New England Revolution
The New York Red Bulls struggled to find the back of the net Sunday night as they fell to the New England Revolution 2-0 at Gillette Stadium. The outcome marks only the second time this season the Red Bulls have failed to register a goal, the first coming against Real Salt Lake in the second match of the season back on March 17.
Injured starters aside, the second half brought with it a number of scoring opportunities for New York, including a header attempt by Brandon Barklage that just floated over the crossbar and a rip-roaring shot from Kenny Cooper that bounced off the woodwork (Watch: Cooper's Chance). Goalkeeper Ryan Meara had his work cut out for him on the night, as he was forced to make five saves. The loss brings the Red Bulls' overall record to 9-5-4 and keeps them placed third overall in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls return home for the first match of a three-game home stand at Red Bull Arena July 15 when they host the Seattle Sounders for a 4 PM kickoff.
Chicago comes to town Wednesday, July 18 for a matinee match, before the series of home games closes out with Rivalry Day against Philadelphia on July 21. The first 5,000 fans 16 and under through the gates for the Philly match will receive a free Red Bulls flat-brimmed cap.
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Here are a few photos from Sunday's loss to the Revolution:
Kenny Cooper unleashed a rocket of a shot inside the 60th minute that would've leveled the score at one apiece, had it not been for the thump off the post:
The Revolution made a run on goal inside the 40th minute and placed a shot into the box that bounced off the crossbar and out. If that weren't dangerous enough, a number of Revs were on hand to potentially bury the loose ball, but as you'll see in the following clip, the Red Bulls defense was able to lock down and wipe out New England's goal-scoring opportunity:
There's a healthy buzz around the Internet today following Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup action. And why not? The Red Bulls' 3-0 shutout win over the Charleston Battery wasn't the only exciting match of the night. In fact, the full night's worth of matches resulted in a number of upsets, as seven MLS sides were eliminated from contention.
MLSsoccer.com has an individual breakdown of each match, complete with a short summary of some of the most intense matches of the night.
Obviously the level of excitement of each match is up to a fan's own interpretation, but I doubt you'll find anyone who will deny the fact that the Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution match was anything short of dramatic.
Once the Red Bulls defeated the Battery, it would come down to the winner of that match to determine the who, when and where of New York's fourth round Open Cup meeting.
New England played a majority of the match down a man, yet still closed out the first 90 minutes in a scoreless draw against Harrisburg. But, seeing as how each match up must produce a winner, a draw was not an option. During extra time, New England jumped out to an explosive 3-0 lead. At that point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Red Bulls would be hosting the Revolution at Red Bull Arena. After all, a 3-0 lead is pretty much a lock in extra time, right?
Well, not exactly.
The City Islanders caught fire and scored three goals of their own to draw level in the additional 30 minutes of time. From there, Harrisburg closed out its rally with a picture-perfect finish in penalty kicks to not only advance to the next round, but also host the Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex in PA on June 5 (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
One of the reasons I love the U.S. Open Cup is the opportunity to discover American soccer in full depth. We can all find the top of the totem pole, the men’s and women’s national teams and MLS. But there’s a lot of soccer out there that’s not fully professional, that’s lesser adorned and not necessarily attached to network TV contracts.
One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.
If the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup action turns out to be just as intense as the third, then fans will undoubtedly be treated to some more exciting soccer.
Mark your calendars: Red Bulls vs. City Islanders on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET