USL PRO Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. The match will be live-streamed.
With the loss to New York, New England (7-5-2, 23 pts.) remains at the top of the Eastern Conference and third across the league. With the victory, the Red Bulls (4-5-6, 18 pts.) rose to fifth in the East and 11th in MLS.
Eric Alexander, assisted by Lloyd Sam, scored the go-ahead goal for the Red Bulls in the 17th minute and Peguy Luyindula tallied the insurance goal, unassisted, in the 76th minute to deliver New England its second straight shutout loss.
Bobby Shuttleworth (6-5-2) made his 13th start of the season and Daigo Kobayashi returned to the starting line-up, replacing Kelyn Rowe at midfield. Rowe came on as a halftime substitute for Patrick Mullins and Steve Neumann made his ninth straight substitute appearance, replacing Kobayashi in the 71st minute. Saer Sene made his eighth appearance of the season, replacing Andy Dorman at midfield in the 81st minute.
Some of the responsibility for the loss needs to be placed at the feet of forward Teal Bunbury, who wasted strong build-up combinations with feeble finishes and made lackluster attempts to defend.
“I think it was probably not finishing our chances, but I need to go back and look at [the film],” said head coach Jay Heaps. “I don’t know the exact stats, but I don’t think [the Revolution] had a ton [of chances]. Two set piece goals. We had chances to score goals and we didn’t.
I don’t think it was about effort or energy tonight. I think it was a little bit about the final ball, the class inside the area. We had two or three balls go across, we had shooting go right at their goal keeper. Look, we weren’t good enough and we’ve got to get better.”
The Revolution forced New York goalkeeper Luis Robles into nine saves, but none were truly dangerous.
Next regular season MLS game
The Revolution next returns to MLS action when the team hosts the Philadelphia Union after the World Cup break on Saturday, June 28, at Gillette Stadium in their third and final meeting with the Union this season. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England
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NY – Eric Alexander (Llyod Sam) 17
NY – Peguy Luyindula (unassisted) 76
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman (Saer Sene) 81, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann) 71, Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins (Kelyn Rowe) 46
Substitutes Not Used: Stephen McCarthy, Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Darrius Barnes
STATS: Shots 22, Shots on target 9, Saves 0, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 4, Fouls 16, Possession 53.0%, Passes 390 (82.3%)
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Armando, Matt Miazga, Chris Duvall, Llyod Sam, Eric Alexander, Ibrahim Sekagya, Bobby Convey (Jonathon Steele) 60, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Andre Akpan) 87, Pguy Luyindula © (Connor Lade) 92+
Substitutes Not Used: Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, Ruben Bover Izquierdo, Ryan Meara, Richard Eckersley
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on target 2, Saves 9, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 1, Fouls 15, Possession 47.0%, Passes 350 (76.9%)
NE – Chris Tierney (caution) 48+
NY – Luis Robles (caution) 63
NY – Matt Miazga (caution) 69
NY – Ibrahim Sekagya (caution) 86
NY – Andre Akpan (caution) 94+
Referee: Geoff Gamble
Assistant Referees: Anthony R. Vasoli (AR1), Matthew Nelson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga