Saturday night, the New England Revolution dropped a one-goal lead and gave the 10-man New York Red Bulls a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena at Harrison, N.J., for a crowd of 20,862. The Red Bulls were reduced to 10 men at the end of the first half when Matt Miazga was red-carded for a reckless tackle on Lee Nguyen.
New England has seen an opposing player sent off in three of the last five games.
Charlie Davies was yellow-carded for simulation in the second minute of play, but 18 minutes later headed-in his first MLS goal since 2011 (12th career) to give New England a 1-0 lead. The scenario brightened when Miazga was sent off in first-half stoppage to give the Revolution a man advantage, but just two minutes into the second half, Dax McCarty equalized with a scorcher and the Red Bulls proceeded to dominate the game, despite New England's man advantage. MLS goal leader (18) Bradley Wright-Phillips, assisted by Lloyd Sam, scored the game-winning goal for New York in the 62nd minute, leaving New England to chase the game till the final whistle. Indeed, only the goal post saved Peguy Luyindula's 86th minute strike from deepening the damage because the Revolution's defense was nowhere to be found.
New England (8-12-2, 26 pts.) fell out of the playoff bracket to sixth place in the Eastern Conference and to 13th across MLS. New York (6-6-10, 28 pts.) rose to fourth in the East and 10th overall. The Revolution remain winless at Red Bull Arena, going 0-5-1 since the stadium opened.
Head coach Jay Heaps benched young star Diego Fagundez for the second time this season, subbing him in for Steve Neumann in the 58th minute. Neumann made his second start of his career, setting up at left wing. Homegrown Scott Caldwell started in the central midfield, but looks like he needs time competing with the Rochester Rhinos, the Revolution's lower division partner, before holding that key position in MLS.
Next weekend the Revolution have a bye week to recover, then New England will host the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 16. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England.
NE – Charlie Davies (Teal Bunbury) 20
NY – Dax McCarty (Eric Alexander) 47
NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Lloyd Sam) 63
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares (Daigo Kobayashi 77), Andrew Farrell, Steve Neumann (Diego Fagundez 58), Kelyn Rowe, Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 58)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Dimitry Imbongo
STATS: Shots 19, Shots on target 6, Saves 2, Corner kicks 10, Offsides 2, Fouls 7, Possession 42.0%, Passes 341 (74.5%0
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles, Roy Miller, Matt Miazga, Ibrahim Sekagya, Chris Duvall, Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty (Kosuke Kimura 87), Tim Cahill (Eric Alexander 46), Ambroise Oyongo, Thierry Henry ©, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Peguy Luyindula 77)
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Armando, Andre Akpan, Bobby Convey
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 4, Saves 7, Corner kicks 6, Offsides 5, Fouls 8, Possession 58.0%, Passes 469 (82.5%)
NE – Charlie Davies (caution) 2
NY – Matt Miazga (ejection) 47+
NE – Scott Caldwell (caution) 69
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 83
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Peter Calciunas (AR2)
Fourth Official: Daniel Fitzgerald