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New York Red Bulls 2 – Revolution 1

Posted on 12 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

A spirited New England Revolution side fell short on Friday night in New Jersey, dropping their fifth straight match, to the New York Red Bulls 2-1. The win snapped New York’s six game winless skid, and also vaulted them to the top of the Eastern Conference. Although the result was once again not what Revolution head coach Steve Nicol was looking for, on this night there were several positives to take away from the match.

Nicol named a mostly unchanged side from the lineup he sent out in the previous match, with Didier Domi and Ousmane Dabo making consecutive appearances, but the Revolution boss did bring Pat Phelan into the fold in the midfield to partner with Dabo and captain Shalrie Joseph.  Still without the services of Benny Feilhaber who continues to battle through injury, New England was looking for more possession through the midfield, and with the defensive minded Phelan and Dabo in the center of the park, the Revs showed lapses of good control of the ball.

New York is by far the club hurt most by Gold Cup call ups, losing five key players for the tournament (Juan Aguedelo, Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards, Dwayne De Rosario, and Tim Ream) and the lineup sent out by the home side certainly reflected the absences.  Talisman Thierry Henry captained the side, and New York also counted on Joel Lindpere, but outside of this duo, it was a side full of uncertainty yet given the circumstances on this night, head coach Hans Backe had plenty to be happy with.

The two sides spent most of the early stages of the match feeling each other out through the midfield, and outside of a first minute Luke Rodgers effort from close range and yet another dangerous opportunity again in the seventh, the first fifteen minutes were not much more than a sparring session.

New England finally found their first chance in the 17th minute, when Chris Tierney found space from his left midfield spot and played a delicately crafted ball to a waiting Pat Phelan who had found space at the back post, however his off-balance effort was pushed wide and the match continued scoreless.

The big breakthrough came for New England in the 34th minute, when striker Rajko Lekic was pulled down in the box by New York defender Stephen Keel, and awarded a penalty. Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph stepped to the spot to take the kick and uncharacteristically could not convert, as goalkeeper Greg Sutton dove to his left to make a fine save to keep the clean sheet in tact.

This missed chance loomed large almost four minutes later, when Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry tore through the right side of the Revs’ defense, found space in the box and fired a low, hard cross across the face of goal that unfortunately for New England found the feet of defender Ryan Cochrane, whose resulting own goal gave New York the lead heading into half time.

New York doubled their advantage almost immediately after half time, as once again it was Henry who found space through a clever ball from Keel, and after Henry cut back in the box to spring loose from Cochrane, he slotted the ball past Revolution ‘keeper Matt Reis, and just five minutes after half time the Red Bulls were up 2-0.

The second goal almost seemed to ignite the Revolution side, as they responded three minutes later when rookie Zak Boggs scored the third goal of his career.  Chris Tierney once again won the ball on the left flank and carved out enough space to play a well-weighted cross to the back post that Boggs was able to corral and control before firing past the goalkeeper to cut the deficit in half.

Substitutions played a major role for New England in the dying embers of the game, as late entrants Kenny Mansally and Stephen McCarthy both had chances to to tie the match, Mansally seeing his effort in the 72nd minute slide just wide of the net, and McCarthy with a volley off of a corner that also went wide.

New York responded quickly, as they twice saw efforts from Mehdi Ballouchy, the first being saved quite well by Matt Reis, and the second being fired just wide of the net, which kept the match at 2-1, and kept the Revolution well within reach.

New England seemingly tied the score late in the final act, when an 87th minute cross from yet another substitute, Sainey Nyassi, found Lekic at the back post, who buried the header into the back of the net, yet the hopes of the traveling supporters were dashed when the linesman’s flag raised to indicate offsides, erasing the goal, and effectively ended the Revs’ bid to pull away with a point.

As New England looks to end their skid, this upcoming week will certainly afford them two good opportunities to do so, as they return home to Foxboro for two fixtures: a Wednesday night affair with struggling Toronto FC, followed by a weekend tilt with rival Chicago Fire who have also found the first half of the 2011 MLS season challenging.

New York has a much more daunting task forthcoming, as they make the trek across the country to Portland, to try to steal a result from the Timbers in front of the incredibly intimidating Timbers Army at a rocking JELD-WEN Field.



New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls

June 10, 2011 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)

New York Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 1

Scoring Summary:

NYRB – Own goal (Ryan Cochrane) 37

NYRB – Thierry Henry (Stephen Keel) 50

NE – Zak Boggs (Chris Tierney, Didier Domi) 54


New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Didier Domi, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Ousmane Dabo (Stephen McCarthy 20), Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan (Kenny Mansally 56), Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 85), Rajko Lekic


Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Kheli Dube, Darrius Barnes


STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 4; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 13


New York Red Bulls: Greg Sutton, Roy Miller, Stephen Keel, Carlos Mendes, Jan Gunnar Solli, Austin da Luz (John Rooney 84), Joel Lindpere, Teemu Tainio, Mehdi Ballouchy, Luke Rodgers (Corey Hertzog 65), Thierry Henry ©


Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Sacir Hot, Tyler Lassiter, Teddy Schneider, Matt Kassel


STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 16


* Note that all statistics are unofficial


Misconduct Summary:

NYRB – Stephen Keel (caution) 33

NYRB – Mehdi Ballouchy (caution) 57


Team Records:

New England Revolution – 3-7-4, 13 pts.

New York Red Bulls – 5-2-7, 22 pts.


Referee: Terry Vaughn

Assistant Referees: Fabio Tovar, Ian Anderson

Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees

Attendance: 21,201



  • With the loss, the Revs fell to 25-18-11 overall against New York
  • The loss was the team’s second in a row after going 14 straight regular-season matches undefeated against the Red Bulls since 2005
  • The Revs now remain winless at Red Bull Arena, going 0-2-0 in regular-season action and 0-3-0 overall since the facility opened in 2010
  • Shalrie Joseph’s missed penalty kick attempt was his first miss since the 2008 season … he had converted his last four attempts, including two previous attempts this season
  • Ryan Cochrane’s own goal in the 37th minute was the team’s first surrendered own goal since May 8, 2010, when Cory Gibbs scored an own goal at Columbus in a 3-2 loss
  • The Revs and Red Bulls also saw an own goal scored in a meeting in 2010, when then rookie defender Tim Ream scored an own goal to give the Revs a 2-1 lead at Gillette Stadium on May 29
  • With New York credited with a first-half goal, tonight marked the first time in six games that the match was not scoreless at the half … the last Revs game in which there was a halftime score was the April 30 match at Chivas USA when it was 2-0, Chivas USA, at the halftime intermission
  • Pat Phelan started his first match since the April 9 Real Salt Lake match at Gillette Stadium
  • Zak Boggs’ goal was his first of the 2011 season … it was the third goal of his career and his first since May 8, 2010, when he scored two goals at Columbus in a 3-2 loss
  • Zak Boggs’ goal snapped the Revolution’s 601-minute streak without a goal being scored from the run of play
  • Prior to Zak Boggs’ goal tonight, New England’s last goal from the run of play came in the 83rd minute on April 23 from Rajko Lekic in a 3-2 win at home against Sporting Kansas City … the Revs had scored twice in games since April 23, but one goal was a penalty kick (Shalrie Joseph vs. Vancouver on May 14) and one goal came directly from a free kick (Chris Tierney at San Jose on May 21)
  • Boggs’ goal also snapped a 168-minute scoreless streak overall, with the team’s last goal coming in the 86th minute at San Jose on May 21 from Chris Tierney’s free kick
  • Chris Tierney recorded his first assist of the 2011 season with his helper on Zak Boggs’ goal … it was his eighth career assist and his first since Oct. 16, 2010, when he assisted on Shalrie Joseph’s game-winning goal against Kansas City
  • Didier Domi recorded his first assist in MLS with his helper on Zak Boggs’ goal
  • When Kenny Mansally came on as a substitute for Pat Phelan in the 56th minute, the Revs switched to a 4-4-2 alignment with Mansally up  top with Rajko Lekic
  • Matt Reis suffered just his third loss against New York as a member of the Revs … he is now 11-3-7 in 21 career regular-season meetings against the Red Bulls


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Revs win vs Red Bulls; Lose Burpo

Posted on 07 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have finally broken their winless streak in heartbreaking fashion with a 3-2 result over the New York Red Bulls.

The Revs will try and take some solace in the win as they head into June, knowing that their goalkeeper Preston Burpo, will be hard pressed to return to the field after suffering a leg shattering challenge that will most certainly end his season.

New England came into this game with a must win attitude, having lost 7 straight games in the league and 9 games overall.  Their last win came against Toronto almost 2 months ago.

The Revs, captained by Shalrie Joseph, returned to a 4-4-2 formation with rookie Zack Schilawski partnering up front with Kheli Dube.  It was Schilawski’s first start for the Revs since the loss to Chivas in early may.

The Revs back line however continues to be decimated by injuries, with Cory Gibbs the latest casualty.  Gibbs was a late scratch from the roster with a tight hamstring and did not make the bench.  Steve Nicol was forced to play central midfielder Joseph Niouky along side Pat Phelan, who was making his third start at center back.

The Revs pressed early and were quick to capitalize.  In the 8th minute, Shalrie played a perfect through pass to Marko Perovic who slotted the ball with his right foot past the diving Red Bull keeper Bouma Condoul.

The Red Bulls began to assert themselves however, and found some room to maneuver.  Seth Stammler equalized in the 20th minute as he managed to find the back of the net,  perhaps inadvertently, as his crossing ball to the far post somehow slipped into the far corner.

The Revs did not sit back however, and continued to drive the attack forward, with almost immediate results.  Seth Sinovic delivered a perfect ball into the box in search of Kheli Dube, and although the ball was met by Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, it deflected into the net for an own goal, restoring the Revs’ lead.

As he has done all season, Preston Burpo was called into service time and again from the opening minutes, and made some outstanding saves to preserve the Revs advantage, denying attempts from Joel Lindpere in the 16th minute as well as stonewalling Dane Richards point blank effort amongst traffic in the 28th.

It would unfortunately be the last save of the season for the Revolution goalkeeper.

In the 34th minute, Burpo came out of his box to clear a ball away from the on-rushing Dane Richards.  Burpo slid under Richards and made contact with the ball, but Richards ran right onto Burpo’s right leg, which buckled under the strain.  Players on both teams were visibly shaken as Burpo’s leg was clearly broken.  As Burpo was stretchered off the field to resounding applause from the home fans, he raised his hand in appreciation to the crowd.

The Revolution gathered together at midfield while their teammate was stretchered off and mustered their resolve.  The New England side played the rest of the half with a renewed intensity and kept the visitors off the ball.  Backup keeper Bobby Shuttleworth was forced into making an excellent save against Sinisia Ubiparipovic as time ran out on the first half.   Despite their efforts, the Revs could not find that elusive third goal, and at the half time whistle went to the locker room with heavy hearts and a one goal lead.

But at the restart, it would be the visitors who came out of the locker room the aggressor.  Just four minutes into the 2nd half, Juan Pablo Angel put his head on a neatly delivered ball from Dane Richards, and struck gold.

The Revolution however would soon find an advantage with the Red Bulls suffering two ejections.  Shortly after the equalizer Carlos Mendes was sent off for a second yellow, and later in the match Roy Miller was shown a straight red for catching Revs Midfielder Zak Boggs in the face with a blind wild swing.

The Revs would soon capitalize.  In the 80th minute,  rookie Schilawski partnered up with Shalrie Joseph to put the Revs ahead.  Shalrie sent a curling ball deep into the box and Schilawski timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and head the ball home.  The Revolution effectively managed the game to the end and took the three points.

Despite the win, the mood was somber in the Revs locker room, with everyone’s primary thoughts on their fallen comrade.

“We were so happy we were able to win it for him (Burpo),” said Revs midfielder Chris Tierney. “He’s been a warrior for us all year.  It’s just a tragic injury for him.”

Burpo was rushed to Mass General Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair compound fractures to both his Fibula and Tibia bones in his lower leg.  The prognosis for Burpo is promising, but will miss the remainder of the season.

The Revolution have placed Burpo on the season ending injury list, and have activated veteran Goalkeeper Matt Reis who had been recovering from off season surgery to his knee and shoulder.  Reis should be fit to play some minutes in the upcoming match against Brazil side Cruziero on June 13th in Foxboro.

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Revs look for points vs Red Bull at home

Posted on 29 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution, suffering from an eight game winless streak, and that is not including the 4-0 loss to Benfica on the 19th, are looking to take advantage of a struggling New York Red Bulls side tonight, when the two east coast rivals face off at 8:00 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

The Revs however have had the edge against the Red Bulls in Foxborough.  The Revs are 9-1-3 against the Red Bulls at Gillette, and despite an embarrasing 3-0 loss in the US Open Cup, they have not lost to New York in their last 13 league matches.

Saturday will mark the 52ndall-time regular season meeting between the Revolution and Red Bulls, but the 60thoverall meeting – making New York the Revs’ most common opponent of all time. New England holds a 24-16-11 advantage in the regular-season series, including a 9-1-3 record at Gillette Stadium since the facility opened in 2002. Additionally, New England comes in riding a 13-game unbeaten streak against New York (7-0-6) dating back to the 2005 season, when the team was still known as the MetroStars.

The Revs, who have shorn up their defensive lapses with a five man midfield, have struggled of late to score goals.  However, with the return of Shalrie Joseph to the midfield, Head Coach Steve Nicol may return to a 4-4-2 formation.  Team leading goal scorer Zack Schilawski has been relegated to the bench, but could return to the stating line up partnered by Kheli Dube, who has 4 assists but no goals yet this season.  Another option at forward off the bench could be Edgaras Jankauskas, who has finally come off the injured list.

New England is still struggling with fitness on the defensive end of the field.  Both Emmanuel Osei and Darrius Barnes are still out, which will probably force Pat Phelan to reprise his recent solid fill in performances at center back.

Projected Starting line up: 4-5-1

GK: Burpo

DEF:  Sinovic, Gibbs, Phelan, Alston

MID: Tierney, Joseph, Perovic, Niouky, Nyassi

FWD: Dube

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Revs’ month of May-hem continues with USOC ‘Play-in’ tonight vs NYRB

Posted on 12 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

When the New England Revolution face the New York Red Bulls tonight in a US Open Cup qualifying “play-in” match, they will be taking the field in a competitive match for the fourth time in just two weeks this month. But they are only half way done.

Tonight’s game couldn’t have come at a worse time for New England.

The roster-riddled Revolution will have to hurry back for their next game this Saturday against San Jose Earthquakes, and hope they have enough healthy players to face Portuguese super club Benfica next Wednesday in a “friendly” before traveling to face Toronto FC on Saturday the 22nd. The Revs will then get a chance to breathe before facing the Red Bulls again, this time in a league match, on May 29th.

The Revs head in to tonight’s match at Red Bull Arena barely at full strength. Only 14 players of the Revs’ active 24 man roster made the trip, leaving behind healthy players like Preston Burpo and Mauricio Castro, presumably to save them for the Saturday match against San Jose. Cory Gibbs, who was listed on the injury list as probable, also did not make the trip. And while the play in matches allow more substitutions than an official open cup match, Steve Nicol will only have three available.

The initial Revolution line-up had listed Pat Phelan and Chris Tierney listed as playing center back, with Khano Smith and Seth Sinovic reprising their roles at left and right full back from last Saturday’s match in Columbus. Marko Perovic will be leading the attack out of the midfield with Joseph Niouky at Defensive Midfielder, flanked by Sainey Nyassi on the right and rookie Zak Boggs on the left. Kenny Mansally should get his first start of the season up front with Zack Schilawski at his side. Backup keeper Bobby Shuttlesworth will also get his first career start for the Revs in goal.

That leaves three players available on the bench: Kheli Dube, Nico Colaluca, and 3rd string keeper Tim Murray. Colaluca may get inserted in the starting lineup instead of Niouky, or he may fill in as a withdrawn forward/attacking midfielder off the bench. Regardless – with the small number of players available to Nicol, it is very likely Colaluca will feature in his first match of the season. Dube will be the first choice if Schilawski or Mansally get injured, and Tim Murray will only see time if there is an injury to Shuttlesworth, or if the Revs are down a defender with the lead and have used all other subs.

Given the lineup and the players available, the Revolution will be hard pressed to pull out a win against the Red Bulls, who are currently first in the Eastern Conference, and second overall in the league. New York however is coming off of a 4-0 loss to San Jose, where the Red Bulls were forced to play with ten men for 80+ minutes after Brazilian defender Luke Sassano was shown a red card in the 12th minute. Since the Open Cup is not bound by the disciplinary actions of MLS, Sassano will be available for tonight’s game, but for the most part, the Red Bulls will likely sit most of their starteres and start their reserves as well, as they are hosting Seattle this Saturday, so there is hope for the New England squad to sneak out of Red Bull Arena with a win.

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What awaits the Sounders tonight

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Kyle Alm

For the New York Red Bulls 2009 had to be disappointing. As runners up for the MLS Cup in 2008 they were expected to compete for a championship again. The Red Bulls came into Seattle as a team to beat and left as a study in moppishness. By any measure the Red Bulls tanked last season. Lowest point total in the league. Fewest goals scored.

The other side of that argument is that the Red Bulls were never really that good in the first place. Lowest point total for MLS 2008 playoff teams and the worst Goals Against of any playoff team. They were fortunate to wind up in the final and it may have been too optimistic to place them among the elite in the league. There has been a lot of discussion with a similar theme, “new stadium, new coach, new players, new team,” but who are these “new” Red Bulls?

Hans Backe has been brought in as head coach; he’s a newcomer to MLS, but has a lot of experience in “lower” European leagues and has won championships. Joel Lindpere has certainly been a noteworthy and productive midfielder so far, but it is still only one match into the season. Juan Pablo Angel is apparently still getting fit from his knee injury and may not be the player that he once was. Winning can cover any number of sins and shortcomings. When you lose everything is under a microscope. The win against the Chicago Fire doesn’t really prove anything for the Red Bulls, let’s see how they do away from their new stadium.

As for the Sounders everything seems to be lining up favorably. Ljungberg seemed to do whatever he wanted on the pitch, the only way that the Union seemed able to contain him by fouling him repeatedly. James Riley will be returning from a one-match suspension and will likely get the start tonight. Riley may not be the best defender in MLS but he doesn’t seem to make a lot of mistakes and he gets forward very well and had a career high in assists (and games) in 2009. The Sounders are definitely better with Riley on the pitch.

Key Matchups

Steve Zakuani – Jeremy Hall
Zakuani beat the Union defenders like a pack of rented mules. Zakuani could be one of the fastest wings in MLS and was instrumental in creating a goal for Evans and left a sitter for Roger Levesque that went into the North End stands.
Advantage SOUNDERS

Brad Evans – Joel Lindpere

Lindpere’s goal against the Chicago Fire was a very decent volley, the setup wasn’t all that great, it just kind of bounced to him and he got a shot. Lindpere is not the kind of player you can allow to shoot. He doesn’t need much space to get his shot off. Evans is a good midfielder, and a decent defender, should match up well with Lindpere physically. If Evans can keep Lindpere contained and keep him off of his goal pace it will be considered a successful outing.
Advantage EVEN


Will Freddie Ljungberg start?
He’s been in training and is available for today’s match, but is a game time decision after due to heavy bruising from the Union.

Who starts on the right wing for Sounders FC Roger Levesque or Sanna Nyassi?
Levesque missed a couple of opportunities to score against the Union, but at least he had a chance to score and it didn’t hurt his team’s result. Sanna Nyassi looked good with the ball on his foot, which is a big improvement from last season, and was also able to use his speed to his advantage. Nyassi was trigger happy coming on and had a couple of shots where he had players open. Nyassi is also as fast as he is undersized. Nyassi could be more vulnerable to getting knocked off the ball.
TOSSUP (but look for both of them to play no matter who starts)

2-0 Sounders, another clean sheet for Man of the Match Kasey Keller and deja vu for the Red Bulls.

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