Red Bulls Quell The Revolution At Home

USA Today

Coming off a strong performance last week against Toronto FC, Red Bull New York hosted rival New England on Saturday night. The Revolution, were trying to climb back into playoff position, but it was the Red Bulls who kept their recent hot streak as they secured all three points with a 2-1 victory.

The match got off to an inauspicious start in the 5th minute when New England midfielder Kelyn Rowe put a shot off Luis Robles’ hands before bounding off the crossbar. If that was a bad omen, the prophecy came true only three minutes later when Damien Perrinelle conceded a penalty kick for the second time in two games and third this season. The Frenchman took out Lee Nguyen with a hard tackle inside the box. Elfath didn’t hesitate to blow his whistle and point to the spot. The forward stepped up and buried the goal past a diving Robles.

That was the last real opportunity the visitors had in the half as the hosts controlled 76% of possession in the first first 45 minutes. Their best opportunity came off the foot of Kemar Lawrence in the 23rd minute. The Jamaican sent a screamer through traffic at the top of the box forcing Cody Cropper to make a desperation diving save. Though the ball bounced off the goalkeeper’s gloves and into the turf, it had so much spin that it ended up on the top of the net. As Cropper rose from the ground, he could be seen on replay expressing his relief with words that can’t be printed here. Though the hosts managed three shots on net, and seven corners, they went into the dressing room down 1-0.

Undaunted, however, the Red Bulls came out energized to start the second half. Only seconds after the kickoff, Cropper failed to control a rebound inside the six-yard box which allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to send a cheeky backheel past the goalkeeper to equalize the match. The goal was the Englishman’s sixth of the year, and 75th of his Red Bulls career.

In the 75th minute, Danny Royer put the Bulls in charge with a tap-in past Cropper. The true orchestrator of the go-ahead goal was Felipe, who was absolutely superb on the night. The Brazilian collected a loose ball at the top of the box and found Kemar Lawrence by the left corner. The defender sent a cross beyond Cropper and his defenders to the Austrian waiting alone in front of net.

Luis Robles made a crucial diving save off of Diego Fagundez in the waning minutes of the match. Through five excruciating extra minutes, the Red Bulls defended with aplomb to see out the victory. It was their second straight strong showing as the team finally begins to play with cohesion. Next, they’ll take their 6-6-2 (20 points) record to Montreal on Saturday.